Scientists in the Kiel Marine Science research focus area are committed to an active transfer of knowledge with society, with the goal of supporting knowledge-based options for effective protection and use of the seas. In particular, these activities include communicating research results to various interest groups in politics, business or civil society, as well as participating in transdisciplinary research projects implemented by the Center for Ocean and Society (CeOS) in cooperation with stakeholders. Additionally, KMS members participate in public events and hold lectures as part of an active approach to public outreach and promotion of the research focus area.
The KMS newsletter provides regular information on news from the KMS research area, such as on research projects and collaborations, scientific publications, and events. It also covers cross-institutional news from the Future Ocean Network and its partners.
The newsletter is released up to four times annually, and is distributed via internal KMS mailing lists as well as to members of the Future Ocean Network. If you have topics for inclusion in the newsletter or wish to provide feedback, we look forward to hearing from you:
For more than ten years, the “Kieler Marktplatz” (Kiel Marketplace) event series has supported networking between science, politics, business, and the broader community. The forum for information exchange brings together more than 60 participants up to four times annually, and is aimed at researchers from tertiary institutions in Kiel, the maritime industry, and political decision-makers. Kieler Marktplatz is a joint event of the Future Ocean Network, the Maritime Cluster Northern Germany (Schleswig-Holstein Branch), and Wissenschaftszentrum Kiel GmbH (WiZe) and is coordinated by the Center for Ocean and Society (CeOS), the KMS platform for transdisciplinary marine research.
The World Ocean Review (WOR) is a series of comprehensive, in-depth reports on the state of the world’s oceans. They provide information – written in an easily understandable way – on the causal relationships between the ocean and its coasts, as well as on ecological, economic and socio-political conditions. Six volumes in the series have been released by publishers maribus and mareverlag to date. Volume 1 provides an overview of the urgent challenges facing the world’s oceans, while the subsequent volumes delve more deeply into specific themes in marine and coastal research such as overfishing, marine resources, sea level rise and coastal land use, the Arctic and Antarctic, as well as the issue of sustainability.
Scientists at KMS regularly participate in various public outreach and scientific communication activities. These include formats such as public events or lectures for a range of target groups. KMS is regularly and actively involved in initiatives of the State of Schleswig-Holstein (German Reunification Day), the City of Kiel and Kiel Region GmbH (European Researchers Night, ERN) and events hosted by Kiel University (Kiel Week, Night of the Profs, SHUG lectures, Kids' University at Kiel University). Additionally, KMS maintains close partnerships with networks such as the Ocean Summit (Böll Foundation).
Kiel Marine Science is represented in a permanent exhibition in the Kiel Zoological Museum under the umbrella of the Future Ocean Network. KMS is also involved in the International Maritime Museum (Hamburg) Deck 7 marine research exhibit as well as in other temporary exhibitions at well-known exhibition venues and science centres. The main focus is on showing the contribution marine research in Kiel can make in addressing pressing questions for the future of humanity. The exhibition themes seek to inform visitors in accordance with the leitmotif “to understand the ocean is to shape the future”. The spectrum of the interactive exhibits and modules spans from overfishing, rubbish in the ocean, bird migration and offshore wind farms, to ocean observation, climate change, and temporary presentations on current research projects.
The Ocean Atlas from the Future Ocean Network, the Böll Foundation, and the monthly magazine le monde diplomatique presents 12 chapters with a total of over 50 pages of data, facts and interconnections concerning the ocean and the influence of humanity on the largest connected ecosystem on Earth. The Ocean Atlas is available for free, and can also be provided in class sets or for educational institutions on request. Further information and a download page with 80 graphics is available on the Ocean Atlas website.
The topic of overfishing and catch size features prominently in the newly designed exhibition at the Baltic Sea Information Centre. Together with KMS, the Centre has developed an engaging component of the exhibit “Fischlängenspiel” that provides information over the most popular edible fish in the Baltic Sea – cod, herring, and plaice.
Scientists at the Research and Technology Centre, West Coast (FTZ) investigate how offshore wind farms affect the behaviour of migratory birds. Using telemetry, they record movement patterns of individual birds in marine regions over an extended time period. The data collected forms the basis for administrative decisions on the construction of offshore facilities or the designation of protected areas, including for migratory birds.
Fish are an important source of food worldwide. However, there are a shrinking number of edible fish in the world’s oceans. Around a third of fish stocks are overfished or threatened by overfishing, including stocks of cod, plaice, and herring in the North and Baltic Seas. Sustainable fisheries management can assist in securing stock levels. Animations have been developed in order to inform exhibition visitors about the different methods of fishing. Some fishing techniques are destructive to the marine environment or result in a large amount of unwanted bycatch.
The UNESCO Chair has been firmly anchored in ocean and coastal research at Kiel University since 1997 and contributes to strengthening educational and research collaborations, especially in West Africa. Since 2019, the UNESCO Chair draws on the professional expertise of the Kiel Marine Science (KMS) priority research area and the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and has an interdisciplinary focus. The chair focuses on the Island Republic Cape Verde and addresses the impacts of climate change, both on the physico-chemical-biological processes in the ocean and on society and politics. For this, perspectives of the social sciences such as environmental justice and postcolonial approaches play a central role. The Ocean Science Center Mindelo (OSCM) serves as a base for marine research, scientific exchange and university education and networking. Chair holders are Professor Silja Klepp (CAU/KMS) and Professor Arne Körtzinger (GEOMAR).