Bringing evidence-based methods and personal experience to instructors in marine science and higher education, translating those into personalized solutions and supporting their implementation.

Consulting services on science outreach

Consulting and development of materials, mainly for marine science projects, as well as on interventions to encourage girls to pursue STEM careers.

aTANtion! (since 2017). Development, implementation and evaluation of an outreach strategy for the research project in marine biogeochemistry “Sunscreen products as anthropogenic pollutants in coastal waters” in the Baltic Sea. PI S. Lennartz, GEOMAR, Germany.
– a citizen science project
– a web presence
– connecting with other research to include e.g. environmental and resource economics
– representation of the project at conference

mint:pink (since 2017). Development, implementation and evaluation of an intervention to support girls in building an identity as “someone who does STEM” and to reframe their interpretation of difficulty, in order to increase retention. For Initiative Naturwissenschaft & Technik NaT gGmbH, Hamburg, Germany. (website mint:pink)

TOBACO (since 2016). Development, implementation and evaluation of an outreach strategy for the research project “TOpographic BArriers and warm ocean currents COntrolling Antarctic ice shelf melting”. PI E. Darelius, University of Bergen, Norway.
– a blog aimed at scientists
– a blog aimed at primary-school kids
– in-person events

Consulting services for faculty in higher education

I have extensive experience as consultant in higher education. Details of projects from my time at Hamburg University of Technology are available upon request. Listed below are recent projects where I was specifically sought out as external consultant by the initiators of those projects (primary investigators, PIs).

Protecting the environment – at any cost? (since 2017). Developing and evaluating a seminar in environmental and resource economics with the interdisciplinary problem of skin cancer vs the effects of sunscreen on the Baltic Sea. PI K. Rehdanz, Kiel University, Germany.

Introduction to meteorology (since 2017). Re-designing an introductory lecture to include active learning, familiarize students with the field and the job as a meteorologist, and help them gain orientation for their professional development. PI S. Tegtmeier, GEOMAR, Germany.

Using ELBE in fluid mechanics teaching and outreach (Since 2016). Design of inquiry-based teaching scenarios for higher education and outreach using a numerical simulation tool. PI C. F. Janßen, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany.

Scales in the climate system (2015–2017). Writing for and editing of a new interactive and multimedia eBook. A group of CliSAP researchers from the fields of oceanography, sociology, mathematics, biology, meteorology, geography, soil science, communication sciences and geology worked together with Master’s students from CliSAP’s graduate school SICSS to develop a definition of “Scales in the Climate System.”. PI J. Baehr, CliSAP / University of Hamburg, Germany. (link to website

Understanding El Nino through experiments (2015-2017). Design of an interactive course with hands-on experiments for Master students in ocean and climate sciences. PI J. Lübbecke, GEOMAR, Germany. (link to website

Science communicator trainings

My work in science communicator trainings has developed from short presentations to multiple-day training courses.

Training scientists for public outreach (since 2017). Development, implementation and evaluation of an in-person 3-day training course and an online training. Forschungs- und Technologietransfer-Verbund Leibniz-Nordost, Germany.

SciFund Challenge (2015). Instructing an online training class for scientists:

EMSEA14 (2014). Three workshops on “Conducting tank experiments in a conventional classroom” to empower marine science educators to use experiments in their teaching. Together with K. Richter. European Marine Science Educators’ Association, Gothenburg, Sweden.
“Teaching Oceanography” workshop (2013). Presentation of a simple experiment and on different reasons and ways to use it in outreach and teaching. SERC, San Francisco, USA.

Teacher trainings

While I have never taught in a school setting for more than a couple of hours at a time, I have been involved in a couple of teacher trainings where I provide input on cutting-edge ocean sciences and how they can be transferred into a classroom setting.

Using oceanography in high-school physics teaching to enhance motivation (invited presentation, confirmed for 2018, Juli). Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft, Germany.

Lotseninsel (2017, June and July). Training high-school teaching to empower them to use marine science topics and methods in their teaching. ozean:labor, Lotseninsel, Germany.

Faculty development workshops in higher education

My background in both physical oceanography as well as marine technology and ship building helps me relate to the specific struggles that STEM educators face related to their target group, the kind of topics they are teaching, the teaching formats used in this field, and others. I have developed and led or co-led a number of faculty development workshops, both as part of my job at Hamburg University of Technology as well as as free-lance consultant, specifically aimed at instructors in STEM:

  • Active learning with large groups (Technische Universität Darmstadt, 12.2016)
  • Motivating and activating STEM students (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, 11.2016)
  • Toolbox for activating large student groups (Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe, 04.2016)
  • Designing active teaching units for STEM students (Technische Universität Dresden, 04.2016)
  • Active learning with large groups (Technische Universität Dresden, 03.2016)
  • Active teaching, learning and assessment for large groups (Jahrestagung HRK Nexus, Münster, 03.2016)
  • Teaching tutorials (With T. Lüth, Hamburg University of Technology, 12.2015)
  • Research-based learning (With K. Vosgerau und U. Bulmann, Hamburg University of Technology, 11.2015)
  • Using media to support self-study (With N. Podleschny, Hamburg University of Technology, 11.2015)
  • Training of student tutors (With C. Thon-Gairola, Hamburg University of Technology, 10.2015)
  • Active learning with large groups (Technische Universität Dresden, 09.2015)
  • Active learning with large groups (Technische Universität Dresden, 03.2015)
  • Problem-based learning (With M. Braasch, Hamburg University of Technology, 05.2015)
  • Problem-based learning (With M. Braasch, Hamburg University of Technology, 03.2015)
  • Teaching how to write (With N. Stahlberg, Hamburg University of Technology, 08.2014)
  • Continuous learning (With J. A. Rohde, Hamburg University of Technology, 03.2014)
  • Training of student tutors (With J. A. Rohde, Hamburg University of Technology, 02.2014)