12. June 2018 From the Baltic sea to the South sea

Auge in Auge mit Tiere der Nord- und Ostsee - beim Open Ship auf FS ALKOR kein Problem. Foto: Jan Steffen/GEOMAR

Kiel marine sciences present global research at the Kiel Week

Do coral reefs exist in the Baltic Sea? How to study the spread of microplastic in the ocean with the help of sailing racing yachts? What are researchers from Kiel investigating with a drillship off New Zealand? The Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean" and the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel will provide answers to these questions and many more during the Kiel Week. A diverse program will offer insights into the exploration of the seas on our doorstep and the oceans worldwide.


A newly designed program leaflet, a new website - it can already be clearly seen in advance that the Kiel Week 2018 will be different from its predecessors. But of course there are also constants. One of them is: Kiel marine sciences should not be missing at such a big maritime festival. With a diverse program, the Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean " and the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel offer insights into their activities and current research topics relating to all of the world's oceans.

The traditional Kiel Week lectures in marine science will deal with reefs this year. The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) has proclaimed 2018 the International Year of the Reef to fill people around the world with enthusiasm for these special habitats. The Kiel Week lectures will not just deal with known tropical coral reefs like the Great Barrier Reef. The speakers will also show the less known world of cold-water corals in several hundred meters of water depth, new technologies for exploring these reefs, how coral can be used to track sea-level fluctuations over thousands of years, and how reefs in the North and Baltic Seas develop.

From Saturday, June 16, to Tuesday, June 19, the research network "The Future Ocean" will also be presented in the "kieler uni live" tent of Kiel University at the Kiellinie. Here, guests can learn, for example, how science observes the ocean or how heavily our seas are contaminated with waste. Both themes are connected through a project that fits in particularly well with the Kiel Week sailing event: marine researchers from Kiel have equipped the racing yachts of the Volvo Ocean Race with sensors to measure oceanographic data as well as the distribution of microplastic around the globe. Project manager Toste Tanhua will present the project at the "Future Ocean" booth on Tuesday, June 19. Several Citizen Science projects will also offer guests the opportunity to actively support research.

On Wednesday, the "Future Ocean" in the "kieler uni live" tent will make way for the BASE-LiNE Earth Project. Its goal is to reconstruct 500 million years of ocean history with the help of the shells of brachiopods. Sounds complicated? It is, but the team will explains its methods and will present results in a vivid manner by means of simple models and experiments.

During the popular "Open Ship" on the research vessel ALKOR on Friday, June 22, visitors will have the possibility to get to know the typical workplace of marine researchers, from the open working deck to the laboratories in the interior of the ship. The project "What lives in the seas?!" shows organisms from the North sea and Baltic sea such as starfish, crayfish and smaller fish, but also tiny plankton. Site contamination through old ammunition
in the sea and the collection of data with racing yachts of the Volvo Ocean Race are further topics during the Open Ship. As a special highlight, a video live stream to two GEOMAR researchers who are currently exploring an active underwater volcano off New Zealand aboard the drillship JOIDES RESOLUTION is planned for 3 p.m. The volcanologist Dr. Jörg Geldmacher will give a short introduction to the topic of the expedition at 3:40 p.m.

All events are free of charge and do not require a registration.

All Events at a glance:

The Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean" in the "kieler uni live" tent

Saturday, 16.6., until Tuesday, 19.6., 12:00 -18:00
Focus on:

  • Saturday 16.06.:
    AquaCubes/Sustainable Food: nachhaltige Aquakultur-Entwicklung
  • Sunday 17.06.:
    Plastikpiraten: Citizen Science Projekt zu Mikroplastik im Meer
  • Monday, 18.06.:
    EcoMap: EU-Projekt zur Umweltkartierung und zum Umweltmonitoring in der Ostsee/Mikroplastik an unseren Küsten: die erste fundierte Untersuchung zur Belastung der schleswig-holsteinischen Ostseeküste mit Mikroplastik
  • Tuesday, 19.06.:
    Volvo Ocean Race: Ozeanbeobachtung an Bord von Rennyachten

Project BASE-LiNE Earth in the "kieler uni live" tent (Kiellinie)
Wednesday, 20.6., until Freitag, 22.6., 12:00 -18:00

Kieler Woche lectures:

  • Monday,18.6., 18:00: Dr. Janina Büscher (GEOMAR):
    Kaltwasserkorallen - die verborgenen Schönheiten der Tiefe
  • Tuesday, 19.6., 18:00: Prof. Dr. Anton Eisenhauer (GEOMAR):
    Korallenriffe berichten über die Meeresspiegelschwankungen der letzten Jahrtausende
  • Wednesday, 20.6., 18:00: Dr. Klaus Schwarzer, (Institut für Geowissenschaften der CAU/Future Ocean):
    Riffe in Nord­ und Ostsee: der etwas andere Lebensraum
  • Thursday, 21.6. 18:00: Prof. Dr. Christian Dullo (GEOMAR):
    Mit Weltraumtechnik in die Tiefsee: Fortschritte in der Erkundung der Kalt­ und Tiefwasserkorallenriffe
  • Friday, 22.6., 18:00: Dr. Marlene Wall (GEOMAR):
    Korallenriffe im Klimawandel: Bedrohte Baumeister der Meere

Open Ship on the research vessel ALKOR
Friday, 22.6., 10:00 - 17:00
mit der Aktion „Was lebt denn da im Meer?!", den Projekten UDEMM (Munition im Meer), Datenerhebung mit Volvo-Ocean-Race-Yachten und Live-Übertragung vom wissenschaftlichen Bohrschiff JOIDES RESOLUTION vor Neuseeland (ab ca. 14:40 Uhr)

www.futureocean.org The Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean"


Friederike Balzereit (The Future Ocean, Communication and Media), Phone: 0431 880-3032

Jan Steffen (GEOMAR, Communication and Media), Phone: 0431 600-2811