GEOMAR | Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

GEOMAR | Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research is the successor of the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM-GEOMAR) which was founded in January 2004 through the merger of the Institut für Meereskunde (IfM) and the Research Center for Marine Geosciences (GEOMAR). The institute is a member of the Helmholtz Association and employs more than 750 scientific and technical staff.

The institutes’ mandate is the interdisciplinary investigation of all relevant aspects of modern marine sciences, from sea floor geology to marine meteorology. Research is conducted worldwide in all oceans.

GEOMAR cooperates closely with the University of Kiel in the education of future marine scientists. GEOMAR also has cooperative programmes with other universities around the world. Special programmes for pupils and teachers aim to stimulate interest in the marine sciences at an early stage.

In addition, the institute operates four research vessels, state-of-the-art equipment such as the manned submersible JAGO, the deep-sea robots ROV KIEL6000, ROV PHOCA and AUV ABYSS as well as several major laboratories, access to high performance computing facilities and an attractive public aquarium.

In addition to number of international partner institutions, GEOMAR together with the National Oceanography Centre in the United Kingdom and Ifremer in France has formed the “G3 group” of national marine research centres. GEOMAR cooperates with a number of small companies active in marine technology and science, partly founded by former staff members of the institute.