Call for Abstracts

The call for abstracts for ICYMARE 2024 BREMEN is open now!

Exciting News: Extended Deadline for Abstract Submission! Due to popular demand, we have extended the deadline for abstract submissions for the upcoming ICYMARE 2024 in Bremen! New Deadline: 30.04.2024

ICYMARE - the International Conference for Young Marine Researchers - extends a warm invitation to Bachelor, Master, and PhD candidates alike. We welcome you to share your research with our international audience, providing a platform for valuable exposure and collaboration within an open and familial atmosphere. Seize the opportunity to gain conference experience, enhance your expertise, and foster growth in your personal and professional networks.

Please submit your abstract and a short CV after a short registration process via the MyICYMARE platform no later than 15th of April 2024 (the abstract template is no longer available here on the website but can now be filled out conveniently on the MyICYMARE platform).

You can find the guidelines for presentations here on this page. After your submission, the session hosts of the individual sessions will evaluate all abstracts and select presentations for ICYMARE 2024 BREMEN based on objective criteria.

If you registered last year, your MyICYMARE account remains active, but please verify that all your personal details are up to date. MyICYMARE, like the rest of the conference, is a volunteer effort. Please be patient as we continue to enhance features and address any bugs leading up to the conference.

Beyond presenting, there are several ways to participate in ICYMARE 2024 BREMEN. You can attend as a listener, showcase your project during our brief project pitches, join a workshop, or participate in social events.


If you have questions, wish to participate in ways beyond presenting your research, or are interested in sponsoring ICYMARE, please get in touch with moc.e1716927211ramyc1716927211i@oll1716927211eh1716927211. Additionally, if you want to explore behind the scenes to get some hands-on experience and join the ICYMARE team, do not hesitate to contact us at moc.e1716927211ramyc1716927211i@rep1716927211leh1716927211. We welcome volunteers from all academic levels as part of our on-site team!

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All ICYMARE 2024 BREMEN Sessions

1 Deciphering Ocean Transformation in a Changing World

Hosted by Anika Happe and Maren Staniek

Climate change and additional anthropogenic pressures induce a wide range of environmental changes in aquatic environments, such as gradual warming, ocean acidification, amplified extreme events, or altered light- and nutrient regimes. However, community and ecosystem level responses to these changes remain unclear as highly controlled laboratory experiments cannot reflect the full complexity of natural systems. Mesocosm experiments are an important tool to fill this knowledge gap by providing a near-natural setting for studying higher system complexity, species interactions, and by offering a wide range of possibilities to manipulate environmental conditions and to test mitigation measures. In this session, we welcome submissions on mesocosm experiments examining single or multiple stressor impacts on different aquatic systems. Studies can focus on the effects on single organisms, populations, or communities (e.g., phytoplankton, zooplankton, benthos, fish), their ecosystem functions, resistance, resilience and recovery as well as eco-evolutionary responses. We aim to include studies across a wide range of aquatic habitats (e.g., fully marine, intertidal, lakes, rivers). Overall, the session aims to provide a comprehensive insight into the possibilities and limitations of mesocosm research for assessing the impacts of global change related stressors on aquatic systems. We hope that this session will fuel the discussion on the status quo in mesocosm research and inspire future collaborations. Join us in exploring the diversity of mesocosm-based experiments used across aquatic systems!

Hosted by Runa Reuter and Aman Akeerath Mundanatt

In the context of increasing greenhouse gas concentrations, it is getting even more important to better understand the marine carbon cycle and its crucial role in modulating changes in climate. In the surface waters of the ocean photosynthetically active organisms fix carbon dioxide into organic matter which is moved by the biological carbon pump to the seafloor, where it can be sequestered for many years. This session aims to bring together marine early career researchers from different disciplines, studying controlling mechanisms of the (biological) carbon pump – from particle formation to degradation and preservation of organic matter. Contributions regarding all aspects of carbon cycle research, from modern settings to the geological past and from in situ observations to modelling approaches are invited. Presentations covering novel or unconventional approaches or ideas are particularly encouraged.

Hosted by Carl Bukowski

Climate change operates at both local and global scales, leading to varied effects that manifest gradually or rapidly. The observed impacts exhibit ecosystem-specific differences contingent on geographical locations. Oceans and waterways are experiencing notable shifts in temperature, salinity, acidity, and oxygenation, underscoring the critical need to address fish adaptability. Fish, as vulnerable yet ecologically and economically significant organisms, play a pivotal role in maintaining biodiversity. This session, delves into the profound consequences of climate change on oceans and aquatic ecosystems through the lens of fish. We invite scholars to showcase their research projects in this pivotal field, welcoming contributions focused on any fish species worldwide. The call-to-action is clear: apply your insights, contribute to the dialogue, and help shape the future of fish-focused research.

Hosted by Eva K. Rohlfer and Anna Fiesinger

Benthic ecosystems, comprising the diverse communities of organisms inhabiting the ocean floor, play a pivotal role in maintaining ecological balance and sustaining the health of marine environments. Focusing on these vulnerable ecosystems, we examine the multifaceted threats faced by benthic organisms and the subsequent repercussions for ecosystem resilience. Benthic organisms are exposed to a myriad of stressors such as rising sea temperatures, ocean acidification, and alterations in nutrient cycling. Benthic macrofauna plays a key role in organic matter processing and benthic-pelagic carbon cycling directly through their metabolism and indirectly through bioturbation. The on-going changes in the ocean disrupt symbiotic relationships, hamper reproductive success, and influence biodiversity elements and physiological traits of benthic communities. The environmental changes could therefore lead to a different functional role of benthic flora and fauna in key ecosystem processes. Linkages between benthic ecology and ecosystem health including local stressors and global climatic factors, need to be recognised for effective conservation and management strategies of benthic ecosystems in the face of an uncertain future. If you are studying the benthic ecosystems (no matter if fauna, flora, sediment or water) in our changing oceans, you are very welcome in our session!

Hosted by Cindy Meyer & Léa Joly     

Marine coastal environments are considered as the most diverse places on Earth. They are subjected to strong dynamic interactions both with the pelagic and the terrestrial environment, and thus more vulnerable to global change and anthropogenic pressure. There is a strong need to understand current ecological processes at different biological scales in the field (individual to ecosystems) and how climate change could modify the physiology, interactions and ecosystem structure. We are looking for researchers working on coastal ecology and/or climate change effect on coastal ecology, using different tools at any biological and taxonomic level. We would like to bring different expertise together to highlight the potential of using complementary approaches for coastal ecology research.

2 Delving Into Marine Socio-Ecological Dynamics

Hosted by S. Ali Hosseiniazad and Nastaran Sadeghi

Recognising the pivotal role that coastlines, seas, and the ocean play in human existence underscore the critical need to prioritise marine environmental protection. In response to this necessity, major international organisations such as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) have taken extensive and targeted measures to protect marine life. The current international legal regime in the field of marine environmental protection is governed by a relatively advanced treaty and customary legal system. Advancements in marine environmental law even leveraged developments in other fields of environmental law. Despite international endeavours to lawfully protect the marine environment and biodiversity against pollution, overexploitation, or the effects of climate change, the main question arises: how does international environmental law effectively protect and preserve the marine environment? Join our session to scrutinise critical aspects of marine environmental protection, exploring the international legal order consisting of instruments and organisational initiatives contributing to this paramount cause.

Hosted by Marissa Levinson

How humans interact with the environment has a considerable influence on marine ecosystems and the associated species. The interconnectedness between human societies and marine ecosystems unravels into multifaceted dimensions, requiring multi- and transdisciplinary approaches to address complex challenges and identify sustainable solutions. Looking through a social-ecological lens, opportunities arise to apply knowledge with innovative resource management strategies that cultivate a positive relationship with nature. Moreover, there is an opportunity to explore best practices and applications across diverse dimensions such as adaptive governance, marine spatial planning, policy formulation, and economic frameworks. Moreover, a discussion on the varying interpretations of sustainable use among stakeholders and communities is essential for advancing the development and utilization of tools for biodiversity conservation. The complexity of the challenges faced requires a balance between human and ecological needs to ensure a sustainable future. In this session, we invite presentations showcasing case studies that exemplify the innovative application of interdisciplinary and participatory methodologies across different scales to address the challenges confronting marine ecosystems. By sharing experiences and insights, we aim to enrich our collective understanding and chart pathways toward a more resilient and thriving marine environment.

3 Unravelling the Effects of Marine Pollution

Hosted by Alena Sakovich, Evonne Tan and Norlaila Binti Mohd Zanuri

Plastic pollution is a significant global challenge in marine environments. It manifests in various forms, from large-scale plastic garbage patches in the open ocean to the widespread presence of microplastics permeating marine waters, organisms, and sediments. The pervasive presence of this pollutant in the seas and oceans poses a substantial threat to the sustainability and health of marine ecosystems, underscoring the urgency for comprehensive action. Addressing this problem necessitates extensive research and collaborative efforts between scientists from diverse research fields.

The main goal of this session is to encourage dialogue among early-career scientists from different disciplines within the scope of marine plastic pollution, highlighting the importance of a multidisciplinary approach in addressing this issue comprehensively. We welcome work from a broad spectrum of research areas, ranging from observational and modelling studies to identify sources and pathways of plastics, to laboratory experiments assessing their impact on the environment and biota and innovative mitigation strategies to combat plastic pollution. This collective integration of diverse research methodologies and insights is a crucial step towards to provide scientific evidences to support target strategy to mitigate and combating this pressing environmental issue.

This session will also create the space for researchers to emphasize the importance of bridging the gap between plastic pollution research and policy implementation, fostering collaboration between scientists, policymakers, and the public to translate scientific findings into actionable strategies.

Hosted by Waranya Wataniyakun and Kristine Cerbule

Marine plastic pollution is a considerable challenge faced across the globe, irrespective of locations and climates. Considerable sources of marine plastic pollution include several industries, such as fisheries and aquaculture. Both fishing and aquaculture industries and other maritime operations are highly reliant on use of plastic materials in various equipment which can result in production in marine plastic litter. Such plastic materials often used by fisheries and aquaculture industries could remain in the ocean for a long time and create macro- and microplastic pollution with associated negative effects on the marine environment. Furthermore, in fisheries, one of the large challenges is pollution caused by abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gears (ALDFG). Such gear can result in prolonged continuous capture and mortality of marine animals, so-called “ghost fishing” due to use of persistent plastic material in fishing gear construction. This session aims to bring together ideas and previous and ongoing research on marine plastic pollution resulting from fisheries and aquaculture industries or marine operations as well including, but not limited to, pollution rates, ghost fishing, impact of plastic pollution on the marine environment. The session could include a broad range of topics from fishing gear technology related fields up to toxicity caused by microplastics that are resulted from fisheries and aquaculture.

Hosted by Louisa Karl

The marine environment stands as a testament to the impact of anthropogenic activities with pollutants infiltrating every corner of its vast expanse. From plastic debris littering coastlines to chemical contaminants permeating the depths of the ocean trenches the influence of human actions is pervasive. In this context marine ecotoxicology emerges as a crucial discipline offering insights into the intricate processes shaping the health of our oceans and the many life forms they harbour. This session delves into the multifaceted realm of marine ecotoxicology shedding light on the pathways through which contaminants enter and move through marine ecosystems and the diverse effects they exert on their organisms. From elucidating uptake mechanisms in marine organisms to unravelling the molecular and behavioural consequences of exposure our discussions aim to deepen our understanding of the intricate interplay between contaminants and the marine environment. Join us as we investigate the challenges posed by pollutants in marine ecosystems and connect with fellow ecotoxicologists and scientists from other fields to create a better understanding of our oceans!

4 Advancing Aquatic Research Through Cutting-Edge Technologies and Methodologies

Hosted by Leonard Günzel

The vastness of our ocean is still largely unexplored, and it is becoming clearer that to unravel its mysteries, scientists need to be able to generate and handle an expansive amount of data. The tools that have become standard in the field in recent years are plentiful. With autonomous technology, we can overcome singular high-cost measurement campaigns and move towards recurring autonomous monitoring of the oceans. Using novel high-accuracy sonars, we are able to monitor swarm characteristics better. Back on shore, we can find correlations in large datasets that would take humans centuries to process. Technology, once an enabling tool to support scientists in their venture into the ocean realm, has transformed into an independent discipline. It now facilitates every aspect from data acquisition to finding correlations in huge datasets. Thus, the scope of this session is supposed to be broad and wide arching. Join us in this broad-ranging session where ocean technologists meet to share innovative solutions from their respective fields. This session aims to be a hub for young researchers, fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and novel ideas. We welcome proposals in ocean technology, ranging from new adhesives to cutting-edge machine learning models, to contribute to a vibrant and constructive community.

Hosted by Alice Fabbretto, Erika Piaser and Nicola Ghirardi

Over the past few decades, Remote Sensing (RS) technologies have emerged as pivotal tools for monitoring and assessing health of aquatic ecosystems, estimating water quality and aquatic vegetation parameters by analysing the spectral characteristics of the water bodies and their key components. These technologies offer extensive spatial coverage and frequent monitoring, furnishing near real-time data at a large scale, thereby complementing traditional in-situ measurements. Beyond assessing optically active water quality parameters, RS technologies offer unparalleled capabilities for the retrieval of lake bottom characteristics, turbidity, chlorophyll concentration, dissolved organic matter, and detection of harmful algal blooms. In recent years, spaceborne and airborne hyperspectral imaging, joint with LiDAR and radar sensors, along with the well-established multispectral RS technology, enable mapping and monitoring of aquatic vegetation distribution, abundance, and health, as well as the impacts of human activities on aquatic plant communities. Additionally, the integration of RS data with in-situ measurements are useful to investigate vegetation ecological functions and plant functional traits at different levels. Who should attend: This session is aimed at young researchers interested in advanced remote sensing technologies, real case studies and applications in aquatic environments. If you are involved in environmental activities aimed at preserving precious aquatic ecosystems, this session offers valuable insights, networking opportunities and knowledge exchange in the field of aquatic remote sensing. Join us for an immersive session that explores the potential of Remote Sensing technologies for application in freshwater ecosystems and coastal habitats by crossing a diverse range of aquatic environments, each playing a critical role in supporting life on Earth. This session aims to show innovative approaches and applications in a real-world scenario to address key challenges in water resource management and conservation strategies.

Hosted by Fedor Lishchenko and Roman Petrochenko

Sclerochronology is known as a discipline that provides baseline data for a variety of life history, ecology, and management studies. Nowadays it’s hard to imagine a comprehensive study on species biology that does not provide a piece of information on its maximum age or growth rates. In paleoclimatic studies, it allows the reconstruction of past environmental conditions. Many stock assessment protocols presume collecting data on the age composition of the stock units. But sclerochronology is much more than a convenient tool! The discipline provides a great variety of insights per se. Analysis of recording or hard structures trace element or isotope composition, modelling of morphological responses in these structures to different environments, and global variation in growth rates of animals, all are just the tip of the iceberg of the variety of sclerochronological studies. Moreover, the field of research has been rapidly developing in the past years, and the dream technologies of the past, like 3D image analysis or modelling of hydrodynamic properties of molluscan shells, become true and even routine. In our eyes, this theme session provides a platform for a broad discussion on the recent advances in all the fields of sclerochronology, from studies on micro- and macrostructure of recording structures to the practical application of the age and growth data in stock assessment. Are there fields of sclerochronological research we didn’t mention here or ones we even can’t imagine? We are excited to hear about it! At the “Sclerochronology – providing insights for life history, ecology, and management studies” theme session we warmly welcome paleontologists, biologists, ecologists, fishery scientists, and everyone who shares our passion for sclerochronological research.

Hosted by Michele Grimaldi and Sebastian Realpe Rua

This session seeks to feature the contributions of engineers and researchers employing technology in marine research. The integration of mechanics, electronics, and coding has expanded beyond traditional engineering spheres, converging various disciplines to unveil novel insights about the ocean. Whether you process extensive coral reef footage, monitor submarine temperature data, or employing technology to track the behaviour of marine organisms – this is the session for you. Take this excellent opportunity to showcase advancements and tools instrumental in exploring, analysing, or accessing diverse marine environments, ranging from shallow water coral reefs to abyssal hydrothermal vents.

5 Exploring the Wonders of Marine Flora

Hosted by Wiktoria Chudzik

Join our distinguished panel of experts as they delve into the fascinating realm of marine phycoflora – an incredibly diverse group encompassing cyanobacteria, algae, and vascular plants, including the vital seagrasses. This panel sheds light on the pivotal role these photosynthetic organisms play in sea and ocean ecosystems, serving as the foundation of intricate food chains. Our discussions will highlight the significance of phytoplankton, the primary producer of oxygen in oceans, contributing not only to global oxygen production but also ensuring the oxygenation of marine waters. Beyond their role in oxygen production and as a food source, these organisms perform multifaceted functions, offering valuable marine resources for human utilisation. Delve into the panel’s insights on how seagrasses and macroalgae provide essential habitats and refuge for various species, influencing physiological processes that regulate the circulation of biogenic elements and mineral compounds. Discover the contribution of these organisms to sediment stabilisation, along with the versatile compounds derived from them, such as agar and carrageenan, showcasing their application in biotechnological processes like biofuels. Our esteemed panellists will explore the adaptability of marine phycoflora across diverse ecological conditions, from polar regions to tropical areas, often inhabiting inaccessible territories. Gain insights into their pioneering role in colonising areas and discover how their processes and substances serve as prototypes for pharmaceutical and industrial applications. This conference panel, aptly titled “Marine Phycology,” invites you to join an interdisciplinary journey, addressing biology, ecology, genetics, chemistry, and biotechnology aspects. Explore technical and methodological insights that inspire and bring new knowledge to the breeding, identification, and utilisation of these remarkable marine organisms. Do not miss this opportunity to engage with the forefront of marine science and research.

Hosted by Florian Stahl and Ronny Steinberg

Seaweeds, integral to marine ecosystems, are a focus of increasing scientific interest due to their ecological importance, physiological characteristics, potential for cultivation, and the threats they face. Seaweeds, comprising diverse groups like Chlorophyta, Rhodophyta, and Phaeophyta, exhibit a rich species diversity and biomass, with their distribution and diversity varying across different substrates and geographical locations. There is a long history of humans using seaweeds for food, medicine, fertiliser, and other industrial applications. Seaweeds also host diverse bacterial communities, which play crucial roles in seaweed health and productivity, and their study can inform sustainable seaweed cultivation and conservation strategies. However, seaweeds face several threats. Climate change and other anthropogenic disturbances can alter their habitats and physiological processes. Understanding these threats is crucial for developing effective conservation strategies. In conclusion, a comprehensive understanding of seaweed ecology, physiology, cultivation, and threats can inform sustainable management and exploitation of these vital marine resources. In this session, we welcome all macroalgal-related studies including their ecology, physiology, conservation, cultivation, utilisation, and threats they face, as well as contributions from social sciences.

6 Unveiling the Mysteries of Life Below the Surface

Hosted by Neele Schmidt

Understanding how marine organisms reproduce and grow is crucial for uncovering the secrets of their life cycles. Exploring facets such as fertilization and embryo development, as well as adaptations for survival, growth, and successful reproduction is essential in reproduction research. These concepts, involving various reproductive strategies and life cycle stages, significantly shape the dynamics of marine communities. By grasping these aspects, we can better conserve and manage marine resources, ensuring the sustainability of marine ecosystems. This session welcomes presentations covering aspects of recruitment and early life history across various organisms and scientific disciplines, including (but not limited to) ecosystem health, population dynamics, marine conservation, as well as fisheries and aquaculture.

Hosted by Leyla Israpilova

​Marine megafauna serve as a key role in maintaining ecosystem health in open waters and coastal environments. Despite their importance, these large-bodied organisms including sharks, rays, bony fishes, whales, delphinids, seals, sea turtles, and species of squids and octopuses face numerous threats, including exploitation of resources, habitat loss, pollution, bycatch, underwater noise, and climate change. Over the last century, the combined effects of these factors have caused population declines and local extinctions. Recognizing the urgent need for conservation, this session aims to bring together current research on marine megafauna with a focus on addressing their ecological importance, highlighting critical habitats facing anthropogenic stress, and proposing effective conservation strategies.​

Hosted by Viktoria Sturm

Explore with your peers current gaps in the understanding of corals and coral reef environments by joining this session! Coral reefs are vital for marine biodiversity, serving as essential habitats for a multitude of marine species. They also play a critical role in supporting the livelihoods of millions of people through economic activities. However, these invaluable ecosystems are under severe threat from human activities, including climate change, overfishing, and pollution. Urgent conservation measures and solutions to combat climate change are imperative to preserve coral reefs and the countless benefits they provide to both marine life and human communities. This session aims to bring together early-career coral scientists and friends to discuss innovative ideas, insightful studies, and exchange knowledge. Together, we will unravel the complexities of corals, contributing to the shared pursuit of advancing scientific understanding and conservation efforts.

7 Open Session

Hosted by: Theo Krüger and Jöran Paap
If you think your research does not fit into any of our other sessions, please feel free to submit your abstract to this session!