ZMT Alumni Conference: Data management and collaboration for tackling marine challenges

Virtual ZMT Alumni Conference 2021: Data management and collaboration for tackling marine challenges

DATE: March 16 and March 17, 2021| 10:30 - 16:30 CET

Online Event

Call for Abstracts

Deadline for Abstract Submission: January 15th, 2021
Download Abstract Submission Form and register your Abstract.


In order to understand relationships in the tropical environmental system and to facilitate the development of recommendations and guidelines, available research data need to be combined interdisciplinary and super-regionally. In order to utilize data from different regions, they need to be FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reproducible) and common strategies for data management and collaboration are necessary. To pursue such overarching projects, data synthesis and meta-analysis are important steps to be considered within the data life cycle.

The Conference

  • Learn and exchange ideas and get inspired by data management initiatives
  • Getting acquainted with research projects of ZMT Alumni, with connection to your own work
  • Develop new project ideas with partners in the Alumni Network and ZMT staff
  • Provide a platform to support each other with organizational and analytical steps throughout the data life cycle.

The virtual ZMT Alumni Conference “Solving global challenges through common data management and analyses” will bring scientists dealing with tropical themes together, to exchange and discuss ideas on data management.


We are delighted to announce that we could win Prof. Daniel Pauly (University of British Columbia) to give a keynote lecture at our conference. An integral part of the conference is dedicated towards discussions in scientific sessions with ZMT Alumni and peers to explore future collaborations and develop project ideas.


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Photo: Paul Joseph, courtesy of the Sea Around Us.


Moreover, we are planning a panel discussion of international experts on the topic

“How can data management initiatives facilitate a sustainable use of the environment and its resources in the tropics?” which will be open to the public, so please invite your colleagues and students.

The Training

In addition to the scientific program, we are creating a number of training units to further data science and management skills and perspectives. These interactive training sessions will be offered as a running series after the workshop (March-May). Scheduling of courses will be finalized by February and course registration will be opened thereafter.

When you upload your abstract please select the topics that would be relevant for you, so that we can organize courses with regard to your needs.

  • Introduction into R
  • Basic Statistics
  • Multivariate Statistics
  • Spectral and Time Series Analysis
  • (Geo-) Spatial Analysis
  • DNA Sequence Analysis
  • Write a Data Management Plan
  • Data retrieval and upload in data repositories
  • Workflow for Reproducible Research
  • Making your own software environment

The Sessions

Please consider sending an abstract (max. 250 words) for the following sessions to introduce your project or organisation:

Infrastructures and Initiatives for data management

  • regular talk (15 min) and flash-talks (5 min) plus discussion

The aim towards a sustainable use of natural resources is a global challenge, but requires local contexts to be robustly analyzed and represented in integrative strategies. Careful management and compilation of research data is therefore of great importance. In this session we invite you to promote organizations and projects, dealing with capacity development in data management.

Please include with your abstract submission a statement, how collaborations are possible through this project.

Open Session: Regional research and project match-making

  • flash talk (5 min) plus discussion

In this session we provide a space to present your projects and find partners for data-centric collaborations to develop new project ideas. The projects may (yet) have a regional focus, but efforts should be made to highlight how it may support data synthesis with other workshop participants. The project ideas that gain traction will be further supported through the ZMT Alumni Network.

Please include with the abstract submission a statement, which collaborations you are seeking.

We are looking forward to your contribution and meeting you

ZMT conference organising committee:

Emmanuel Acheampong (University of Cape Coast, Ghana)

Arjun Chennu (Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research, Germany)

Janna Just (Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research, Germany)

Julian Lilkendey (Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research, Germany)

Tridewi Pribadi (Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia)

João Marcelo Brazão Protázio (Universidade Federal do Pará, Brazil)

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