SAPEA event in Hamburg, Germany 5 October 2017

The world’s oceans remain the largest food source on our planet and more than one billion people depend on them for sustenance and business alike. Germany is no different in that respect, its fisheries are a modern high-tech industry and they provide a significant amount of employment opportunities to the people of northern Germany. However, the fishing industry is facing and contributing to grave challenges globally and there certainly is a pressing need to address these challenges coherently and quickly.

How can we make use of the seas in a sustainable manner? How can a sustainable legal and political fisheries framework be applied globally? What could effective solutions be in the face of current developments?

The above questions as well as others will be at the heart of the discussion in this interdisciplinary panel debate held in the context of the German Year of Science 2016*17 – Seas and Oceans.

The event is made possible in cooperation with SAPEA and the Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg. The event will be held in German. More information can be found on the website of the Union of German Academies of Sciences and Humanities here

Location: Baseler Hof Säle
Esplanade 15
20354 Hamburg

Start 6:30pm



Prof. Dr. Edwin Kreuzer,
President of the Akademie der Wissenschaften in Hamburg and
Vice President of the Union der deutschen Akademien der Wissenschaften

Prof. Dr. Ole Petersen
Vice President of the Academia Europaea and
Member of the Board of SAPEA

Prof. Dr. Rolf-Dieter Heuer
Member of the Academy of Sciences in Hamburg and
Member of the Scientific Advice Mechanism High Level Group of Scientific Advisors


Panel DebateNahrungsquelle Meer – Entwicklungen, Gefährdungen, Prognosen” (Food From the Oceans – Developments, Challenges, Prognosis)

Dr. Gerd Kraus
Director, Thünen-Instituts für Seefischerei in Hamburg

Rudolf Leisen
Head of Department “System Erde” at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and project coordinator for the German Year of Science 2016*17 “Meere und Ozeane”

Francesco Marì
Policy Officer for global nutrition, agricultural trade and maritime policy, Brot für die Welt

Prof. Dr. Marian Paschke
Professor for civil-, trade-, maritime-, and economic law, University Hamburg
Member of the Akademie der Wissenschaften Hamburg

Dr. Gesche Krause
Social Scientist, Alfred-Wegener-Institute, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung
Member of the SAPEA Food from the Oceans Working Group

Moderator: Angela Grosse, Science journalist