A diver swims between long algae in the sea


Using Knowledge Effectively for Politics, Business and Society

The DAM wants to address the major future issues in marine research by taking joint action and providing information for the sustainable use of the oceans.  To this end, the DAM supports and promotes the transfer of knowledge about topics, research questions and results to politics, business and society.

Solutions-Oriented Research

The DAM’s research missions should be solutions-oriented and should involve experts from the fields of politics, administration, business and civil society in the research process. The resulting exchange of know-how allows insights from practical experience to flow into the research projects, and practical knowledge about potential actions to be specifically developed and to reach the relevant institutions and political processes.

Transfer is therefore an important element in the design of the research missions. Guidelines and suitable formats for the exchange of knowledge are being developed in order to introduce scientific findings into social contexts and make them usable. In addition to the concrete exchange of knowledge with politics, business and civil society, this also includes a broader communication with society.

The pink sea slug lives in the algae forests of the Atlantic
Nudibranch off Norway | Picture: Dirk Schories
The Ocean Decade

The United Nations has proclaimed the years 2021 to 2030 to be the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. Policy-makers, society and scientists are to work together to successfully implement sustainable development goals for “life below water”.

Knowledge Transfer

Scientific knowledge can impact society when it leads to innovations, developments, decision-making or an increase in knowledge beyond the scientific community. Communicating with the scientific community promotes public understanding, trust and support. The dialogue with non-scientists allows socially relevant questions and views to be incorporated into research. This is why the transfer of scientific findings and the dialogue with society are crucial aims for the DAM.

Ocean Literacy

The oceans influence human beings in many different ways and conversely we influence the oceans. The United Nations has launched a worldwide initiative to increase our understanding of this interrelationship: “Ocean Literacy” addresses decision-makers and society alike to promote the sustainable use of seas and oceans. Through its transfer activities, the DAM contributes directly to “Ocean Literacy”.

Two women lay out fish to dry on the beach
Fishing in Ghana | Picture: ZMT
Two schoolgirls stand by the sea and watch a scientific sample
School class on sea excursion | Picture: GEOMAR
Several divers wade into the sea with equipment
Dive off Chile | Picture: Dirk Schories
Two people examine a piece of driftwood with shells on a beach by the sea
Barnacles on the beach | Picture: Dirk Schories
A diver swims in the sea under a big red jellyfish
Dive with comb jelly | Picture: Dirk Schories

The DAM as an umbrella organization

As an umbrella organization, the DAM brings together the expertise of the German marine research community in all aspects of the sustainable management of coasts, marginal seas and oceans. This knowledge must be “translated” for specific target groups and made available in suitable formats. Such formats include:

  • For policymakers: recommendations, policy briefs, position papers, advisory meetings, expert councils, round tables
  • For administrations: workshops, guidelines, models and tools
  • For the business community: cooperation and development partnerships, products, patents, technology transfer, spin-offs, workshops, models and tools
  • For education: school materials, experiments for schools, learning platforms, teacher training, training and further education
  • For civil society: high-profile events, citizen science, citizen dialogues, digital media, exhibitions, art meets science, webinars
Seaweed under water
Seaweed has great economic potential. | Picture: Dirk Schories

“For many, the ocean is the new economic frontier. It holds the promise of immense resource wealth and great potential for boosting economic growth, employment and innovation. And it is increasingly recognised as indispensable for addressing many of the global challenges facing the planet in the decades to come, from world food security and climate change to the provision of energy, natural resources and improved medical care.”
OECD (2016): The Ocean Economy in 2030

Cooperation with Businesses

The activities of the DAM, especially its research missions, are designed to allow research and development projects to be established in close cooperation with industry.

Promotion of Young Talents and Capacity Development

The DAM offices are drawing up a strategic concept to promote young scientists and engineers and to develop capacity, and are assisting the research institutions in implementing it.

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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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