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Marine Researchers from Germany met in Kiel

May 09, 2018

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Symposium and christening of a research yacht in memory of marine geologist Eugen Seibold

In honor of Eugen Seibold, who is regarded as the founder of the modern marine geosciences in Germany, a high-ranking symposium took place in Kiel on May 11, 2018. Seibold (May 11, 1918 - October 23, 2013) has trained and shaped generations of oceanographers, and would have been 100 years old this year. Following the symposium, a new offshore research yacht will be christened "Eugen Seibold". Hier weiterlesen

In honor of the well-known scientist, leaders from German marine research institutions met in the Kunsthalle in Kiel for a symposium and a ship christening on May 11, 2018. The symposium was jointly organized by the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Kiel University / Kiel Marine Science (CAU/KMS) and the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz. During the event, climate researcher and paleo oceanographer Prof. Dr. Ralph Schneider (Director of Kiel Marine Science (KMS), Kiel University), the deep-sea researcher Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius (Director of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven), as well as the marine geologist Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Gerold Wefer (Director emeritus MARUM, Bremen) spoke about the development of German marine research since Eugen Seibold.

The event was opened by Prof. Dr. Lutz Kipp, President of Kiel University, as well as Prof. Dr. Peter Herzig, Director of GEOMAR. Short welcome speeches were given by Prof. Dr. Jörg Hacker, President of the Leopoldina, Prof. Dr. Matthias Kleiner, President of the Leibniz Society and the Advisory Board of the Werner Siemens-Foundation, as well as Prof. Dr. Martin Stratmann, President of the Max Planck Society.

„Eugen Seibold was a visionary. It is mainly thanks to him that highly productive and internationally renowned marine research had been established in Germany”, says Dr. Gerald Haug, climate geologist and director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz. Haug’s institute will be the operator of the offshore research yacht, which will be christened “Eugen Seibold” following the symposium.

The ship’s godmother is Dr. Ilse Seibold, micro paleontologist and science historian and widow of the famous marine geologist. The Eugen Seibold is a new offshore research yacht and is specialized on collecting and analyzing samples of marine water, plankton and air. As a sailing ship with a specially developed hybrid drive, the Eugen Seibold can take samples completely without contamination. Moreover, the samples can be already evaluated in part on site in a clean room laboratory. The first research expedition of the 22-meter-long yacht is already planned for the winter of 2018/19 in the North Atlantic, where samples will be taken from the upper 500 to 1000 meters of the ocean with nets, pumps and water samplers.

Information on Prof. Dr. Eugen Seibold

Eugen Seibold was born in Stuttgart on May 11, 1918, and died on October 23, 2013. He studied geology at the universities of Bonn and Tübingen. Following his doctorate in 1949, he completed his habilitation in 1951. After his years as a Privatdozent (university lecturer), he was professor for General and Applied Geology at the University of Tübingen. From 1958 onwards Seibold worked as full professor and director of the Geological-Palaeontological Institute at Kiel University. Since 1985 he has also held Honorary Professorships at the Tongji University Shanghai and the University of Freiburg. His main research area was marine geology with a focus on the Baltic and North Sea, the Indian Ocean and the sea area of Northwest Africa. Eugen Seibold was expedition leader on the research ships "Meteor", "Valdivia" and "Sonne" as well as on the deep-sea drilling ship "Glomar Challenger". The geoscientist contributed substantially to establish German marine research and build its high international reputation. Eugen Seibold was president of the German Research Foundation (DFG) from 1980 to 1985. He initiated the The Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize and, together with his wife, has donated the Eugen and Ilse Seibold Prize for the cooperation between scientists in Germany and Japan.


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