No Sailor's Yarn
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No Sailor's Yarn


Ahoy! When you look at Rector Prof. Dr. Marcus Baumann, you immediately think of a genuine shellback, an experienced veteran sailor. You don't think so? Then come with us - at least in your mind - out onto the high seas:

In the summer of 1984, the young scientist Marcus Baumann is aboard a research vessel in the Greenland Sea. After studying biology at RWTH Aachen University, he has dedicated himself to the field of marine biology. As a doctoral candidate at RWTH Aachen University, and within the framework of the international project MIZEX (marginal ice zone experiment), he is working on the oceanographic processes at the ice edge. From 1984 to 1988, Baumann participates in a research expedition every year. From 1990 onward, he undertakes four expeditions to Antarctica, to the Weddell Sea, and aboard a French research vessel to the Indian Ocean.

In 2002, Prof. Baumann begins teaching at FH Aachen where he has been appointed Professor of Environmental Biotechnology on FH Aachen's Campus Jülich. Prof. Baumann and his students regularly take part in research trips to the North Sea. In 2005, he receives FH Aachen's Teaching Award.

In the summer of 2013, he is on an excursion in Millport on the island of Great Cumbrae in Scotland with 19 students. By now, Prof. Baumann has been the Rector of FH Aachen for four years. Despite his wide-ranging and comprehensive responsibilities, he is drawn back to the sea and out to sea, time and again, to provide students with new insights into their field of study, marine biotechnology. Prof. Baumann's enthusiasm makes one thing clear: his heart will always belong to the high seas and to science.


Monika Brinkmann

Photo Credits:

FH Aachen I Arnd Gottschalk

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