All Science Tours are expected to be postponed to 2021

MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences
& IODP core repository

Journey down to the ocean floor
MARUM produces fundamental scientific knowledge about the role of the ocean and the ocean floor in the total Earth system. The dynamics of the ocean and the ocean floor significantly impact the entire Earth system through the interaction of geological, physical, biological and chemical processes. These influence both the climate and the global carbon cycle, and create unique biological systems.
Come with us on a journey down to the ocean floor and discover the secrets of the deep sea. In our deep-sea cinema we show videos taken by our diving robot at several thousand meters of water depth. A tour through MARUM will give you an overview on deep-sea technologies such as the MARUM-MeBo sea floor drill rig or the remotely operated diving robot MARUM-QUEST. Only the use of these underwater technologies enables research work at MARUM.
MARUM is also home of the Bremen core repository of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) where more than 155 kilometres of cores from the ocean floor are stored.

MPI – Max-Planck-Institute for Marine Microbiology

The true rulers of the world – investigating marine microbiology
During two thirds of the earth's history, microorganisms were the rulers of our planet. They developed an impressive variety of species and metabolic pathways. Even today, microorganisms play a key role in the design of the earth and the climate. At the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, we are investigating microorganisms in the world's oceans. What role do they play, what are their characteristics and how great is their biodiversity? What is the contribution of microorganisms to the global cycles of carbon, nitrogen, sulfur and iron? What does this mean for our environment and our climate? On a tour of our institute, you get to hear about our mission and selected research projects as well as get a glimpse of our labs and workshops.

ZMT – Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research

Corals, mangroves, seagrasses and more: The work of the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research
Since 1991, ZMT has been studying coastal ecosystems in the tropics from a socio-ecological perspective. Find out about our work, carried out in close cooperation with partners from around the globe, and the various disciplines/research foci that are covered within ZMT. We present highlights of our research and take you on a tour of our lab and aquarium facilities to get an overview of the various techniques (from biogeochemistry to molecular approaches) implemented at ZMT to support our scientists.

AWI – Alfred-Wegener-Institute

Cold-water corals from Comau Fjord (Chile)
Visit the Alfred-Wegener-Institute (AWI) in Bremerhaven. The tour shows the aquarium facility of the section Bentho-Pelagic Processes in building D. Solitary cold-water corals from Comau Fjord (Northern Patagonia, Chile), Desmophyllum dianthus and Caryophyllia huinayensis are cultured there and investigated under different pCO2 and temperature conditions. You may see Caryophyllia recruits in the basins. Their growth is studied at the AWI during the very early phase of skeletal formation.
Afterwards you will see see the clean lab facility of the section Marine Biogeoscience in building E of the AWI which is equipped with 5 mass spectrometers, including a multiple collector ICP-MS (MC-ICP-MS, Nu Plasma II), a high resolution ICP-MS (HR-ICP-MS, Nu AttoM), a double focusing sector field ICP-MS based on a Mattauch-Herzog geometry (ICP-MS, Spectro MS), and two isotope ratio mass spectrometers (IRMS, Sercon (ANCA) 20-20). Both the MC-ICP-MS and the HR-ICP-MS can be coupled to a 193 nm femto-second (fs) laser ablation system (Solstice, Spectra Physics).

DFKI – German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence

Maritime Robotics Lab Tour

The visit at the Robotics Innovation Center, a research department of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), includes a short introduction to the development of autonomous robots for maritime applications by Leif Christensen, Team Leader Maritime Robotics, followed by a guided tour through the laboratories and the Maritime Exploration Hall with its unique 3.4 million litre saltwater basin.

Please note:
You attend all tours at your own risk. The organiser does not take any responsibility.
Each tour requires a minimum number of participants. If this number of participants is not reached the organiser reserves the right to cancel the tour and refund the money.