Digital Panel Discussion on “The situation of our oceans – endangered environments, threatened climate”

Oceans regulate the global ecosystem and influence the climate, as well as being home to around 200,000 species and providing food and an income for millions of people. People living in coastal areas and on islands are particularly dependent on fishing for their livelihood. However, a large percentage of our oceans is overfished and their water is polluted. As a consequence, coral reefs are dying and species diversity is jeopardized. The accumulation of huge quantities of plastic waste in our oceans is particularly perilous as the plastic is gradually ground down into small particles. These particles are then eaten by fish or seabirds and hence enter our food chain. Moreover, the oceans play an important role in regulating the global climate as they absorb a large share of anthropogenic CO2 emissions and thus mitigate global temperature increases.

In this Digital Panel Discussion, four international experts will talk about the situation of our oceans and the role the oceans play in regulating the global ecosystem and climate. Join the event and take part in a discussion on the conservation of the oceans, seas and maritime resources, and how they can be used for sustainable development.

Date: 10 November 2021, 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. (CET)

Event language: English

Format: Zoom event

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Our speakers

  • Clara Jule Marie Hoppe Clara Jule Marie Hoppe
  • Henry Wu Henry Wu

Clara is a former Feodor Lynen Research Fellow and is now senior researcher at the Alfred Wegener Institute at the Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research. Her main research interests are the effects of climate change on Arctic primary producers, a topic she studied during her fellowship at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Recently, she participated in the yearlong 'Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate' (MOSAiC) expedition to the central Arctic, where she coordinated the ecosystem sampling program.


Photo: RBU

Henry is currently the Junior Research Group Leader of the Coral Climatology Working Group at the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research in Bremen, Germany, which has been made possible by the "Make Our Planet Great Again – German Research Initiative" funded by the BMBF and administered by the DAAD. Henry and his group specialise in coral reefs, oceanography and climatology, focusing on understanding modern climate change and environmental variability in the recent past.


Photo: Jens Lehmkühler/U Bremen Research Alliance

  • Marlus Oliveira Marlus Oliveira
  • Hawis Madduppa Hawis Madduppa

Marlus is a lawyer with a master's degree in Environmental Engineering and is a doctoral candidate in Geosciences. He is a former German Chancellor Fellow with more than 10 years’ experience working in the field of the environment. His work includes national and international projects such as: (i) a restoration plan for the Guanabara Bay funded by Inter-American Development Bank; (ii) consulting for GIZ on waste management, (iii) serving as a member of the evaluation board for an environmental award; (iv) marine waste technologies research in Germany. He currently practices environmental law at BMA – Barbosa Müssnich Aragão.




Photo: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Hawis Madduppa is Associate Professor and Head of Marine Biodiversity and Biosystematics Laboratory at the Department of Marine Science and Technology Bogor Agricultural University. He pursued his PhD in marine biology and biotechnology at the University of Bremen, Germany. His research interests are related to marine biodiversity and conservation, dispersal and connectivity of marine environment, ecology and biology of marine fish, population genetics (phylogeography), biosystematics, fish habitat restoration and rehabilitation, and using fish as biological indicator. He is actively researching on whale shark across Indonesia since 2013, and he is the advisor of Whale Shark Indonesia (WS-ID), a collaborative initiative to manage and conserve whale shark in Indonesia. He is board of Biorock Indonesia, who is working for marine ecosystem restoration and rehabilitation all around Indonesia. He is member of a collaborative network – Diversity of the Indo-Pacific Network (DIPnet) – which is aiming to promote collaboration and advocate best practices for conducting biodiversity research. He is adjunct research fellow (2016-2018) and Honorary Research Associate (2018-2021) at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He is elected as member of Indonesian Young Academy of Sciences (ALMI – Akademi Ilmuwan Muda Indonesia) in 2017, and now as ALMI’s Secretary General. Currently, he is developing a start-up called Oceanogen to facilitate marine biodiversity exploration in Indonesia since 2020.


Photo: private

Our Host

  • Jose Bolaños Jose Bolaños

Jose is an alumnus of the Mahindra United World College of India. He holds a bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences from the Universidad de Costa Rica and a master’s degree in International Media Studies from the Hochschule Bonn-Rhine-Sieg in cooperation with the DW Akademie and the University of Bonn. Jose has more than ten years’ experience as media producer for advertising agencies and film production companies. He is a technology enthusiast and has led the development of several digital solutions. In 2018 he joined the European Forest Institute, where he has organised a range of Global Timber Tracking Network events in Latin America, Europe and Asia. Jose now manages communications for FOREST EUROPE, the Ministerial Conference of the Protection of Forests in Europe.




Photo: Rosa Castañeda

About the Format

The digital panel discussion on the Alumniportal Deutschland is an interactive exchange format. Speakers and moderators are Germany alumni who discuss selected topics and answer questions from the participants.

Alumniportal vents are an exclusive offer for members of the community. A (free!) membership in the Alumniportal Deutschland Community is required to participate. The panel discussions take place as Zoom meetings. Participation is also possible via the web browser (preferably Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome) and without a Zoom account.

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October 2021

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