Call for Abstracts

Friends of the marine environment, we happily announce the Call for Abstracts for a conference designed by and for young marine researchers.ICYMARE 2020 BREMERHAVEN will take place at the University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven from 25 to 28 August 2020. The icebreaker event on the first evening will be in the forum of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research.ICYMARE stands for “International Conference for YOUNG Marine Researchers”. No matter if you are a Bachelor, Master or PhD candidate, we invite you to present your research to (y)our dynamic audience with an atmosphere of being among friends. Get some first conference experience and start building your personal and international network.

You can attend with presenting a talk or a poster in one of the sessions listed below. Have a look and decide to which session your presentation fits best. All we need is your abstract and a short CV submitted to not later than 15 May 2020. Here on this page, you can find an abstract submission template and some guidelines, as well as a preliminary program and more information on the venue. After your submission, the session hosts of the individual sessions will evaluate the abstracts and will select presentations for ICYMARE 2020 BREMERHAVEN based on objective criteria.

You can also attend as a listener without a presentation, or you advertise your very own project during the project pitches. There are lots of opportunities to get involved.

In case of questions, if you want to get involved, or if you want to become a sponsor of ICYMARE, please contact We are happy to see you in Bremen and would love if you would spread the word!

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ICYMARE 2020 Sessions

Session hosts: Arianna Liconti, Natalie Prinz, Clara Klöcker, Lena Rölfer

Pressures on marine ecosystems are mounting globally, with severe consequences for ecosystems and associated services. Simultaneously, activities in coastal and ocean areas increase inevitably. Covering multifaceted ecosystems, oblivious to any anthropogenic frontiers, comprehensive regulation and management, up to today, has proven difficult. However, there is an increasing awareness of the importance of sustainable relationships between society and ocean resources. To tackle challenges posed by the often-conflicting interests between economic activities and nature conservation, there is an urgent need for integrated approaches. Presenters from multiple disciplines including ecology, oceanography, management, international law or political sciences are invited to contribute to our session.

Session host: Pedro Manuel Carrasco De La Cruz

The upcoming release of the Sixth IPCC Report in 2022 will shed new light on the progress science has made in understanding the effects of climate change over marine ecosystems. However, how will these effects impact the costs of managing our ecosystems in the future and how severe will the marine natural capital be affected? To answer these questions, a mixed approach between natural, and social sciences is required, so if you have researched on climate change effects over marine ecosystems, their social and economic consequences, and the upcoming challenges marine management will face, this session is for you!

Session hosts: Carola Trahms, Clara Emery, Dilip Hiremath, Maria-Theresia Verwega

Marine sciences face technological progress leading to bigger data sets that become increasingly challenging to be analyzed. We collect samples, count indicators, observe patterns and draw conclusions. We handle huge and diverse data and learn from very sparse. Hence, applying Software Engineering and Data management principles is fundamental for our research. For our session, we are searching for your personal experience in collecting, processing, analyzing or interpreting marine data. Building on your contribution, our session shall create a broad insight into the necessity and diversity of data science in marine sciences leading to hints at best practices in this.


Session host: Julieta Vigliano Relva

Are you a student or young researcher working on science communication or do you have any experience in science storytelling or outreach? Then join the “The power of a good story” session. Science communication is an increasingly important aspect of the scientific work, however, there are no clear guidelines on which or how to frame the stories we tell to deliver messages that translate into citizen action. Which strategies work best to reach wide audiences and call for action? If your work is related to these issues submit your abstract and join the conversation!


Session host: Aida Martín Reina

Physics are widely accepted as the basic concept of natural sciences. In this session, everybody involved in biophysics is welcome to share computational tools and biological-oceanographic data. This session is open for all who want to enjoy the wonderful new opportunities to apply knowledge from biology combined with technology. Come and communicate to your fellow young researchers in a story-telling innovative way how you are collaborating to improve Europe’s capability to ecosystem modelling.

Session host: Xabier López Alforja

Concern for smaller contaminants, such as plastics and aerosols, has increased due to their alarming abundance in marine systems and their high bioavailability throughout the food web. The development of new techniques and approaches allows the discovery of new emerging pollutants that generate damage from bigger plants and animals to microorganisms. However, is that all that pollutes our oceans? Which ecosystems are more sensitive? We encourage you to share your experiences and projects to have a compendium of information on marine pollution. Let’s work together as researchers to understand the damage and discover ways to mitigate them!

Session hosts: Lénia da Fonseca Alexandre Rato, Inês Filipa Cigarro Morão

Global changes prompted by anthropogenic activities – including climate change, pollution, and bioinvasions – are crucial research topics due to their detrimental impacts in the different coastal and marine ecosystems. This special session invites ICYMARE 2020 participants to present their findings addressing the effects of global changes on marine organisms. Mechanisms of stress and further damage will be preferred, specifically responses at lower levels of biological organization such as the less studied molecular and biochemical markers.

Session host: Sabrina N. Kalita

We invite researchers using the latest -omic technologies to assess the microbial biodiversity of our oceans to present their results. Understanding how marine microbes function and relate to each other has been a primary goal of taxonomists, ecologists and evolutionary biologists for centuries. Therein, high-throughput sequencing technologies have become an everyday research tool to resolve these various questions. But regardless of the increasing availability of sequencing data, deciphering the code of life remains a challenge. Therefore, emphasize your individual approaches to access the wide range of eco-evolutionary ‘omics of marine species to elucidate life.

Session host: Konstantinos Anestis, Joost Mansour

We are what we eat. This phrase can also apply to many marine organisms, which can often eat besides performing photosynthesis or they can even use other organisms for their own benefit. Darwin had already questioned the plant and animal dichotomy, now it is clear that mixotrophy is a critical factor when it comes to understanding ecosystem functioning. Increased attention on mixotrophy now show that it might be the rule rather than the exception. If you study mixotrophy and try to unveil the mysteries of trophic interactions of marine organisms, we welcome you to share the news with other young scientists.

Session hosts: Chloé Stévenne, Maud Micha

In the last twenty years, a new and revolutionary concept has made its way to research: the holobiont. From coral reefs to the deep-sea, symbiotic relationships and host-microbiome interactions are omnipresent and central to the health of marine ecosystems. The development of modern technologies such as ‘-omics’ approaches and imaging constitute exciting opportunities to unveil the complex mechanisms supporting these relationships. This session aims to learn from the diversity of holobiont studies. Are you working on a holobiont model? On the microbiome? On symbiosis? From physiology to ecology topics, we are looking forward to hearing from you!

Session host: Emily Chen

Marine invertebrates are key players in the global oceans that provide important ecosystem services, so this session topic encompasses all the different research regarding the study of invertebrates. We welcome abstracts of studies conducted on marine invertebrates in every field, from genetics to biophysical interactions to biomedical research. Submissions should focus on the diverse roles that marine invertebrates play and the effects they face from environmental stressors. We hope to receive submissions on a range of original research topics that will ultimately contribute to the ongoing conversation of the importance of invertebrates in marine ecosystems around the world.

Session hosts: Alexandra Bloecker, Jonas Letschert, Antonia Uthoff, Sylvan Benaksas

Fisheries are critically important for the food security and livelihoods of millions of people and the annual growth in fish consumption is twice as high as population growth. Despite management efforts, a third of the world’s fish stocks are currently overfished. Furthermore, human-driven climate change is impacting the oceans, highlighted by the records of observed global sea temperatures in 2019. Resulting changes in marine ecosystems have implications beyond pure ecology, as they influence the various aspects of the socio-ecological system, such as culture and economy. We welcome scientists from all fields to contribute to our session on fisheries science.

Session host: María del Carmen Blanco Fernández

Is your research related to seafood traceability? We invite you to submit your abstract for our session. The correct assessment of fish catches for a development of sustainable fisheries raises great concerns. It will not be achieved without taking into account and minimizing Illegal, Unreported Unregulated (IUU) catches. This is a great opportunity to discuss with other researchers working on the same topic. We encourage applications from anyone who wants to contribute tackling pertinent topics, like detection of mislabeling, management, prevention of IUUs, assessment of mislabeling or its sustainable and social implications.

Session hosts: Erik Sulanke, Sandra Rybicki

The modern seafood industry provides an income for millions of people and a considerable share in the world’s protein supply. With progressing globalization and climate change, seafood production worldwide faces increasing socio-ecological issues. Researchers, managers and producers will have to develop fisheries and aquaculture systems, which are environmentally friendly and guarantee lasting profitability of enterprises as well as sustainable livelihood of people. They require adequate assessment (e.g. bio-economic modelling) and ultimately have to be integrated into holistic management frameworks of the aspired Blue Economy. We welcome Bachelor, Master and PhD students to present their related research in our session.

Session hosts: Charles Cadier, Naima Iram

Coastal wetlands are important resources for communities relying on marine environment. They are a buffer zone between oceans and terrestrial ecosystems, supplying unique ecological functions such as carbon sequestration and nitrogen removal. The provisioning and cultural services delivered contributes to the socioeconomics of coastal populations. While mangrove, saltmarsh and seagrass are valued as one of the most precious ecosystems in the world, they are also the most endangered with a global cover loss estimated around 25-50% over the past 50-100 years. We welcome in this session any studies related to coastal wetlands to improve our knowledge on these important ecosystems.

Session hosts: Xochitl Elias, Michael Kriegl

Tropical coastal ecosystems such as coral reefs, seagrass meadows and mangrove forests provide the resources and ecosystem services upon which humans vitally depend. These ecosystems, however, are under threat due to the increasing pressure caused by anthropogenic impacts like overfishing, pollution and climate change. In this session, we invite contributions from natural and social sciences that advance our knowledge on the challenges that these valuable ecosystems face. We are interested in studies presenting solutions for their sustainable management in harmony with societal needs and particularly invite you to use innovative methods to present your research.

Session hosts: Charlotte Haugk, Olga Ogneva

Rapid climate warming is shown to be amplified in Arctic regions. Permafrost thaws and provides discharge of terrigenous material into the Arctic Ocean. This material is transformed in the near-shore zone, which functioning is poorly understood in spite of its huge role in the biogeochemical cycle. Our intention is to look at the land to ocean interface of organic matter, nutrient and contaminant transport into the Arctic Ocean via the Nearshore zone in the permafrost region. What are the sources, pathways and further fate of discharged terrigenous material? What is the potential impact on biological and physical processes in open waters?

Session hosts: Paula Senff, Lara Stuthmann

Nature has given us a gift in that some elements come in a heavy and a lighter form and paying attention to this difference can help us reveal invisible or hidden processes. Stable isotope analysis has almost endless possible applications in marine science: from nutrient uptake of sea grass over tracking sponge mucus to constructing food webs for whole ecosystems. We want to hear how you apply this technique in your research! If mixing model or isotope labelling, anything is welcome – and if you MUST work with radioisotopes, that’s fine too.

Session host: Sara Todorovic, Marie Harbott

The modern increase in atmospheric CO2 driven by fossil fuel combustion and land-use change is changing our oceans. Long term records are necessary for understanding the dynamics of natural and anthropogenically induced variability in oceans. Instrumental and satellite records of environmental variables date back only a few decades. To go back further, climate reconstructions are essential. This session aims to present environmental and palaeoclimatological marine archives prolonging the instrumental records, such as: foraminifera, corals, sclerosponges, and bivalves but also tree rings. Contributions might also include calibrations and limits of proxies, or new methods to show the possibilities of environmental indicators.

Session host: Aurelia Laubscher

Plastic materials are omnipresent in our daily private and scientific life. Due to missing waste management or littering, they enter the environment with mostly unknown consequences. Ubiquitous distribution and negative impacts on marine life has been shown by studies. However, a comprehensive understanding of this pollution is still missing, also because of the diversity of approaches to evaluate the risk of plastic materials in the environment. Communicate your results regarding the hazard of marine (micro)plastic and classify its risk. Improve marine plastic pollution research by sharing new insights and best practices.

Session host: Jan Boelmann

The use of technology in the marine science is inevitable and spans all fields of research. From the obvious use of technology in the marine energy sector or special measuring technologies to measure the ice thickness to the use of cameras to track particles in the water column. Furthermore, the usage and development of technology is a major part of the marine research. This Session invites young researchers, engineers or undergraduate students to share their work as a part of the interdisciplinary field of marine engineering. However, they used special equipment or developed new devices or methods to explore the marine sector.

Session hosts: NN

Marine Sciences are a vast and diverse field of research with a lot of different topics to be covered. No conference is able to represent all topics with a separate session. The Open Session aims to summarize contributions of young marine scientists from all research fields which do not feel to fit into one of the other sessions.