This summer school is aimed at highly committed, advanced young scientists in marine sciences, coastal engineering and coastal zone management, who had to apply for the limited placements in astringent selection procedure. “We had many more very good applicants from all over the world than we were able to accept. The selection of participants was anything but easy, but an incredibly motivated group of young people came together and worked together fantastically," says Eva-Maria Brodte from AWI, which coordinated the summer school this year. The participants not only come from European countries such as Portugal, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland and Greece, but also from as far as as Algeria, Namibia, South Africa, and Australia. “With the AWI-PORTWIMS groups of Phytooptics, Time Series Coordination, Shelf Sea Ecology, Planktosens, Bionic Lightweight Design, Aquaculture Research and additional contribution by the HZG Coastal Research, we have been able to cover a broad range of expertise for phytoplankton observations and related technology transfer,” Brodte continued.