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Bremen Fireside Chats Marine and Climate Sciences


... a cooperation between the graduate programmes


The idea of this event series...

… is to introduce a variety of different job perspectives for marine and climate scientists outside academia.

We invite people who have a background in marine and/or climate sciences in their widest sense and who are now successful working in fields other than academia. These can be people with a position in industry, but also consultants, entrepreneurs, people writing for science journals or working in science museums and similar.
The event takes place after work and outside the workplace to foster a more informal atmosphere.

Depending on their background, affiliation and position, the invited speakers are asked to give a short (30 mins max) overview about their job, the career steps they took to get this position and which qualifications (esp. transferable skills) are required for this job.

The participants get the chance to ask questions and have an informal discussion with the speaker while enjoying some nice food and drinks next to a fireside.
The term “Fireside chat” refers to an informal meeting with a relatively small group of people who gather to talk about a specific topic in a friendly atmosphere (such as, for example, next to a fireside). The term goes back to a series of thirty-one evening radio addresses given by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt between 1933 and 1944.

Location and time

Location:Bremer Presseclub
Day:Third Tuesday of the month (from October to March)
Duration:approx. 2 hrs.
Participants:12 (members of GLOMAR or POLMAR will be given preference)
Fee:10 € (includes one drink and some snacks; 5 € for unemployed);


To register for a Kamingespräch, please fill in the registration form.

Please note that in order to complete your registration, you need to pay the fee in the GLOMAR or POLMAR offices before the event.

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Fireside Chats 2016 / 2017

DateSpeakerBackgroundProfession / Current Affiliation
18 October 2016Tim Schröder*biology, marine physicsfreelance science journalist
15 November 2016Dr. Eva Philipp
(AWI alumna)
biologyProject manager, Onshore & Offshore Wind Projects, Vattenfall Europe Windkraft GmbH
17 January 2017Dr. Antje Stahl
(POLMAR / AWI alumna)
marine microbiologyPostdoctoral Research Associate at Intertek Food Services GmbH
21 February 2017Dr. Olaf Heilmayer
(AWI alumnus)
biologyScience manager / Head of Unit for Multilateral Cooperation and Monitoring, Department for European and International Cooperation (Internationales Büro – DLR Projektträger / BMBF)
21 March 2017Dr. Ralph Engbrodt
(AWI alumnus)
chemistryDirector Quality Management and Regulatory Affairs, Freudenberg Medical, Hemoteq AG

*: this fireside chat will be held in German. Tim Schröder publishes most of his articles in German and his expertise is about the German media landscape

Fireside Chats 2015 / 2016

DateSpeakerBackground / ProfessionProfession / Current Affiliation
20.10.2015Dr. Oliver Ritzmann
(AWI alumnus)
geophysicistProject manager at Wintershall (Germany's largest oil and gas producer)
17.11.2015Sanja Asendorf
(MARUM / GLOMAR alumna)
environmental scientistApplication specialist at Thermo Fisher Scientific (laboratory supply)
19.01.2016Tim Schröder*biologistfreelance science journalist
22.03.2016Dr. Angelika Dummermuth biologistscience management, head of directorate's office at AWI, Bremerhaven

*: this fireside chat will be held in German. Tim Schröder publishes most of his articles in German and his expertise is about the German media landscape


Fireside Chats 2014 / 2015

DateSpeakerBackground / ProfessionProfession / Current Affiliation
21 October 2014Tim Schröder*biologistfreelance science journalist
18 November 2014Dr. Dennis Fink
(MPI/MarMic alumnus)
marine biologistCo-founder / CEO mediomix GmbH (science communication)
20 January 2015Dr. Astrid Löwe
(AWI alumna)
chemistTeam manager R&D at Dräger Safety AG & Co. KGaA
17 February 2015Dr. Tobias WolffgeologistUniversum Science Center Bremen - Exhibition and Operations
17 March 2015Dr. Rebecca Störmer
(AWI/POLMAR alumna)
marine biologistfreelance biologist; founder sustainable me (environmental education)

*: this fireside chat will be held in German. Tim Schröder publishes most of his articles in German and his expertise is about the German media landscape


Fireside Chats 2013 / 2014

DateSpeakerBackground / ProfessionCurrent Affiliation
2 October 2013Dr. Claudia Hanflandmarine scientist (geology, oceanography)science management / coordination POLMAR graduate school
4 December 2013Ingunn Nilssenmarine biologistPrincipal Researcher, Environmental Technology, Statoil ASA
8 January 2014Tim Schröderbiologistfreelance science journalist
5 February 2014Dr. Ulrich Alt-EppinggeologistWintershall