YOU­MA­RES 12 will take place in Ham­burg City on board the Muse­um ship Cap San Die­go and online.

The Cap San Die­go is a muse­um ship with berth at the Über­see­brü­cke in Ham­burg Port. Built in 1961 as a gene­ral car­go ship, the ship was until the 1980s years in liner ser­vice with South Ame­ri­ca. The motor ves­sel Cap San Die­go is the lar­gest ope­ra­tio­nal muse­um freigh­ter of the world.


By train (from main station/ZOB): from Ham­burg main sta­ti­on, take the U3 to Baum­wall station.
Arri­val by car is not recom­men­ded as the­re are hard­ly any par­king spaces on site.

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Con­fe­rence Sessions

Oce­an pol­lu­ti­on and degra­dati­on – thre­ats to human health?

Direct or indi­rect expo­sure to pol­lut­ants through the water body, sedi­ments or aqua­tic bio­ta can threa­ten human health in mani­fold ways. Examp­les are the bio­ac­cu­mu­la­ti­on of mer­cu­ry along the aqua­tic food chain or the disper­sal of fecal con­ta­mi­nants through insuf­fi­ci­ent was­te water tre­at­ment. At the same time, the con­se­quen­ces for human health are vary­ing upon con­ta­mi­nant, con­cen­tra­ti­on, expo­sure dura­ti­on and the per­sis­tence of the contaminants.
Moreo­ver, the oce­ans pro­vi­de a lar­ge varie­ty of eco­sys­tem ser­vices con­nec­ted with the well-being and health. In this con­text, the degra­dati­on of the oce­ans has a detri­men­tal effect on human health.

Thus, today and for all future genera­ti­ons, it is of key impor­t­ance to obtain a bet­ter under­stan­ding of how oce­an degra­dati­on and human health is con­nec­ted. We invi­te spea­kers to pre­sent their rese­arch about the inter­ac­tion of aqua­tic pol­lu­ti­on and human health, without being restric­ted to topics such as con­ta­mi­na­ti­on of sea­food or other expo­sure rou­tes to contaminants.

Oce­an pol­lu­ti­on and degra­dati­on – thre­ats to human health?

Hosts: to be announced

This ses­si­on is about water pol­lu­ti­on through micro­or­ga­nisms and harm­ful algae bloo­ms. We invi­te spea­kers to pre­sent their rese­arch about the link bet­ween eutro­phi­ca­ti­on, harm­ful algae bloo­ms and rela­ted food bor­ne dise­a­ses. It also inclu­des rese­arch about pos­si­ble methods to con­trol high nut­ri­ent load and feces pro­du­ced by aquacul­tu­re faci­li­ties but also the con­trol or detec­tion of toxic microalgae.

Do you want to pre­sent your rese­arch or pro­ject in this session?

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Indus­tri­al and che­mi­cal pollution

Hosts: to be announced

The explo­ita­ti­on of natu­ral resour­ces from both coas­tal- and open-oce­an envi­ron­ments for the bene­fit of humans, has brought several dis­cus­sions from dif­fe­rent indus­try and aca­de­mic fiel­ds. Habi­tat devas­ta­ti­on, over­fi­shing, noi­se pol­lu­ti­on, ship traf­fic, oil spills, dred­ging and deto­na­ti­ons are only examp­les on how the indus­tri­al explo­ita­ti­on is har­ming mari­ne life.

At the same time, the input of various che­mi­cals from the land to the oce­an is one of the lar­gest thre­ats affec­ting water che­mi­stry, sedi­ments, mari­ne life and bio­lo­gi­cal cycles in the coas­tal eco­sys­tems. Even if several indus­tri­al inputs have been stop­ped in the past and pro­gress is made towards more sus­tainab­le, cir­cu­lar eco­no­my, lar­ge amounts of pol­lut­ants are still released or per­sist in the envi­ron­ment. The envi­ron­men­tal impact of todays’ inno­va­ti­ve pro­ducts that are brought to the mar­ket is often unclear and they could beco­me the emer­ging con­ta­mi­nants of the pre­sent and future. The neces­si­ty of brin­ging che­mi­cal pol­lu­ti­on into public con­scious­ness is cru­cial for past, pre­sent and future events.

In this broad ses­si­on, we invi­te young mari­ne rese­ar­chers working in the indus­tri­al field, with mari­ne con­ta­mi­nants and emer­ging pol­lut­ants, mari­ne che­mi­stry but also explo­ita­ti­on of fishe­ries and noi­se pollution.

It’s all about plastics”

Hosts: to be announced

Nowa­days, plastic pol­lu­ti­on in the oce­an is a glo­bal emer­gen­cy. The oce­ans are recei­ving several amounts of all man­ner of plastic debris every day, impac­ting mari­ne envi­ron­ment and human health. Appro­xi­mate­ly, up to 80% of the was­te accu­mu­la­ted on land, shore­li­nes, the oce­an sur­face, or seabed is plastic. Oce­an plastic pol­lu­ti­on is a con­tem­pora­ry chal­len­ge that has attrac­ted incre­a­sing sci­en­ti­fic con­cern, brin­ging tog­e­ther dif­fe­rent initia­ti­ves and agree­ments on an inter­na­tio­nal, natio­nal, regio­nal, and local sca­le, all around the world, invol­ving sci­en­tist, governments, and stakeholders.

In the frame­work of the Deca­de of Oce­an Sci­ence for Sus­tainab­le Deve­lo­p­ment (2021 – 2030) of the United Nati­ons, we invi­te you to share your rese­arch, pro­ject and initia­ti­ves rela­ted to oce­an plastic pol­lu­ti­on and its impacts on mari­ne orga­nisms, the mari­ne envi­ron­ment and human health.

Do you want to pre­sent your rese­arch or pro­ject in this session?

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Return to healt­hy – res­to­ra­ti­on and resi­li­en­ce of pol­lu­t­ed mari­ne areas

Hosts: to be announced

Healt­hy eco­sys­tems and their func­tio­n­ing are of grea­test impor­t­ance for humans and mari­ne life. They pro­vi­de nur­sing are­as, fee­ding grounds, habi­tats for mari­ne life but also eco­sys­tem ser­vices like coas­tal pro­tec­tion, recrea­tio­nal spaces and many other. The degra­dati­on of mari­ne life, coast­li­nes and the open oce­an, as well as the inf­lux and accu­mu­la­ti­on have major impacts on local bio­di­ver­si­ty and the func­tio­n­ing of the­se spaces. It is thus of major impor­t­ance to pre­vent, halt and pre­ser­ve the degra­dati­on of eco­sys­tems and inves­ti­ga­te sui­ta­ble miti­ga­ti­on mea­su­res and how the resi­li­en­ce can be methods their resi­li­en­ce can be restored.

Rela­ted to the UN deca­de on eco­sys­tem res­to­ra­ti­on, we invi­te spea­kers to pre­sent their rese­arch about res­to­ra­ti­on of coas­tal and mari­ti­me eco­sys­tems as well as their resi­li­en­ce to dif­fe­rent envi­ron­men­tal thre­ats. Fur­ther­mo­re, this ses­si­on invi­tes talks about the reme­dia­ti­on of oce­an habitats.

Do you want to pre­sent your rese­arch or pro­ject in this session?

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Oce­an inva­ders, the con­se­quen­ces of bio­lo­gi­cal pollution

Hosts: to be announced

The intro­duc­tion of non-indi­ge­nous and inva­si­ve spe­ci­es in the aqua­tic envi­ron­ment can hea­vi­ly alter mari­ne eco­sys­tems and have nega­ti­ve con­se­quen­ces for the func­tio­n­ing of local bio­di­ver­si­ty. Bio­lo­gi­cal inva­si­on events are most­ly asso­cia­ted with human acti­vi­ties, such as mari­ti­me traf­fic, tou­rism acti­vi­ties but also the inten­ded trans­fer of species.

This ses­si­on is about the direct and indi­rect impacts that the­se spe­ci­es can have on mari­ne bio­di­ver­si­ty. We invi­te spea­kers to pre­sent their rese­arch about the impact of NIS and inva­si­ve spe­ci­es, without being restric­ted, to topics such as their impact but also how con­se­quen­ces of the­se inva­si­ons could be approa­ched in a local or glo­bal perspective.

Go with the flow, how pol­lut­ants disper­se in mari­ne spaces

Hosts: to be announced

Befo­re imple­men­ting sui­ta­ble con­ser­va­ti­on, res­to­ra­ti­on and pre­ven­ti­on methods, it is necessa­ry to under­stand how pol­lut­ants are disper­sing in mari­ne eco­sys­tems. Model­ling is an excel­lent and sta­te-of-the-art tool to obtain data about the inf­lux, flow and disper­sal of various con­ta­mi­nants over space and time.

We invi­te spea­kers to pre­sent their rese­arch about the fate of pol­lutant through local and glo­bal mode­ling approa­ches, and the visua­liz­a­ti­on and under­stan­ding of dif­fe­rent pol­lut­ants in short and long time sca­les from the past to the future.

Socio – eco­no­mic fac­tors and sus­tainab­le, eco­sys­tem-based management

Hosts: to be announced

Eco­sys­tem Based Manage­ment (EBM) pro­vi­des important tools for a sus­tainab­le use of mari­ne resour­ces, taking into account the inter­ac­tion among eco­sys­tem com­pon­ents and dif­fe­rent manage­ment sec­tors, name­ly tou­rism, fishe­ries, civil socie­ty, mari­ne sci­en­tist, social sci­en­tist, etc. EBM also con­si­ders human bein­gs as an inte­gral part of the eco­sys­tem, due to the influ­ence that we have on the oce­ans, and also the use of its goods and ser­vices. In the frame­work of the Deca­de of Oce­an Sci­ence for Sus­tainab­le Deve­lo­p­ment (2021 – 2030) of the United Nati­ons, an effec­ti­ve Mari­ne Eco­sys­tem Manage­ment is cru­cial for mari­ne con­ser­va­ti­on and resour­ce management.

For this ses­si­on, we invi­te young mari­ne rese­ar­chers who work in dif­fe­rent marine/economic sec­tors, to share with us your investigations/projects/initiatives con­cer­ning mari­ne Eco­sys­tem Based Manage­ment and a sus­tainab­le use of mari­ne resources.

The­re­fo­re, the sus­tainab­le manage­ment of mari­ne resour­ces and estab­li­shing poli­ci­es is one of the most important aims of the glo­bal agenda.

Dive in with our open session

Hosts: to be announced

If the topic you want to pre­sent does not fit into one of the other ses­si­ons we are hap­py to recie­ve your abs­tract here!


→ Online par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on: free of charge
→ On-site par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on: 20,00 Euro

Online Workshops

YOU­MA­RES 12 Con­fe­rence offers you inte­res­ting free online work­shops on Octo­ber 8, 2021.

Crea­ting ele­gant and mea­ning­ful sche­ma­tics allows sci­en­tists to con­vey key infor­ma­ti­on in an easi­ly under­stand­a­ble way. This work­shop will cover design princi­ples on the choice of colour, fonts and icons to visua­li­ze sci­en­ti­fic infor­ma­ti­on. The par­ti­ci­pants will learn to work with Bio­ren­der, a free­ware that allows to crea­te sci­en­ti­fic illus­tra­ti­ons in an effort­less way. All par­ti­ci­pants have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to crea­te a sci­en­ti­fic sche­ma­tic from scratch and recei­ve indi­vi­du­al feedback.

The sea is all a mys­te­ry; once we step in, we are char­med by it fore­ver. Take a moment and try to remem­ber what your first memo­ry of the sea is? Does it make you feel rela­xed, rep­le­nis­hed, and reju­ve­na­ted? Once we step in the water, our heart­beat slows down, body tem­pe­ra­tu­re goes down, and the brain are­as con­nec­ted to emo­ti­ons as empa­thy and plea­su­re acti­va­te. This sta­te of mind we reach is cal­led ‘blue mind,’ a term coi­ned by Nichols Wal­lace, who explo­res the neu­ro­lo­gi­cal inter­re­la­ti­ons­hip bet­ween the human brain and water. Howe­ver, why do we love water too much? Con­si­de­ring that it initi­al­ly comes out of the oce­an, “life con­sists of seri­es of encoun­ters with water” (Nichols 13). What does this infor­ma­ti­on try­ing to tell us? Moreo­ver, how do you feel when you encoun­ter viral vide­os on the inter­net regar­ding our planet’s eco­lo­gi­cal pro­blems? Is your sta­te of mind more in the nega­ti­ve or posi­ti­ve direc­tion? Do you belie­ve they work in the sen­se of pre­ser­ving our eco­sys­tems? The­re­fo­re, in this work­shop, we will be dis­cus­sing our bio­lo­gi­cal and evo­lu­tio­nal con­nec­tion with water and explo­re the idea of prac­ti­cing Blue Mind for life.

Catch the latest trends on sus­tainab­le inno­va­ti­on around plastics from a pack­a­ging spe­cia­list who works in the beverage indus­try. After­wards, a cir­cu­lar design thin­king work­shop will get your crea­ti­vi­ty flowing in a mode­ra­ted event whe­re you can be part in envi­sio­ning a future without plastic waste.

Given the rea­li­ty of the under­re­co­gni­ti­on and underva­lua­ti­on of women in STEAM, this inter­ac­ti­ve work­shop intends to rai­se atten­ti­on to the chal­len­ges women face in their sci­en­ti­fic care­ers in oce­an sci­en­ces, focu­sing on ear­ly care­er rese­ar­chers. The work­shop will be a safe space to share everyone’s rese­arch goals, how they bump into the patri­ar­chy struc­tu­re of sci­ence and dis­cuss pathways for chan­ge. We will bring important con­cepts to this dis­cus­sion such as eco­fe­mi­nism and gen­der equi­ty, and think about how they have been mer­ged (or not) into the glo­bal sci­en­ti­fic and sus­taina­bi­li­ty agen­da, as the assess­ment made by Glo­bal Oce­an Sci­ence Report, the inter­face bet­ween SDG 5 (Gen­der Equi­ty) and SDG 14 (Life below water) of 2030 Agen­da, and the UN Oce­an Deca­de for Sus­tainab­le Deve­lo­p­ment. Final­ly, we will approach prac­ti­cal examp­les by brin­ging sto­ries about pioneer women sci­en­tists and their lega­cy, as well as inspi­ring cur­rent women’s collec­ti­ves from dif­fe­rent parts of the world that are figh­t­ing to address gen­der ine­qua­li­ty in oce­an sciences.

Cli­ma­te chan­ge, over­fi­shing, plastic pol­lu­ti­on — the oce­an is incre­a­singly under thre­at. We need a know­led­ge­ab­le socie­ty in order to inspi­re action and bring about posi­ti­ve change.

The psy­cho­lo­gist and wri­ter Anne Roe said it best, “Not­hing in sci­ence has any value to socie­ty if it is not com­mu­ni­ca­ted.” Effec­ti­ve sci­ence com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on is key to awa­reness of glo­bal issu­es, and par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on in sol­ving them. But how do you con­vey a mes­sa­ge suc­cess­ful­ly to a non-spe­cia­list audience?

In this work­shop Rebec­ca Dani­el, Direc­tor of The Mari­ne Dia­ries, and Sophia Schön­born, Crea­ti­ve Direc­tor at Stu­dio Mons­tröös, will pro­vi­de an over­view of their cur­rent work in sci­ence com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on. Want to work in sci­ence com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on? We will brief­ly touch upon our care­ers to date, and the­re will also be a chan­ce to ask ques­ti­ons and gain advice.

You’ll learn what sci­ence com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on is, and why it’s important. We’ll share insights from dif­fe­rent media examp­les (such as vide­os and arti­cles) and explo­re their suc­ces­ses and pit­falls. As a group we’ll dis­cuss why some examp­les fail whilst others suc­ceed, as well as simp­le gui­de­li­nes to fol­low for effec­ti­ve ways to share sci­en­ti­fic information.

Pri­or to the ses­si­on, you’ll be sent a num­ber of sci­en­ti­fic arti­cles on vary­ing topics to choo­se from. During the ses­si­on, you will have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to meet others, and brain­storm tog­e­ther. Working indi­vi­du­al­ly or in small groups, you will share ide­as, choo­se a medi­um, and deve­lop a sto­ry­line for your cho­sen topic. At the end of the ses­si­on, you will share your work and the group will give feed­back to each other based on the key princi­ples learned.

From this work­shop you’ll deve­lop the skills to effec­tively com­mu­ni­ca­te with dif­fe­rent tar­get audi­en­ces and achie­ve your goals, whe­ther pro­mo­ting oce­an pro­tec­tion, lan­ding your dream role, or secu­ring fun­ding for research.