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Today the ten NWVM members situated in Bremen and Lower-Saxony – the federal states of Northwestern Germany – can look back on more than 20 years of successful research activities in marine sciences.The members of NWVM form a substantial network pooling a large number of different research fields in marine sciences as well as a wide range of research infrastructure and educational programmes.

The member institutions of the Northwest Marine Research Association are

University of Bremen, represented by MARUM - Center for Marine Environmental Sciences

MARUM has the status of a research faculty for marine sciences and organizes marine research activities across the entire University of Bremen. MARUM aims at unraveling the role of the oceans in the Earth system and examines the significance of the oceans in the framework of global change and quantifies interactions between the marine geosphere and biosphere. The research themes range from environmental changes during the past 65 million years to the impact of recent coastal construction, and from microbial degradation in the sediment and interactions between seepage and deep-sea ecosystems to large-scale sediment mass wasting along continental margins. The MARUM also operates one of the three worldwide existing core repositories of the international deep-sea drilling program “IODP”. It has state-of-the-art technology for exploring the deep ocean at its disposal, which is continuously being improved. Furthermore, graduate education and public understanding of science play important roles in the MARUM.

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University of Oldenburg, represented by Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM)

At the University of Oldenburg, the ICBM has a research focus on the eco- and climate systems of the shallow sea and coastal regions. Among the marine science institutions in Germany, the ICBM is well recognized and established with its unique profile. It is the only university-based institute of marine sciences in Lower Saxony. The ICBM investigates the significance of shelf-sea and coastal regions as part of the system Earth through an interdisciplinary research approach, bringing together the fields of geochemistry, microbial ecology, marine physics, and modeling. Study programs offered by the ICBM educate the experts of tomorrow in marine and environmental sciences. The ICBM participates in national and international joint programmes, e.g. COSYNA, the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), polar- and climate research projects.

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Jacobs University Bremen

Jacobs University is a highly selective, international, independent, residential university. Earth and Marine Sciences at Jacobs University engage in observational and experimental geosciences, including oceanography, geology, geochemistry and geophysics. This includes the sustainable management of natural resources like fossil fuel and water, the study of the Earth’s (palaeo)climate and the oceans. The university`s “OceanLab” houses an interdisciplinary research group focussing primarily on the ocean carbon cycle and fluxes of particulate matter within the lowermost water column.

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Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences

The University of Applied Sciences focuses on study field such as – among others – Maritime Technologies, Transport/Logistics, Ship Operation Engineering, Business Administration, Bioanalytics, Change Management in SMEs, Cruise Industry Management, Logistics, Engineering and Management. Research activities and curricula are geared towards the actual needs of practitioners. With its location in the centre of the City of Bremerhaven and between the mouth of the Geeste and the North Sea, Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences displays its links to the city as well as its maritime and international roots.

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Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Climate Research (AWI), Bremerhaven

Polar and Marine research are central themes of Earth-system science. The Alfred Wegener Institute conducts research in the Arctic, the Antarctic and at temperate latitudes. It coordinates Polar research in Germany and provides both the necessary equipment and the essential logistic back up for polar expeditions. Recent additional research themes include North Sea Research, contributions to Marine Biological Monitoring, Marine Pollution Research, Investigation of naturally occuring marine substances and technical marine developments. The Institute was established as a public foundation in 1980. The Foundation Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research includes the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven the Potsdam Research Unit  (1992), the Biologische Anstalt Helgoland and the Wadden Sea Station Sylt. It is a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres

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Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK), Institute for Advanced Study, Delmenhorst

The Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg is a foundation of the federal states of Bremen and Lower Saxony and the city of Delmenhorst. As an independent Institute for Advanced Study, the HWK promotes disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration among highly qualified scholars and scientists, both at national and international level. The thematic foci are Energy Research, Marine and Climate Research, Neurosciences and Cognitive Sciences and Social Sciences. The institute appoints guest scholars (Fellows) from all over the world to stay at the HWK to collaborate with the research institutions of the region. Because of the strong, ongoing cooperation between the HWK and the neighboring research institutes and universities, the Fellows can make use of laboratory space for their research; so the HWK Fellowship can be used to realize both theoretical and experimental research projects. In addition, the HWK conducts about 60 national and international scientific conferences per year.

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Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT), Bremen

The Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology – being a member of the Leibniz Association - aims to provide a scientific basis for the protection and sustainable use of tropical coastal ecosystems. In close cooperation with partners in the tropics, the ZMT leads interdisciplinary research projects concerning the structure and functioning of tropical coastal ecosystems and their response to human impacts and natural changes. The ZMT is involved in the education of students and young scientists from all over the world in the field of tropical marine ecology. In tropical countries, it further supports capacity building within this field of research. The ZMT is both a national and international focal point for research, educational and government institutions for the exchange of expert knowledge in the field of tropical marine ecology.

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Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology (MPI), Bremen

At the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen, microbiologists, molecular biologists and biogeochemists work together to understand basic principles of marine microbial ecology. The focus is on the anaerobic (oxygen-free) world below the sediment surface, because this is where many interesting and hitherto unknown life forms exist that play a crucial role for the coupling of element cycles – and hence for the chemistry of the oceans. The researchers at the institute cover a broad range of disciplines and areas of expertise, from microsensors to microbiology, from geochemistry to genome analysis, and from molecular ecology to mathematical modelling.

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National Maritime Museum of Germany, Bremerhaven

The National Maritime Museum of Germany (Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum, DSM) – an institution of the federally and state-funded Leibniz Association – is one of Germany´s eight research museums. All aspects of German maritime history are studied here – the history of the navy and polar research, of oceanography and whaling, of research into the tides and navigation but also social maritime history and the history of marine archaeology and waterlogged wood conversation. The DSM promotes the exchange between science and society. All research results are made available to the public within the framework of permanent and temporary exhibitions, publications and events. The library and – by arrangement – the archive with its photos, charts and documents are likewise accessible to one and all.

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Research Institute “Senckenberg by the Sea” (SaM), Wilhelmshaven

At the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN), six research institutes and three natural history museums in Germany conduct research in bio- and geosciences and display science and scientific findings. One of these research institutes is the “Senckenberg am Meer (SaM)”.Its Marine Science Department with its four divisions (Actuopaleontology, Marine Biology, Marine Geology and Marine Sedimentology) links geological and biological questions of the nearshore Wadden Sea and the open shelf of the North Sea. The German Centre for Marine Biodiversity Research (DZMB) as the second department of the “Senckenberg by the Sea”strengthen taxonomic and systematic research on marine organisms and fosters the assessment of biological diversity in the world’s oceans.

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