Internship at the SOLAS IPO in GEOMAR, 22-28 Feb 2017, Kiel, Germany

Tanja visited the SOLAS IPO for a week and this is her report:

Internship at the SOLAS International Project Office, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

My name is Tanja Wirtz and I visit the 10th grade of the Franziskus Gymnasium Vossenack. From 22-28 February 2017, I had the opportunity to do an internship at the International Project Office (IPO) of the Surface Ocean – Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS) at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel. This internship provided me with several interesting impressions.

At the beginning, Dr. Emilie Brévière and Dr. Juergen Weichselgartner welcomed me and I was introduced to the SOLAS project, its scope, structure, and the various activities to study the interactions between ocean and atmosphere. I could gain insights in the daily work of an international research project. For instance, I helped designing a new scientific poster for SOLAS. Furthermore, I had the chance to follow a job interview. Two candidates applied for a science officer position at the IPO. This experience will be certainly useful for my own applications in the future. On the second day, I attended a lecture by Professor Andreas Schmittner. His lecture “Reconstructing the glacial ocean: very weak Atlantic overturning and iron fertilization maximize carbon storage” was really interesting, although I am not used to listening to presentations in English. I discovered that English plays an important role in science. Therefore, good English skills are essential to communicate globally and exchange results of scientific experiments. Another great experience was my day at the Aquarium of GEOMAR, where I fed different animals and plants, as well as cleaned the aquariums. As a result, I learned a lot about these creatures and their habitats. It was a very exciting practice, especially feeding the seals and the new-born sea horses.

The internship was fun and I gained much experience. The IPO staff was really friendly and I learned a lot about scientific work. Thanks to Dr. Emilie Brévière and Dr. Juergen Weichsel­gartner for providing this possibility. I was really impressed by the amount of communication and cooperation between the local staff and their global network. Their work is very important for our society and our planet.


Tanja Wirtz

Kiel, 28 February 2017


Ocean Acidification Training and Community Networking in Africa: Pathways to Success, 13-16 Feb 2017, Dakar, Senegal

Training and networking events on ocean acidification took place for the first time in West Africa at Dakar (Senegal). The events were organized by Future Earth Coasts with the support of KOSMOS Energy, SOLAS, MaREI, OA-ICC, IRD, to name a few, represented by participants of the events.

The training workshop assembled 15 participants from Senegal, Benin, Togo, Cameroon, Nigeria, Benin, and Cote d’Ivoire, and 6 trainers coming from France, Sweden, USA, Spain and South Africa. Lectures and discussions covered an introduction to oceanic conditions off West Africa, the goal and urgency to study ocean acidification, as well as the chemistry involved in the acidification of the ocean and its impacts on marine biodiversity. Theory was about ocean acidification, measurement techniques, design of relevant acidification experiments, and manipulations in the field and in the laboratory. One day field trip was organized for practical training where aquarium experiments of ocean acidification were built up in real time. The trainees received their certificates of completion.

Next to the training, a networking event took also place with interactions with the training participants on plenary sessions. About 17 networking participants were coming from Nigeria, Ghana, Morocco, Tunisia, Kenya, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Tanzania, Algeria, Togo, Benin, Egypt, Madagascar, Senegal, and South Africa. Presentations and discussions took place for developing the OA-Africa network and knowledge exchange on operational outcomes and identification of current needs (resources and capacity), identification of collaboration opportunity including funding, and of outputs and avenues for dissemination in Africa. Plans for white papers were presented to define current knowledge of OA-Africa and next steps forward. A steering committee involving researchers from Africa was then designed to provide guidance and direction of the network.

A dinner event was hosted where a range of NGOs, practitioners and government officials from Senegal was invited along with the scientists. This event recognised the importance of involving organisations and stakeholders based in Senegal who can provide important in-country context, expertise, and experience. This dinner event provided an opportunity to connect to researchers, NGOs, and government officials in Senegal who are working tirelessly to manage environmental and ocean resources with scientists and students working on ocean acidification across Africa.

Workshop on 'the role of marine gel for the emission of primary organic aerosols from the ocean' 11-13 Dec 2012, Kiel, Germany

Conveners: Caroline Leck and Eric Saltzman
Co-sponsored by IGAC
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Workshop participants

Workshop on 'HitT- Climate impact of seasalt-derived Cl atoms' 17-19 Dec 2012, Kiel, Germany

Conveners: Roland von Glasow and Eric Saltzman
Co-sponsored by IGAC
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Download the workshop minutes by Hannah Mantle (94kB)

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Workshop participants at GEOMAR

- last update February 2017 -