A project within the Germany in Science Year 2016*17
Our oceans and their biodiversity are increasingly influenced by anthropogenic activities. Oceans and seas are an essential food source for roughly a billion people globally. Though it is of utmost importance to use this resource sustainably, the devastation of the seas through pollution, overfishing, illegal fishing and climate change irreversibly harms vital functions and food networks. Several of these issues are linked to consumer behaviour, but the large majority of consumers remain unaware of their impact due to the complexity of the problem. Through dialogue-oriented and action-packed events this project offered the opportunity to learn about advances and challenges in sustainable marine science - and was supposed to motivate participants through fun, sensory experiences to act and consume consciously.
The event series "Science Sips" covered short, energetic presentations on different topics on marine science. The special theme day on "A Taste of the Future of the Seas" was dedicated to teaching families, tourists and young adults about marine science and sustainable consumption through special tours, interactive exhibits and more. Additionally, the information booth "Future Fish" accompanied all events and helped participants make a connection between scientific findings and sustainable consumption and offered sustainable options for taking action in their own lives.
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)