Science Sips on Citizen Science and Plastic in the Science Year 2016*17 – Seas and Oceans
Ever tried oysters from a natural heritage site, or discussed plastics pollution of the oceans while sipping seaweed cocktails? The second Science Sips event takes place on 28 April 2017 at the Berlin Museum for Natural History and features talks on the topics citizen science and plastic in the ocean. The event series is part of the Science Year 2016*17 – Seas and Oceans, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, and addresses the challenges and opportunities for sustainable use of marine ecosystems.
It's hard to imagine a life without plastic. But plastic waste poses a serious threat to the ecosystems, and especially the oceans and seas. The oceans are plagued by plastic garbage vortexes the size of whole continents. An increasing number of marine animals perish because they mistake plastic waste for food or entangle themselves in old nets and plastic containers. Beyond this, there is still many knowledge gaps about oceans, which present a challenge for their sustainable use. There a many possibilites for citizens to engage in conservation and research of the seas.
This Science Sips will feature short energentic presentations by scientists within the field as well as an interactive discussion which will address questions on the two main issues of this event: How do plastics influence the marine environment? What solutions are there to the way we deal with plastic waste? How can individuals actively participate in marine conservation when they don't reside near a coast?
Presentations will be held by:
- R. Andreas Kraemer - founder and director emiretus of Ecologic Institute and board member of Fundação Oceano Azul
- Dr. Rainer Kiko - research director of the citizen science projekt PlanktonID GEOMAR Helmoltz-Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
- Prof. Dr. Throsten Reusch - director of marine ecology at GEOMAR Helmoltz-Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, project lead of the citizen science projekt #fischdetektive
Moderator: Stephanie Wunder, senior fellow and coordinator of the food systems branch at Ecologic Institute
Location: Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Invalidenstr. 43, 10115 Berlin
Admission from 7.00 p.m., event begins at 7:30 p.m.
Entry fee: 5,-€, which includes one street food snack
To participate, please register via eMail or call 030 2093 8550
All events in the project "Taste of the Future of the Seas" are in German.