Jörn Schmidt studied biology at the Leibniz Universität Hannover, and received his doctorate in fisheries biology at the IFM-GEOMAR in Kiel in 2006. Since 2009 he works in the Department of Economics at Kiel University (http://www.eree.uni-kiel.de/en/team/dr.-jorn-schmidt). Dr. Schmidt is currently working in the realm of social-ecological systems and concepts of sustainability in the ocean and is coordinator of the strategic initiative on Integrated Ocean Assessment in the Cluster of Excellence ‘Future Ocean’. He is working on questions about fisheries management, science communication, games for education and communication (e.g., www.ecoocean.de), developing practical management advice and working with fishing communities. He is currently German representative in the Science Committee (SCICOM) of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and co-chair of the Strategic Initiative on the Human Dimension in Integrated Ecosystems (SIHD). He contributes to several Expert Groups within ICES and is work package leader in several BMBF and EU funded projects. He is also in the editorial board of the ICES Journal of Marine Sciences.