Senckenberg am Meer, Wilhelmshaven & Hamburg

Our Networks and Cooperations

The scientists at Senckenberg am Meer maintain close links with other marine research institutions in northern Germany as well as with other research areas at Senckenberg and are also involved in large-scale international projects and collaborations or are responsible for them. These include long-term international programmes and expedition series, but also cooperation with universities and the acceptance of teaching assignments.


DAM connects leading marine research institutions of the five northern German coastal states. It addresses socially relevant future issues of marine research in joint research missions at the highest level. For this purpose, existing and new infrastructures, technologies and information systems are further developed and expanded. Together, science-based options for action for the sustainable use of the sea are developed and communicated to society and politics.



German Marine Research Consortium brings together institutes and facilities in the field of marine, polar or coastal research and represents their interests vis-à-vis national decision-makers and the European Union. It promotes cooperation, joint research programs and collaboration in the planning, operation and use of large-scale infrastructure.


The long-standing cooperation between Senckenberg am Meer (SaM) and Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg was further strengthened in 2001 with the joint appointment of Prof. Dr. Pedro Martínez Arbizu as Professor of Marine Biodiversity Research at the Institute of Biology and Environmental Sciences at Oldenburg University and at Senckenberg am Meer as Head of the German Center for Marine Biodiversity Research (DZMB). Since 2016, Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kröncke has also held the professorship for benthic ecology at the Institute of Chemistry and Biology of the Sea (ICBM), University of Oldenburg. Scientists from both departments of Senckenberg am Meer offer courses at the University of Oldenburg and supervise student theses. The foundation of the DZMB in 2000 was made possible by a cooperation between Senckenberg and the Universities of Oldenburg and Hamburg.



The long-standing cooperation between Senckenberg am Meer and the University of Bremen was strengthened by the joint appointment of Prof. Dr. André Freiwald in 2010 as Head of Department of Marine Research and Professor of Marine Geology at the University of Bremen, where he is anchored at the Center for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM). MARUM uses state-of-the-art methods and is involved in international projects to decipher the role of the ocean in the Earth system – especially with regard to global change. It records the interactions between geological and biological processes in the ocean and provides contributions for a sustainable use of the oceans. MARUM is home to the Cluster of Excellence The Ocean Floor – Unexplored Interface of the Earth. Scientists from Senckenberg am Meer offer courses at the University of Bremen and supervise student theses.


Senckenberg am Meer has a close cooperation with the University of Hamburg: staff members of the German Center for Marine Biodiversity Research (DZMB) work both at the Wilhelmshaven site and at the University of Hamburg at the Zoological Museum of the Grindel Biocenter. The foundation of the DZMB in 2000 was made possible by a cooperation between Senckenberg and the Universities of Hamburg and Oldenburg.


The Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity (HIFMB) is a research institute based in Oldenburg, Germany. It researches marine biodiversity and its importance for the function of marine ecosystems. In doing so, it develops the scientific basis for marine nature conservation and ecosystem management.


The cooperation of Senckenberg am Meer with BGR came about in 2010 through the investigation of the German manganese nodule license areas in the equatorial Pacific. BGR is investigating essential geological aspects to assess the potential of the German license areas with regard to resource extraction. The background of the project is a contract between BGR and the International Seabed Authority (ISA), which requires the collection of ecological data. Investigations on benthic biodiversity are an important part of the project, with which the Senckenberg am Meer was commissioned by the BGR.



The Northwest German University Society (NWDUG) is particularly committed to the settlement of university institutes but also of non-university research institutions in  Wilhelmshaven area, promotes scientific work on the coastal region and communicates current research results to the general public. Prof. Dr. André Freiwald is a member of the scientific advisory board.


With the Jade InnovationsZentrum, Biosphere AG is a regional anchor point for linking science and business and offers ideal conditions for startups and young companies in Wilhemshaven and the surrounding area. In terms of content, the Jade InnovationsZentrum focuses on the fields of medicine, maritime, biotechnology, natural sciences and technology, with biotechnological companies having priority. Senckenberg am Meer is a cooperation partner in SUM4-Tech, a network for sensor and measurement technology, areas of ocean, environment and mobility.

DIVERSITAS Deutschland E.V.

DIVERSITAS Deutschland e. V. deals with the issues of biodiversity research as well as with socially relevant problems of the protection and sustainable use of biodiversity and the ecosystem products and services based on it.