IOI Gallery for 2019

New Director of IOI Germany

(Germany, January 2019)

Anna-Katharina Hornidge (L) taking over the position as director of IOI Germany from Werner Ekau (R). Photo Credit: A. Daschner
Anna-Katharina Hornidge (L) taking over the position as director of IOI Germany from Werner Ekau (R). Photo Credit: A. Daschner

Anna-Katharina Hornidge, has been appointed as new director of the International Ocean Institute in Germany effective from January 2019.  The position had previously been filled for many years by Werner Ekau who is retiring later this year. We also take the opportunity to commend and thank Dr Ekau for the many years of support and dedication to the IOI through the actions of IOI Germany, and his advice and input during his tenure as Chair of Directors on the IOI Governing Board. His work over this time has been invaluable and essential in its many forms, and his genuine friendship always hugely appreciated. Antonella Vassallo, Managing Director of IOI headquarters in Malta, welcomed Professor Hornidge to the position: “We look forward to working with Anna-Katharina Hornidge and to further enhancing the strong and fruitful relationship with IOI Germany. Her professional and personal qualities will be an asset to the role”, Ms. Vassallo wrote in a letter confirming the succession.



Additional information can be found in the latest IOInforma 0119. This can be downloaded from the Documents & Publications section.

3rd Training Programme on Ocean Governance, Ocean Sciences and GeoEthics 

(Universidad del Atlantico, Barranquilla, Columbia, 21st January - 15th February 2019)

IOI Participation during the "Capacity Development in the Federal State of Bremen" Event

(Berlin, Germany, 11th February 2019)

On 11th February, the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) held a conference on Capacity Development at the Vertretung des Landes Bremen beim Bund in Berlin. The IOI was represented at this conference by Dr Awni Behnam (Honorary President of the IOI) who took part in a panel discussion on the requirements and needs for capacity development, Dr Anna-Katherina Hornidge (Director of IOI Germany), Dr Werner Ekau (Former Director of IOI Germany) and Mr Cosmin Chivu (Project Officer at IOIHQ) who manned the IOI stand at the event.


Overall, the event provided valuable insight on the various forms of capacity development, while the panel consisting of alumni and science strategists further elaborated on future requirements in order to successfully guarantee increased capacity development both regionally and internationally. Taking into account that capacity development is a long-term task, the event served both as an avenue to expand on current efforts of regional and international organisations in the field and also as a place of networking, encouraging further partnerships among the participants. 

7th Training Programme on the Sustainable Development and Governance of the Caspian Sea, Turkmenbashi, Turkmenistan Organised by the IOI and the State Enterprise on Caspian Sea Issues at the President of Turkmenistan 

(4th - 15th March 2019)