Herman Hummel, MARS president

Herman Hummel, MARS president

Prof. Dr. Herman Hummel was elected as President of the MARS (The European Network of Marine Research Institutes and Stations) in 2013, after having a successful relevant career as the Executive Director of the MarBEF (Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning) NoE (Network of Excellence).
After his two successful terms on the presidency of MARS, he leaves behind many glaring achievements, such as:
– the update of the MARS statutes, under the Dutch legal system
– the collaboration between MARS and WAMS (the World Association of Marine Stations)
– a series of successful MARS Assembly (3) and Executive Board meetings (8)
– a suite of short term grants for early career scientists (8), which were able to move between the 62 MARS stations and institutes
– the successful chairing of the EMBOS (European Marine Biodiversity Observatory System) COST ACTION , which allied 43 senior scientists from 22 EU and other countries. This particular Network created a legacy on marine biodiversity observation all over the EU, which had never occurred in the past. The results of this COST ACTION project are being available as a collection of research articles in the international peer-reviewed JMBA (Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom)
– at the same time, as president of the EMBS (European Marine Biology Symposia), he further supported the broader scientific community on the discipline of marine biology in Europe and attracted much more participation from overseas

We thank him for his invaluable contributions and chairmanship.

Christos Arvanitidis, on behalf of the MARS Executive Board

MARS: new president

MARS: new president

Dr. Matt Frost, new MARS President (MBA, UK)

The four years term of Herman Hummel as President of MARS has ended. The statutes do not allow another extension of the term.

The Executive Board has elected Matt Frost as the new President. He will take over the duties by the first of May.

Dr. Matt Frost is MBA Deputy Director for policy and knowledge exchange, with particular responsibility for the Association as a membership organisation.

New members of the Executive Board

New members of the Executive Board

The term of several members of the Executive Board has ended. Ferdinando Boero and Alf Norkko (Full Member), Mike Thorndyke (past President), Pierre Lasserre (co-opted for UNESCO), Ricardo Santos (co-opted for Deep Sea affairs and EU) will have to leave the board. We are very grateful for their investment in, and coordination of, MARS.

We welcome Alexander Tzetlin (MSU, Moscow, Russia) and Iwona Pawliczka (Hel-IO UG, Poland) as new board members (Full Member).

Herman Hummel, on behalf of MARS

MARS Directors Meeting 2017

MARS Directors Meeting 2017

The MARS directors meeting has been held last month hosted by IH Cantabria, Universidad de Cantabria(IHC), Centro Oceanográfico de Santander (COS-IEO), and Museo Marítimo del Cantábrico (MMC), Santander Spain, (30 January – 2 February 2017).
The main aim of this meeting was to evaluate the scope of MARS and discuss an agenda for the future.
The discussions were very fruitful and resulted in recommendations for adapting the scope and title of MARS, allocation of the budget, and development of an overarching (research) project.
This all will be taken up by the Executive Board for further decisions and action, including a position paper on the future of marine research and marine research stations, and an outline/proposal for an overarching theme.

We thank Jose Juanes De La Peña, Luis Valdes, Alicia Lavín, Gerardo García-Castrillo and their crew for the excellent organization (and social events) of the MARS directors meeting 2017.

Herman Hummel, President of MARS, and the MARS secretariat

You can find the executive summary and the minutes (MARS members only) of the meeting here.

“MarPipe” – Position on offer Open University – SZN

“MarPipe” – Position on offer Open University – SZN

Marie Curie ITN “MarPipe” – Position on offer Open University – Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn International Ph.D. Program 2016 – 2017

Call for a PhD position in the framework of the MarPipe Project “Improving the flow in the pipeline of the next generation of marine biodiscovery scientists”, to carry out interdisciplinary training at the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn in Naples (Italy).

Applications are invited from qualified postgraduate candidates to work on the following topic:
Drug discovery from marine microalgae

Director of Studies: Adrianna Ianora, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn

The closing date for applications is May 10th 2017.

Apply here

Postdoc Fellowships Cultural Value of Coastlines

Postdoc Fellowships Cultural Value of Coastlines

University College Dublin invites applications for two Postdoctoral Fellowships on the Irish Research Council New Horizons Project, The Cultural Value of Coastlines:

Assessing the Cultural Influences and Impacts of Ecosystem Change on the Irish Sea Coasts

(one fellowship in humanities, one in ecology, both for 15 months).

The Cultural Value of Coastlines brings together environmental humanities and environmental science researchers in a transdisciplinary team to investigate the role of culture (aesthetics, heritage, sense of place and identity) in determining human uses and values of the sea and coastlines, and the effects upon culture of changes to marine and coastal environments. The project focuses on three interrelated questions:

  • How do coastal and marine environments contribute cultural benefits to coastal communities?
  • How is the cultural value of coastal and marine environments dependent upon ecosystem functions and conditions, and how does this relationship vary?
  • How can the cultural benefits of coastal and maritime environments be assessed effectively so as to contribute directly to marine spatial planning, cultural heritage management, and sustainability governance?

The research team will work closely with coastal communities around the Irish Sea to address these questions.

Full details of the post are available at: http://www.ucd.ie/hr/jobvacancies/ – using the job reference codes: 009026 (humanities) and 009027 (environmental science).

The deadline for applications is March 7th 2017.

Informal enquiries may be made to Prof. John Brannigan (john.brannigan@ucd.ie) or Prof. Tasman Crowe (tasman.crowe@ucd.ie). The expected start date for the positions is June 1st 2017.

(Source: MARINE-B)

Blue Science for Blue Growth, 2017.02.08, Brussels

Blue Science for Blue Growth, 2017.02.08, Brussels

“Blue Science for Blue Growth, connecting ideas and people”
European Parliament – room PHS 3 C 050 , Brussels
8 February 2017, from 15:00 to 18:00

The event will be hosted by Ricardo SERRÃO SANTOS MEP, and is organized together with Euromarine and SEARICA Intergroup to discuss issues related to science and the oceans.

You may find the Provisional Programme here.

You need to regsiter here.
Registration is possible until the 31st of January.

Forum “Challenges for the future of marine stations” now open

Forum “Challenges for the future of marine stations” now open

– for MARS members only –

During the last decade MARS has organised several scoping and networking activities to advance the research at marine stations and to make it future-proof.

In June 2008 at a joint MARS-MarBEF-MGE meeting in Brussels the future of MARS was discussed. The question was raised whether MARS, as residual body of the marine Networks of Excellence, should take up a role as umbrella for other networks, programmes and projects.

Since then the marine research and research-policy landscape has changed considerably, and it is now the time to evaluate and reconsider the scope and future strategy of MARS.

The main discussion will take place during the next MARS Directors Meeting in Santander (30 January – 2 February 2017).
In the meantime we want to prepare this discussion, and open it also for the MARS members that will not be able to attend that meeting

As a MARS member you are cordially invited to add to the Forum discussion:

The scoping discussion is organized along four topics:

1. A strong profile for marine stations: now and in the future
2. External pressures on research programmes of marine stations
3. A new Action Plan for marine stations
4. Increasing the visibility of marine stations

Please let us know how MARS is doing at the moment and what MARS should do in the future.

At this moment, the forum discussion is open to MARS members only. You need to log in to have access to the forum. You can register at the website, or to send an email to webmaster@marinestations.org.

We are convinced that together we may come to better and advanced ideas on developing an updated strategy for MARS and its marine station to consolidate or advance its niche and position in the scientific and political landscape in Europe and beyond.

With kind regards,

Herman Hummel – President of MARS.

The 11th Baltic Sea Science Congress

The 11th Baltic Sea Science Congress

The 11th Baltic Sea Science Congress – “Living along gradients: past, present, future”

– Rostock, Germany, June, 12 – 16, 2017
– Hosted by the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research and the University of Rostock

Dear friends of the Baltic Sea Science,

Don´t miss to submit your contribution to the BSSC 2017, the great 2017 event: abstract submission is possible until January 16, 2017. Be part of the biggest conference for scientific discussions related to the Baltic Sea!

We are looking for presentations addressing the following session topics:

  1. Dynamics of gradient systems
  2. Processes that affect coastal sea systems
  3. Past and future changes
  4. Coastal seas and society

Four cross-cutting sessions will stimulate the scientific exchange of more specific topics:

  1. Hypoxia
  2. Major Baltic Inflows
  3. Monitoring / Observation / Assessment
  4. Influences of the catchment area

For more information, please, visit our homepage:


or contact:

Dr. Barbara Hentzsch on behalf of the Local Organization Team of the Baltic Sea Science Congress 2017
c/o Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde Seestr. 15 D-18119 Rostock