3rd Sino-German Symposium on Marine Sciences
Updated:2013-1-2 16:11:17 By admin


Multidisciplinary Processes in Deep Oceans and Impacts on Climate and Coastal Environment


September 3-6, 2013, Qingdao


Chair: Prof. Dr. WU Lixin, Director of SGMS Qingdao,



Prof. Dr. Martin Visbeck, GEOMAR,

Prof. Justus Notholt, Director of SGMS Bremen,




Contact Person: LI Shuang, 


Introduction to Host: SGMS


The Center for Sino-German Cooperation in Marine Sciences (SGMS) was jointly created in 2011 by the Ocean University of China (OUC), the University of Bremen, the University of Kiel (CAU), the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT),and the Helmholtz-Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR). The establishment of the SGMS is an extension of the Sino-German Initiative on Marine Sciences funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China (MOE). The SGMS strives to continuously enhance the cooperation between the above mentioned institutions of both countries in the fields of higher education, research and development in marine sciences by organizing annual events such as Summer Schools and bi-lateral symposiums.


Scientific Background and Objectives


With the new development of super computers and remote sensing technologies as well as more large international marine observation programs funded and advanced oceanic numerical models developed, it is possible for scientists from different countries to work together on multidisciplinary oceanic research concerning global marine issues, especially those of deep oceans. Over the past decade, scientists from China and Germany have made substantial progress in research on regional climate and ocean dynamics of South China Sea and Atlantic Thermohaline Circulation. Now, based on the success of two previous Sino-German symposiums, we would like to bring together scientists from both sides to introduce their latest research findings so as to promote scientific and academic exchanges in regards to issues related to South China Sea, north Atlantic, polar oceans and global climate changes. The Symposium of 2013 is expected to help scientists from China and Germany to seek and summarize their state-of-art research and common interests in deep sea research, make joint research proposals, so as to promote their research activities in this regard and have better understanding of deep-sea dynamics and its impacts on regional/global climate change and coastal environment.


Qingdao, flagship city in marine-related research


Qingdao, China's most livable city, is in Shandong province, Eastern China, along the Yellow Sea. As a major seaport, naval base, and industrial centre, it also serves as a flagship city for China’s marine-related research due to the fact that Ocean University of China (OUC), China’s most renowned and dynamic university in the field of Marine Sciences and education, locates here. As China’s cradle of marine-related professionals, OUC has graduated more than 90% of the PhD recipients in the fields of Oceanography and Fishery Sciences within China.

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