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

Agricultural field on a slope, water in the background

Plant growth promoting microorganisms help crops to resist drought

Based on scientific literature a research team from Kiel University conducts meta-analysis of bacteria’s and fungi’s potential for their host plants

Portrait of Prof. Dr. Wilfried Rickels

Rickels takes on new professorship

on Economics of Negative CO2 Emissions

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Christmastime at Sea: Research Cruise in the Subtropical Atlantic Ocean

Expedition team led by Kiel University investigates seafloor off Northwest Africa and the Canary Islands

Illustration of the SEA-EU MOOC "Sustainable Use of the Ocean"

On the sustainable use of the ocean

European University of the Seas (SEA-EU) offers a digital, free learning tool



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
© 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.

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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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