NEWS | 16.09.2021

4,000 square meters for deep-sea research

In the new building in Bremen, fundamental deep-sea processes will be studied in the future.

The new “Center for Deep-Sea Research” is being constructed in Bremen on Leobener Straße, at the corner of Universitätsring. In the new Deep-Sea Center, directly adjacent to MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences of the University of Bremen, a member of the German Marine Research Alliance (DAM), fundamental processes in the deep sea will be studied in the future.

The new building, designed by the Bremen-based architectural firm Haslob Kruse + Partner, will house the interdisciplinary Center for Deep-Sea Research (Zentrum für Tiefseeforschung ZfT) at the university. Within the organizational structure of the university, it is considered to be a part of the MARUM Research Faculty. This will be a great step in advancing the development of marine sciences and climate research in Bremen, and in strengthening the long-term position of the State as a focal point for research.

“On one side the MARUM, and just next door the new Center for Deep-Sea Research – it is a perfect combination,” says Bremen’s Senator for Science, Dr. Claudia Schilling. “The new building once again highlights the unique character of the German university system. Research will be carried out here to address the central environmental questions of the future, while at the same time the necessary equipment and infrastructure are being developed.”

The primary scientific focus will be on questions related to the climate crisis, and especially the roles of the ocean and the deep sea in explaining global climate processes. Geological, physical, biological and chemical processes in the oceans and on the sea floor all interact to influence the climate system and the global carbon cycle. Many of these processes are not yet fully understood.

Dramatic climate change, sea-level rise, and the production of energy from the ocean pose new and complex tasks for researchers, and a clear scientific understanding of the underlying processes is important in order to meet the challenges presented by a changing environment.

The new Center for Deep-Sea Research will raise the State of Bremen’s comprehensive and internationally focused profile in marine sciences to a new level,” says Prof. Dr. Michael Schulz, director of MARUM, the Center for Marine Environmental Sciences.

The new building will contain office and seminar rooms, laboratories, a technology hall for submersibles, and an expansion of the core repository reefers. Before the actual construction could begin, the area had to be cleared and the ground prepared. The entire project has been delayed by the Corona pandemic, but the building will be ready for use after a period of about two years of construction.

The total cost of the project is around 38 million Euros, which will be shared by the federal and state governments. This funding also includes the costs for a remotely controlled submersible vehicle that will be able to work at depths down to 5,000 meters below the surface.

More information:
Construction progress in photos

Ulrike Prange
MARUM Public Relations Team
elephone: +49 421 218 65540
Email: medien(at)

Rainer Kahrs
Spokesperson Senator for Science and Harbors
Telephone: +49 421 361 92713
Email: rainer.kahrs(at)

Header-Image: The “Zentrum für Tiefseeforschung” is being built in the immediate vicinity of MARUM. Graphic: Haslob Kruse+ Partner Architects BDA

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