Elsa Girard was a student researcher at CoralEye in Indonesia and AQUEIS scholarship holder. At the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich she successfully finished her master thesis titled: Exploring the diversity of foreign particles in Indonesian marine sponges: potential bioindicators for
She also managed to publish her data in a peer-reviewed journal in October 2020 which definitely is a very important step in her scientific career – congratulations!
August 2020: NTTI teaching during COVID: beach & reef clean up
The three women students Ingrit Martina Lombo, Meisye Truli Tinungki and Rini Aknes Lubente were able to discover scuba diving and helped to clean up the reef at CoralEye.
A hole group of students helped to clean up the reef by snorkeling and walking the beach. Thank you so much for your help!
March 2020: NTTI & Seasoldiers ready for 2020 teaching program
NTTI met Seasoldier to discuss the follow up of the successful teaching program of 2019.
Geh, the chief of Seasoldier North-Sulawesi, as well as Jody, headmaster of the Junior Highshool of Lihunu, agreed to continue in 2020.
The team also discussed to expand their activities to another village on the island of Bangka.
We wish the pupils of Lihunu school a pleasant semester and a lot of fun with the Seasoldiers’ teaching program!
January 2020: NTTI & Seasoldier Teaching program completed
Teaching program 1 was successfully completed. The teaching lessons on mangroves, coral reef, seagrass and plastic were all done according to the plan.
At the end certificates were given to the participants at the ceremony of the end of the school year.
The final activity with the participants was a snorkeling event the day after the ceremony.
It was a big day when the Seasoldier NGO teamed up with the No-Trash Triangle Initiative , starting their 3-month teaching program at the Junior High School of Lihunu Bangka Island, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. The program introduces the three most important marine ecosystems: tropical coral reefs, mangrove forests and seagrass meadows. The students get to know animals that live in these systems, their significance for nature and man, as well as what dangers these ecosystems are facing. Outdoor activities complement the work in the classroom.
Tamara, Oriane, Camille and Sarah visit the Lycée Jean-Piaget (photo to the left) in the Swiss town of Neuchâtel and have been assigned for a joint interdisciplinary work. It should be about a marine theme related to sea ice. At the Gymnasium in Neuchâtel this work plays a big role on the way to the Abitur; in 10 weeks, a 12-page report is to emerge that spans the subjects of biology, chemistry and physics.
And so the group turned to AQUEIS and was forwarded to Nora-Charlotte Pauli and Dr. Katharina Michael from the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Sea (ICBM) at the University of Oldenburg, who assisted with the prepared questionnaire (pdf in German only, sorry) with professional advice and support. The result is impressive: there was the highest grade for the work! Well done, says AQUEIS!
We congratulate Felix Meyer for the great elaboration of his projects on plastic sorting by reflection spectra and his successful participation in Jugend Forscht. More information can be found on fellows.
Biologist Christian Lott presented “Diving into Plastic” at the fair for functional textiles, the “Performance Days 2018”. This year’s focus was on water and the fair provided broad discussion about sustainability across the entire production chain. Of particular interest is the question of how synthetic fibers should be designed, how they wear out less and thus generate less microplastics. The industry also showed interest in plastic waste from the sea in order to recycle it. Might be a chance to give the collected beached plastic from our project No-Trash Triangle another life 🙂
February 2018: Public talk about marine debris
As part of a fasting campaign of the Holy Cross community Dülmen Andrea Werner gave a talk about marine debris in front of about 60 interested listeners. At the beginning, the speaker informed about garbage formation, various entry routes into waters, the whereabouts of the debris in the water and the hazards of marine garbage. In the second part, the listeners were given a wide variety of options for taking action against the garbage. In the subsequent discussion questions from the audience were answered and a controversial and constructive dialogue developed about the possibilities consumers have and the role of the individual within the topic of marine debris.
No-Trash Triangle initiative! by AQUEIS e.V.
The Coral Triangle in South-East Asia harbours the highest marine biodiversity of planet Earth. Nowhere else you find more coral or fish species. This region also has the highest risk of plastic pollution, and the load of plastic litter in the sea and at the beaches is increasing dramatically.
With the No-Trash Triangle Initiative we want to reduce the existing amounts of trash and help the region of NE Sulawesi to become a place for a pilot study. From here, measures will be upscaled and adapted to other regions in the world. To read more about the initiative, please follow the link below:
No-Trash Triangle Initiative
Lectures in the name of AQUEIS
In the second half of 2017, lectures were given by club members and scholarship holders! More to read: Events
Further scholarships awarded
In October 2017, the association awarded two scholarships to young marine scientists. More information can be found here: Scholarship holders
The METEOR WOOD project is gaining momentum!
The furniture from the deck planks of the FS METEOR was presented in the North Sea Report in the NDR (German only). Clicking on the photo below leads to the article in the media library.
Primary school is dedicated to marine organisms and research
The topic of “Water and Marine Researchers” was highlighted during class of 3a of the Theodor Billroth School Nuremberg. AQUEIS e.V. has presented the different forms of water and the organisms that live in it: Events
To gain stool
In the quiz from sueddeutsche.de, there is the first prize to win a stool from our METEOR WOOD!
The competition’s link on the occasion of the science year 2016 * 17 on the polar regions is here and if you would like to know more about the furniture from the deck planks of the METEOR research vessel, visit the website: daszweiteleben
At the boot Düsseldorf 2017
From 21.-29.01. starts the boat Dusseldorf. For the first time there will be a sustainability initiative with the message “Love Your Ocean”, initiated by the German Sea Foundation and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. Eighteen players invite to the stand on the subject of “sea plastic” to various hands-on activities. Among them blueocean.world, a young nonprofit organization that wants to start as a global platform for ocean allies.
AQUEIS e.V. has sent the team of blueocean.world a collection of plastic waste from an Italian beach so that it can be exhibited, handled and studied under the microscope.
The goal is to raise awareness of our global waste problem.
Granting of scholarships
More and more fellows are coming together! We are happy about it and congratulate everyone on their outstanding work.
Information about the individual projects can be found under the following link:
Sponsoring: YOUMARES | award 2015
At this year’s YOUMARES Young Marine Scientists Conference, the YOUMARES Award was presented to Sophia Kochalski. She had submitted a paper on Fish-O-Mat, winning a course at the HYDRA Institute for Marine Sciences, sponsored by AQUEIS e.V. The work is an online question and answer tool that draws consumers’ attention to various sustainable fishing standards, in line with their sustainability definitions and values. The following link leads to the full version of the thesis: Fish-O-Mat.
First publication scholarship: publication online
The two young researchers Tobias Mildenberger and Andreas Eich have successfully completed their bachelor thesis and have published their data immediately afterwards in a joint publication. The paper can be found at PLOS | ONE. More information about the project and the video blog can be found at Scholarship holders.
Board decision: Publication scholarships
AQUEIS now awards scholarships for the publication of theses of young scientists. More information about the award criteria and the application can be found here.
The Journal Junge Wissenschaft publishes the work of young scientists who are younger than 23. The way to publication leads to a report, by a scientist. The submitted work is checked for correctness of the content and the form. The young researchers will also receive suggestions for improvement to pave the way for publication.
Voluntarily, an AQUEIS member recently supported such a process as a reviewer. If the work is published, it will certainly be linked here.