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.
Focus of KDM's work in Brussels
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.