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About the Organizers and Partners in Kiel

The 6th International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC6) is hosted by Kiel Marine Science (KMS) and GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel. KMS is the Centre for Interdisciplinary Marine Science at Kiel University. As one of four priority areas at Kiel University, KMS is the organizational unit of in total 41 research groups at seven faculties and 18 institutes. Scientists cover expertise from areas such as climate and coastal research, physical chemistry, botany, microbiology, mathematics and computer science, economics as well as law, ethics and social sciences. KMS marine scientists contribute to a better understanding of processes in the ocean and its coasts. Further they aim at developing strategies for sustainable use and conservation of the ocean system by their inter- and multidisciplinary approaches. KMS initiates and supports major projects in marine research, which cover topics of five research areas: Coast, Marine Sustainability, Marine Food, Digital Ocean and Biological Marine Systems.

The GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is one of the world’s leading institutes in the field of marine sciences. The institute investigates the chemical, physical, biological and geological processes of the seafloor, oceans and ocean margins and their interactions with the atmosphere. This broad spectrum makes GEOMAR unique in Germany. Additionally, the institute has successfully bridged the gap between basic and applied science in a number of research areas. GEOMAR has four major research foci: Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics, Marine Biogeochemistry, Marine Ecology and Dynamics of the Ocean Floor. Four research vessels, large-scale seagoing equipment such as the manned submersible JAGO, the unmanned deep-sea robots ROV Kiel 6000 and AUV Abyss as well as state-of-the-art laboratories, analytical facilities, and a hierarchy of numerical models provide a unique basis for excellent marine research. With a number of internationally-based curricula the Institute actively contributes to educating young scientists in the field of marine sciences. GEOMAR is a member of the Helmholtz Association, the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM) and the Marine Board of the European Science Foundation.

Furthermore, Kiel based marine scientists from Kiel University, the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, the Institute for the World Economy (IfW) and the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design are part of the Future Ocean Network that emerged from the large-scale research project the Cluster of Excellence „The Future Ocean“. The network builds on more than ten years of excellent marine research, offers a multidisciplinary environment with experts from a wide range of scientific areas, provides leading research facilities and supports early career scientists. Currently, the researchers of the network are evolving concepts that acknowledge the complexity of societal demands on the ocean and the intricacy of the society-environment interactions that need to be clearly understood if humanity is to live sustainably with the oceans.