Join us for ICYMARE 2024, set to convene in the vibrant city of Bremen from 16th to 20th of September! We are pleased to announce our partnership with the Department of Marine Botany at the University of Bremen for the main conference, and the Übersee Museum for the inaugural icebreaker event. All interested participants are welcome to join us — whether you are interested in presenting your work, displaying a poster, or engaging in the conference program. ICYMARE is an opportunity to celebrate marine research and collaboration.

The City of Bremen

Located in northern Germany, Bremen offers a blend of history and modernity, welcoming visitors to explore its charming streets, iconic landmarks, and vibrant city centre. Its historic district – the Schnoor quarter – features cobblestone streets lined with cafés, bars, and restaurants serving fantastic foods, including the famous “Grünkohl & Pinkel.”

At the heart of the city stands the Bremen Town Hall, a symbol of Bremen’s rich history and significance. The statue of the Bremer Stadtmusikanten, depicting the ensemble of the Bremen Town Musicians, is a popular tourist attraction and adds a touch of whimsy to the heart of the city. It is customary to touch the legs of the Esel (donkey) for good luck or to make a wish. Make sure to use both hands – otherwise the locals will immediately recognise you as a visitor.

The University of Bremen is a hub for students and researchers in the Marine Sciences. Many of the 12 faculties of the University host marine science related departments and the MARUM – the Center for Marine Environmental Sciences – is a research faculty on its own. All Marine Science departments of the University of Bremen are dedicated to studying marine ecosystems and addressing environmental challenges. Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, the department fosters collaboration among students and professionals to develop sustainable solutions. Additionally, the university actively participates in community engagement and global partnerships to promote marine conservation efforts.

The city of Bremen reflects the essence of Northern Germany perfectly, providing an ideal backdrop for ICYMARE 2024 BREMEN.

Map of Bremen (PDF)

Conference Venue

Embracing the motto “ambitious and agile,” the University of Bremen aligns seamlessly with our ICYMARE core values. Presently, a diverse community of 21,000 individuals from over 120 nations engages in learning, teaching, researching, and working within the university’s dynamic environment. Their collective objective is to contribute to the ongoing progress of society.

The University of Bremen offers a broad spectrum of academic disciplines, with around 100 degree programs spanning from the depths of the sea to the expanses of space. As a prominent European research institution, the university fosters collaborations with educational and research establishments worldwide. Notably, in the global effort to combat climate change, the University of Bremen is one of only two German universities involved in the International Universities Climate Alliance.

ICYMARE 2024 BREMEN is set to take place at the BIOM building, the research and education hub of the Biology department. Inaugurated in mid-2023, the BIOM building has state-of-the-art research laboratories, seminar rooms, and ample space to accommodate the various components of our ICYMARE program. The venue offers a modern and well-equipped environment for our conference, from lecture halls to enough room for the iconic ICYMARE poster session.

The BIOM building is easily reached by public transport, as tram line 6 stops at “Universität-Zentralbereich.” For more details on parking, public transport, and optimal routes to the conference venues, please refer to the “Arrival and Transport” tab.

Pictures: Simon Jungblut


BIOM Building
James-Watt-Straße 1
28359 Bremen

Campus Map (PDF)

Icebreaker Venue

On Monday, 16th of September 2024, we will kick off the conference with our iconic ICYBREAKER at the Übersee Museum in Bremen. Join us at 6 pm for an evening filled with camaraderie at this exceptional venue. Enjoy complimentary drinks and finger food as you get to know the ICYMARE team and fellow participants during a friendly game of Human Bingo. The first ten individuals to complete their bingo cards will receive an exciting prize. Don’t miss this great start to the 2024 ICYMARE conference!


Übersee-Museum Bremen
Bahnhofsplatz 13
28195 Bremen

“The Power of Citizen Science” Event Venue

For the first time in ICYMARE history, we are participating in the Bremen Maritime Week with a special public event. Engaging the public through captivating citizen science not only contributes to nature conservation and scientific advancement, but also provides a platform to showcase your research, share exciting projects, and connect with new supporters.

Stay tuned for more details on how you can participate in the ICYMARE “The Power of Citizen Science” event. Join us at the House of Science at 7 pm on the 19th of September for an evening of exploration and collaboration.


House of Science
Sandstraße 4/5
28195 Bremen