03. June 2018 International Symposium "Integrated Science for Future Ocean Health and Recovery" in Kiel

On June 7, more than 100 participants, among them more than 30 leading international scientists, will meet at invitation of the Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean" for the first symposium and workshop "Integrated Science for Future Ocean Health and Recovery". The objective of the event is the exchange about existing and future research approaches that can contribute to a future sustainable management of the world's ocean. The event will take place at the Zoological Museum in Kiel.


The program of the one-day symposium is based on the international Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development of the United Nations and particularly on the embedded Sustainable Development Goal 14 "Life Below Water". The goal aims at the sustainable use and the conservation of the Ocean - a goal which can only be implemented on a long-term basis with the help of science-based knowledge and global cooperation between different interest groups and civil society. In particular, the rapidly proceeding loss of marine ecosystem functioning needs to be countered to preserve a "healthy and productive ocean" (SDG 14.2). The reduction of anthropogenic pressures, by which nearly all marine ecosystems are affected and in part drastically changed, is considered to be particularly relevant for the restoration of the oceans' health. Strategies to recover marine ecosystems are therefore essential.

The symposium "Integrated Science for Future Ocean Health and Recovery" on June 7 addresses the topic from the different perspectives of the natural, social and legal sciences and is to contribute to a strengthened networking of the actors who can contribute to sustainable solutions. The focus will be on concepts for the long-term preservation of marine ecosystems, management options for a sustainable use and strategies to support ecosystem recovery. Moreover, first concepts for a stronger transdisciplinary research are to be discussed within the framework of the symposium. On June 8, the invited speakers of the symposium as well as 30 other experts from science and non-university institutions will deepen the discussion during a workshop.

Moreover, there will already be a „Meet the Prof" event for the doctoral candidates with international speakers on Wednesday, June 6. During the regular events of the Integrated School of Ocean Sciences (ISOS) of the Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean", early career scientists can personally talk to top-level experts and learn more about their research and career. The event takes place at the small conference room in GEOMAR (Westufer), Düsternbrooker Weg 20, Kiel.

Further information on the program of the symposium at:

Further information on the "Meet the Prof Event"


Anja Engel (GEOMAR), aengel@geomar.de and Ute Hentschel Humeida (GEOMAR), uhentschel@geomar.de
Enno Prigge, eprigge@geomar.de and Andrea Franke, afranke@geomar.de