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Marine Resources and Beyond 2011
The marine realm holds a magnitude of resources that play an important role in society. Therefore, present and future issues relating to marine resources are of high social relevance, including large sectors such as energy generation, food, medicines, environmental protection and climate change.

Hosted by the Institute for Marine Resources (IMARE), Marine Resources and Beyond will focus on the sustainable use of marine resources and the strengthening of research and innovation in different sectors. The convention will take place in Bremerhaven, Germany, at the Atlantic Convention Center from September 5 to 7.

The conference is supported by a wide range of research institutes, enterprises and organizations, such as the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, the Technologie Transfer Zentrum and the World Aquaculture Society.

The conference will be divided into five topics—marine optics, mariculture innovations, bionic lightweight structures, bioengineering aquatic environments and biosensors—which each have corresponding sessions and lectures. Each topic is represented by an individual department of IMARE and additional partners from other institutes and research centers, conference organizers said.

There will also be synoptic and common sessions with the intention to network and develop partnerships.

Conference Sessions
The marine optics session, named Blue Photonics 2, will deal with the general advances of the enabling technology such as light sources and detectors, microelectronics and power supplies. The session will also cover the improvement of sensor technology for fixed and mobile autonomous platforms, remote sensing instrumentation and algorithm development.

A session on mariculture innovations will discuss offshore and land-based marine aquaculture. It will review the recent progress in the optimization of conventional aquaculture techniques in comparison to new open-ocean and recirculating systems. In addition, the session will cover argumentation over alternative protein resources for feed additives and suggestions of new candidates for aquaculture.

The bionic lightweight structures session will deal with new structural and material-related lightweight innovations, with a strong focus on bionic and biomimetic approaches. The marine biogenetic structures applies to different marine industries, such as ship- and yacht building. Even medical, architectural and automotive industry branches can benefit from technical solutions and aesthetic constructions modeled on marine evolution. This session is designed to stimulate the interdisciplinary collaboration required to meet the rapidly developing challenges of the future and also underline the importance of supporting simulation and optimization programs.

The panel on bioengineering aquatic environments and fuel cells will focus on the interactions of aquatic organisms with artificial surfaces and extrinsic materials and compounds that impact the native ecosystem, as well as the dealing with future use of sediment and marine organisms for energy production. For instance, in the planning of aquaculture facilities and offshore energy plants, ecological implications have to be considered to prevent fouling on marine groundings, platforms and sensors.

Finally, biosensors technology, a new field of research which combines biological, physical and chemical scientific approaches, will be discussed. Biosensors usually consist of a fluidic device combined with a detection system to trace a wide variety of biomolecules, such as bacteria, virus particles, nucleic acid, proteins or hazardous substances. With these sensors, the amount of expensive reagents can be reduced, allowing researchers to significantly minimize the duration of the analysis. Another advantage of biosensors is the lab-on-a-chip application, which provides a complete analysis on one chip without the need of cost-intensive laboratory equipment or highly skilled staff.

For additional information, visit www.mrb2011.org.

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