GEOMAR Conference & Event Management

Pre-registration - DEADLINE EXTENDED - limited places still available

Steigenberger Hotel Schloßgarten 7 24103 Kiel, Germany
Marie-Catherine Riekhof (Center for Ocean and Society, Kiel Marine Science, KMS, Kiel University), Thorsten Reusch (GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel), Ute Hentschel-Humeida (GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel), Organization: Frauke Pescheck (Kiel Marine Science, Kiel University)

The Symposium is hosted by Kiel Marine Science (KMS) at Kiel University and GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel as an in-person event in Kiel, Germany.

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+++Deadline extended+++ Please pre-register for your expression of interest to attend the Ocean Health Symposium on 29-31 August 2022 limited places still available




* Are marine diseases increasing through global change?

* Are fundamentally novel diseases emerging?

* How can we conceptualize the dual nature of marine disease as trigger of mass mortality versus essential ecosystem regulator?

* What are the links between ecosystem integrity, marine disease, and human health?

* How can we best manage the societal and economic implications of marine diseases, epidemic risks, and microbial interventions under uncertainty?

Meet early career scientists and established researchers from a broad range of disciplines to exchange views on ocean disease, ocean extremes, ocean health, and related governance options to articulate a One Ocean Health perspective and its connection to the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. The programme includes keynotes, plenary sessions with panel discussions, and an evening poster session.



Isabelle Arzul                        (IFREMER, La Tremblade, France)

Arne Biastoch                       (GEOMAR & Kiel University, Germany)

Claire Gachon                      (MNHM Paris, France & SAMS, Oban, UK)

Lone Grønbæk Jørgensen  (SDU, Esbjerg, Denmark)

Kevin Lafferty                      (US Geological Survey & UC Santa Barbara, USA)

Raquel Peixoto                     (KAUST, Saudi Arabia)

Christina Pettan-Brewer     (University of Washington, Seattle, USA)

Forest Rohwer                      (San Diego State University, USA)

Lauren Schiebelhut             (UC Merced, USA)

Ursula Siebert                      (University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover, Germany)

David Thieltges                    (NIOZ, Den Hoorn, The Netherlands)

Jose MC Tubio                     (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain)

Assaf Vardi                           (Weizmann Institute, Rechovot, Israel)


Lora Fleming                        (ECEHH, Exeter, UK)

Ute Hentschel Humeida      (GEOMAR & Kiel University, Germany)

Raquel Peixoto                     (KAUST, Saudi Arabia)

Thorsten Reusch                  (GEOMAR & Kiel University, Germany)

Marie-Catherine Riekhof   (KMS, CeOS at Kiel University, Germany)

David Thieltges                    (NIOZ, The Netherlands)


Pre-registration is required. Regular conference fee: 80 EUR. A poster contribution is strongly encouraged. Participation in Kiel is limited to 120 participants. For expression of interest, please pre-register here -limited places still available!!

For information, please contact Frauke Pescheck:

The Symposium is registered as Ocean Decade Activity.

Find out more about the United Nations Ocean Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and join the Global Stakeholder Forum to keep informed, connect to ocean experts, and learn about the Ocean Decade.

The Symposium is hosted by Kiel Marine Science (KMS) at Kiel University and GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and supported by the Center for Ocean and Society (CeOS) at KMS, the CRC 1182 on Metaorganisms and the Topic 6: Marine Life within HELMHOLTZ Changing Earth programme.

    • Ice Breaker External Locations

      External Locations

    • Opening Session - Setting the Scene Steigenberger Hotel Kiel

      Steigenberger Hotel Kiel

      • 1
        Speaker: Eckhard Quandt (Vice President Kiel University)
    • 10:00 AM
      Coffee break
    • Emerging Marine Diseases

      Guiding questions: Who are the emerging marine pathogens/parasites? Are marine disease processes different from those of terrestrial organisms? What are the mechanistic underpinnings of marine disease? What are the impacts on organismal function?

    • 12:15 PM
    • Marine epidemiology, triggers, and tipping-points

      Guiding questions: What is the current understanding of marine disease dynamics (epidemiology) compared to land? How can we use the sediment record to understand past disease dynamics? How can we explore and visualise health and disease related processes using a digital twin ocean approach?

    • 3:05 PM
      Coffee break
    • Young Investigators poster pitch

      15 selected posters; each 3 minutes pitches

    • Poster Session

      We highly recommend to present your research on a poster. Poster places are limited to 60 posters. Please register your poster in the registration section. 30 posters can be presented in a one slide/one minute-poster pitch prior the poster session.

    • 7:00 PM
      Dinner buffet
    • Marine disease between mass mortality and essential regulation

      Guiding questions: what are advances in the understanding of how disease regulates ecosystems? How can we distinguish among key regulating and detrimental functions of (emerging) marine disease? How much disease does a healthy ocean need? What is the relationship among pathogen / parasite and the biodiversity of free-living species?

    • 10:50 AM
      Coffee break and brunch
    • Governance of marine diseases

      guiding questions: What are direct and indirect links between ocean health and disease and human well-being ? What should the management goals of marine diseases and “ocean health” look like? What are possible roles of humans in fostering marine disease outbreaks (e.g. pollution, destroying biodiversity) and in curing them?How can management account for the “double role” of marine disease (mass mortality vs regulating function?) How can management across time, space and national borders effectively be implemented?

    • 3:05 PM
      Coffee break
    • Outlook: Panel Discussion

      Panel including international steering group members
      Guiding question: which research agenda do we need for the next decade to study ocean health and disease

    • 4:30 PM
      Meet & Great / Networking Coffee