Ivana Franke


Empty Oceans or Wild Life? The Global Ocean in the 21st Century

06.03.2017, Berlin | Our oceans are by far the world’s biggest ecosystem. They cover more than 70 percent of the earth’s surface. For a long time it seemed as though the oceans could be an inexhaustible source of food for humans. In the meantime, it has become clear that highly industrialized fisheries, the destruction of marine habitats, pollution and climate change have driven many marine fish populations to the brink of extinction. In his lecture “Empty Oceans or Wild Life? Oceans in the 21st Century,” marine biologist Boris Worm talks about the risks of overfishing and shows how we could rebuild and make good use of marine ecosystems. The talk will take place at the Berlin Natural History Museum on Friday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. Online registration starts March 24.


The talk is the first in our 2017 lecture series “Science in the Dinosaur Hall.”

Following its great success in 2016, the lecture series will be continued in 2017 as a collaboration between the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Natural History Museum in Berlin, and the Ernst Schering Foundation. On eight evenings, we invite you to the museum’s Dinosaur Hall to discover the fascinating world of science.

Following the lectures, you will have an exclusive opportunity to visit the museum until 10 p.m.

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Natural History Museum
Invalidenstrasse 43 | 10115 Berlin
Phone: +49 (0)30-20 93 85 91 | www.naturkundemuseum.berlin

The lectures start at 7:30 p.m.
Language: German
Doors open at 7:00 p.m. | Duration: 45 minutes
Free admission

Registration is required. Please click on the registration link below the individual lectures.
Please note that the registration link is activated four weeks prior to the event. Unfortunately, we cannot accept registrations by e-mail.

All lectures will be videotaped and will be available on the YouTube channel of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

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January 13, 2017
Man and Microbe – Foe and Friend
Prof. Dr. Stefan H. E. Kaufmann, immunologist

February 10, 2017
First I Eat Mine, Then We Share Yours: Famines Today
Prof. Dr. Joachim von Braun, agricultural economist

March 10, 2017
Food between Technology and Transcendence
Prof. Dr. Hannelore Daniel, nutrition and food researcher

April 21, 2017
Empty Oceans or Wild Life? The Global Ocean in the 21st Century
Prof. Dr. Boris Worm, marine biologist
Register at: http://bit.ly/2fLlI85

September 8, 2017
The Great Misunderstanding: Genetic Engineering and Agricultural Development
Prof. Dr. Matin Qaim, agricultural economist
Register at: http://bit.ly/2gujf5k

October 13, 2017
Why We Eat What We Eat: A Psychological Perspective
Prof. Dr. Britta Renner, health psychologist
Register at: http://bit.ly/2fwNFzW

November 10, 2017
Fattening Pigs at Play and the Science of Animal Welfare
Prof. Dr. Dr. Matthias Gauly, veterinarian and farm animal researcher
Register at: http://bit.ly/2fwQMry

December 8, 2017
How Insects Have Bred Flowers
Prof. Dr. Susanne Renner, botanist
Register at: http://bit.ly/2fK19LM


Photo 1: View of the Dinosaur Hall at the Natural History Museum, © MfN Berlin, Carola Radke
Photo 2: View of the Natural History Museum, © MfN Berlin, Carola Radke

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