Sustainable Ocean Development – A Perspective from Former, Current and Future Kiel Marine Scientists

The international symposium on ‘Sustainable Ocean Development’ will focus on scientific dialogue in the areas of Valued Ocean, Ocean Conservation, and The Ocean in 2100. As the global ocean system is currently under increasing anthropogenic stress, global benefits for humans (social/economic) and environments (ecosystem services) are severely affected.
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Time of the conference: Sept. 28 – 30, 2015
Venue: New York City

The scientific sessions will address the values of marine ecosystem function and services and projections on the future ocean development derived from modern and paleo data. The social, economic and environmental consequences of anthropogenic impacts will be highlighted to discuss measures towards a sustainable use of the oceans. The symposium will conclude with a synthesis on approaches and chances for sustainable ocean development and joint integrative research projects in this area will be discussed. Relevant information on funding schemes for scientific exchange and joint projects will be provided by representatives from research funding agencies and programs (DFG, NSF, DAAD, AvH, EU) and an exchange on strategic aspects of science management such as recruiting and support of young scientists, as well as institutional research alumni work will complement the symposium.

Deadline for submission of applications: June 8, 2015
Decision on contribution acceptance: June 25, 2015

The conference is being organized jointly by the Cluster of Excellence ‘The Future Ocean’ in Kiel and The Earth Institute of Columbia University in New York. The conference is supported financially by a grant from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation within the framework of the Research Alumni Strategy Campaign, by a generous contribution from the Earth Institute of Columbia University and by the German Center for Research and Innovation.

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Gesche Braker
Phone: +49 431 880-6550

Nancy Smith
Phone: +49 431 880-4933