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Our newsletter informs about new developments at the ZMT. It is issued twice a year in English. Would you like to subscribe? more ...

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Ancient upwelling record in a phosphate hardground (Tortonian of Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain)

Bridging science and development: lessons learnt from two decades of development research

Adverse effects of immobilised Pseudoalteromonas on the fish pathogenic Vibrio anguillarum: an in vitro study

Capacity development for oceans, coasts, and the 2030 agenda

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Science Year 2016 / 17: Seas and Oceans

Leibniz Year 2016


Inaugurating EMERSA – a new DFG-funded project under SPP 1889

EMERSA is a research project that recently secured DFG funding within the broader SPP 1889 initiative – Regional Sea Level Change and Society. The three-year project kicked off with a scientific workshop hosted at ZMT with partners from the University of Bremen´s Sustainability Research Center (artec), the Universitas Indonesia, together with members from ZMT´s Development and Knowledge Sociology Working Group. more ...

SUTAS graduate school: "We have achieved a lot in research and education."

A four-day symposium on the island of Zanzibar will bring the current funding phase of the SUTAS graduate school to an end. Supported by the Leibniz association the ZMT set up SUTAS in 2013. In our interview Prof. Dr. Matthias Wolff, STUAS coordinator, talks about the beginnings, the inspiring research and the future plans for the graduate school. more ...

First ZMT alumni workshop in East Africa

The Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) is holding its first first regional alumni workshop on the island of Zanzibar (Tanzania) on September 18. Preceding the final SUTAS symposium, which takes place from September 19 to 23, ZMT’s alumni workshop brings together former guest scientists as well as ISATEC and PhD graduates from all over Eastern Africa. more ...

PhD student at ZMT awarded 10,000 Euro in "Hochschulwettbewerb"

Katie Nelson, PhD candidate at ZMT is one of 15 winners of this year's "Hochschulwettbewerb" within the Science Year 2016*17 – Seas and Oceans. The jury awarded 10,000 Euro for her project of a socio-economic evaluation of a virtual coral reef developed at ZMT. more ...

DFG funds research on seagrass and macro- algae in the tropics with €400,000

The impact of environmental changes on the ecosystems of seagrass and macroalgae in the tropics is at the centre of a new research project at the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT). Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) with more than 400,000 Euro the SEAMAC* project runs for three years and is led by Dr. Mirta Teichberg, head of the junior research group “Algae and Seagrass Ecology” at the ZMT. more ...

Now watch the movie: EEBUS Summer School in Saint-Louis, Senegal

When PhD candidates and post-docs gathered in the coastal town of Saint Louis in Senegal for a week-long summer school on the “Ecology of Eastern Boundary
Upwelling Systems (EEBUS)”, ZMT was there to film the occasion. Funded by the Volkswagen Foundation the lectures and workshops brought together participants from 14 countries in Africa, Europe and the Americas. more ...

New: CAMPUS PRIZE for sustainable research

The initiators of the new "CAMPUS PRIZE: research for a sustainable future" are convinced that this kind of research deserves the awarding of a prize. The award was launched by the KELLNER & STOLL FOUNDATION FOR CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENT, the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) and the University of Bremen. The prize money amounts to 2,000 Euro and will be awarded annually. more ...

ZMT master student is winner oft the „Deutscher Preis für Wissenschaftsfotografie“

Tom Vierus, master student at the ZMT, was awarded the “Deutscher Preis für Wissenschaftsfotografie“ in the category reportage with photos from his thesis work about shark nurseries in Fidji. The prize is launched yearly by the renowned German magazine “Bild der Wissenschaft”. Congratulations! more ...

ZMT launches the Bremen Earth and Social Science Talks (BEST)

This talk series aims to attract influential speakers from academia to Bremen to share their thoughts and provoke discussion. The focus will be on pressing societal challenges such as sustainability, climate change, resource exploitation, and governance. Scientists from all the natural and social sciences disciplines are welcome to attend. The inaugural lecture will be held by Prof. Eric Wolanski at ZMT on 8.9. at 17:00. more ...

ZMT: 25 years of tropical marine research in Bremen

Twenty-five years ago the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology was founded in Bremen. On the occasion of its anniversary the ZMT starts a new German-language lecture series on February 6 at Bremen’s Haus der Wissenschaft. more ...

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21.9.16, 10:45, ZMT seminar room
Fishing for a solution - an interdisciplinary road map for a socially and ecologically beneficial aquarium trade (Ryan McAndrews, ISATEC). Host: A. Breckwoldt

28.9.16, 12:00, ZMT seminar room
How to benefit from the services of shellfish to the ecosystem? (Prof. Aad Smaal, Wageningen University, Niederlande). Host: M. Zimmer

5.10.16, 12:00, ZMT seminar room
Lessons from the European Social Survey for designing international surveys (Dr. Angelika Scheuer, GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, European Social Survey, Mannheim) Gastgeber: A. Schlüter

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STUAS - Symposium, Zanzibar, 18. - 23.9.16 more ...

FS Meteor, Mauritania/Senegal 30.07. – 25.08.16 more ...

Expedition to Padang, Indonesia, 21.7. - 9.8.16 more ...

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