KMS Network Activities

KMS performs a central coordinating role for all researchers in natural sciences, the humanities, and social sciences whose work concerns oceans, coasts, and their interaction with humanity. Associated research groups have expertise in fields such as climate research, coastal research, physical chemistry, botany, microbiology, mathematics, informatics, economics, law, and social science. Altogether, KMS is comprised of over 70 research groups from seven faculties and more than 26 research institutes.

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Future Ocean Network

The Future Ocean Network is an association of researchers in Kiel that implements joint research projects across disciplinary and institutional boundaries. As successor to the Future Ocean Cluster of Excellence, its work continues to contribute to the sustainable use of resources in the ocean. In particular, this includes activities for the targeted exchange of research results to various stakeholders and interest groups in politics, business and civil society, as well as to promote young scientists. The Future Ocean Network is coordinated by the office of the Kiel Marine Science (KMS) research focus area. News are communicated via the KMS homepage or the websites of the participating institutions.

Link to online version of the „Report on the Main Results from 10 Years of Integrative Marine Research in Kiel“ (Highlight report)

Link to online version of „Future Ocean Dialogue" - An exhibition about research on the ocean

„Ocean knowledge“ - Information on Plastic waste in the Ocean

Ocean MOOC „One Planet – One Ocean: From Science to Solutions“

Archive website of Future Ocean

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Key visual Future Ocean

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German Marine Research Alliance

With Kiel Marine Science (KMS), Kiel University is among the 13 founding members of the German Marine Research Alliance (DAM). Currently, DAM brings together 19 leading German marine research institutions with the common goal of strengthening sustainable interaction with the coasts, seas, and oceans through research, data management and digitalisation, infrastructure, and knowledge transfer. Together with its member institutions, DAM develops solution-oriented knowledge and communicates potential courses of action for politics, science, and civil society. The network is funded by the German Federal government and the northern German States of Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, Lower Saxony, and Schleswig-Holstein.

Link to German Marine Research Alliance website

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German Marine Research Consortium

Kiel Marine Science (KMS) is a member for the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM). KDM member institutes combine their marine scientific expertise at the national level, in order to make joint representations to decision-makers and funding organisations, as well as to communicate with the public. Under the umbrella of KDM, strategy groups have been formed on biodiversity, coastal research, mineral resources, observatories, and ocean circulation and climate, as well as a social sciences working group. KMS is particularly active in coastal research and the social sciences working group. Moreover, KMS is actively involved in the public communications working group, a joint initiative with the German Marine Research Alliance (DAM).

Link to German Marine Research Consortium website

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Coastal Research Network Schleswig-Holstein

With its research work and contribution to academic training, knowledge transfer, and technological development, marine research is a driving force for innovation and contributes to the importance of the maritime sector in the coastal States of northern Germany. The Coastal Research Network Schleswig-Holstein is based on a cooperation agreement between Kiel University, Kiel Marine Science (KMS), and the Helmholtz Centres AWI (Helgoland & List/Sylt), HZG (Geesthacht), and GEOMAR. Coordinated by the State government, these four significant actors in the State have joined together to collaborate more closely on research topics and infrastructure.

Sandy coastline
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Sandy coastline at St. Peter-Ording

European Marine Board

KMS members are involved in various areas of the European Marine Board (EMB), a leading European think tank for scientific policy concerning the marine environment. It provides a platform for the further development of marine science at the European level. The European Marine Board is an independent, non-governmental advisory body representing around 10,000 scientists from major national marine or oceanographic institutes, research funding organisations, and national university consortia.

Link to European Marine Board (EMB) website

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The Maritime Cluster Northern Germany (MCN)

The Maritime Cluster Northern Germany (MCN), promotes and strengthens cooperation in the maritime industry in Northern Germany, which is a key industry with enormous potential for the future. It provides platforms for dialogue between stakeholders to solve problems and address forward-looking issues and promotes innovation and interfaces with other sectors. With offices in Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony, and Schleswig-Holstein, the MCN is present and cooperates with local stakeholders. It provides support in finding innovation partners, advises on funding, and arranges contacts in the maritime sector to develop ideas, services and products and establish them on the market. In this way, North German companies cooperate across borders in an intensive exchange between business and science and benefit from the cross-sector network. The MCNcup is the sustainability award for maritime innovations from the North. More than 350 companies and institutions from business, science and politics are members of the MCN. Together with the MCN, the research priority area Kiel Marine Science organises the Kieler Marketplace.

Link to the Maritime Cluster Northern Germany website (MCN)


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The German Association for Marine Technology (GMT)

The GMT represents the interests of companies and research institutions in the field of marine technology nationwide towards the public and political decision-makers. Marine technology develops, produces, and uses technologies for the exploration, protection, and sustainable use of the oceans. To address selected areas of marine technology in a focused and effective manner, the GMT has established thematic working groups based on need and interest, each led by a GMT-appointed industry expert and GMT board members. The GMT networks its members from industry and academia to initiate national and international research and development projects, to assist in the development of innovative products and services, and to develop new market segments at home and abroad. To this end, regular events are held on maritime technology topics and for the exchange of information between members. The GMT participates in the preparation of the National Maritime Conferences and maintains a dialogue with the parliamentary parties of the German Bundestag on the challenges of the marine technology sector and the resulting recommendations for action. Kiel Marine Science is a GMT member, represented by the Centre for Ocean and Society.

Link to the German Association for Marine Technology website

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Bioeconomy on Marine Sites (BaMS)

Bioeconomy on Marine Sites (BaMS) is an innovation space in Northern Germany with the aim of initiating projects that contribute to realizing the transformation to a sustainable economy in the field of marine resources. The aquatic circular economy focuses on all forms of blue biomass, including algae, fish, mussels and other aquatic organisms that serve as raw materials for processing in biorefineries. Members of the BaMS Innovation Space use these materials to produce food, cosmetics, animal feed and raw materials for various economic sectors. The aim is to make efficient use of raw and residual materials and to close cycles through new production and processing methods. This is an important contribution to a more sustainable use of biogenic resources from the sea and bodies of water. These measures thus help to protect the health of the oceans, but at the same time highlight society's increasing dependence on the resources of healthy oceans.

Under the umbrella of the Blue Bioeconomy, 61 members, including 42 companies and 15 research institutions, are currently creating synergies for joint research and development activities. The Innovation Space is led by Kiel University, which also strengthens Kiel University's priority research area, Kiel Marine Science (KMS). The Innovation Space is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research with 20 million euros over five years. Interested companies and research institutions can join the Innovation Space and carry out projects and cooperations with other members.

Link to the Bioeconomy on Marine Sites website (BaMS)

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Special Research Area (SFB) 1182: Origin and Function of Metaorganisms

The SFB 1182 “Origin and Function of Metaorganisms”, which has been coordinated by Kiel University since 2016, brings together around 80 scientists from six predominantly northern German institutions. It comprises a total of 15 interdisciplinary research projects, including the Ocean Biomolecules focus group, in which KMS members are particularly involved. Researchers from the Kiel University institutes for zoology, clinical molecular biology, general microbiology, experimental medicine, and botany collaborate with colleagues from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön, Düsseldorf University, the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN), and the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design. Together, they seek to understand the functional consequences of interactions between host organisms and their microbial communities. The researchers investigate how plants and animals, including humans, form functional units (metaorganisms) with highly specific microbial communities. SFB 1182 is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) until the end of 2023.

Link to Metaorganism Research website

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At the Biology Centre (background) and the Centre for Molecular Biosciences (ZMB), Kiel University is home to the Collaborative Research Centre 1182.