Kiel Marine Science

Workshop series with the University of Gothenburg (Center for Sea and Society)

May 28, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 01:00 PM

Marine Plastic

Programme for the Webinar
11:00 – 11:05
Welcome and introduction to the webinar, Moderator Ralph Schneider (CAU)

11:05 – 11:20
A microscopic view into the "Plastisphere": Early colonization and community composition on marine plastic, Cathleen Schlundt (GEOMAR)

11:20 – 11:30
Q&A session, Moderator Ralph Schneider (CAU)

11:30 – 11:45
Plastic toxicity, Bethanie Carney Almroth (UGOT)

11:45 – 11:55
Q&A session, Moderator Ralph Schneider (CAU)

11:55 – 12:05

12:05 – 12:20
Plastic Pirates investigate plastic polluton of rivers - insights from a large-scale citzen science project involving schoolchildren, Tim Kiessling (Kiel Science Factory, CAU)

12:20 – 12:30
Q&A session, Moderator Ralph Schneider (CAU)

12:30 – 12:45
Spotlight on plastics distribution in the ocean and northern regional seas, Martin Hasselöv (UGOT)

12:45 – 12:55
Q&A session, Moderator Ralph Schneider (CAU)

General discussion, Moderator Ralph Schneider (CAU)


Cathleen Schlundt is a biological oceanographer by training and conducted her PhD in marine chemistry in 2013 at GEOMAR in Kiel, Germany. She started to focus on marine plastic research spezializing in biofilm microscopy when she worked at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, MA, USA from 2016 to 2018. Since 2019, she has worked at GEOMAR again where she applies her own method to plastic debris imaging sampled in the open Atlantic Ocean to understand which microbes get be transported by marine plastic.

Bethanie Carney Almroth´s research focuses on the environmental effects of plastics and plasticassociated chemical. She uses biochemical and physiological methodologies to understand how exposure to microplastics, plastic additives, and environmental chemicals affect fish via different exposure routes. She also works in interdisciplinary projects, collaboration with environmental scientists, and environmental psychologists to reduce plastic use and debris.

Tim Kiessling is a marine biologist working at Kiel Science Factory, the school lab of Kiel University and the Leibniz-Institute for Science and Mathematics Education. He is investigatng the pollution of the marine and riparian environment by plastic litter with the help of schoolchildren.

Martin Hasselöv leads the research group on marine environmental nanochemistry, studying marine pollution in its solid form, from nanometer scale to the ecosystem level.


The regular exchange between researchers from Kiel Marine Science (KMS) and the Future Ocean Network with the University of Gothenburg (UGOT), which has been ongoing since the end of 2019, has been so promising that cooperation has been successively intensified. The two universities and their partners have many synergies, similarities and potential areas for joint projects in research and education. The multitude of disciplines involved at both universities and the orientation towards trans- and interdisciplinary research are also arguments for a closer connection, which should lead to joint research proposals in the future. In order to explore promising topics, a series of workshops is to be implemented in 2021, which will be organised under the leadership of the Kiel Marine Science (KMS) office.

Frequency: bi-monthly, alternating with FO Network events, 2nd Friday of the month
Start 2021: 15 January, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Objective: Networking, joint proposals
Participation: Members of the Future Ocean Network, Kiel Marine Science (KMS) and partner institutions

Registration: Admission to the Future Ocean Network with short info on institution and motivation to mail address:

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