News from ICBM
One of the most important groups of marine bacteria is the focus of the Collaborative Research Centre "Roseobacter". With 9.7 million euros, the German Research Foundation (DFG) is now funding the project for another four years.
Providing school leavers and students with professional prospects in the peripherals of an academic formation is the aim of the Jade Career Day at the Jade Hochschule in Wilhelmshaven. As in preceding years, on November 22 the ICBM participated in this traditionally well visited show of educational offers.
On September 27th the travelling exhibition Ocean Plastics Lab has been inaugurated by the German Federal Minister of Education and Research, Johanna Wanka, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, and President of the Regional Council of Piedmont, Mauro Laus. The ICBM made several contributions to the content of the exhibition, such as a video interview of ICBM professor Jörg-Olaf Wolff, further video material, texts and pictures. The Ocean Plastics Lab comprises exhibits and contributions from over 50 partners from 5 continents. Next stop on the exhibition’s tour will be Paris from 4-17 November 2017.
About 50 guests and staff members celebrated the 15th anniversary of the ICBM Time Series Station (TSS) in a commemorative event near the island of Spiekeroog and in Wilhelmshaven on Thursday 7th September.
A team of researchers from the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) in Berlin and the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM) at University of Oldenburg has analysed the largest freshwater bacterium, Achromatium oxaliferum. The results are stunning.
This year, the ICBM supported the litter-collecting event on the small island of Mellum, which is organized annually by the Mellum Council, the custodian of the bird island. Two research boats of the ICBM, OTZUM and ZEPHYR, in the early morning hours of August 5 carried more than 40 voluntary helpers near to the shore line of the island in the Jade bay orifice.
International Summer School for Marine Scientists at the University of Oldenburg Wilhelmshaven/Oldenburg. How does one create a mathematical model from environmental data? International members of the rising generation of marine researchers presently get acquainted with fundamental traits of modern scientific data processing.
The color of the coastal ocean is not only beautiful. For marine researchers it is also an important indicator of whether the sea is becoming darker. To answer this question in depth, researchers are collecting data worldwide using a mobile app developed at the Institute of Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM): The EyeonWater App. The project manager and marine physicist Oliver Zielinski from the ICBM explains how citizens can apply this app and how important their contribution is to the research project "Coastal Ocean Darkening". The detailed interview - in German language - can be found here:
More than a year after deployment, the SeaCycler, a prototypic and technically sophisticated marine sensor device, was fished up by the German research vessel Maria S. Merian from the Labrador Sea – much to the delight of scientists from Canada (Dalhousie University and Bedford Institute of Oceanography (BIO)), Germany (ICBM) and the US (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla).
A delegation of five scientists from the ICBM working group Marine Sensor Systems attended the Oceans ‘17 conference (60th OCEANS conference) in Aberdeen, Great Britain from 19th June to 22nd June 2017. OCEANS ‘17 is a conference with about 500 participants presenting their papers, submitted beforehand. The diversity of 12 parallel sessions over two full days ranged from technical sessions, modelling sessions, show cases up to application examples presented in 15-minute talks plus 5 minutes of discussion.