Doing Science

This Seminar Series is part of your basic doctoral education and highlights key steps of Doing Science - from theory to practice and from ideas to publications.

The seminars are open to all interested participants.

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ISOS Panel Discussion
Research Impact: How to Evaluate the Impact of Research on Society?

Tuesday 9 February 2016 | 16:00- 18:00 h
Venue: GEOMAR westshore building, Düsternbrooker Weg 20, lecture hall

The interaction between society and science is defined by an increasing demand for dialogue and accountability. Outreach to and impact on society have thus become important challenges in science – for individual scientists as much as for institutions and funding bodies. To evaluate the actual impact of academic research on society, concrete measures are needed, yet remain highly debated.

Join us for a discussion with external experts and senior scientists of the cluster “The Future Ocean”.

Invited Experts:

Inspirational talk: DR. DAGMAR SIMON
Berlin Social Science Center
Dr. Simon is head of the Research Group Science Policy Studies at Berlin Social Science Center. Her scientific expertise covers Science Policy Studies and Evaluation Research. She was an invited expert in the public expert discussion “Wissens- und Innovationstransfer im Rahmen des Paktes für Forschung und Innovation”; Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment, German Bundestag.

German National Library of Economics, Kiel
Prof. Peters is Professor of Web Science at the Leibniz Information Center for Economics in Kiel. She is also a Director of the Institute for Informatics at Kiel University. Her scientific expertise covers Social Media and Web 2.0, Science 2.0, Altmetrics, Knowledge representation and information retrieval.

Kiel University
Prof. Quaas is Professor of Environmental, Resource-, and Ecological Economics at the department of Economics, Kiel University. He is a member of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel
Prof. Visbeck is head of the Research Unit Physical Oceanography at GEOMAR. He is speaker of the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean” and chairman of the German Committee DKN Future Earth.

Moderated by ISOS PhD candidate SIREN RÜHS, GEOMAR, Kiel

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Wednesday 20 January 2016 | 16:00 – 17:30 h

Research Integrity: Black or White?

Prof. Dr. Eric Achterberg, GEOMAR
Prof. Dr. Christian Berndt, Ombudsman Good Scientific Practice GEOMAR
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Hasselbring, CAU, Ombudsman Graduate Center CAU

 “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters”, Albert Einstein

Cases of outright fraud are rare in science, but what about every day decisions for which the fine line between misconduct and integrity does not become so clear? Imagine you have done several experiments and not all confirm your hypothesis. Do you report them all? Somebody suggests that your paper has a higher chance to be published if you add a leading expert to the author list – what do you do?

In this interactive discussion round we will identify typical areas for questionable research practices and find solutions together with the invited experts.

This participatory discussion is open to all researchers and students.

Download the Poster here.


Thursday 19 February 2015 | 16:00 – 18:00 h

Scientist, Citizen, Society: Social Responsibility in a Changing World

This event is open to all interested participants!
Join us for a panel discussion about the role and responsibilities of scientists in public policy and debate! In this day and age, society faces a number of pressing issues that require urgent policy decisions. Is there a clash between scientific responsibilities and social responsibilities? Is it a professional or private responsibility to take a stand in policy debates? Or will advocacy erode the credibility of scientists and their discipline? How is this issue debated among peers and in the public?

Meet and hear panelists:

Prof. Dr. Martin Visbeck, GEOMAR and CAU
Physical oceanographer and speaker of the Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean"
Prof. Dr. Florian Dünckmann, CAU
Cultural geographer and lecturer at the Kiel School of Sustainability
Dr. Martina Baum, CAU
Technical biologist and city council woman for the green party in Kiel
Tim Schröder
Freelance science journalist, contributor to Mare and the World Ocean Review
Moderated by Christina Bonanati
Earth System Knowledge Platform (ESKP), GEOMAR, ISOS PhD candidate

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Prof. Dr. Martin Visbeck is a physical oceanographer at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and at the Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel and is the speaker of the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean”. His research focuses on global ocean circulation and climate dynamics. He is a member of several international working groups as well as inthe Senate Commission for Oceanography of the German Research Foundation and director of the National Committee for Sustainability Research in the research initiative “Future Earth”.

Prof. Dr. Florian Dünckmann is professor for Cultural Geography at the Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel. His main research interests are rural geography, political ecology, food studies, and global commodity chains. He is a lecturer at the Kiel School of Sustainability which offers a range of Master programs focusing on different aspects of sustainable development from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Dr. Martina Baum is a technical biologist and PostDoc at the Institute for Materials Science at the Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel. She is a member of the Integrated Marine Postdoc Network in the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean”. Her research focuses on the development of an environment-friendly polymeric coating with antifouling effect for maritime buildings. She is an active member of the green party and city council woman in Kiel.

Tim Schröder is a biologist and freelance science journalist writing for magazines and newspapers such as Mare, the Financial Times Deutschland, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, or the German edition of Scientific American. He has contributed to the “World Ocean Review”, reports about the state of the world’s oceans dedicated to raising the public’s awareness for marine science issues. In 2011, he was awarded the prestigious Georg-von-Holtzbrinck Prize for science journalism and the Swiss media prize "Eugen" in 2012.

Christina Bonanati is a PhD candidate of the Integrated School of Ocean Sciences investigating volcanic hazards from Iceland at GEOMAR. She is an active contributor to the Earth System Knowledge Platform (ESKP) on which eight research centers of the Helmholtz Association offer a wide range of information to the public on current topics in the research field "Earth and Environment".



Thursday 27 November 2014 | 16:00 – 17:30 h

Good Scientific Practice and its Shades of Grey 
Prof. Dr. Martin Wahl, GEOMAR
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Ismar, GEOMAR
Prof. Dr. Wolf-Christian Dullo, GEOMAR
Dr. Henning Bauch, GEOMAR
Prof. Dr. Silke Göttsch-Elten, CAU


Scientists agree that it is unacceptable to make up data or not to cite original ideas, but what about the “greyer areas” of doing science? Imagine you have done several experiments and not all confirm your hypothesis. Do you report them all? A colleague would like to have a look at your model code. Do you grant access? You are writing a paper – do you make sure that all cited sources are the original ones?

In this discussion round with you and invited scientists about the way we conduct research, we will address the causes and consequences of questionable research practices and hope to reach possible solutions. 

The participatory discussion is open to all researchers and students.

Venue: GEOMAR westshore building, large lecture hall

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Thursday 10 April 14 | 16:00 - 18:00

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Odendahl, CAU
Prof. Dr. Martin Wahl, GEOMAR
Prof. Dr. Martin Frank, GEOMAR

Venue: GEOMAR westshore building, lecture hall (Hörsaal)


Tuesday 03 Sept. 13 | 14:00 - 16:00
Prof. Dr. Christian Dullo, GEOMAR

Tuesday 12 Nov. 13 | 14:00 - 16:00
Dr. Mark Lenz, GEOMAR 

Tuesday 26 Nov. 13 | 14:00 - 16:00
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Grotemeyer, CAU

Tuesday 03 Dez. 13 | 14:00 - 16:00
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Hasselbring, CAU 21

Tuesday 21 Jan. 14 | 14:00 - 16:00
Prof. Dr. Reinhold Hanel, von Thünen-Institut HH
Prof. Dr. Konrad Ott, CAU
Dr. Jörn Schmidt, CAU
Prof. Dr. Martin Visbeck, GEOMAR

Doing Science presentations, literature and links