About Kiel Marine Science (KMS)

Kiel Marine Science (KMS) is the Centre for Interdisciplinary Marine Science at Kiel University. 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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News from KMS

Person collecting sand samples on a beach, water in the background

Enjoying our beaches – without polluting them

Researchers from Kiel present first combined systematic study on litter in the micro and macro spectrum on Schleswig-Holstein's Baltic Sea beaches

Water and a rocky coastline with houses, a developed road and trees

Minimizing the risk of rising sea levels

Researchers of Kiel University model future urban development on European coasts

Aeroplane over the sea.

Maritime Lighthouse Project during the Digital Week

Kiel University and software developer north.io present digitalization project Marispace-X for observing our ocean

Group picture with all speakers of the Ocean Science Show.

Ocean Science Show at the Cinemare Ocean Film Festival

Exciting science under and above the water - presented in an entertaining way by young marine scientists


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Scientists in the Kiel Marine Science priority research area collaborate beyond the boundaries of their disciplines and faculties in overarching research programmes, such as special research areas promoted by DFG or in multidisciplinary research networks. Through their projects, they promote and develop the profile of inter- and transdisciplinary marine scientific research at Kiel University.

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Reseach vessel Maria S. Merian
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Reseach vessel Maria S. Merian in the Kiel Canal

Platforms and Networks

Kiel Marine Science (KMS) is connected with regional, national, and international academic and science policy networks. In addition, KMS includes platforms such as the Center for Ocean and Society (CeOS), which implements transdisciplinary research and technical infrastructure.

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Promotion of young scientists

Under the umbrella of Kiel Marine Science (KMS), offers for the promotion of young scientists, ranging from interdisciplinary and international programmes for students to measures for career development, are designed and implemented with a focus on Master's students, doctoral students and postdocs.

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