Mare Balticum Fellowship Program

Mare Balticum Fellowship Program

Promoting interdisciplinary cooperations of early career researchers

Key Target

A central development target of the University of Rostock is the promotion of interdisciplinarity. The bundling of various scientific disciplines, as well as the dissolution of original subject boundaries and the close interdisciplinary exchange of scientists, provides an expanded scientific potential to research at the University of Rostock.

The personal competences of researchers are crucial for the sustainable implementation of the interdisciplinary idea of ​​the University of Rostock. The acquisition of necessary skills is part of the qualification of scientists at an early stage of their careers. A basic understanding of science, clear communication, reciprocal concession as well as trust and the ability to criticize are among the basic elements for successful interdisciplinary cooperation.

The Mare Balticum Fellowship Program combines elements to promote interdisciplinarity with those for promotion of early career researchers. For this reason the Fellowship Program promotes guest stays (up to 3 months) of national and international researchers. Eligible to apply are scientists of the University of Rostock who are members of the Interdisciplinary Faculty.

On the one hand, the program is intended to provide incentives for the initiation and preparation of joint research projects. At the same time, events for doctoral students and postdocs are to be initiated, including interdisciplinary elements and making interdisciplinary and interfaculty exchanges possible.


Mare Balticum Fellow 2024

Prof. Dr. Gert Helgesson

The University of Rostock welcomes Prof. Gert Helgesson, one of Sweden's leading and internationally recognized medical ethicists (Karolinska Institute), as part of the Mare Balticum Fellowship Program. Prof. Gert Helgesson is a Professor of Medical Ethics in the Department of Learning, Informatics, Management, and Ethics at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. His research covers a wide range of topics, from research ethics, including areas such as plagiarism and authorship, to the ethical challenges faced by physicians in decisions regarding life and death. Gert Helgesson is considered one of Sweden's leading and internationally recognized medical ethicists. The Karolinska Institute is internationally renowned in the field of medical ethics. In June 2024, Gert Helgesson will be in Rostock as a Mare Balticum Fellow of the "Aging of Individuals and Society" Department.

Under the overarching theme "Current Challenges in Medical Ethics," Prof. Gert Helgesson will also offer three events to which all researchers at the University of Rostock are invited:

The Mare Balticum Fellowship Program of the University of Rostock promotes scientific exchange at the University of Rostock by inviting international researchers for a guest stay at the University of Rostock. This year, a total of eight fellows are expected. The program not only provides the opportunity to discuss new scientific methods and approaches but also explicitly promotes interdisciplinary exchange and the further development of academic collaborations.

For more information about the Mare Balticum Fellowship Program, additional fellows, and their events, please visit the Mare Balticum Fellowship Program website.

Hosting Scientist at the University of Rostock:

Prof. Dr. Johann-Christian Põder
Theologische Fakultät & INF

Tel.: +49 381 498-8409 (office)


Coordination of the Mare Balticum Fellowship Program:

Corina Reinheckel
Leitung Graduiertenakademie

Tel.: +49 (0)381 498 1022 | Fax.: +49 381 498-1181022


Our Former Fellows

Dr. Emma Tonkin, University of Bristol (UK)

Mare Balticum Fellow (10th June 2022 – 10th September 2022)

Project: "Privacy aware data collection and annotation for healthcare systems"

Host: Dr. Kristina Yordanova

Public lectures:

  • Lecture: "SPHERE -- Sensor Platform for HealthcarE in a Residential Environment: The Vision and The Lessons Learned ", 14th June 2022, 1:15 p.m., online.
  • Lecture: "Data annotation for machine learning in a clinical research context", 23th June 2022, 1 p.m., Room 001 in Konrad-Zuse-Haus, Albert-Einstein-Str. 22.
  • Workshop: "Developing a protocol for data annotation", 30th June 2022, 1 p.m., Room 001 in Konrad-Zuse-Haus, Albert-Einstein-Str. 22.
  • Lecture: "From data ethics to data protection: privacy-aware planning", 07th July 2022, 1 p.m., Room 001 in Konrad-Zuse-Haus, Albert-Einstein-Str. 22.
  • Lecture: "Data management at scale: deployment, storage, retention and reuse",14th July 2022, 1 p.m., Room 001 in Konrad-Zuse-Haus, Albert-Einstein-Str. 22.
Prof. Dr. PhD Tibor Hortobagyi, University of Groningen (NL)

Mare Balticum Fellow (17th September 2020 – 4th October 2020)

Project: "Gait characteristics in response to perturbations and in virtual environment – with the GRAIL system"

Host: Prof. Dr. Sven Bruhn

Public lectures:

  • 18.09.2020, 15:00–17.00, Audimax, Ulmenstraße 69, Lecture: "Healthy ageing gait, balance"
  • 25.09.2020, 15:00–17.00, Audimax, Ulmenstraße 69, Lecture: „Healthy ageing and motor learning”
  • 02.10.2020, 15:00–17.00, Uhr Audimax, Ulmenstraße 69, Lecture: “Gait and cognition”
Dr. Anita Peil, Europa Rx Ltd, London (UK)

Mare Balticum Fellow (1st June 2019 – 31st July 2019)

Project: "Making a Medicine – Scientific, Regulatory, and Ethical Considerations"

Host: Prof. Dr. Georg Füllen