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.

Logo Kiel Marine Science. Connected Research

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.

More about KMS


Please note: Once you watch the video, data will be transmitted to Youtube/Google. For more information, see Google Privacy.

News from KMS

In the spotlight: "Mini-Ocean Laboratory" and Kiel geophysics' natural hazards

Priority research area Kiel Marine Science presents exhibits at the „Highlights der Physik“ and „Science Day“

Portrait of a woman, sea in the background

Fulbright Scholar joins Kiel University to study the carbon cycle

Cassandra Bartels from the US investigates the role of the Southern Ocean in the global carbon cycle

Woman at lecture

The great potential of small RNAs - new dual functions deciphered

Kiel microbiologist Ruth Schmitz-Streit presents results on the role of RNAs in infection processes in the sea and on land at a symposium in the USA

Group picture

Working together to protect the coastal habitats of St. Peter-Ording

Conference on the development, protection and management of beaches, dunes and forests in the Wadden Sea


Current Events

Priority research area Kiel Marine Science presents exhibits at the „Highlights der Physik“ and „Science Day“


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.

Learn more about research at KMS

Reseach vessel Maria S. Merian
© Friederike Balzereit, KMS

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.

More on platforms and networks

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.

More on Promotion of young scientists