AQUEIS e.V. is a not-for-profit organization registered in Germany. Its scope is the promotion of research of rivers, lakes, coasts and oceans, as well as the dissemination of knowledge about aquatic ecosystems, mainly to children and young people.
Goals and visions
There are many good reasons to raise enthusiasm of young people for the Earth’s waters. The enormous importance of particularly the oceans for life on Earth is undoubted. However, the knowledge about aquatic ecosystems, especially among young persons, is usually scarce. In industrialized regions of the world the loss of traditional proficiency and knowledge may be considered as understandable, yet “normal”. But even in coastal cultures, thousands of years old, like the Inuit of the Arctic or the Torres Strait Islanders of Australia the elders with their traditional knowledge about currents, animal migrations or the edibility of certain marine products remain without proper successors.
Today, more than 50% of the world’s population live near coasts. 75% of all mega-cities are found at the coast. 90% of all seafood is harvested in coastal areas. In fact, the oceans and the waters that feed them concern all of us. We are living on a blue planet.
Modern marine sciences continuously expand our knowledge, bring up new findings and enrich our view of our world. And they call our attention to changes, like ocean acidification and ocean warming, or the changes in biodiversity that have a lasting effect on life on Earth and the survival of humankind.
School on the Beach
With our concept “School on the Beach” we bring children and young people in contact with the sea. First developed as a public outreach day for an international scientific workshop “School on the Beach” is now an event on its own. The program runs in Italy already for more than three years. Each event attracts several hundred kids and teenagers.