OceanCollege

External Experts

In order for knowledge to be understood, it must be applied. To this end, the students at OceanCollege will receive both practical and theoretical knowledge within their classes as often as possible. Only then can the talents and interests of the individual students be realised and strengthened, their weaknesses discovered and overcome, and through this they can better themselves.

OceanCollege has always been based on student participation. Logistics, coordination, and communication with home (via daily journals and blog entries), planning excursions and projects, preparing dinner for the crew, plotting routes, sailing… there are many things for the students, in cooperation with the crew, to experience. At OceanCollege we bring in experts to help provide a better learning experience. These experts are only onboard for short periods and work with the students on a specific subject in the form of a project. The students get to see the inner workings of companies, trade work, lab work, and can take part in related projects during their time on board. Our foremost goal at OceanCollege is to provide course content with a relevant practical application. Instead of saying “try and imagine”, students can see the outcome. This promotes responsibility and simultaneously boosts motivation. Experts have already been enlisted for a trade project as well as a weather data project. Within the scope of these two projects there is insight into economics, research, and agricultural development. The trade project is based around a complete supply chain. Students will have the opportunity to coordinate and plan for harvest, purchase, transport, product taxes, marketing, branding, distribution, and sales. For the weather data project, students will get an introduction to STEM fields, and will learn to use extrapolated data for their own studies, as well as provide that data to external research partners.

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Joachim Kuehne – Berlin School of Coffee

A sommelier with us from the Berlin School of Coffee. Through extensive time abroad on coffee plantations in Central-America and Ethiopia, he has come to the realisation that quality does not start with roasting. Quality is derived from proper cultivation methods and farming  practices. Since then Joachim has expanded his knowledge of coffee agronomy, as well as its botanical characteristics. His experience stems from years of work as a quality manager for raw and roasted coffee, sommelier courses, Roastmaster Week, and many barista seminars. Joachim, with his extensive knowledge on the topic, will guide the students through their coffee project.

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Viktor Rözer – German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ)

Viktor RözerViktor is a Ph.D. student and research fellow at the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) in Potsdam. His work focuses on the consequences of floods and heavy rainfall for urban areas. By using statistical models, Viktor estimates future damage caused by severe weather events to derive climate change adaption strategies for cities. He presents his results on international conferences and publishes in scientific journals. As part of an expert group, he recently co-authored a scientific report on the devastating flash flood in Braunsbach (Baden-Wuerttemberg) (Viktor’s publications). With degrees in Geography, Geoinformatics and Hydrology from LMU Munich and FU Berlin, Viktor would like to include the students of OceanCollege in his scientific work and introduce them to the topics of climate change and natural hazards.

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Thorsten Schmidt – Management Consultant

A former athlete, and olympic participant in rowing, following his education in molecular cell biology at the Max-Planck-Institute, he spent five years as a management consultant in the pharmaceutical industry. Since 2014, Thorsten has been leading the portfolio management of the medical diagnostics division for the Swiss company, Roche. With his experience in project planning and management, as well as his participation in organising and implementing health strategies, Thorsten provides a broad skillset to the team. He teaches biology, chemistry, and provides valuable insight into the planning and structure of our trade project. With his love of travel and exploration (his last trip led him on a three month bike tour from Ethiopia to Burundi) he’s a perfect fit for the OceanCollege team.

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Dominik Duell – University of Essex

Dominik is currently working as a lecturer for applied quantitative methods at the University of Essex. His subject attempts to answer the question of what drives humans when they make political or ecological decisions. For his research, Dominik work closely with biologists, anthropologists, sociologists, economists, political scientists, and historians. He has taught politics and economics, statistics and experimental social research for students at the University of Berlin, New York and Toulouse, and received his doctorate in political science at the New York University. His research has also been picked up by scientific journals. At OceanCollege, Dominik will be leading an intensive seminar on the topic of decision making; touching on the underlying factors leading up to decisions. This is an opportunity for students to reflect on what influences their decisions.

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Chris MacBlain – Language Farm Ireland

Chris MacBlainChris is a Certificated Mountain Leader and group leader for English Language based programmes. A keen bike enthusiast and outdoor adventurer, Chris provides an experience into the nature of his home country, Ireland.

Landing in the scenic Kerry Coastline, off Valentia Island, Chris will meet the group onboard for a debrief. After a day’s rest, the group will be met on land with touring bikes and proceed with Chris and his guides along the famous Ring of Kerry by bike to the foot of Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohil. After camping under the stars for one night with some Irish campfire sing-alongs, the group shall climb the great Carrauntoohil. One more night under the stars and the group shall return by bikes to the Ship via a scenic trip through the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks Mountains.