Coral Reefs of the Maldives

Trip location
MaRHE Center (
Magoodhoo Island, Faafu Atoll, Maldives

Start & end dates
Sun. 12. - Sun. 19. July 2020

Prof. Dr. Gert Wörheide
Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geobiology
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Target group
All Coral Reef Scientists – must be SCUBA divers

Full description
The field trip is organized with the aim to explore the biodiversity of the Maldivian coral reef ecosystems and to improve the knowledge about reef organisms. The program will consist of selected lectures and 2 dives per day. A large number and variety of dives site will be explored in order to provide an overview of all the different reef typologies/morphologies in the atoll. The participants will have the possibility to sample organisms and collect data using the MaRHE Center facilities. During the field trip it will be also possible to visit desert islands as well as a resort island.

Number of participants
Min 8, Max 12
First 10 seats to be given away first-come-first-serve.

Fees (EUR)
950€ for 7 days

Includes: Full Board (accommodation, meals, bed linen, towels) - Facilities (classroom, library, laboratory, WiFi) - Boat (Dhoni, for atoll transfers) – Evening with local drum players - Transport A/R Male Airport - MarHE by private speedboat.
Excludes:  flights to Maldives (to be arranged individually), SCUBA diving (35€ per dive), and business VISA (100 €, if required). More information about the type of visa required will be provided by the organisers on request.

Payment methods and details: tba

Payment deadline: 01 May 2020

ICRS 2020 and the organizer of the trip strongly encourage interested participants to compensate their return flights to the Maldives with one of the best certified services, such as, or

Participants of the field trip must fullfill the following criteria:

1. be students (from bachelor to PhD) or university members (technicians, researchers or professors), preferably marine science faculties;
2. be at the minimum 18 years old;
3. meet the diving requirements:
    Recognized SCUBA diving certification, Minimum of 25 dives
    Fit for SCUBA diving (current dive medical).

Please note: SCUBA diving is at own risk.
Equipment rental is possible at additional cost.

In the event that the maximum number of 12 participants of the field trip will be exceeded, priority will be given to ICRS 2020 participants.

Scholarship Announcement

MarHe offers two scholarships for field trip participants:

  • 1 scholarship for the best accepted ICRS 2020 abstract submitted by young researchers (< 30 years old) (flight not included).
  • 1 scholarship for the best accepted ICRS 2020 abstract submitted by a participant belonging to emerging countries (flight not included).

Please provide proof of abstract acceptance by ICRS 2020 alongside the PDF of the abstract (with abstract number) with your application.

In addition to the abstracts, the applicants for the scholarships need to provide a short half-page text describing why they should be the one to grant the scholarship, for example elucidating why it is relevant for their science/career to go on this field trip.

Application deadline: 15 March 2020.

Applications for scholarships will be reviewed by MaRHE Center and field trip leader G. Wörheide. Final announcement will be made by 15 April 2020.

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