Seas and OceansPress Tour 22 – 27 October 2017
“Wouldn’t it be a great achievement if the age of human dominance on earth goes down in history as an era of rethinking and changing behaviour?”
GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Public OutreachWhat does outreach to the public mean to you as a researcher and how is this done?
Director, Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research
Chair, German Marine Research Consortium (KDM)
Photo and Video Credits
© MARUM - Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen
Where copyrights are not shown, photos and videos taken by Focke Strangmann, Marcus Dewanger or Ruth André
“...All topics discussed were of interest to me, I liked the ways the scientists tackled each topic and it is the reason I was able to publish five stories out of the trip.”Lominda AFEDRARU Uganda
Afedraru, L. (2017, Nov 5). How scientists are tackling global warming effects on marine eco-system. [Online] Daily Monitor 25.
Afedraru, L. (2017, Nov 6). Miners in Europe are shifting to deep sea mining: Lessons for Uganda. [Online] Daily Monitor 25.
Afedraru, L. (2017, Nov 12). Climate change causing ocean and sea acidification. [Online] Daily Monitor 25.
Afedraru, L. (2017, Nov 12). Pollution of oceans and seas harming aquatic life. [Online] Daily Monitor 25.
Afedraru, L. (2017, Nov 18). Fish farming lessons from German to Ugandan farmers. [Online] Daily Monitor 25.
“The tour was insightful as much as it was enriching. I learned how marine science research is providing sustainable solutions to address climate change, while promoting ecosystem conservation and food security.”Busani BAFANAZimbabwe
Lars BEVANGERUnited Kingdom / Norway
Lars BEVANGERUnited Kingdom / Norway
Bevanger, L. (2017, Nov 16). Living planet: Climate change´s evil brother. [Audio] DW.
Bevanger, L. (2018, Jan 18). Living planet: Deep-sea mining. [Audio] DW.
Bevanger, L. (2018, Jan 24). Deep sea mining: Charting the risks of a new frontier [Online] DW.
Bevanger, L. (2018, Feb 22). 'Fishing the last fish': Is the EU doing enough to protect fisheries? [Online] DW.
Bevanger, L. (2018, Feb 22). Living Planet: Is the EU doing enough to protect fisheries? [Audio] DW.
"The press tour Seas and Oceans was the best press tour ever...We had a chance to learn, to meet scientists which are known worldwide and for me personally this was a reminder how much I love my job and science."Marija BOLEVICHCroatia
“An enlightening tour — perfectly organised, efficiently managed and carefully curated research/institutes. It was a wonderful opportunity to have a first-hand knowledge of cutting-edge research in a country known for its precision in the field of science, technology and engineering.”Prasun CHAUDHURIIndia
Chaudhuri, P. (2017, Nov 6). Planet Acid [Online] The Telegraph.
Chaudhuri, P. (2017, Nov 12). In my marine memory, a sub [Online] The Telegraph.
Chaudhuri, P. (2017, Dec 19). German Joy, on DAAD scholarships and Indians [Online] The Telegraph.
Chaudhuri, P. (2017, Nov 25). Good Samaritans of the Deep [Online] The Telegraph.
Chaudhuri, P. (2018, Jan 22). Liquid. Gold. But oh Fish! [Online] The Telegraph.
Chaudhuri, P. (2018, Apr 19) Ocean love in Germany [Online]
Chaudhuri, P. (2018, Feb 11) Grimm and not so grim tales [Online] The Telegraph
Chaudhuri, P. (2018, May 14)
Ice Spies [Online] The Telegraph
© DKRZ / M.Böttinger, M.Vietense and F.Neigenfind
Professor Hans-Otto Pörtner of the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) gives an overview of the effects of climate change
Professor Hans-Otto Pörtner
Head of AWI research section for Ecosystem Physiology and Co-Chair of the IPCC´s Working Group II
“(The) IPCC is the most important vehicle that we currently have to transfer scientific information on climate change into policy and to support policy decisions based on solid scientific information.”
Simulation of changes and projected changes in September sea ice in RCP 2.5 and RCP 8.5 scenarios from 1975 – 2100
© German Climate Computing Centre (DKRZ)/ Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
Sophisticated supercomputers at the German Climate Computing Centre (DKRZ) on which complex climate simulations are run
The Environmental Wind Tunnel Laboratory (EWTL) at the Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability (CEN), Universität Hamburg
Deep Sea Research
Video: Inside the Core Repository at GEOMAR
Professor Michael Schulz guides the delegation through the International Core Repository at the Center for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM)
The “MARUM-QUEST 4000m”, an industrial-standard deep-water Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) adapted for deep-sea research
Professor Laurenz Thomsen at Jacobs University Bremen introduces the seafloor robot “WALLY”. Seafloor robots are used in the study of ecosystem biodiversity and assessment of mineral resource potential in the ocean floor
Meanwhile, Dr Sven Petersen from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel describes some of the social factors driving deep-sea mining…
…and displays a black smoker chimney containing mineral deposits
Fisheries & Sustainability
Dr Rainer Froese talks about the state and development of European fish stock at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Professor Ulf Riebesell at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel unmasks the implications of ocean acidification, "the other carbon dioxide problem“
At the Thünen Institute of Sea Fisheries, the delegation gets acquainted with the methods used in studying fish populations
Otoliths, structures from the inner ears of fish, used in estimating fish age
“…This was an excellent opportunity to meet scientists and other journalists, and make connections that will be genuinely useful in my professional life. The marine research theme meant the tour covered an enormous variety of topics, from fisheries biology to climate science to deep sea mining, and the expertise on display at the various German research institutes we visited has provided plenty of inspiration for stories upon my return."Josh GABBATISSUnited Kingdom
Munyaradzi MAKONISouth Africa
Nepote, A. (2017, Dec). A Week in the Land of Ideas. (Spanish) [Online] Saber Más
Nepote, A. (2017, Dec 12) Mobile Science - Mónica Minjares. (Spanish) [Online] Youtube Channel Revista Saber Más
Nepote, A. (2017, Dec 22) Mobile Science - Sonia Bejarano (Spanish) [Online] Youtube Channel Revista Saber Más
Nepote, A. (2018, May 3) Germany values alliances with science journalists (Spanish) [Online] Mexican Journalists Network Blog
Eric NIILERUnited States of America
Paulus, S. (2018 May) World seas in the wind of changes [Print only] Horisont
Polar Research & Research Vessels
The German research vessel Polarstern during an expedition into the central Arctic Ocean
© Alfred-Wegener-Institut / Mario Hoppmann (CC-BY 4.0)
The Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven.
Professor Karin Lochte of the Alfred Wegener Institute introduces the infrastructure available for polar research. In addition to its fleet of research vessels, the Alfred Wegener Institute also maintains research stations, observatories, aircraft and laboratories. These research platforms can be accessed through the Alfred Wegener Institute for use by scientists from all over the world.
The Research Icebreaker Polarstern, flagship of the Alfred Wegener Institute
First Mate Felix Lauber introduces the Polarstern research vessel
Behind the scenes in the control room
The helicopter landing deck on the Polarstern
“It's reassuring to know that the wheels of knowledge is matching on in Germany despite the growing rhetoric of anti-science in some other parts of the world. I believe Germany's role as a global leader in research is being secured today as evidenced by the commitments of its intelligentsia, some of whom I had the rare privilege of interacting with during the press tour.”Kolawole TALABIUnited States of America
"It's amazing how committed Germany is to research and science, given the number of scientists, research centers and the variety of research issues that they work on, especially on seas and oceans issue. I wish Indonesia could be like that someday!"Ismira Lutfia TISNADIBRATAIndonesia
Ismira Lutfia TISNADIBRATAIndonesia
Tisnadibrata, I. L. (2018, Apr 9). Indonesian planners tackle rampant coastal erosion. [Online] Bangkok Post
Tisnadibrata, I.L. (2018, Apr 16) World's fastest sinking city Jakarta to subside 2 meters in less than an decade. [Online] The Parrot
Tisnadibrata, I.L. (2018, Apr 30) Impressive catch. [Online] Bangkok Post
"Seas and Oceans was a great press tour that gave me valuable knowledge, contacts, connections as well as new ideas and materials for my work. But most importantly, it has taught me that the fight to protect our climate and environment is an ongoing urgent battle that transcends national borders and calls for utmost passion and dedication across sectors and fields. Such dedication that I have seen in German scientists and researchers during the one-week tour therefore has strongly motivated me to work harder as a young journalist."Ngoc TRANVietnam
Tran, N. (2017, Nov 14). Fast-paced ocean acidification threatens marine life across species. (Vietnamese) [Online] Access via Vietnamplus.
Tran, N. (2017, Nov 21). Countries and cities face disappearance as sea levels continue to rise. (Vietnamese) [Online] Access via Vietnamplus.
Tran, N. (2017, Dec 1). Mangroves - An underrated yet powerful shield against climate change. (Vietnamese) [Online] Tin Moi Truong
Tran, N. (2018, Jan 16) WHO: 250,000 additional deaths per year due to extreme heat (Vietnamese) [Online] Vietnamplus
Jayan TRILOKYAMANGALAM VARRIEMIndia
Jayan TRILOKYAMANGALAM VARRIEMIndia
Trilokyamangalam Varriem, J. (2017, Nov 1). Beware! Ocean acidification poses greater risk, finds study. [Online + Print] The Hindu Business Line.
Trilokyamangalam Varriem, J. (2018, Jan 5) Mussels face the heat [Online] Frontline.
Tropical Marine Research
Coral reef off the coast of Lombok, Indonesia
© Pia Kegler, ZMT
Professor Martin Zimmer elaborates on the status assessment of mangrove forests for conservation planning
“Mangroves are the best natural protection against coastal erosion and storm surges.”
Professor Martin Zimmer
Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT)
© Martin Zimmer, ZMT
Dr Mirta Teichberg guides the delegation through MAREE, the marine experimental facility at ZMT for the cultivation of tropical organisms
Coral reef in Thailand
© Melanie Bon, ZMT
Eva VAN DEN BERGSpain
Eva VAN DEN BERGSpain
Van Den Berg, E. (2017, Nov 20). Three years left to save the planet. (Spanish) [Online] El País.
Van Den Berg, E. (2017, Dec 11). Microplastics in the sea: possible vector of diseases? (Spanish) [Online] Fundación Aquae.
Van Den Berg, E. (2018, Feb 2). Proyecto BIOACID: evaluando los efectos de la acidificación de los océanos (Spanish) [Online] Fundación Aquae.
Van den Berg, E. (2018, April). BIOACID: Qué pasa cuando el mar cambia su pH (Spanish) [only in Print] National Geographics.