3rd Symposium on Deep-Sea Oil Spills

December 5, 2019

Hamburg, Germany


Ten years after the Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico 2010 with more than 700 million liters of oil spilled into the ocean, several questions remain open. Research groups all around the world investigate the impact of the oil spill on the environment, as well as the distribution behavior of the oil in the ocean.
After the first highly successful symposiums in 2013 and 2016, the C-IMAGE III research group from the Hamburg University of Technology invites you to the third Symposium on Deep-Sea Oil Spills in Hamburg. The conference shall be a discussion platform to link the different research areas and to define points of contact between modeling and experimental research. The day is split into 2 sessions with specific topics. After each session a break offers the possibility for detailed discussions (hot lunch included).


September 15, 2019

Call for abstracts

November 17, 2019

Deadline for abstract submission

November 21, 2019

Notification of abstract acceptance

November 20, 2019

Room reservation deadline

November 20, 2019

Registration deadline

December 5, 2019


Call for abstracts

Authors are cordially invited to submit abstracts on the subjects of (but not limited to):

1. Oil Spill Behavior – Multiphase Flow under Deep-Sea Conditions
Session Focus ranges from the formation process of the oil and gas jets at broken wellheads and pipeline leaks to the transport processes in the near and far field, including the influence of live oil, hydrate formation, and chemical dispersants. 

2. Biodegradation, Marine Snow, and Oil Fate
Session focus ranges from the formation of marine snow/MOSSFA, biodegradation of mineral oil and partitioning of mineral oil components in seawater, at the sea floor and in intrusion layers, to the final fate of the dispersed oil.

3. Future Perspectives and Links to other Fields of Research
Session focus ranges from the numerical investigation of possible future ultra-deep oil spill scenarios and the development of recommendations for policy making, to the transfer from/to other fields of study and different kinds of marine pollution.

Abstracts should be not longer than one page using this template and shall be submitted in both MS Word and PDF format via e-mail to info(at)ims-tuhh.de.
Submission deadline is November 17, 2019. Please indicate your preference of either oral presentation or poster presentation. Authors will be notified of acceptance as oral presentation/poster presentation on November 21, 2019.

The time slot for presentations will be approx. 15 min. plus 5 min. of discussion.


Registration is now closed!


Scientific program

Thursday, December 5, 2019

9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Scientific sessions

  • Welcome and Keynote
  • Oral sessions 1-2
  • Closing remarks

 including hot lunch and coffee breaks


Evening Program

  • Visit of the "Elbphilharmonie Plaza" (viewing platform of the Elbphilharmonie concert hall)
  • Dinner

Conference venue

TUHH is one of Germany’s youngest and most successful universities. Founded in 1978, Hamburg University of Technology today has around 100 professors and 1,500 employees, and around 8,000 students. The priority of research, an interdisciplinary approach, innovation, regionalism and internationalism are the obligatory foundations for what we do. Research, education and technology transfer are centered around the guiding theme of developing technology for people.
A campus map can be found via the following link: Campus map


All relevant information concerning reserved and recommended accommodations can be found via the following link: Accommodation

Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH)
Institute of Multiphase Flows
Eissendorfer Str. 38
21073 Hamburg, Germany

Phone: +49 40 42878-3252
Fax: +49 40 42878-2665
E-Mail: info@ims-tuhh.de