Will the Corona virus paralyze our research and lives or will it unite us as early career researchers by shared thoughts, worries and discussions? Let’s buckle up and get ready to try something new, shall we?

With a heavy heart we have to realize that we cannot organize ICYMARE 2020 BREMERHAVEN as a real meeting. Big events are cancelled throughout Germany until the end of August. However, the number of participants remains undefined. Even if ICYMARE would be officially allowed by the number of participants, it still would be difficult if not even risky to travel and come together over days in bigger groups and have food and drinks…

We decided to “level up” though. We are already exploring several different options for a real meeting in 2021, but at this stage we do not know where and when exactly it will take place. In the meantime, we want to keep up the spirit and try out a form of online networking during the days the conference was originally planned: 26 and 27 August 2020. Everybody is welcome to be part of this experiment either as a virtual session host or as a presenter.

The idea is to set-up virtual sessions for 10 participants each. Everyone in that group can present and discuss their research but especially it will be the opportunity to connect via a video conference tool and share your thoughts. You might want to establish a chat group for the time afterwards or find people you connect with on your topic for example. We want to keep the groups of 10 diverse by research topic and location as well as nationality and will distribute the presenters to a session. Moderation of the group the day itself will be up to the session host.


We CALL FOR VIRTUAL SESSIONS! – Apply as a Session Host

Do you feel up for the challenge of hosting a virtual session? We would like to give you the opportunity to get in touch and establish your network even though a real meeting is not possible this year. As the network character and discussions will be in the focus, we will not have a Book of Abstracts or Proceedings. However, you can get a certification for being a session host.

Please apply as virtual session host to moc.e1716809012ramyc1716809012i@tca1716809012rtsba1716809012 until 31 May 2020 by sending 1) a short motivation letter on why you want to become a session host and 2) your most recent CV incl. affiliation and research area. Please tell us if you would like to host an interdisciplinary session or if you would like to host a certain topic. As a session host you can also present your research of course.


Network and present – Show us your research online

Want to get to know other early career marine researchers? Present your research in short 5 to 10 minutes presentations and discuss it with an interdisciplinary group of 10 people online. It’s for free and easy to enroll: just register by sending us 1) your full name, 2) your affiliation, 3) one to three sentences on your research until 30 June 2020 to moc.e1716809012ramyc1716809012i@tca1716809012rtsba1716809012. Once all sessions are set, you will be asked if you want to join a topical or an interdisciplinary session.

After your networking sessions, we would like to ask you about your experiences and emotions caused by the Corona crisis and how online alternatives of meetings and networking helped you through it. Therefore, we would like to send you a short (!) survey to fill out.


We hope that this alternative form of a network meeting will help you to keep the spirit up. Together, we will make the best out of this situation. We hope to see many of you again and lots of new ICYMARE family members at the next real meeting in 2021!

All the best, stay healthy
Your ICYMARE Organization Team

Call for Virtual Sessions (PDF)