ZMT is hosting an alumni conference on data management from on March 16 and 17, 2021 | Photo: Jan Meier

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: February 7th, 2021
Download Abstract Submission Form and register your Abstract.

Preliminary Conference Agenda here


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 will support you in

  • Learn and exchange ideas and get inspired by local research projects and data management initiatives
  • Form and foster your scientific network
  • Getting acquainted with research projects of ZMT researchers and ZMT Alumni
  • Developing new project ideas together with partners in the Alumni Network and ZMT researchers
  • Tackling organizational and analytical challenges throughout the data life cycle

We are delighted to announce that we could win Prof. Daniel Pauly (University of British Columbia) to give a keynote lecture at our conference.

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Photo: Paul Joseph, courtesy of the Sea Around Us


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.

Moreover, we are planning a panel discussion of exciting young voices and 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 Sessions

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

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 scientific collaborations and to develop new project ideas. The projects may (yet) have a regional focus, but efforts should be made to highlight how it may support synthesis of research results 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.

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.


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 (May-July). Scheduling of courses will be finalized by March 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

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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