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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Research initiative Ocean Health

Research into various aspects of the health of the ocean, a comprehensive understanding of the consequences for the marine ecosystem, and the challenge of creating an appropriate regulatory framework for the use of resources vital to humanity are among the future topics in the marine sciences with high societal relevance.

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The Kiel Marine Science-Newsletter

News from KMS

3D model of a stonewall

Traces of Stone Age hunter-gatherers discovered in the Baltic Sea

Interdisciplinary research team, including Kiel University, discovers archaeologically significant row of stones at the bottom of Mecklenburg Bight


President of Kiel University resigns from office

The President of Kiel University (CAU), Simone Fulda, is resigning from office with immediate effect.

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Kiel researchers gather new knowledge on ice loss in the Antarctic

At the first call of the German research icebreaker POLARSTERN in Australia, chief scientist Dr. Marcus Gutjahr from GEOMAR hands over to Professor…

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Process for the optical analysis of trace gases optimised

Professor Gernot Friedrichs and his former doctoral candidate have developed a new approach for making interfering signals in laser absorption…


Recent events

Lecture by Dr. Lizzie Scholtus as part of the lecture series "Open Science" in the winter semester 2023/24.

Lecture by Dr. Angila Vetter (University Library) as part of the lecture series "Open Science" in the winter semester 2023/24


Scientists from Kiel Marine Science collaborate beyond the boundaries of their disciplines and faculties, through participating in overarching research programmes such as special research areas promoted by DFG and projects of the German Alliance for Marine Research (DAM) or multidisciplinary associations. 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 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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