ICYMARE 2023 OLDENBURG will take place in Oldenburg from 18th to 22nd of September 2023! We are happy to be hosted by the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment of the Carl-von-Ossietzky University Oldenburg for the conference and the State Museum for Nature and Man in Oldenburg for the icebreaker. Everybody is welcome to join us – no matter if you would like to present your work, a poster or just come and listen to the inspiring conference program.

The City of Oldenburg

Oldenburg (in Lower Saxony) is located in the northern part of Germany, approximately 50 km west of Bremen and around 90 km east of the Dutch border. It’s a city that beautifully combines its historical past with modern elements. The city features cobblestone streets that wind through its historic district, showcasing its medieval heritage through well-preserved buildings. Overlooking the busy Markt square is the imposing Oldenburg Castle, a symbol of the city’s history. The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg adds a vibrant international touch, attracting students as well as scientists and contributing to the cultural scene. Amidst the city’s hustle, green oases like the Schlossgarten offer peaceful spaces. The welcoming locals (Oldenburg has roughly 170’000 inhabitants) frequent cozy cafes and squares, fostering connections across generations and nationalities. Oldenburg truly captures the essence of Lower Saxony’s charm in various ways.

Map of Oldenburg (PDF)

Conference Venue

This year, ICYMARE will take place at the University of Oldenburg. The host is the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment. It is the only university institute in Lower Saxony that covers broad areas of marine sciences, both in research and in teaching. 26 working groups of various scientific disciplines – including biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and engineering – belong to the institute.


The Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, often referred to as the University of Oldenburg, is a renowned public research university. Established in 1973, the university has rapidly gained recognition for its interdisciplinary approach to education and research.

In terms of campuses and facilities, the University of Oldenburg has multiple sites that cater to its diverse academic offerings, the two main campuses are:

Haarentor Campus: This is the main campus of the university, located closer to the heart of Oldenburg. It houses the majority of the university’s departments and facilities, including lecture halls, research centres, and administrative offices.

Wechloy Campus: Situated a few kilometres away from the city centre close by a scenic nature conservation area (Naturschutzgebiet Haarenniederung), the Wechloy Campus is known for its focus on natural sciences and engineering. It includes laboratories, research facilities, and specialized departments.

ICYMARE 2023 will convene at Wechloy Campus at building W32 (see downloadable map).

Campus Wechloy can be reached directly via bus line 306 “Universität”. If you disembark the bus at the very last stop “Carl-von-Ossietzky-Straße”, you are standing right in front of the main building of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural sciences. Via the main entrance, you enter the broad hallway, called Ringebene, on which the biggest lecture halls are situated. Additionally bus line 310 “Wehnen/Famila-Center” stops close by and you can easily walk to the campus. With the installation of a new train station in 2015 “Oldenburg-Wechloy”, you can reach the campus also via train and a short walk.

Moreover, the Campus features a big parking to the right side of the street with parking free of charge (Carl-von-Ossietzky-Straße 9 – 11, 26129 Oldenburg).

Pictures: Simon Jungblut


Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg
W32 Experimentierhörsaal
Küpkersweg 50
26129 Oldenburg

Full map of Campus Wechloy (PDF)

Icebreaker Venue

On Monday, 18th September 2023 at 6pm we will kick off the conference with our legendary ICYBREAKER. Join us at the State Museum for Nature and Man  Oldenburg with free drinks and finger food. Get to know the ICYMARE Team and the other participants during Human bingo, where the first ten to complete it will have the opportunity to receive a prize.

Pictures: Simon Jungblut


The State Museum for Nature and Man
(Landesmuseum für Natur und Mensch)
Damm 38-44
26135 Oldenburg