The theme of next conference is “Tipping ecological-economic systems towards sustainability”. Many natural resources around the world are being overexploited for short term economic benefits, leaving ecosystems on the brink of collapse. This is especially true for marine systems where overfishing is a continuous and globally increasing ecological and economic issue, also resulting in impacts on society and culture. Marine ecosystems are threatened to cross tipping points, leading to abrupt changes in recruitment, biomass, and consequently in catches. The aim of the conference is to discuss how to change ecological-economic system dynamics towards long-term sustainability.

Important dates

Abstract submission deadline: January 31, 2021  ->  submit your abstract here

Notification of acceptance: February 28, 2021

Registration: March 1 – April 30, 2021, no fees

Conference: May 31 – June 4, 2021


Sessions online 8:00-11:30 and 16:30-20:00 UTC.

Keynote speakers

Yunne-Jai Shin is a quantitative ecologist and research director at the Research Institute for Development (IRD), France. She is working on marine biodiversity, exploitation and conservation and was one of the lead authors of the IPBES report on biodiversity.

Stephen R. Carpenter is Emeritus Director and Professor at the Center for Limnology at University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. His research focuses on the interaction of biogeochemistry and food web processes in lakes.

Marie-Catherine Riekhof is Professor of Political Economy and Resource Management at the Faculty of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences at Kiel University, Germany. She examines the impact of different institutional arrangements in the field of marine and coastal resources.

Camilla Sguotti is an empirical ecologist at the University of Hamburg, Germany. Her research focuses on marine ecosystems and population dynamics under human stressors such as fishing and climate change.


Robert Arlinghaus, Humboldt University of Berlin

Martin Drechsler, UFZ, Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg

Christian Möllmann, University of Hamburg

Martin Quaas, iDiv, Leipzig University

Local organizing committee

Veronika Liebelt, Felix Meier, Martin Quaas, Hanna Schenk, Maria Schnabel

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We look forward to welcoming you to the next conference. More information following soon.