Senckenberg am Meer

Wilhelmshaven, Hamburg

The research location in Wilhelmshaven was inaugurated by Prof. Dr. Rudolf Richter in 1928 (History). The northernmost institute of the Senckenberg network is closely interconnected with important marine research associations and universities in Germany, as well as other associations. For an updated overview, please click here.

Today, the location consists of two sections, the Marine Research section, and the German Centre for Marine Biodiversity Research (DZMB), both of which are under the direction of Prof. Dr. André Freiwald.


The Marine Research Department consists nowadays of four divisions, comprised of Actuopalaeontology, Marine Biology, Marine Sedimentology, and Marine Geology. These are also led by Prof. Dr. André Freiwald.

In 2001, the location was expanded by the incorporation of the German Centre for Marine Biodiversity Research (DZMB). The department is headed by Prof. Dr. Pedro Martínez Arbizu and is situated in Wilhelmshaven and Hamburg.