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1 year 6 months ago

  • Man sieht, spürt, riecht sie nicht. Und doch sind in jedem Tropfen Meerwasser Millionen von ihnen enthalten. Ein von der EU finanziertes Projekt erforscht die Vielfalt der Mikroorganismen – und ihre Eignung zur Gewinnung neuer Wirkstoffe. Erste Ergebnisse liegen jetzt vor.

    Pressemitteilung - Medizin aus dem Meer

1 year 9 months ago

  • The third Micro B3 Industry Workshop will take place in Brussels on 3rd November 2015 

    This workshop, “Collaboration between Academia, SMEs, and Industry-Transforming Inventions into Innovations in the fields", held at the Royal Flemish Academy for Science and the Arts (Brussels, Belgium) on 3rd November 2015, addresses the relevance of collaboration between the public and the private sector and their corresponding strategies in order to create synergies and promote technology transfer with a specific focus on innovative approaches in bioinformatics and (marine) biotechnology.

    Cordis Wire press release

2 years 4 months ago

  • Der von der Europäischen Union 2008 ins Leben gerufene europäische Tag der Meere (European Maritime Day) findet jedes Jahr am 20. Mai statt. Er wurde eingerichtet, um die Bedeutung der Küsten und Meere zu betonen, ist in wechselnden europäischen Küstenstädten zu Gast und kommt 2014 zum ersten Mal nach Bremen. Am 19. und 20. Mai treffen sich rund 1.000 Wissenschaftler, Politiker und Verwaltungsspitzen aus allen europäischen Ländern mit Meeresküste in unserer Stadt, um aktuelle Fragen zum Umweltschutz, zur Rohstoffnutzung und zu maritimen Technologien zu diskutieren. Im Vorfeld findet am Sonntag, 18. Mai 2014 ein Publikumstag zu den obigen Themen statt. Dazu werden Forschungsschiffe in Höhe des Weser Towers an der Schlachte liegen. Das 4. Maritime Familienfest der Schlachte wird diese Inhalte ebenfalls aufnehmen.

    Pressemitteilung - Im Zeichen der Meere

    Pressemitteilung - Maritimes und Mee(h)r

    Pressemitteilung - Menschenmassen auf der Forschungsmeile

    Pressemitteilung - 40000 feiern Tag des Meeres

    Pressemitteilung - Bürgerfest in Bremen

  • A Charter for access to knowledge to everyone and to prevent the abuses of the ocean global commons

    The CIESM Charter favours the sharing of scientific knowledge with concerted handing of data, traceability, nature conservation and environmental respect. The Charter developed on the basis of extensive consultation with scientists and legal experts (thanks are due in particular for the key comments of Dr Lyle Glowka, CBD Secretariat) lists nine ethical guidelines aimed at providers, enquirers and end-users regarding the use of marine resources. It emphasizes essential core values, such as fair and equitable sharing of benefits, transparency, reciprocal relations, thus maintaining and protecting the access to knowledge to everyone and preventing abuses of the ocean global commons.  The CIESM Charter goes beyond biological approaches and extends beyond the strict perimeter of the Mediterranean/ Black Sea Region. It is applicable to large scientific initiatives such as oceanographic campaigns in the world oceans.

    CIESM Charter press release

3 years 3 weeks ago


    Press release, June 21 2014

    Citizen Scientists invited to help take a Snapshot of the World’s Oceans

    If you live near the sea or plan to be on it this 21 June 2014, you can take part in MyOSD, a worldwide citizen science adventure. The large Micro B3 Project is sponsoring this event together with its Ocean Sampling Day (OSD), a global campaign for sequencing the oceans.

    Everyone can be a scientist for one day by joining MyOSD and contributing to science by collecting important environmental parameters like latitude, longitude, temperature, weather condition, wind speed and, with a little investment, also further data. For this purpose the OSD App for smartphones (Android and iOS) has been developed. It can be downloaded for free via the website There is also an OSD Video tutorial available with instructions.   All measurements can be uploaded directly to the website, after registering, therefore citizens willing to joint should start the process now. 

    Why do we do this: At least 80% of all life on earth comes from the ocean and the ocean covers 70% of the planet but we have only explored less than 5% of this unique ecosystem. It is important to find out more, especially about the marine microorganisms of which you can find around a million in a drop of seawater. These organisms are a major part of the food web, they are reacting to climate change and to study them helps scientists predict what will happen to our ocean in the future.

    Who is behind it: The European funded four year Micro B3 project is organising the worldwide ocean sampling campaign called Ocean Sampling Day (OSD). This campaign encompasses more than 160 marine research locations from Iceland to Antarctica and from Moorea (French Polynesia) via America to South Africa looking for microbial biodiversity within marine surface water. But not only scientists also citizen can join and help to get a better picture of our ocean. Data for more and more places all over the globe can be added, the more citizen scientists are taking part.  The goal is to create the biggest data set in marine research that has ever been taken on one single day: a huge snapshot of the world's oceans. The outcome will be a common pool of data to be shared among the whole scientific marine research community and the public.

    Genomics - the science of sequencing genes and understanding their meaning - is not merely a tool for human health or agriculture anymore: it has been extended to the study of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in marine waters. Marine scientists can now sequence the oceans with standardized methods for sampling, shipping, transferring data and for bioinformatics analysis. Advanced technologies are applied to obtain large amounts of sequence data for advanced ecological knowledge and potential biotechnological applications.  The OSD will demonstrate that joint and standardized work as well as clear data-sharing agreements support not only improved ecosystem knowledge but also sustainable use of marine genetic resources.

    Julia Schnetzer, the young scientist responsible for setting up My-OSD in the course of her PhD thesis says:

    ‘OSD and MyOSD together form a wonderful project giving scientists and citizen all around the world the opportunity to work together to unravel the mysteries of our ocean’.

    Picture gallery illustrating the work in Micro B3, OSD and MyOSD

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    Micro B3 has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration (Joint Call OCEAN.2011‐2: Marine microbial diversity – new insights into marine ecosystems functioning and its biotechnological potential) under grant agreement no 287589.
    The Micro B3 project is solely responsible for this publication. It does not represent the opinion of the EU. The EU is not responsible for any use that might be made of data appearing herein.

    Contact for MyOSD related Press Enquiries:

    Julia Schnetzer, PhD student

    Max Planck Institute Bremen, Germany

    Telephone +49 1577 473 7427

    Email and

    Contact for MyOSD related Press Enquiries UK:

    Saskia Wesnigk-Wood,

    EMPA Brighton, UK

    Telephone +44 (0)1273 430372


    Contact for Micro B3 related Press Enquiries Germany:

    Dr. Johanna Wesnigk

    EMPA Bremen, Germany

    Micro B3 Training and Dissemination Officer

    Tel: +49 421 507920, +49 170 755 7826

    Coordinator of Micro B3 & OSD

    Prof. Dr. Frank Oliver Glöckner

    Jacobs University Bremen gGmbH & Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology Bremen

    Campusring 1, 28759 Bremen

    Telephone +494212003167

    Mobile: +491728270191