Educational week Weather.Water.Waterkant from 25.9. to 6.10.2023

The ocean makes up 70% of our planet and plays an important role in life on earth: regulating our climate, the air we breathe, the water we drink and use every day, food and transport of goods from faraway countries, raw materials from the sea, renewable energies, recreation and a fascinating, diverse animal world - all this and more has to do with the ocean. Yet large areas of the world's oceans have not yet been explored. This workshop begins with a general lecture focusing on climate change and its consequences for marine life, large and small. This is followed by a bilingual reading of the children's book "The Conference of the Sea Dwellers" by the students in German and Arabic. In the third module, the pupils look at, compare and discuss animal and plant objects from the world's oceans. The aim is to broaden knowledge about the sea, to sharpen the understanding of sustainability and to contribute to intercultural communication.

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Sciences Kiel: Dr Hassan Humeida                                           

RD3 Marine Ecology, Research Unit Marine Symbiosis

Marine plastic pollution

Marine Plastics: On the danger of fishing nets to marine life

We proudly present our Bachelor's student Hanna Nordström who was featured by ZDF TerraXpress showing that plastics is even found in remote lakes in Sweden. Hanna works together with Dr. Rüdiger Stöhr from the NGO One Earth-One Ocean and former member of the Marine Microbiology Unit at GEOMAR. Her work is shown here from minute 17 onwards:

Erik Borchert, Ute Hentschel Humeida

How the ocean digests plastic waste - An insight into current research at GEOMAR

11 June 2021: Lecture by Dr Erik Borchert & Dr Hassan Humeida at the Toni-Jensen Community School Kiel

How voracious bacteria could solve the microplastic problem

19.5.2021 Dr Erik Borchert: Whether oceans or rivers: Microplastics can be found in high doses everywhere in the water. Researchers are looking for ways to deal with it. Hungry bacteria or tiny air bubbles are supposed to help. Article in: WELT Wissen

Marine conservation: research into enzymes that break down plastic

18.02.2021 TV feature Dr Erik Bochert in DAS! ∙ NDR Fernsehen

How does the plastic get into the deep sea?

15.01.2021 TV feature Dr Erik Borchert in the: NDR Schleswig-Holstein-Magazin

Research against plastic waste in the oceans

26.7.2020 Dr Erik Borchert: Plastic in the oceans is a problem for all creatures that live in them. That's why scientists are researching how to prevent even more of it from ending up in the oceans.