Committees

On 18 July 2019, the administrative agreement came into force which establishes the German Marine Research Alliance (DAM) and governs its funding. It defines the tasks and objectives of the DAM as well as its structure and its committees.

The bodies of the German Marine Research Alliance are
  • the General Assembly
  • the Executive Board
  • the Administrative Council
  • the International Advisory Board

General Assembly

The General Assembly decides on the principles that guide the work of the German Marine Research Alliance. It elects the Executive Board and the International Advisory Board. The General Assembly receives the annual report and the annual financial statement submitted by the Executive Board after approval by the Administrative Council and exonerates the Executive Board at the proposal of the Administrative Council. The General Assembly can appoint special representatives in accordance with § 30 BGB (German Civil Code) and assign them their own areas of responsibility. Furthermore, the General Assembly decides on all other duties assigned to the General Assembly by the law or elsewhere in the Statutes. Overview of the DAM members.

Executive Board

The Executive Board implements the common goals of the DAM on behalf of the General Assembly and is given the necessary authority to do so. The Executive Board manages the association and draws up the conceptual strategy of the German Marine Research Alliance, which is to be approved by the General Assembly and the Administrative Council.

Members of the Executive Board

  • Prof. Dr. habil. Michael Bruno Klein, Chairman of the Executive Board
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Schulz, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board
  • Prof. Dr. Karin Lochte, Member of the Executive Board
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Herzig, Member of the Executive Board

Administrative Council

The Federal Government and the participating federal states are involved in the decisions made by the DAM through its Administrative Council. The Administrative Council monitors the work of the DAM and the Executive Board. It consists of six voting members, one of whom is delegated by the Federal Government and one by each of the participating federal states. The member delegated by the Federal Government holds as many votes as the participating states have in total. The Administrative Council reaches its decisions by a simple majority.

Members of the Administrative Council

  • Volker Rieke, Head of the Department “Provision for the Future – Basic Research and Research for Sustainable Development”, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (Chair)
  • Dr. Heide Ahrens, Head of Department “Universities and Research”, Senator for Science and Ports, Free Hanseatic City of Bremen
  • Friederike Kampschulte, Head of Department “Science”, Ministry of Education, Science and and Cultural Affairs of the State of Schleswig-Holstein (MBWK)
  • Rüdiger Eichel, Head of the Department “Research, Innovation, Europe”, Ministry of Science and Cultural Affairs of Lower Saxony
  • Dr. Rolf Greve, Head of Department, Ministry of Science, Research and Equality, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
  • Woldemar Venohr, Head of the Science and Research Department, Universities, Ministry of Education, Science and Cultural Affairs, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

International Advisory board

The International Advisory Board is the independent scientific advisory body of the German Marine Research Alliance. The International Advisory Board reviews and evaluates proposals for projects and activities in the core areas and assesses the implementation of the DAM’s research missions.

Members of the International Advisory Board

  • Prof. Dr. Katharine Richardson (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • Dr. Kate Moran (University of Victoria and CEO of Ocean Networks, Canada)
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Schlosser (Arizona State University, USA)
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Schouten (NIOZ – Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, The Netherlands)
  • Prof. Dr. Martin Quaas (Universität Leipzig, Germany)
  • Norbert Brackmann (Member of the German Parliament/ Coordinator of the German Federal Government for the Maritime Sector)
  • Petra Mahnke (CEO of the German Association for Marine Technology, Germany)

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The federal government and the regional governments of the five Northern German federal states are supporting and funding the current establishment of the DAM. In addition, the DAM is supported by the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres.

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