Call for Abstracts

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. And all this without paying a registration fee! Deadline postponed to 15 July 2021!

ICYMARE 2021 BERLIN will take place from 21 to 24 September 2021. While for quite some time we were optimistic to be able to meet in person in Berlin, these times once again ask for a lot of adaption. ICYMARE is for everyone and, thus, will take place online once more. We welcome early career marine researchers from all over the world to become part of the ICYMARE family and this amazing scientific network.

Submit your abstract now and present your research online as a talk or a poster in one of the 20 sessions of ICYMARE 2021 BERLIN 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 moc.e1642796080ramyc1642796080i@tca1642796080rtsba1642796080 not later than 15 July 2021 (NEW deadline!). On this page, you can find an abstract submission template and some guidelines for the presentations. After your submission, the session hosts of the individual sessions will evaluate the abstracts and will select presentations for ICYMARE 2021 BERLIN based on objective criteria.

You can also attend to the online ICYMARE 2021 BERLIN conference as a listener without a presentation, you can advertise your very own project during the project pitches or you engage in a workshop or in the social events. 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 moc.e1642796080ramyc1642796080i@oll1642796080eh1642796080.

We are happy to meet you online and would love if you would spread the word!

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ICYMARE 2021 Sessions

Session hosts: Lena Rölfer1,2, Clara Antonia Klöcker3, Arianna Liconti4,5, Natalie Prinz

Pressures on marine ecosystems are mounting globally, with severe consequences for ecosystems and their associated services. At the same time, the increase in activities in coastal and ocean areas is inevitable. Covering multifaceted and partly poorly understood ecosystems, oblivious to any anthropogenic frontiers, comprehensive regulation and management, up to this day, has proven very difficult. However, there is an increasing awareness of the importance of a sustainable relationship between society and ocean resources. To tackle the challenges posed by the often-conflicting interests between economic activities and ocean conservation, there is an urgent need for integrated approaches. We therefore invite presenters from multiple disciplines including ecology, oceanography, international law, social and political sciences to contribute to our session.


1Faculty of Sustainability, Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany
2Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG), Hamburg, Germany
3Institute of Environmental Engineering (IfU), Eidgenössisch Technische Hochschule (ETH), Zürich, Switzerland
4The Marine Biological Association, The Laboratory, Plymouth, United Kingdom
5Worldrise ONLUS, Milano, Italy
6School of Science, University of Waikato, Tauranga, New Zealand

Session host: Antonella de Cian1,2, Dieu Anh Dinh3,4, Pedro Manuel Carrasco De La Cruz5,6

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 severe will marine natural capital be affected, and how will climate change impact the future managing cost of our ecosystems? To answer these questions, a mixed approach between natural, and social sciences, is required. So, if you have researched about climate change effects over marine ecosystems, their social and economic consequences, and/or the upcoming challenges marine management will face, this session is for you!


1Instituto Patagónico del Mar (IPaM), Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia San Juan Bosco, Puerto Madryn, Argentina
2Laboratorio de Oceanografía Biológica (LOBio), Centro para el Estudio de Sistemas Marinos – Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Puerto Madryn, Argentina
3CIMA, FCT-Gambelas Campus, University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal
4NF-POGO Centre of Excellence, Alfred Weneger Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Helgoland, Germany
5Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity, Oldenburg, Germany
6Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany

Session hosts: Carola Trahms1,2, Dilip Hiremath1, Maria-Theresia Verwega2,3

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.


1GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany
2Helmholtz Association’s MarDATA graduate school, University of Kiel, Germany
3Department of Computer Science, University of Kiel, Germany


Session host: Julieta Vigliano Relva1 & Janire Salazar2

Does your research relate with Ocean Literacy or outreach activities? Then we need you in the conversation! Developing science that is solution driven, inclusive and socially relevant is at the center of the Ocean Science Decade goals (2021-2030). By bringing scientists, educators and citizenship together, Ocean Literacy has become one of the key pillars to achieve this aim. This session seeks to bring together those doing research in marine education and outreach to reflect and find best practices in Ocean Literacy.


1Marine Biology Research Group, Ghent University, Belgium
2Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM), CSIC, Barcelona, Spain


Session hosts: Inês Morão1,2 & Lénia Rato2,3,4

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 2021 BERLIN 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.


1Faculty of Science, University of Lisbon, Portugal
2Polytechnic of Leiria, Portugal
3Coimbra University, Portugal
4Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) Texel, Netherlands

Session host: Sabrina N. Wilms1,2

Fantastic microbes and where to find them: 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.


1Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany
2University of Bremen, Germany

Session host: Konstantinos Anestis1,2 & Joost Mansour3

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 mixotrophy 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 apply for this session and share the news with other young scientists.


1Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany
2University of Bremen, Germany
3Sorbonne University, Station Biologique de Roscoff, France

Session hosts: Chloé Stévenne1, Maud Micha1

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!


1University of Liège, Belgium

Session host: Emily Chen1

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.


1Marine Biology Research Group, Ghent University, Belgium

Session host: María del Carmen Blanco Fernández1

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.


1University of Oviedo, Spain

Session hosts: Erik Sulanke1, Sandra Rybicki2

Seafood production remains a significant human activity in the marine realm and is a vital source of income and protein for millions. Yet, human use as well as climate change are continuously altering the oceans. Those changes will also affect the economic conditions for seafood production. In order to adapt, new strategies need to be developed and implemented, a process for which marine sciences are crucial. All marine researchers developing models, evaluating or implementing management strategies, or using innovative research approaches are encouraged to join our session. We aim to balance method presentation and strategic discussions.


1Thuenen-Institute for Sea Fisheries, Bremerhaven, Germany
2Marine and Freshwater Research Institute, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland

Session hosts: Charles Cadier1, Naima Iram1

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.


1Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

Session hosts: Xochitl Elias1,2 & Michael Kriegl1,3

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.


1Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), Bremen, Germany
2Future Oceans Lab, Vigo, Spain
3Thünen Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries, Rostock, Germany

Session hosts: Charlotte Haugk1,2 & Olga Ogneva1

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?


1Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Periglacial Research Unit Potsdam and Bremerhaven, Germany
2University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany

Session hosts: Patricia Kaiser1 & Simon Jungblut2,3

Both polar regions are frequently in the focus of public interest. Likewise, scientific observations and research in those regions are crucial due to their vulnerability to changing environmental conditions. While both polar systems are affected by climate change, the extend and fashion of such impacts may vary significantly between the regions, making comprehensive conclusions difficult. This session aims to feature and integrate research from both poles and calls for contributions in ecology, oceanography, glaciology, climatology, social sciences and all other polar-related fields.


1Marine Zoology, BreMarE – Bremen Marine Ecology, University of Bremen, Germany
2Marine Botany, BreMarE – Bremen Marine Ecology, University of Bremen, Germany
3Association of Marine Sciences, Bremen Society for Natural Sciences NWV, Bremen, Germany

Session hosts: Lara Stuthmann1,2 & Paula Senff1,2

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!


1Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), Bremen, Germany
2University of Bremen, Germany

Session host: Sara Todorovic1,2 & Marie Harbott1,2 

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.


1Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), Bremen, Germany
2University of Bremen, Germany

Session hosts: Špela Korez1 & Lukas Miksch1

Scientists, policy makers and the general public worldwide share the attention of the (micro)plastics invading the aquatic and non-aquatic realms. There is a broad spectrum of research interest and foci of (micro)plastics ranging from the environmental distribution analysis and determination of polymer biodegradation, to various exposure experiments testing the bioavailability and consequential effects of (micro)plastics in the organisms following ingestion. Are you trying to the fill in the knowledge gaps or uncertainties of (micro)plastic pollution or the interaction with marine biota? We kindly encourage you to share your innovative ideas, improved methodologies, and novel results with fellow young researchers.


1Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany

Session host: Jan Boelmann1,2

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.


1Marine Technologies, University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven, Germany
2Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany


Session hosts: Lea Kappas1, Louisa Karl2, Hanna Taieb Ezzraimi2

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.


1University of Bremen, Germany
2University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven, Germany