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Summer School on Diversity of Coastal Habitats

Location: Island of Sylt and Helgoland
Event Type: Training Course
Event Date: 2006-09-06    
End Date: 2006-09-20

Event Description:
Host institution 2006:
Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar- und Meeresforschung in der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft

Wadden Sea Station Sylt, Biological Institute Helgoland

Coastal areas are characterised by a high diversity of habitats and biodiversity. Significant global change is occurring within the coastal zone due to human activity as also by natural forcing especially by climate change. In order to asses the effects of these changes we need a fundamental understanding of ecosystem structure and function. The topic of this advanced study course is a comparison of coastal ecosystems: soft bottom systems in the Baltic Sea (Gulf of Gdansk/Puck Lagoon; Mecklenburg Bight) versus Wadden Sea habitats versus hard bottom communities of Helgoland, with some perspectives to polar and tropical regions. This Summer School will bring together postgraduated- or PhD students, young scientists with experts in coastal research.

Aspects of the influence of global change on diversity of coastal ecosystems will be addressed

a) historic changes in habitat diversity
b) physical oceanography of Baltic and North Sea in relation to coastal diversity
c) changes in morphodynamics and environmental impacts
d) effects of global change on pelagic and benthic communities: physiological and ecological changes, changes in diversity, invasive species.
e) marine biodiversity - relevance, assessment and patterns

An introduction to the analysis of food webs will be given.

The question will be discussed: How can the scientific community provide recommendations for an integrated coastal zone management and for a sustainable use of natural resources?

The first part of the Summer School 2006, September 6-14, will be held at the Wadden Sea Station on the Island of Sylt; the second part, September 14-20, will take place at the Biological Institute on Helgoland. Both institutes are field stations of the Alfred Wegener Institute.

The summer school will consist of background lectures by scientists actively engaged in coastal research, as well as field trips and practical courses.

Participants (the number is restricted to 17) should have a marine life science background at the graduate or postgraduate level. The course will be held in English. Attendance is free of cost. Applicants will be selected based on criteria given in the application form; successful applicants will receive travel grants (within Europe) including accommodation.

Please complete the electronic application form and send a brief CV, an outline of your dissertation (where applicable) together with a letter of recommendation by your supervisor with first class mail. Please submit your application no later than May 31 to:

Ms Christiane Antrick
Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar- und Meeresforschung
Wattenmeerstation Sylt
Hafenstraße 43
25992 List / Sylt

For further questions please contact:

Dr. Ragnhild Asmus
Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar- und Meeresforschung
Wattenmeerstation Sylt
Hafenstraße 43
25992 List / Sylt


Dr. Markus Molis
Biologische Anstalt Helgoland
27498 Helgoland

Decisions about admission will be made by June 30, 2006.
Please note that a visa may be required for nationals of non-EU countries and that you need to make your own travel arrangements

Contact email:

Event programme:

Collaborators and organisers:
IOW, GKSS, AWI, University of Gdansk

Website url:

Registration form:

Registration fee: 0 €

Relevant costs that should be taken by MARBEF:  

Possibility for day-care centres (facilities for children): No

MarBEF supported event: No

Event within Framework of MARBEF: (none)

Maximum number of participants: 17

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

Posted by wardappeltans on 2006-03-24 and approved by webmaster