50th European Marine Biology Symposium on Helgoland

The island of Helgoland has a long tradition of marine research. The First marine Station was established in 1892 with the current building dating back to 1959. Indeed the first Marine Biology Symposium was hosted on Helgoland in 1966 and we are proud to welcome Marine Scientists on the island again to celebrate 50 years of Marine Biological achievements.

PLEASE NOTE: The abstract submission deadline has been extended to April 1st. 2015. There will be no further extensions. Register here.

Helgoland has developed a vibrant and diverse research community over the years. It boasts one of the oldest and most detailed phytoplankton data sets in the world (Helgoland Roads), performs a wide range of experimental and mesocosm studies to investigate microplankton and microbial foodweb interactions. Helgoland also has a long and successful tradition in other zoological and botanical research fields for instance macroalgal research.

Additional lines of research are being developed all the time. These include the use of molecular tools for characterising microbial communities, research on microplastics as well as technical development work on new sensors for long-term observations. This exciting research environment makes Helgoland and its Biologische Anstalt Helgland an ideal setting for the 50th EMBS.

However, the Biological Station Helgoland’s strength does not only lie in the generation of high quality primary research data, but also in their dissemination. We organize and co-ordinate a variety of activities for different groups from primary school children to university students. Helgoland is also an international Centre of Excellence for Oceanography, and manages one of the most extensive guest scientist and university course programmes in Germany or even Europe with more than 800 students per year visit the station to attend university courses. A large number of guest scientists also use the station for their research and collaborate with the station’s scientists.

 

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