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ZMT's virtual coral reef to mesmerize visitors at the Meeresmuseum Stralsund

ZMT has lent its virtual coral reef to the Meeresmuseum in Stralsund. With its four sites and more than 700,000 visitors per year, the Deutsches Meeresmuseum is the largest natural science museum in northern Germany. The multimedia station was opened on July 18 in the presence of the press and TV. more ...

Symposium on Reef Research on August 7 at ZMT

On August 7, ZMT will be holding a symposium on reef research with seven female and male scientists. The talks start at 9 am with the last one scheduled for 3:30 pm. The objective of the symposium is to present an overview on ecological research in reef systems and discuss needs for future research. Presenters will report on their own work and research results as well as on their ideas of burning issues in reef research. more ...

Submarine groundwater springs: the invisible water resource

In the scientific journal Earth-Science Reviews geologists Nils Moosdorf and Till Oehler from ZMT report about a very special natural phenomenon, which scientists have not jet given much attention to: submarine groundwater discharge. For many coastal populations they hold a considerable benefit and cultural value. more ...

KDM anchors new strategy group »Marine Social Sciences and Humanities«

At its general assembly in Hamburg last week, the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM) decided to establish a new strategy group on »Marine Social Sciences and Humanities«. The decision reflects the rising importance of social sciences and humanities for the marine sciences. more ...

New book examines implementation of Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines

ZMT scientist Dr. Maria Jose Barragán-Paladines (3rd from left) and her co-editors have taken a closer look at the implementation of SFF Guidelines worldwide and just published a book on the topic. The authors discuss the extent to which the SFF Guidelines can help improve the realities of small-scale fishing men and women globally and make their livelihoods and communities more secure. more ...

Film screening: “An Ocean Mystery, The Missing Catch“

On Friday, June 30, the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research will be showing the award-winning documentary “An Ocean Mystery, The Missing Catch“. The film deals with the overexploitation of the oceans and accompanies renowned fisheries biologist Daniel Pauly and other experts during their research. more ...

Vortrag des preisgekrönten Meeresbiologen Daniel Pauly am 29. Juni im Universum®

In seinem englischsprachigen Vortrag in der Reihe »Bremen Earth and Social Science Talks« des ZMT wird sich Daniel Pauly nicht nur mit den Folgen der globalen Fischerei auf die Meere und Ozeane auseinandersetzen, sondern auch die Auswirkungen des Klimawandels auf die marinen Lebensgemeinschaften erörtern. more ...

Neuer ZMT Newsletter jetzt online

Unser zweiter Newsletter steht zum Download bereit. Dieses Mal graben wir durch die Mangrovensedimente und werfen einen Blick hinter die Kulissen des Schleiflabors. Um die Rolle der Labore in einem Forschungsinstitut geht es auch im Interview unseres Newsletters. Viel Spaß beim Lesen! more ...

A taste of the future of the oceans

The lecture series “Science Sips” is a project of the Science Year 2016*17. On June 21 ZMT microbiologist Dr. Astrid Gärdes will participate in the programme with a keynote speech about the environmental impacts of aquaculture. more ...

How reliable are shells used as climate archives?

For the reconstruction of the climate in past eras calcareous structures of marine animals like shells represent a valuable archive. Climate studies also resort to archaeological shell middens. But are shells, which were exposed to heat for consumption, reliable climate archives? Geologist Peter Müller knows the answer… more ...

Open Campus: All about Diving at ZMT´s Stand

The Open Campus held by the University of Bremen is just around the corner. On Saturday, June 17 2017 from 2:00 pm the ZMT will also be present at the so-called "Mile of Marquees". At ZMT's stand the topic is diving. The institute will inform about its courses for scientific diving and send visitors on a journey through a virtual coral reef with the help of a VR headset. more ...

ZMT at the United Nations Ocean Conference in New York

From 5 to 9 June 2017 the United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 will be convened at the Headquarters in New York. Dr. Werner Ekau and Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge will join the Conference and represent the ZMT`s research and capacity development efforts at several side events. more ...

Making Oceans Plastic Free

With their project “Tasini”, Roger Spranz, PhD candidate at ZMT and colleagues from Germany and Indonesia are seeking to tackle the problem of plastic pollution in the oceans. Their project starts in the run-up to World Oceans Day on 8 June. more ...

100m2 of Sea – A Journey through Seas and Oceans

This week an exhibition about seas and oceans opens its doors at the House of Science in Bremen. Ten Bremen research institutes, among them the ZMT, lead us through the diversity of the oceans. Students from the University of Arts designed a special setting for the exhibition, which is a a contribution to the Science Year 2016*17. more ...

Ventilation for corals: Symbiosis with damselfish brings great advantages for coral growth

Many stony corals live in a close relationship with different species of damselfish. Reef ecologists from ZMT have now investigated this symbiosis in more detail and have discovered an advantage for the corals, which was unknown until now: the fish boost coral photosynthesis und thus enhance their growth. more ...

ZMT's Head of Social Sciences acts as adviser during workshop of Belmont Forum in Brussels

Professor Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Head of Social Sciences at ZMT, will be advising the Belmont Forum in establishing a new funding line. The organisation counts some of the world's major and emerging funders of global environmental change research amongst its members. more ...

German Society for Human Ecology (DGH): Marion Glaser re-elected as Vice President

Dr. Marion Glaser, Head of the work group Social-Ecological Systems Analysis at ZMT, has been re-elected as Vice President of the German Society for Human Ecology (DGH). In her role as part of organisation’s board, she is responsible for international networking for the next two years. more ...

ZMT strengthens collaboration with Sulawesi: International Master Programme planned

By signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) the ZMT and the Universitas Sam Ratulangi (UNSRAT) have extended their collaboration. As part of a new joint project under the lead of Museum Koenig in Bonn (ZFMK) the institutions are currently working on setting up a new master study programme at UNSRAT in Manado. more ...

New EURASLIC Vice President elected

Christina Schrader, head of the MEDIA Unit at the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), has been elected as Vice Prasident iof the »European Association of Aquatic Sciences Libraries and Information Centres« (EURASLIC). The results of the vote were announced this week at the EURASLIC conference hosted by ZMT. more ...

Love Out Loud: ZMT at the re:publica

Love Out loud was this years motto at the re:publica, the international digital fair in berlin. With its partner Science Year it initiated a track focussing on exciting questions regarding the oceans. With its 3-D-coral reef shown at its stand in the VR-Lab, the ZMT offered an informative as well as emotional insight into tropical coral reefs. more ...

Mangrove futures in Penang: A transdisciplinary stakeholder workshop

ZMT recently held a cross-sectoral stakeholder workshop in Penang (Malaysia), attended more than 30 state-level decision-makers such as city councilors and policy experts, scientists, private-sector spokespersons from real estate development and tourism, together with local representatives from civil society organizations such as NGOs, fisheries associations, film and media. more ...

ZMT Working Paper Series now online

ZMT's Working Paper Series presents current scientific discussions at the institute and gives and insight into the ongoing research of the different working groups. The first working paper is now online. more ...

Starting signal for a global mangrove project

With almost a million euros the Leibniz Association will support a research project about mangroves, that envisages data collections in tropical regions all around the world. The joint project will apply state-of-the-art molecular technology and is being coordinated by the ZMT. more ...

Future Day: ZMT offers a look behind the scenes

On April 27 for a lot of pupils in Germany school was cancelled. The Future Day, a nationwide project day, instead offered them a possibility to get to know different training and study opportunities. With various workshops in the laboratories and the marine experimental facility, the ZMT offered a look behind the scenes of its research. more ...

Research for a sustainable future: Dr. Martin C. Lukas honoured with CAMPUS AWARD

For the first time the CAMPUS AWARD Research for a Sustainable Future was presented in Bremen. Dr. Martin C. Lukas was honoured with the prize for his dissertation about the multifacted connections between the causes and effects of coastal land use in Indonesia. more ...

EURASLIC conference at ZMT

From May 8 to 10 the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research hosts the »17th Biennial Conference of the European Association of Aquatic Sciences Libraries and Information Centres (EURASLIC)«. Up to 25 particpants from Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, UK and Ukraine are expected at the three-day event. more ...

Join the research expedition „Seas and Oceans“ on the MS Wissenschaft

Starting on April 24 the exhibition ship MS Wissenschaft will be again on tour, this time heading for German and Austrian inland ports. On board, the interactive exhibition “Seas and Oceans”, also featuring the ZMT´s virtual coral reef, can be visited. Last year around 80.000 enthusiastic guests from Northern Germany visited the exhibition. more ...

New BEST lecture: Global seagrass crisis by Professor Marianne Holmer (SDU)

The use of coastal zones by humans is leading to a global decline of seagrass meadows. On April 25 at 5:00 p.m. Pofessor Marinanne Holmer from the University of Southern Denmark in Odense is giving a lecture on the global crisis of seagras meadows. more ...

Zweite regionale Alumni-Konferenz in Kolumbien

Die zweite Alumnikonferenz des ZMT fand kürzlich im kolumbianischen Santa Marta statt. Dreißig ZMT-Alumni aus elf Ländern Süd-, Mittel und Nordamerikas nutzen die Gelegenheit, Kollegen und Wegbegleiter wiederzutreffen, ihr Wissen zu teilen, neue Forschungsansätze vorzustellen und gemeinsame Projektideen zu entwickeln. more ...

NAM-Fellowship at ZMT: Apply by July 7, 2017

Young scientists from developing countries have the opportunity to apply for one of five NAM-Fellowships. The stipend by the ZMT and the NAM S&T Centre financially supports a three-month research stay at the ZMT in Bremen. more ...

Coral reefs: Just keep swimming

In the eastern barrier reef of the Palau archipelago ZMT scientist Sonja Bejano and Jean-Baptiste Jouffray, PhD candidate at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, investigated how differences in wave exposure influence herbivorous fishes, thus having effects on the whole reef’s functioning. more ...

AWA project ends with final workshop in The Gambia

A three-day workshop in Banjul (The Gambia) brought the AWA project to an end this week. 26 scientists from West Africa, Germany and France met in the Gambian capital to discuss research results of the project and possible future cooperation. more ...

GeoBremen 2017: Call for abstracts open

This year the annual meeting of the Deutsche Geologische Gesellschaft – Geologische Vereinigung (DGGV) and the Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft (DMG) takes place in Bremen from Septmber 24 to 29 2017. The Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) is also taking part and resposible for organizing a session on coastal dynamics. Abstracts can be submitted until 15 June 2017. more ...

Results from ZMT-led Triple C project presented at workshop in Indonesia

Indonesian experts on corals and marine governance this week met with project members of the ZMT-led project “Contributing to Coral Commons” (Triple C) to discuss their latest findings within the framework of the three-year research project. more ...

ZMT alumni gather for conference in Colombia

The second regional conference of ZMT’s alumni – this time with Alumni from the Americas – will take place in Santa Marta (Colombia) from March 27 – 31. Hosted by the Universidad del Magdalena, the goal of the gathering is to contribute to the conservation and management of coastal ecosystems in the region and to establish a working line for the regional network. more ...

Letter to Science Magazine: Panama´s protected mangroves are threatened

In a letter to Science Magazine researchers G. Castellanos, L. Kluger and P. Tompkins from ZMT report about their observations in the Panama Bight. There, protected mangroves are being cut down to give way to luxury properties and golf courses. more ...

Tropical coastal research: Future cooperation between Indonesia and Germany

The Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research has been, for the past one and half years, spearheading a German-Indonesian dialogue process, bringing together marine, coastal and agricultural scientists as well as representatives of ministries and selected civil society organizations from Indonesia and Germany. more ...

Bernhard Kegel presented new novel "Abgrund“ at Universum

Bernhard Kegel presented his new German novel "Abgrund“ on March 2, 2017 with a reading and a panel discussion at Universum® Bremen – the event was a collaboration between the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), „Fiction Meets Science“ and Kegel's publishing house "mareverlag". more ...

Future of the oceans: International conference in Bremen from March 6 - 8

The Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) hosted an international conference in the framework of the EU COST Action „Ocean Governance for Sustainability“. Close to 100 participants from science and politics hailing from 24 nations met at Bremen's Haus der Wissenschaft and at ZMT to discuss the future of the oceans. more ...

Leibniz President Matthias Kleiner visits ZMT

This week the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) welcomed the President of the Leibniz Association in Bremen. Professor Matthias Kleiner spent the afternoon at ZMT and got a wide-ranging insight into the research and the infrastructure of the institute. more ...

Deutschlandradio reports about drone project

„Drones over the coral reef“ is the title of a feature in Deutschlandradio Kultur about Elisa Casella´s, Alessio Rovere´s and Sebastian Ferse´s project. The ZMT scientists investigate the possibilities to use drones for questions regarding reef ecolgy. more ...

ZMT signs Cooperation Agreement with the University of Asia and the Pacific

In the frame of the DFG-funded project “Epistemic Mobilities and the Governance of Environmental Risks in Island Southeast Asia (EMERSA)” the ZMT and the University of Asia the Pacific signed its first Cooperation Agreement. The ceremony took place in Manila. more ...

Plankton ecology workshop by JAMSTEC and ZMT

From February 15 to 17, the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) is hosting a workshop entitled “Plankton biodiversity, dynamic eco-physiology and ecosystem function”, combining both mathematical modelling and observations. more ...

Book launch »Faszination Meeresforschung« at ZMT on February 15

On February 15 (at 5:30pm) the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) and the University of Bremen are hosting the launch of the Germna-language book »Faszination Meeresforschung« ein. The presentation at ZMT will be attnded by the book's editors, Prof. Dr. Gotthilf Hempel, Prof. Dr. Kai Bischof and Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Hagen, as well as a number of the authors. more ...

3-day forum for fisheries experts at ZMT

Tropical fisheries is a changing world are at the centre of a three-day workshop at the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) which unites scientists from the institute, its German partners and internationally renowned experts. From February 7 to 9, 2017 the participants will discuss the socioeconomic and the climate-induced drivers of tropical fisheries whilst also looking at modern concepts and tools for fisheries management. more ...

“Summa” for ZMT doctoral thesis in marine microbiology

Congratulations to Anny Cardenas, who received the highest grade for her doctoral thesis. In the frame of her research she travelled to Saudi Arabia to investigate the impact of marine pollution on coral reefs and associated microorganisms. more ...

ZMT hosts the 2nd annual workshop on Experimental Economics for the Environment

The Institutional and Behavioral Economics group at the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) together with Jacobs University will host the 2nd annual workshop on Experimental Economics for the Environment from February 2 to 3, 2017 at ZMT. more ...

New dual leadership at ZMT: Dr. Nicolas Dittert joins as Administrative Director

On January 16, 2017, the management board of ZMT is expanded by the appointment of Dr. Nicolas Dittert as administrative director. Alongside the scientific director, Prof. Dr. Hildegard Westphal, the geologist will be responsible for the areas of administration and infrastructure. Nicolas Dittert joins ZMT from the Center for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM) of the University of Bremen. more ...

Drones Aid in Coral Reef Research

The use of drones for research purposes is still in its infancy. An international team of scientists led by Elisa Casella of the ZMT has now developed a method to investigate the condition of coral reefs using drone technology. more ...

New name as of 2017: ZMT now called Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research

The Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology – ZMT for short – is now called the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research. The name change entered into force on January 1, 2017. The name change takes into account the increasingly interdisciplinary scope of the ZMT, which includes both the natural sciences and the social sciences. more ...

„Leibniz in der Bremischen Bürgerschaft“ is back on December 14

After a successful start last year ZMT's dialogue forum „Leibniz in the Bremen Parliament" is back. On December 14, scientists from Leibniz institutes in
Bremen and Lower-Saxony are visting the members of Bremen's Parliament for an exchange on a wide range of research topics. more ...

First Leibniz Environment and Development Symposium (LEADS) took place in Berlin

From December 5 to 7, thirty researchers from Leibniz institutes discussed their works at the headquarters of the Leibniz Association in Berlin. The aim of the symposium was to give a forum to junior researchers from Leibniz institutes working on the intersection between environment and development. more ...

MarParCloud project: Successful completion of a new series of experiments at the ZMT

Within the framework of the research project MarParCloud, funded by the Leibniz Association, Dr. Enno Bahlmann (WG Carbon and Nutrient Cycling at ZMT) and PhD candidate Markus Hartmann (TROPOS) investigated the properties of marine aerosols. more ...

ZMT welcomes new NAM-Fellows

Four scientists from Columbia, India, Malaysia and Jordan will be visiting the ZMT for three months as part of a NAM-Fellowship. They will do their research in the work groups Two of the new guests have already arrived in Bremen. more ...

Conference „Ocean Governance for Sustainability“: Call for abstracts open!

In March 2017, the first content-focused conference of the EU Cost Action 'Ocean Governance for Sustainability' will take place in Bremen. Interested members of the European network can send in manuscripts and abstracts until December 31, 2016.
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Partners wanted: ZMT develops high-performance photometer

Chemical engineer Matthias Birkicht, together with his team has developed a high-performance prototype of a photometer for water analysis. In order to be able to offer the device online, the ZMT is currently looking for partners and sponsors. more ...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the Leibniz Annual Meeting

At the annual meeting of the Leibniz Association, German Chancellor Angela Merkel emphasised the freedom of science, based on adequate funding. Bremen’s Science Senator Eva Quante-Brandt posited that science serves as a means to counteract the loss of reality in parts of society.
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BMBF delegation in Xiamen: 30 years of successful German-Chinese marine research

Representatives of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and of the Chinese marine research authority State Oceanic Administration (SOA) recently met in the town of Xiamen in Southern China for the 19th meeting of the German-Chinese steering committee for coastal, marine and polar research. Dr. Tim Jennerjahn represented the ZMT. more ...

“Bremen Earth and Social Science Talks”: Lecture on self-organisation in diversity

In his English-language lecture “Self organization of diversity in living systems” Professor Kim Sneppen, from the University of Copenhagen will discuss the broad features of diversity in terms of a few illustrative models whilst also drawing inspiration from daily social phenomena. Thursday, November, 17, 5.00 – 6.30 pm. more ...

ECSA 56: Special issues of journals ECSS and OCMA now open for manuscript submission

Following from September’s successful ECSA56 conference in Bremen the journals Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science (ECSS) and Ocean & Coastal Management (OCMA) have opened a call for papers on the conference topic of "Coastal systems in transition: From a 'natural' to an 'anthropogenically-modified' state". Both publications will publish special issues. Submissions are welcome until December 31. more ...

New cooperation agreement between ZMT and University of Pará (UFPA) in Brazil

Professor Hildegard Westphal, Director of the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), and Professor Horácio Schneider, Rector of the University of Pará (UFPA) in Brazil have agreed terms for a long-term cooperation between the two institutions by signing a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). more ...

ZMT scientist to hold keynote presentation at European Parliament Science Briefing

ZMT scientist Dr Nils Moosdorf will be among five international scientists on submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) giving a keynote talk at a European Parliament Science Briefing "Groundwater-Sea Interaction: Challenges for coastal ecosystem management". The meeting takes place on November 8 and was initiated by ZMT in cooperation with the Konsortium Deutsche Meeresforschung (KDM). more ...

MIT anthropologists visit ZMT

Professors Stefan Helmreich and Heather Paxson from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Anthropology recently facilitated an interdisciplinary workshop on “Infrastructures of NatureCulture in the Realm of the Intangible and Invisible”hosted at ZMT. more ...

CAMPUS PRIZE research for a sustainable future: Application deadline extended

The KELLNER & STOLL FOUNDATION FOR CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENT, the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) and the University of Bremen have launched the “CAMPUS PRIZE: research for a sustainable future” this summer. The initiators have now decided to extend the application deadline until Friday, November 11, at 11am.
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„Summa cum laude“ for a doctoral thesis on coral ecology

Congratulations! Claudia Pogoreutz of ZMT has received the highest grade “Summa cum laude” for her doctoral thesis “Coral holobiont functioning under global environmental change”.
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25 years of tropical marine science: Bremen Senator Quante-Brandt honours ZMT

Senator of Science, Prof. Dr. Eva Quante-Brandt, congratulated ZMT on its 25th anniversary by hosting a reception at Bremen's town hall. More than 140 guests from science, politics, business and society took part in the festive occassion. more ...

Corals and algae provide different fuel for the sponge loop

New research conducted by an international research team, jointly led by ZMT and the University of Bremen, has discovered that corals and algae differently influence nutrient cycling by the “sponge loop”, a key pathway by which energy and nutrients are transferred up the reef food chain. more ...

International ZMT Alumni Kick-Off Conference

As part of its 25th anniversary celebration, the ZMT is holding its alumni kick-off conference from 25th to 28th October 2016. About 50 out of 600 alumni and former guest researchers, who come from about 27 different, mainly tropical countries, will join the conference. more ...

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. more ...

EU Cost Action “Ocean Governance for Sustainability”

The kick-off and first Management Committee meeting of the COST Action "Ocean Governance for Sustainability – Challenges, Options and the Role of Science” initiative took place recently in Brussels. The events marked the starting point of a four-year project funded by the European Union and coordinated by ZMT's Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Horndige. It includes 22 European countries and 74 institutional partners. more ...

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 Regional Development at 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 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 new research project on seagrass and macroalgae ecosystems 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 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 ...

Jetzt als Film: EEBUS Summer School in Saint-Lous, Senegal

Zur ZMT-Sommerschule über die vier großen Küstenauftriebsgebiete der Ozeane kamen Doktoranden und Post-Docs aus Afrika, Europa, Nord-und Südamerika. Unterstützt von der VolkswagenStiftung konnte das ZMT die Vorträge und Workshops mit einer Kamera begleiten und Teilnehmer und Vortragende interviewen. Hier geht’s zu unserem Film. more ...

Visualizing Climate Change in Museums

On September 5 and 6, scientists from various disciplines will meet in the Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum (DSM) to discuss how to convey and visualize climate change in museums. The ZMT co-organizes the event. 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 initiated by the KELLNER & STOLL FOUNDATION FOR CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENT, the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) and the University of Bremen. The prize money amounts to 2,000 Euro and will be awarded annually. more ...

Bremen premiere for international "ECSA 56" conference

From September 4 to 7, the ZMT is hosting the international science conference ECSA56 discussing the effects of climate and environmental change in coastal zones. The renowed ECSA conference has been taking place annualy since 1971 in differnt cities. Initiated by the ZMT it now comes to Bremen for the first time in its 45-year history. more ...

Federal Minister Johann Wanka visits ZMT stand on Open Doors Day at BMBF

On the Open Doors Day of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research ZMT showed its virtual reef in an exhibition with the motto “The sea bgins here”. Federal Minister Johanna Wanka visited the ZMT stand, and many of the hundreds of visitors also enjoyed the “dive” into a tropical coral reef. 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 ...

Workshop at HWK: Effects of ocean acidification and warming on tropical and subpolar corals

In a series of lab experiments headed by Prof. Dr. Justin Ries (Northeastern University Boston), ZMT scientists have been testing the effects of ocean acidification and warming on tropical and subpolar corals.The research is a collaboration between the ZMT, Northeastern, AWI, MPI and GEOMAR. As part of the project Prof. Ries recently held a workshop at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg. more ...

Help at hand: ZMT donations reach Fijian communities

In February, cyclone Winston (category 5, highest at scale) hit Fiji and left serious devastation. The Fijian communities the ZMT works with were also greatly affected by the disaster. To help the Fijians, ZMT employees have donated more than 1.200 Euro. more ...

ZMT mangrove researcher joins IUCN experts

Prof. Dr. Martin Zimmer, head of the work group Mangrove Ecology at the ZMT has been appointed as a new member of the IUCN SSC Mangrove Specialist Group. He is now one of 50 experts lending their support to the conservation of mangroves in the name of the IUCN. more ...

First Indonesian scientist of ZMT partner institution trains as scientific diver

As the first Indonesian scientist from a ZMT partner institution Rikoh Siringoringo has been trained in scientific diving. Supported by the ZMT, the researcher from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences LIPI has successfully passed the five-week theoretical and practical training and is now certified as a scientific diver according to DGUV rules and as a European Scientific Diver. more ...

Ambassador of Mauritius visits the ZMT

Prof. Dr. Hildegard Westphal, Director of the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) recently welcomed H.E. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kheswar Jankee, the Ambassador of the Republic of Mauritius, to Bremen for talks about future collaborations with research institutions in the island state. more ...

ZMT on expedition with research vessel Meteor

At the end of July, 13 scientists from the ZMT will be going on a research expedition with the RV Meteor. They are travelling to the upwelling systems at the coasts of Mauretania and Senegal, where the marine ecosystems are of great scientific and economic interest. The upwelling areas cover an oceanographic transition area, which allows to decipher the impacts of different parameters. more ...

Leibniz Environment & Development Symposium (LEADS): Call for papers!

Four members of the Leibniz Association – namely ATB, IGZ, ZALF and ZMT – are inviting fellow Leibniz research institutions to participate in the first Leibniz Environment & Development Symposium (LEADS) which will take place at the Leibniz HQ in Berlin from December 5 to 7. Scientists from the Leibniz Association can submit their papers until September 15. more ...

Pace-NET+: Final conference of network project between EU and South Pacific region

Science, technology and innovation as corner stones of sustainable development of the South Pacific region stood at the centre of the final PACE-NET+ conference. Siaosi Sovaleni, Vice Prime Minister of Tonga, opened the two-day event on Fiji, which was attended by more than 100 representatives from science, politics and society from the EU and the South Pacific region. more ...

Exhibition vessel MS Wissenschaft in Bremen: ZMT presents a virtual coral reef

In time for the Breminale another highlight comes to Bremen: from 14 to 17 July the swimming Science Center MS Wissenschaft will anchor at Tiefer 2 to show an exciting exhibition about the seas and oceans. A ZMT exhibit is also on board: it offers visitors the opportunity to dive in a virtual tropical coral reef. more ...

Second ZMT Newsletter of 2016 now online

Our second ZMT Newsletter of the year is out now. Among other, you can find out what foraminifera can tell us about climate change, how the ZMT contributes to research into infectious diseases and read about our international summer school in Senegal. We hope you enjoy it. more ...

Hildegard Westphal joins the University Council of Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Prof. Dr. Hildegard Westphal, Director of the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), has been appointed as a new member to the university council of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB). The geologist is one of two new members to join the board. more ...

New set-up at the MAREE: ZMT tests effects of ocean acidification and warming on corals

After an extensive overhaul of the Marine Environmental Ecology Unit (MAREE), scientists at the ZMT are now able to undertake more in-depth testing of the effects of global change on marine organisms. more ...

Bright spots for the future of coral reefs: ZMT's Dr. Sebastian Ferse is co-author of new "Nature" study

What influences fish abundance in these environments? An international team of 39 researchers explored this question on 2,500 reefs in 46 countries. The study headed by lead author Prof. Josh Cinner ( James Cook University, Australia) has just been published in renowned journal “Nature”. Dr. Sebastian Ferse from ZMT is one of the co-authors of the publication. more ...

New DFG focus "Sea Level and Society" with ZMT particpation

The ZMT is working on two projects funded within the new priority programme „Regional Sea Level and Society" by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The successful applications show the interdisciplinary diversity of the new research programme. more ...

International Coral Reef Symposium: ZMT researchers out in full force

Twenty scientists from the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) are taking part in the International Coral Reef Symposium (IRCS) this year. The ICRS, the world’s biggest conference on coral reefs, is taking place in Honolulu (Hawaii) from June 19 to 24. more ...

More ocean research: Year of Science 2016*2017 launched

Over the coming years the oceans will be at the centre of research: On June 7, Johanna Wanka, Federal Minster of Education and Research launched the Year of Science 2016*2017 focusing on the oceans and the seas. She also announced a new ocean research programme by the Federal Government. more ...

The weekly newspaper „DIE ZEIT“ features ZMT research in Sulawesi

“Here they fish with dynamite” – an article in the “ZEIT” reports on a ZMT research project off the coast of Sulawesi, where coral reefs are highly endangered. The article is online now. more ...

Apply now for the NAM-Fellowship at ZMT!

Young scientists from developing countries have the opportunity to apply for one of five NAM-Fellowships. The stipend by the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) and the NAM S&T Centre financially supports a three-month research stay at the ZMT in Bremen. more ...

Start of the exhibition ScienceStation

From May 23 to October 11 the ScienceStation, an exhibition of the Science Year Seas and Oceans will be touring through German train stations with a combination of fascinating interactive experiments and background information. The ZMT is presenting one of its exhibits. more ...

Chinese delegation visits ZMT

Representatives of the Qindao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology (QNLM), the country’s largest research institute for marine sciences, visited the ZMT yesterday. Dr. Tim Jennerjahn, head of the work group Ecological Biogeochemistry, received the delegation. more ...

ZMT takes part in European Maritime Day

From May 18 to 19, more than 1,000 representatives from the EU, the European Commission, from the maritime industry and from science are gathering in the Finnish city of Turku for the European Maritime Day (EMD) conference. ZMT is also part of the meeting: On May 18, Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge holds a talk on “Governance Challenges for Deep-Sea Resources and the Role of Science”. more ...

Leibniz Association strengthens research cooperation with Israel

The Leibniz Association has signed an agreement with the marine science institute of the Israeli universities in Eilat to extend its research cooperation with Israel. Six Leibniz institutes will now undertake joint interdisciplinary marine research together with the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences (IUI). The ZMT has been instrumental in the cooperation agreement. more ...

All on board: MS Wissenschaft starts its tour through Germany

The exhibition vessel MS Wissenschaft has started its tour through Germany setting off from Kiel harbor. As part of the year of science 2016*17 the exhibition on board the 100 metre ship is dedicated to “Seas and Oceans”. The ZMT is also taking part with an exhibit: a virtual coral reef. more ...

When water makes us ill

On April 28, the Leibniz Research Alliance “Infections 21” and the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research are organizing a talk series about water as transmission path for infections at the Haus der Wissenschaft in Bremen. more ...

New choices: Second "Carrer Paths" information day for PhD students

On May 27, the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research offers a second information day for young marine scientists, who like to find out more about careers outside of academia. The event at Bremen’s Haus der Wissenschaft will focus on jobs in industry, administration, consulting or journalism. more ...

Director Hildegard Westphal elected as member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts

Special honour for Prof. Dr. Hildegard Westphal, Director of the ZMT: The geologist has been named as a new member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. The organisation, which is based in Salzburg, is a forum for academics from sciences, society and politics, which aims to deal with interdisiciplnary topics of transnational and European relevance. more ...

Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge takes over as head of the Department of Social Sciences

Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge is the new head of the Department of Social Sciences at the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT). She is taking over from Prof. Dr. Achim Schlüter whose regular time in office comes to an end after five years. more ...

Impact of aquaculture in the tropics: Close to one million euro for new ZMT research project

The ecological, social and economic impact of aquaculture on tropical coastal ecosystems and humans are the focus of a new cooperation project at the ZMT, which is supported with around one million euro by the Leibniz Association. more ...

First Alumni Ambassador meeting at ZMT

From March 14 to 16, the ZMT hosted the first “ZMT Alumni Ambassador Meeting” as part of the ZMT Alumni Programme. The ambassadors contributed to the further development of the alumni programme, as well as to promote future collaborations and joint projects. more ...

Research Funding Day at ZMT

On March 15, the ZMT held an information day for PhD students and postdocs to find out more about different funding opportunities for their further careers. more ...

Intensifying cooperation: Exchange between ZMT and IUI on research and education

Scientists from the ZMT and the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Science (IUI) in Israel met for a one-day workshop in Bremen to further their cooperation. IUI Director Prof. Dr. Amatzia Genin headed the eight-strong delegation from Eilat. more ...

ZMT: 25 years of tropical marine research in Bremen

Twenty-five years ago the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research 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 ...

ZMT International Summer School in Senegal: Applications now open!

With support from the Volkswagen Foundation, the ZMT is organizing an international summer school on the “Ecology of Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems (EBUS)”. It is aimed at PhD candidates and postdocs from German and African universities. Please apply by Februray 29, 2016! more ...

Sinking islands: Does the rise of sea level endanger the Takuu Atoll in the Pacific?

In the last decades the sea level has been rising continuously – about 3,3 mm per year. Are the effects of sea level rise becoming noticeable on reef islands? Scientists from the ZMT could answer this question for the Taku Atoll, a group of islands located in the Pacific, northeast of Papua New Guinea. more ...

SPICE Final Conference on Bali

A two-day conference on Bali brought the bilateral research programme SPICE (Science for the Protection of the Indonesian Coastal Marine Ecosystems) to a close. During the conference the programme partners already discussed further opportunities for continued collaboration and joint research. more ...

When one becomes three: Rare sea cumber fission at ZMT aquarium

At the ZMT’s marine experimental facility (MAREE) a very rare and fascinating event took place recently when one of the institute’s sea cucumbers of the species Stichopus vastus (Curryfish) reproduced through fission. more ...

The new Science Year of the BMBF is dedicated to marine research

“The Seas and the Oceans” is the name of the new science year of the Ministry of Education and Research. It will start mid-2016 and cover a period of one year and a half. Under the motto “Discover, Profit, Protect” a huge variety of events is going to take place all over Germany. The ZMT will also participate in some of the events. more ...

New ZMT Newsletter now online

Our new ZMT Newsletter is now online. Among other topics, this issue reports on sea level changes and measuring waves, we introduce our new professor in social sciences, and ZMT’s research into submarine groundwater discharge. We hope you enjoy reading it. more ...

ZMT receives half a million Euro from BMBF to strengthen innovation potential

In the future, new processes are to be established at the ZMT in order to adapt research for societal and economic use. Dr. Bevis Fedder, head of the Office for Knowledge Exchange at the ZMT, coordinates the implementation of the concept. more ...

ZMT researcher appointed as Editor-in-Chief of journal “Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science”

Dr. Tim Jennerjahn, scientist at the ZMT, has been appointed as Editor-in-Chief of the journal “Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science”. He is now working as one of a total of six Editors-in-Chief. For the next three years he will fulfill this role in addition to his research at the ZMT. more ...