2nd International Ocean Health Symposium

Emerging marine Diseases, regulating functions, and governance implications

The Symposium is hosted by Kiel Marine Science (KMS) at Kiel University and GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel as an in-person event in Kiel, Germany.

From August 29 - 30 2022, Kiel Marine Science (KMS) at Kiel University and GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, supported by the Center for Ocean and Society (CeOS) at KMS, the CRC 1182 on Metaorganisms and the Topic 6: Marine Life of the Helmholtz research programme "Changing Earth", host the 2nd International Ocean Health Symposium.

The programme includes keynotes, plenary sessions with panel discussions, and an evening poster session. Participants will meet early career scientists and established researchers from a broad range of disciplines to exchange views on ocean disease, ocean extremes, ocean health, and related governance options to articulate a One Ocean Health perspective and its connection to the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

Guiding questions

  • Are marine diseases increasing through global change?
  • Are fundamentally novel diseases emerging?
  • How can we conceptualize the dual nature of marine disease as trigger of mass mortality versus essential ecosystem regulator?
  • What are the links between ecosystem integrity, marine disease, and human health?
  • How can we best manage the societal and economic implications of marine diseases, epidemic risks, and microbial interventions under uncertainty?


Day 1: 29 August 2022

  •                   Afternoon site programme: meet Kiel marine scientists & take a guide tourat GEOMAR
  • 18.00 h Ice breaker

Day 2: 30 August 2022

  • 9:00 h Keynote lecture and session 1: Emerging marine diseases
  • 12:30 h Lunch break
  • 13:30 h Session 2: Marine epidemiology, triggers, and tipping-points
  • 16:30 h Poster session with buffet

Day 3: 31 August 2022

  • 9:00 h Session 3: Marine disease between mass morality and essential regulation
  • 10:50 h Networking brunch
  • 12:45 h Session 4: Governance of marine health and disease under uncertainty
  • 15:45 h Panel discussion: Which research agenda do we need for the next decade to study ocean health and disease?
  • 16:30 h Wrap-up

Registration and conference fee

Regular conference fee: 80 EUR. A poster contribution is strongly encouraged. Participation on site at the Steigenberger Hotel in Kiel is limited to 120 participants. For expression of interest, please register until 15 May 2022 on the event website.

Registration details, contacts and further information can be found here at the geomar event page and the programme can be found  in the pdf.


If you have any questions, please contact: Frauke Pescheck via e-mail: oceanhealth.symposium@kms.uni-kiel.de

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