Thank you for your informative mail. I apologize for replying that late, but I have been travelling for the last two months almost continuously. I have just booked a flight to the IOM, bought the ticket for the weekend activities and made a room reservation (confirmation pending). So, all is set.
Unfortunately, Ruth cannot join the celebrations as she has left last week for 2.5 months in Antarctica, on a research vessel. She works at the German Polar Institute in Bremerhaven whereas I am employed by the Baltic Sea Research Institute in Warnemuende, former GDR. We have two children, Carl and Sally. Sally has just spent a year in New Zealand and will return on 2nd July. No family member will pick her up, as Ruth is in the Southern hemisphere, I am on the IOM and Carl has university exams in Frankfurt.
If you need a photography for completing your survey. Look at: www.globec.org
Click "Structure" and then "SSC".
I am looking forward to meet you soon,
Best Wishes, Juergen