Lecture Series

The ISOS multidisciplinary lecture series covers all aspects of research towards the 'Future Ocean', presented by scientists from the Cluster of Excellence and by invited experts.

The lectures are addressed to researchers and students of all faculties as well as to the interested public and policy makers.


SS 19

05 September 2019
Can environmental planners save the oceans?

Prof. Michelle Portman
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

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WS 2018/19

18 October 2018
The Ocean: a world ruled by microorganisms

Prof. Dr. Carlos Pedrós-Alió
National Center for Biotechnology (CSIC), Madrid, Spain

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SS 2018

20 September 2018
The Small Things that Matter: the potential for microorganisms to protect our marine environment

Prof. Torsten Thomas and Associate Prof. Suhelen Egan
Centre of Marine Bio-Innovation, Centre of Marine Bio-Innovation, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

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WS 2017/18

25  January 2018
The Oceans Cryptic but Beautiful Life

Prof. Thomas Kiørboe
Centre for Ocean Life, DTU Aqua, Technical University of Denmark

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SS 2017

04 August 2017
From climate change to societal impacts – key challenges of climate impact research

Dr. Katja Frieler
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

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16 May 2017
High Time for Bold New Thinking in Ocean Sciences

Prof. em Victor Smetacek
Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research

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SS 2016

28 July 2016
Our plastic oceans: sources, risks and possible solutions to marine litter

Dr. Erik van Sebille
Grantham Institute & Department of Physics, Imperial College London

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15 July 2016
Can the different goals of the Paris Agreement be reached?

Prof. Hartmut Graßl
Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie, Hamburg

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31 May 2016
Sperm whales in deep mud – Why did so many run aground in the southern North Sea during the last winter?

Dr. Uwe Piatkoswksi
GEOMAR, Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

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26 April 2016
Making Small Data BIG

Dr. Kerstin Lehnert
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, NY, USA

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SS 2015

15 September 2015
Ocean Global Change Biology - Unravelling a Gordian Knot

Prof. Philip Boyd, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, Australia

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23 July 2015
BLUE is the new GREEN - How can we reshape the way our future coastlines look and function?

Dr. Shimrit Perkol-Finkel, CEO and Chief Scientist
ECOncrete Tech LTD and SeArc - Ecological Marine Consulting LTD, Tel-Aviv, Israel

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2 July 2015
Ocean Interfaces – From Nanoscales to Global Impact: The Case of the Oceans’ Plankton

Prof. Peter Liss, CBE, FRS
School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK

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WS 2014/15

19 March 2015
Hydrothermal Exploration in Distant Oceans: Oases for Life on Earth - and Beyond?

Prof. Dr. Chris R. German
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts, USA - and currently a Humboldt Research Fellow at GEOMAR

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03 March 2015
"Suspended" Particulate Organic Matter: A Major Unconsidered Carbon Sink in the Ocean?

Prof. Javier Aristegui
Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, IOCAG

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29 January 2015
The Wine Glass Effect and Other Stories: Can we understand material connectivity in the oceans via scale analysis?

Prof. Anya Waite
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research Bremerhaven

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16 October 2014
Ocean Mesoscale Eddy - Atmosphere Interaction

Prof. Ping Chang

Texas A&M University, Texas, U.S.A., Department of Oceanography

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SS 2014

18 September 2014
The Dance of the Plankton: Ecological and Physical Factors Governing Phytoplankton Biomass

Prof. Michael Behrenfeld

Oregon State University, USA, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology

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14 May 2014
Making sense of ocean biota: How evolution and biodiversity of land organisms differ from that of the plankton

Prof. Victor Smetacek

Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany CSIR National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula, Goa, India

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05 June 2014
Can Corals and Coral Reefs Survive the Current Climate Crisis?

Prof. David J. Miller, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and School of Pharmacy and Molecular Sciences James Cook University

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10 June 2014
El Nino and La Nina Continue to Challenge

Prof. Ed Harrison, University of Washington, School of Oceanography

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WS 2013/14

19 September 2013
What is the Role of the Ocean in the Recent Hiatus in Surface Warming?
Magdalena Balmaseda, European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecasts, UK

07 November 2013
Ecology: Do we Need it, And Why Should we Care?
Ulrike Berninger, University of Salzburg, Austria

19 Sepember 2013
Going it Alone or Networking? Coastal Science for a More Effective and Sustainable Future
Karen Wiltshire, AWI Helgoland

23 January 2014
Are we Plasticizing the Oceans?

Mark Lenz, GEOMAR

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WS 2012/13

29 November 2012
Ocean challenges of the future
Victor Smetacek, Prof. Emeritus, AWI

13 December 2012
How do you explore the ocean floor?
Colin Devey, GEOMAR

10 January 2013
Do we need ocean mining and will it change global metal supply?
Sven Petersen, GEOMAR

24 January 2013
High seas resources: dream or nightmare? Ecological sustainability, social justice and military conflicts.
Iris Menn, GREENPEACE, Hamburg

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SS 2012

05 April 2012
IPCC and International Climate Politics.
Christiane Textor, Scientific Coordinator, German IPCC Coordination Office, Bonn

10 May 2012
What Will be the Status of the World‘s Fish Stocks in 2048? Economic and Legal Drivers.       
Nele Matz-Lück, Lawyer, Walther-Schücking-Institute for International Law, CAU,
Martin Quaas, Economist, Department of Economics, CAU

31 May 2012
What Will be the Status of the World‘s Fish Stocks in 2048? Environmental Drivers and Ecosystem Effects.                   
Rainer Froese, Marine Biologist, Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR),
Birgit Schneider, Climate Researcher, Institute for Geosciences, CAU

14 June 2012
Ocean Acidification Research 2.0: Multi-Species, Multi-Stressor, Multi-Generation?
Frank Melzner, Marine Biologist, Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR)

21 June 2012
Darwin's True Dream Pond: Understanding Marine Biodiversity.

Boris Worm, Marine Ecologist, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada

28 June 2012
Economic Activities in the Anthropocene: Hope for Sustainability?

Konrad Ott, Philosopher, Ernst Moritz Arndt University, Greifswald

05 July 2012 
Global Warming and Marine Methane: Serious Risk or Much Ado About Nothing?
Tina Treude, Marine Biologist, Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR)

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SS 2011

31 May 2011
Tsunamis and Tsunami Risk: From ‘Every Grain of Sand‘ to ‘Like a Rolling Stone‘
Robert Weiss, Geologist, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Texas A&M University, USA

08 June 2011
Understanding the Coral Reef Crisis:
Coral Biology in the Post Genomic Era

David J. Miller, Biologist and Biochemist, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and School of Pharmacy and Molecular Sciences, James Cook University, Australia

14 July 2011
Crises, Catastrophes and Institutional Change in International Politics
Dirk Nabers, Political Scientist, Division for Peace and Conflict Research, Institute of Social Sciences, CAU

21 July 2011
Crisis in Earth System Modelling?
Andreas Oschlies, Biogeochemical Modeller, Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences (GEOMAR)

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25 November 2010
From Single Cells to Global Metagenomics: What Prochlorococcus and its Phage can Teach us About Life.
Penny Chisholm, Biologist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

09 December 2010
Sustainability Economics: Discounting Climate Change
Martin Quaas, Resource Economist, Department of Economics, Kiel University

09 December 2010
Climate Service

Martin Visbeck, Physical Oceanographer, Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences (GEOMAR)

10 February 2011
Climate Policy: On the Mismatch Between What we Want and What we Do

Katrin Rehdanz, Climate Economist, Kiel Insitute for the World Economy

17 February 2011
Podiums-Diskussion: Erneuerbare Energien

Till Requate, Volkswirt, Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre der CAU, Ingrid Nestle, MdB, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, Andree Böhling, Greenpeace Moderation: Kilian O‘Brian, Walther-Schücking-Institut für Internationales Recht

24 March 2011
Invasive Species? Pristine Environments? Forget it!

Helena Fortunato, Biogeographer, Institute for Geosciences, Kiel University

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22 April 2010
Can Proxies be Believed?
Guillaume Leduc, Environmental Geoscientist, Institut for Geosciences

03 June 2010
Sind die Fische(r) noch zu retten?
Podiumsdiskussion mit Boris Worm, Biologe, Dalhousie University,
Alexander Proelß, Jurist, Walther-Schücking Institut für Internationales Recht,
Martin Quaas, Wirtschaftswissenschaftler, Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre, CAU
Martin Momme, Ministerium für Landwirtschaft, Umwelt u. ländl. Räume S.-H.

17 June 2010
Host Parasite Coevolution
Hinrich Schulenburg, Zoologist, Zoological Institute, CAU

01 July 2010 
Sustainability Economics: Trade-offs Among Different Sustainability Objectives
Stefan Baumgärtner, Physician and Economist, Leuphana University Lüneburg

15 July 2010
Ocean Mixing - an Unsolved Mystery
Markus Dengler, Physical Oceanographer, Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM - GEOMAR)

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WS 09/10

03 November 2009
How Food becomes Family: Evolutionary Secrets of Eucaryotic Phytoplankton
Anya Waite, Biological Oceanographer, University of Western Australia

19 November 2009
Is the Circulation of the Atlantic Ocean Changing?
Torsten Kanzow, Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM - GEOMAR)

03 December 2009
Iron Fertilization? Geoengeneering: Can we, may we, should we?
Panel Discussion with Richard Lampitt, Biogeochemist, NOCS Southampton,
Alexander Proelß, Lawyer, Walther-Schücking Institute of International Law,
Katrin Rehdanz, Economist, Kiel Insitute for the World Economy

17 December 2009
One Size fits all? The IPCC as a Blueprint for Scientific Advice on Climate Change?
Silke Beck, Social Scientist, Helmholtz Zentrum für Umweltforschung, Leipzig

14 January 2010
Do Marine Deseases Increase Under Global Change?
Thorsten Reusch, Evolutionary Ecologist, Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences

12 February 2010
The Enforcement Problem: Is “International Law“ Law?
Friday! Alexander Proelß, Lawyer, Walther-Schücking Institute of International Law

18 February 2010
Ocean Acidification: Overcoming the Tunnel Vision
Ulf Riebesell, Biogeochemist, Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM - GEOMAR)

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30 April 2009
Mathematics and Computer Science in the Future Ocean
Prof. Dr. Thomas Slawig

14 May 2009
Scientific scuba diving - still a unique tool for coastal research
Prof. Dr. Kerstin Schrottke

28 May 2009
Absorption Spectroscopy: Methods, Records, Isotopes
Prof. Dr. Gernot Friedrichs

11 June 2009
Paleoclimatology - how the past allows insights into the future
Prof. Dr. Birgit Schneider

25 June 2009
The Legal Regime of the Marine Genetic Resources of the Deep Seabed
Prof. Dr. Alexander Proelß

09 July 2009
Deep sea hydrothermal systems - news from the Mid-Atlantic and the Omani desert
Prof. Dr. Lars Rüpke



30 October 2008
Fisheries: Economy and Ecology
Prof. Dr. Martin Quaas

13 November 2008
Functional Genomics: From Sequences to Functional Networks
Prof. Dr. Philip Rosenstiel

26 November 2008
Spatial Analysis and Geographic Information Systems
Prof. Dr. Athanasios Vafeidis

11 December 2008
'Remote Sensing' of the Ocean Floor and Marine Sediments: an Introduction to Concepts and Methods
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Krastel-Gudegast

15 January 2009
Little Microbes with Large Effect: How Microbial Activity Affects Element Cycling in Marine Systems.
Prof. Dr. Tina Treude

29 January 2009
Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage: Potential Role in Climate Change Policy. CO2-Uptake
Dr. Daiju Narita

12 February 2009
Acid Base Regulation in Marine Animals: Pre-Adaptation to Future Global Change?
Prof. Dr. Frank Melzner

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07 May 2008
P1 - Numerical Simulation

A. Srivastav
Mathematisches Seminar, R. 325, Ludewig-Meyn-Str. 4

10 June 2008
P3 - Molecular Biosciences

T. Bosch
Biologiezentrum, Hörsaal E 59 (Erdgeschoss), Am Botanischen Garten 1-9

24 June 2008
P2 - Isotope and Tracer Analysis
A. Eisenhauer
GEOMAR, Wischhofstraße 1-3, Geb. 8A, Hörsaal (R 002)

03 July 2008
P4 - Ocean Observatories

A. Körtzinger
GEOMAR,   Wischhofstraße 1-3, Technik- und Logistikzentrum (Geb. 14)



31 October 2007
Integrated Basin Modeling
Prof. Dr. Lars Rüpcke, IfM-Geomar (JRG B3, Fluid Derived Seafloor Resources), Kiel

07 November 2007
Threshold effects in the economic management of climate change
Prof. Dr. Eric Naevdal, Department of Economics, University of Oslo

14 November 2007
Health Costs of Climate Change
Michael Hübler, Prof. Dr. Gernot Klepper, Institut für Weltwirtschaft, Kiel

21 November 2007
Data mining and statistics
Prof. Dr. Oleg Seleznjev1, Prof. Dr. Bernhard Thalheim2
1Dept. of Mathmatics and Mathmatical Statistics, Umeå University, Sweden
2Institute of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, CAU Kiel

28 November 2007
Legal regime of the Arctic
Prof. Dr. Alexander Proelß, Walter-Schücking-Institut für internationales Recht (JRG B3, Seafloor Resources), CAU Kiel

05 December 2007
Economic impacts of different water resource policies

Prof. Dr. Katrin Rehdanz, Institut für Weltwirtschaft (JRG A7, Valuing the Ocean), Kiel.

12 December 2007
Human chronic inflammatory diseases - What can we learn from marine animals?
Prof. Dr. Phillip Rosenstiel, Institut für Klinische Molekularbiologie (JRG B2, Marine Medicine), UKSH Kiel

19 December 2007
Estimating the effects of future ocean acidification on marine animal performance
Prof. Dr. Frank Melzner, IfM-Geomar (JRG A1, CO2-Induced Ocean Acidification), Kiel

09 January 2008
Economic Models of Fisheries
Prof. Dr. Till Requate, Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre, Innovations-, Wettbewerbs- und Neue Institutionenökonomik, CAU KIEL

16 January 2008
Modern Laser Techniques for Ocean Surface Research
Prof. Dr. Gernot Friedrichs, Institut für Physikalische Chemie, JRG A6 Ocean Surface Chemistry, CAU Kiel

23 January 2008
What do we need to know about mathematical modeling and simulation?
Prof. Dr. Thomas Slawig, Institut für Informatik (JRG A3, Present and Future CO2 Uptake), CAU Kiel

30 January 2008
Coupled climate carbon cycle models: how good are they?
Prof. Dr. Birgit Schneider, Institut für Geowissenschaften (JRG A4, Ocean Circulation), CAU Kiel.

06 February 2008
Complexity of Computation - an Introduction
Prof. Dr. Anand Srivastav, Institut für Informatik, Diskrete Optimierung, CAU Kiel

13 February 2008
The German Climate Consortium (DKK) - a new Platform for Climate Research at the Interface of Society, Economy and Environment
Prof. Dr. Martin Visbeck, IfM-Geomar, Kiel



04 July 2007
Prof. Dr. Jörn Piel, Kekulé-Institut für Organische Chemie und Biochemie, Universität Bonn

„Medizin aus dem Meer - Antitumor Polyketidwege symbiotischer Bakterien“
Ort: Gebäude Cap 3, Christian-Albrechts-Platz 3
Viele potenzielle Arzneistoffe aus Lebewesen wie Schwämmen, Moostierchen und Manteltieren werden wahrscheinlich durch symbiotische Bakterien hergestellt. Dementsprechend müssten solche Naturstoffe durch Bakterien in Kultur produziert werden können. Die Kultur solcher symbiotischen Bakterien und ihre chemische Untersuchung ist jedoch bisher eine große Herausforderung. Der Vortrag wird über die jüngsten Fortschritte aus der Arbeitsgruppe Piel berichten, die Biosynthesewege symbiotischer Bakterien verschiedener Tiere aufzuklären, zu modifizieren und ablaufen zu lassen.

16 July 2007
Prof. Dr. Peter Lemke, Alfred Wegener Institut Bremerhaven, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung

„Verlieren wir das Eis der Erde?“
Ort: Schleswig-Holsteinischer Landtag, Düsternbrooker Weg 70
Das Eis ist eine wichtige Komponente des Klimasystems und darüber hinaus stellt es einen sensitiven Indikator für Klimaänderungen dar. Eis steht in enger Wechselwirkung mit den Klimaschwankungen. Da man Eis von den Tropen (Kilimandscharo- und Andengletscher) bis zu den Polargebieten findet, kann man diese Wechselwirkung von Klima und Eis global untersuchen. Fläche und Volumen der Eismassen haben sich im Laufe der Erdgeschichte drastisch geändert. In den vergangenen Dekaden fällt der Eisrückgang zusammen mit den steigenden Temperaturen. In der Arktis hat der Rückgang des Meereises bereits drastische Auswirkungen auf das Ökosystem und auf die Erosion der tauenden Permafrostküsten. In dem Vortrag werden neueste Daten der Änderungen von Eis, Schnee und Permafrost gezeigt. Insbesondere werden Änderungen in Arktis und Antarktis behandelt.