Working focus

EU Projects

JPI Oceans

KDM Brussels

Cooperation in Europe is of particular importance for German marine research. With the aim of bundling common interests, pooling resources and creating scientific exchange opportunities, collaborative initiatives with partners from all over Europe are very important.

Opening of the Our Blue Future Exhibition at the European Parliament on 24 January 2012 | Photo: Horst Wagner|eup-images

Focus of KDM's work in Brussels

  1. Helping to shape funding priorities - The Ocean Plastics Lab exhibition, scientifically coordinated by KDM, has contributed to the EU Commission selecting the topic of Healthy Ocean as one of the five missions for the Horizon Europe 2021-2027 programme. The MarineKIC initiative initiated by KDM has been instrumental in the European Institute of Technology's call for proposals for the topic "Sea and Water" in 2025 with an expected funding volume of over 300 million euros.
  2. The political visibility of marine research - KDM has so far conducted almost 30 scientific briefings and events for decision-makers with a total of over 1000 participants. 
  3. The networking of science and social actors - KDM has contributed to networking within science and between science and society in Europe and internationally through various projects, exhibitions and events. Examples include V.ECOP Day at the launch of the UN Ocean Decade, the international touring exhibition Ocean Plastics Lab, and as a member of the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance.

Priorities of the EU marine research policy 2021-26

EU Mission "Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030

The EU's Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters mission has the following core objectives by 2030:

  • Clean up marine and fresh waters from litter and noise pollution;
  • restore damaged ecosystems and habitats;
  • Avoid carbon emissions from industry to make essential goods and services sustainable.

Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership

The partnership aims to reduce fragmentation of European, regional and national investments by linking existing activities and efforts and aligning identified socio-political priorities for marine and maritime R&I. The aim is to increase the return on public R&I investments in sustainable management.

Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe is the 9th EU Research Framework Programme and the largest single funding programme for research and innovation worldwide. This programme will continue to fund collaborative research and basic research and, newly, innovation.

Important cooperations & networks

JPI Oceans

The Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans) was launched in 2011 as a coordinating and strategic platform. JPI Oceans, with its current 21 member states, aims at a common, integrated approach to marine and maritime research and technology development in Europe.

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European Marine Board

The European Marine Board is Europe's leading marine research policy think tank, providing strategies and concepts to drive European marine research forward. The Marine Board has 35 member organisations from 18 countries.


EuroMarine is a European network for marine sciences that was launched in 2014. It represents the merger of the scientific communities of three former European Networks of Excellence: EUR-OCEAN, Marine Genomics Europe and MarBEF.

EU projects

KDM and its members are actively involved in the EU Research Framework Programme. From 2021 to 2027, the programme runs under the name "Horizon Europe" and includes several hundred million euros for marine research.