GAME - Program for Master Thesis in Marine Ecology at GEOMAR

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GAME (Global Approach by Modular Experiments) is an international research and education program for master's students in biology and environmental sciences, enabling young scientists to study the impacts of global change on coastal seas while collecting data for a master's thesis.


Students in biology, ecology, environmental science, or related fields who wish to conduct a master's thesis in marine ecology are eligible to participate. Students can apply at any time for the following project year. Next year, GAME will again focus on the effects of light pollution on benthic systems.


Students will train their ability to communicate science through presentations and in journals. They will be integrated into a global network that can serve as a starting point for collaborations and the exchange of experience and knowledge again and again in their later careers.


Binational teams of two conduct identical experiments over a period of 6 months at different locations around the world. The preparation and follow-up of each project takes place together with all participants at GEOMAR in Kiel, the entire project lasts from the beginning of March to the end of December. In preparation, the approach to ecological questions is worked out and the analysis of data with biostatistical methods is deepened. In the follow-up phase, all results are comparatively evaluated, interpreted and prepared for publication.