In the tent of the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), visitors of the Open Campus event can experience a tropical coral reef up close. A 360-degree film that can be viewed with a VR headset takes them into the coral triangle in Southeast Asia, one of the world’s most biodiverse marine regions. The virtual dive illustrates the beauty of this underwater landscape but also shows how it could look in the future if we don’t invest in its protection. The film is part of a research project of the social scientists at the ZMT that investigates whether virtual dives can help increase commitment to coral reef conservation.
In its tent, the ZMT will inform you about how a real dive takes place and what is needed for it. The institute is a recognized training company for research divers. Students who have completed the training will give an insight into the training itself and methods of research diving, and they will present their equipment. If you like, you can test how comfortable it is to wear a diving mask and weight belt.