20. September 2017

MS Wissenschaft back in Linz after two-year break!


The science ship visits Linz from 20 to 24 September 2017. The research ship MS Wissenschaft offers fascinating and entertaining ways of experiencing research. This year, the floating science centre presents the exhibition “Seas and Oceans. Discover. Exploit. Protect.” which invites visitors on an exciting research expedition into the fascinating and mysterious worlds found under water.

MS Wissenschaft is a project run by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The exhibition was devised in collaboration with the German “Wissenschaft in Dialog” (“science in dialogue”) initiative.


The visit to Linz was made possible by the education department of the province of Upper Austria.

With its approximately 30 exhibits, the interactive exhibition on board the cargo ship provides fascinating and informative insights into the mysteries of the oceans, describes the past and the future of the world’s seas, shows the diversity of life-forms in the earth’s biggest habitat and emphasizes the importance of the seas for humanity.

The importance of the seas for human life

The future of humanity is closely linked to the fate of the oceans. The world’s seas are an important source of what we need to live: they supply food, are a significant source of raw materials, influence the climate, serve as trade and travel routes and have many more roles besides. However, humanity’s relationship with the sea is not always without complications. The increasing pollution of the seas with plastic and the emission of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) pose a serious threat to the ecological balance and have far-reaching consequences. The exhibition uses a variety of exhibits to go into these topics in considerable detail.

Ocean acidification through CO2

Water extracts large amounts of CO2 from the air, storing it in the depths of the oceans. By doing so, the seas help to mitigate climate change. This means, however, that the water’s pH decreases — it becomes more acidic. This ocean acidification has enormous consequences for marine organisms and the entire ecosystem. 

Pollution of the seas with plastic
The German environmental agency UBA estimates that up to 30 million tonnes of waste plastic lands in the oceans every year. Plastic is virtually non-biodegradable, and today there are literally mountains of plastic drifting in the open sea. The waste products and chemical pollutants in the sea have enormous consequences for both marine and human life.




  • Photo show "Sharks, Whales and Cheeky Seals"
  • On 22/09/2017 at 2 p.m. a photo show will also be taking place in the Deep Space at the Ars Electronica Center in Linz.
  • Uli Kunz, marine biologist and photographer, will explain the fascination of the sea to children and teenagers.
  • For children and teenagers aged 5 to 14!
  • Pictures