Chronology of Marine Organisms Summer School

Event Type: Field Training and Schools

When: 18 September 2016 to 24 September 2016

Where: Island of Spiekeroog, Germany

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The “Chronobiology of Marine Organisms Summer School” aims to bring together young international researchers who are interested in the phenomenon of biological timing with special focus on the polar and marine environment. It will give insight in general concepts of chronobiology, biological timing in model organisms and in the marine environment, orientation mechanisms in animals and the modelling of cycles and endogenous clocks. The summer school will be supported by several guest speakers e.g. Charlotte Förster (University of Würzburg), Kristin Tessmar-Raible (University of Vienna), Kim Last (SAMS, Oban) and Henrik Mouritsen (University of Oldenburg).

The summer school is organised by PolarTime, a consortium of international research facilities with the aim of investigating clocks and rhythms in polar marine key organisms ( The project is coordinated by Prof. Dr. Bettina Meyer, head of the research group “Ecophysiology of pelagic key species” (, and Dr. Mathias Teschke both at the Alfred-Wegener-Institute Helmholtz-Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany.

The Island of Spiekeroog is one of the East Frisian Islands within the UNESCO Wadden Sea World Heritage Site located at the north-western coast of Germany. It is a small island with only 18.25 km2 and a total population of around 800 people. Spiekeroog is famous for its breathtaking nature: wide salt marshes, small forests and a rich variety of flora and fauna. A special feature of the island is that there are no cars allowed and only small electro vehicle are used for transportation. However, due to the small size of the island it is possible to walk everywhere. The island is connected to the mainland with a daily ferry service starting from the small town of Neuharlingersiel.

Registration fee: 350 euro including ferry, accommodation, meals and excursion

All students are invited to contribute to the summer school by presenting a poster.

Deadline for application: 30th of June

In order to apply please send an email with your personal details, short description of your actual project and your institute and a statement of motivation to:

Fabio Piccolin (fabio.piccolin [at]

Flavia Höring (flavia.hoering [at]