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 elementary.
Focus of KDM's work in Brussels
- Helping to shape funding priorities - The exhibition scientifically coordinated by KDM Ocean Plastics Lab has contributed to the EU Commission's selection of Healthy Seas as one of the five missions for the Horizon Europe 2021-2027 programme has selected.
The MarineKIC initiative initiated by KDM has been instrumental in the European Institute of Technology's call for tenders on the topic of "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 1,000 participants.
- The networking of science and social actors - KDM has contributed to networking within science as well as between science and society in Europe and internationally through various projects, exhibitions and events. Examples are the V.ECOP Day for 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.