Examples of previous workshops
When in late summer 2011 a group of 15 doctoral candidates from Kiel and Bremen gathered for a workshop on the island of Sylt to find answers to the question ‘How to protect and preserve marine biological diversity?’ it soon became clear, that there are no easy answers.
Scientists and representatives of governmental and non-governmental organisations and companies provide insights in current Marine Conservation issues – but they also presented open questions.
Stephan Lutter who is working for WWF, Thomas Greiber (IUCN) and Henning von Nordheim from the German conservation authority (BfN) spanned the legal framework of conservation and illustrated the guiding principles for conservation regulations and also, how time consuming it is to get international conventions underway. Carmen-Pia Günther (BioConsult) on the other hand illustrated what role conservation issues and regulations play in the day-to day work in environmental consulting.
A recurrent topic for scientists engaged in nature conservation are shifting baselines. Christian Buschbaum (AWI) and Justus van Beusekom (AWI) who look at invasive species and monitor ecological change in coastal areas highlighted the role for natural sciences while Kathleen Schwerdtner-Máñez and Sebastian Ferse added a social sciences perspective to the discussion by explaining how important human communities are for conservation. How to deal with conservation costs explained Martin Quaas and Jörn Schmidt who took a look on fisheries from an economic point of view.
Clearly, three days filled with discussions and an excursion in the mud flats weren’t enough to fully grasp all aspects of Marine Conservation, however, as each lecturer presented the topic from a different angle and shared personal experiences from working for conservation in NGOs, consultancies, science, and public administration everyone was able to draw a rather complete - even though partly sketchy – picture for themselves:
“Many different disciplines need to work together to get a realistic overview what is best for nature and what is working; and every area, MPAs, environmental problems etc. need to be assessed in an appropriate way”.
“I gained a better understanding on the practice of Marine Conservation. And I need a number of ideas about what I could do after the doctorate, a lot to think about in the next days…”.
A joint course of the Integrated School of Ocean Sciences (ISOS) in Kiel and the International Graduate School for Marine Sciences (GLOMAR) in Bremen.