05. May 2015 Ocean Interfaces: from nanoscales to global impact

Lectures in the marine sciences in the summer semester 2015

The lecture series “Ocean Interfaces: from nanoscales to global impact”, which is being organized by the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean” in the summer semester 2015, deals with research on ocean interfaces in the broadest sense.


International experts explain the connection between processes on microscopic scales and global feedback mechanisms. Developments in the upper millimeter of the oceans, for example, can have a decisive influence on the climate system. Moreover, vegetation on ship hulls, triggered by microorganisms, has a huge impact on the costs of the maritime transportation system.

During the one-hour evening lectures, invited lecturers will give fascinating insights into their research and vividly explain what meaning nano scale processes have for our everyday life. Two of the in total seven lectures will be held in English. The series of lectures is aimed at the interested public and students of all disciplines, as well as scientists.

The lecture series will start on May 19th at 5 pm with the lecture “Der Ozean in klein: Klimawandel in einem Wassertropfen?“ by Prof. Martin Wahl of the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel.

The full program can be found here:


List of dates and event locations:
Location: Lecture hall, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre For Ocean Research Kiel, Düsternbrooker Weg 20, 24105 Kiel, (if not indicated otherwise)
Time: 5 pm (if not indicated otherwise)

May 19, 2015 „Der Ozean in klein: Klimawandel in einem Wassertropfen?“
Prof. Martin Wahl, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

May 2, 2015 „Wie Meeresorganismen Schiffe bremsen“
Prof. (em.) Michael Grunze, Heidelberg University

June 16, 2015 „Warum der Ozean saurer wird und was die Muscheln dazu sagen“
PD Dr. Frank Melzner, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

June 30, 2015 „Marine Oberflächenfilme – Wo sich Ozean und Atmosphäre treffen“
Dr. Oliver Wurl, Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment, University of Oldenburg

July 2, 2015 „The Case of the Oceans’ Plankton”
Prof. Peter Liss, University of East Anglia, UK
(Wissenschaftszentrum, Fraunhofer Straße 13, 24118 Kiel, 5:00 pm)

July 9, 2015 „Life in the Plastisphere: Global impacts of microbial interactions on marine plastic waste”
Dr. Erik Zettler, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, USA

September 9, 2015 „Menschheitserbe Meer: Seine Bedeutung, unsere Verantwortung“
Prof. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Public lecture in the framework of the international symposium OPEN SOLAS Conference
(Audimax of Kiel University, Christian-Albrechts-Platz 2, 24118 Kiel, 4:30 pm)




Dr. Anke Schneider, Scientific coordination of the topic “Ocean-Interfaces – Grenzflächen des Ozeans“, Telephone 0431 600-4211, aschneider@gemoar.de

Friederike Balzereit, Public Relations Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean“ Telephone 0431-880-3032, fbalzereit@uv.uni-kiel.de, www.futureocean.org