Candidacy for the upcoming election in Rostock

On 26th of May we will not only vote the European Parliament but also for the local parliament in Rostock. And for some reason I ended up being a candidate.

I think similar to many others I was very worried after the last election back in 2016. Strong right oriented political parties became stronger and were dominating the news. Suddenly the public discussion shifted and the whole country was talking about whether we should decide to close our borders. We discussed whether it is OK to let people drown in the open sea.

I still remember how excited I felt when the Euro was introduced in Germany. On vacation we could simply drive to Italy without any border control. When traveling other countries in Europe I always felt at home. I expected that the European Union will become closer. Maybe even something like the United States of Europe.

Most of my friends and I agreed with that feeling and we were hoping for change. More and more we started complaining about everything that happened. On top of that in 2016 I moved to Rostock. Rostock is a great city, but totally different from my home town Münster. Sometimes I feel people don’t know how great Rostock is and can be. A city with the sea nearby.

Therefore, I decided to help to change that and joined the political party ‘Die Grünen’. Working with ‘Die Grünen’ have been really great. I learned a lot about the city and met awesome people. While I am at the very last spot during this election, I really enjoyed supporting our campaign. Hanging Posters, joining public discussion, handing over flowers in the city and forcing my colleagues to vote for me ;-)

More infos about my candidacy.

Rostock 365°

On June 6 I will give a talk at Rostock 365° about my current research at the Institute for Baltic Sea Research (IOW). The contest is called Rostock’s Eleven, representing the 11 scientific institutes located in Rostock. Each institute is represented by one participant and I am really proud that I have the chance to represent IOW.

The Baltic Sea from the perspective of a computational oceangrapher

My talk will be about the Baltic Sea and how it has changed during in the last 1000 years. During the last 1000 years the Baltic Sea sea experienced a warm period, called the Medivial Climate Anomaly (950 - 1400) and a cold period, called the Little Ice Age (1400 - 1700). In my talk I will try to answer questions about how the Baltic Sea changed during these periods from the perspective of a computational oceanographer.

Further information:

You can find the german abstract here:

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Radentscheid Rostock

Heute hat der Radentscheid das erste Ghost Bike in Rostock aufgestellt. Ghost Bikes, also Geisterfahrräder, werden immer dann aufstellt, wenn ein Radfahrer tödlich verunglückt. Mehr Infos gibt es unter: