NEWS | 04.03.2020

Kick-off for the DAM in Berlin

The alliance introduces itself to guests from the domains of politics, business, science and civil society

On 3 March, the DAM introduced itself to some 200 guests in the FUTURIUM – House of Futures and outlined its tasks and objectives, based on its mission statement: “Our goal is to promote the sustainable management of coasts, seas and oceans through research, data management and digitalisation, infrastructure and knowledge transfer.”

In his introduction, Michael Meister, parliamentary state secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, emphasised the importance of the seas and oceans as a “climate kitchen” that has a direct impact on people’s lives: “That is why researchers are being called on more than ever to come up with courses of action and perspectives for the future – together with society. Together with policymakers.”

Speech (in German) pdf

Michael Meister at the German Marine Research Alliance DAM
“The oceans, as we know them, are massively threatened,” stated Michael Meister, parliamentary state secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, in his speech. The goal for the DAM: “Not only do we want to make excellent research possible; we also want this knowledge to be applied.” | Picture: DAM/Dirk Enters

In his welcoming address, Björn Thümler, the Minister for Science and Culture of the State of Lower Saxony, who was also speaking as a representative of the North German states of Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Schleswig-Holstein, pointed out that “marine protection, coastal protection and climate protection form a powerful triad, which is particularly important for the North German states.”

Speech (in German) PDF

Björn Thümler at the German Marine Research Alliance DAM
Björn Thümler, the Minister of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony, pleaded: “So I can only appeal to the researchers involved – not only as a minister, but also as someone who lives on the coast: Use the opportunities offered by this alliance to make new discoveries and help us to find the right answers to climate change.” | Picture: DAM/Dirk Enters

The Deputy Chairman of the DAM, Michael Schulz, outlined the goals and objectives of the German Marine Research Alliance. He emphasized the importance of the stakeholder forum, which the DAM is setting up and which will be its “actual topic generator”. This will include policymakers as well as representatives of business and civil society.

Speech (in German) PDF

Michael Schulz German Marine Research Alliance DAM
In his speech, Michael Schulz, Deputy Chairman of the DAM Executive Board, emphasized that "the planned cooperation in the DAM means that we in science will have to move partly out of our comfort zone and - in dialogue with stakeholders - move forward together. The scientific community is aware of this responsibility and I am confident that we will deliver". | Picture: DAM/Dirk Enters

Various stakeholders and two marine scientists then took part in a panel discussion entitled “A Sea of Sustainability – From Knowledge to Action”, which was moderated by Karsten Schwanke. Norbert Brackmann, the Federal Government Coordinator for the Maritime Industry, Kim Detloff, Head of Marine Protection at Naturschutzbund Deutschland e.V., Nicole Dubilier, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Nele Matz-Lück, spokeswoman for the Future Ocean Network at Kiel University, and Ulrich Schnabel, science editor of DIE ZEIT, discussed transdisciplinary research and described their expectations towards the DAM.

Kick-off Ceremony German Marine Research Alliance DAM
Discussion panel: Moderator Karsten Schwanke discussing with Norbert Brackmann, the Federal Government Coordinator for the Maritime Economy, Nicole Dubilier, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Kim Detloff, Head of Marine Protection at Naturschutzbund Deutschland e.V., Nele Matz-Lück, spokeswoman of the Future Ocean Network at Kiel University, and Ulrich Schnabel, science editor at DIE ZEIT (from left to right). | Picture: DAM/Dirk Enters
Karsten Schwanke at the German Marine Research Alliance DAM
Karsten Schwanke, meteorologist and well-known ARD weather presenter, asked participants of the panel discussion on "A Sea of Sustainability - from Knowledge to Action" about their expectations of the DAM. | Picture: DAM/Dirk Enters
Norbert Brackmann at the German Marine Research Alliance DAM
Norbert Brackmann, the Federal Government’s coordinator for the maritime industry, considered it “imperative that we start as soon as possible to scientifically assess and weigh up the opportunities and risks – for example of offshore wind energy. That is what we can and must do as politicians: weigh up, present alternatives and then come to conclusive decisions.” | Picture: DAM/Dirk Enters
Nicole Dubilier at the German Marine Research Alliance DAM
“What ought to worry us,” said Nicole Dubilier, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology during the panel discussion, “is that sea levels are rising because of carbon dioxide levels, that our oceans are warming, and that we are losing coral reefs and seagrasses. These are the issues that we have to take very seriously.” | Picture: DAM/Dirk Enters
Kim Detloff at the German Marine Research Alliance DAM
Kim Detloff, the Head of Marine Protection at NABU e.V., hopes that the DAM will provide “many opportunities for dialogue, participation, and pursuing common issues and research content. I also hope that the DAM will provide some coordination, that it will be used as a means of conducting a discourse within the scientific community, especially when it comes to marine geoengineering.” | Picture: DAM/Dirk Enters
Nele Matz-Lück at the German Marine Research Alliance DAM
Nele Matz-Lück, spokeswoman of the Future Ocean Network at Kiel University, noted that “there is also a need for research on how to involve stakeholders and what transdisciplinary research is, and this must be part of the research.” | Picture: DAM/Dirk Enters
Ulrich Schnabel at the German Marine Research Alliance DAM
Ulrich Schnabel, a science editor at DIE ZEIT, hopes that “the creation of the DAM will produce a new dimension that extends beyond the individual research institutes, with a new dynamic. That the DAM will, for example, think about how we can contribute to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development in ways that are relevant to the public?” | Picture: DAM/Dirk Enters
At the Kick-off Ceremony of the German Marine Research Alliance DAM
In an interview with Karsten Schwanke, Michael Bruno Klein, Chairman of the DAM Executive Board, pointed out that the DAM is "an experiment". Building on the excellence of 19 institutes, he said, "something really new is emerging. I think it's great that people are getting involved, not only in science, but also in politics, the media and civil society.” | Picture: DAM/Dirk Enters

The musicians Amoy Ribas (percussion), Tal Arditi (guitar) and Tino Derado (piano) took the guests of the inaugural event on a musical journey. First they went downriver (“descendo o rio”) to the sea, then to the “Krumme Lanke” – a lake that Berliners are very familiar with. This was followed by a reception at which guests had a chance to exchange ideas and to network until late in the evening.

Regrettably, the International Partnership Forum (IPF), which was to have formed the first part of the afternoon’s programme for the kick-off event, had been cancelled at short notice, in response to the continuing spread of the coronavirus and the desire to minimise the risks associated with international travel. The IPF, at which the DAM wanted to present itself to international partner organizations in the field of marine research, is to be held at a later date.

AM-Auftaktveranstaltung fand im FUTURIUM - Haus der Zukünfte
The Kick-Off Ceremony took place at the FUTURIUM - House of Futures in Berlin. | Picture: DAM/Dirk Enters
At the kick-off event, everybody was invited to ask themselves: How do we want to live with the oceans? | Picture: DAM/Dirk Enters
Peter Herzig, Marie-Luise Beck at the German Marine Research Alliance DAM
Peter Herzig, Member of the DAM Executive Board, welcomed Marie-Luise Beck, Managing Director of the German Climate Consortium | Picture: DAM/Dirk Enters
German Marine Research Alliance DAM Kick-Off Ceremony
Reception with discussions and an exchange of ideas. | Picture: DAM/Dirk Enters
Karin Lochte, René Röspel at the German Marine Research Alliance DAM
Karin Lochte, Member of the DAM Executive Board, talked with René Röspel, member of the German Parliament from North Rhine-Westphalia. | Picture: DAM/Dirk Enters
Bernd Brügge, Armund Måge, Stefan Fritz, Ed Hill at the German Marine Research Alliance DAM
International partners around one table: Bernd Brügge, Vice-President of the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency, Amund Måge from the University of Bergen, Stefan Fritz, Managing Director of the German Marine Research Consortium, and Ed Hill, Director of the National Oceanography Centre. | Picture: DAM/Dirk Enters
Francois Houllier, Michael Schulz at the German Marine Research Alliance DAM
Arrived from France: Francois Houllier, President of IFREMER (l.), talked to Michael Schulz, Member of the DAM Executive Board | Picture: DAM/Dirk Enters
Susanne Korich, Holger Wandsleb at the German Marine Research Alliance DAM
In dialogue: Susanne Korich, Project Management Jülich, and Holger Wandsleb, Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania | Picture: DAM/Dirk Enters
Frank Oliver Glöckner with Gauvain Wiemer at the German Marine Research Alliance DAM
All around data: Frank Oliver Glöckner from the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in exchange with Gauvain Wiemer, Head of the Core Area Data Management and Digitisation at the DAM | Picture: DAM/Dirk Enters
Karin Lochte, Michael Schulz, Michael Meister at the German Marine Research Alliance DAM
Karin Lochte and Michael Schulz, both on the DAM Executive Board, in a lively exchange with Michael Meister, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (from left) | Picture: DAM/Dirk Enters
Michael Schulz, Claudia Schilling, Björn Thümler, Michael Meister, Norbert Brackmann at the German Marine Research Alliance DAM
Cause for joy: Michael Schulz, Member of the DAM Executive Board, Claudia Schilling, Bremen's Senator for Science and Ports, Björn Thümler, Minister for Science and Culture of the State of Lower Saxony, Michael Meister, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Norbert Brackmann, Federal Government Coordinator for the Maritime Industry, and Karin Lochte, Member of the DAM Executive Board, while listening to moderator Karsten Schwanke | Picture: DAM/Dirk Enters
Music at the German Marine Research Alliance DAM
"Descendo o rio": The musicians Amoy Ribas (percussion), Tal Arditi (guitar) and Tino Derado (piano) took the guests of the inaugural event on a lively journey down the river. | Picture: DAM/Dirk Enters
German Marine Research Alliance Kick-off Ceremony
The musician Amoy Ribas composed the music during a boat trip on the mighty Rio Sao Francisco in Brazil, which flows into the South Atlantic after over 3000 kilometres. | Picture: DAM/Dirk Enters
Musicians at the German Marine Research Alliance DAM
Much applause for the musicians Tino Derado, Amoy Ribas and Tal Arditi (from left) | Picture: DAM/Dirk Enters
Michael Schulz, Michael Meister, Norbert Brackmann, Karin Lochte at the German Marine Research Alliance DAM
Applause from the front row: Michael Schulz, Member of the DAM Executive Board, Michael Meister, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Norbert Brackmann, Federal Government Coordinator for the Maritime Industry, and Karin Lochte, Member of the DAM Executive Board | Picture: DAM/Dirk Enters
Representatives of the German Marine Research Alliance DAM
Group photo of DAM members with the DAM Executive Board: 1st row (from left to right) ): Corinna Schrum, Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht - Centre for Materials and Coastal Research, Johanna Weber, University of Greifswald, Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla, TU Braunschweig, Michael Schulz, DAM/MARUM, Karin Lochte, DAM, Nicole Dubilier, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Doris Liebers-Helbig, German Oceanographic Museum Stralsund, Sven Bergmann, German Maritime Museum. 2nd row (from left): Michael Bruno Klein, DAM, Nils Goseberg, Coastal Research Center, TU Braunschweig, Ulrich Bathmann, Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde, Peter Herzig, DAM/GEOMAR, Martin Zimmer, Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research, Matthias Rehahn, Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht - Centre for Materials and Coastal Research, Lutz Kipp, Christian Albrechts University of Kiel. 3rd row (from left): Udo Kragl, University of Rostock, Oliver Zielinski, Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment, University of Oldenburg, Torsten Schlurmann, Coastal Research Center, Leibniz University Hannover, Christian Müller, Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources, Bernd Brügge, Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency, Bernd Scholz-Reiter, University of Bremen. | Picture: DAM/Dirk Enters
Francois Houllier, Ed Hill, Peter Herzig at the German Marine Research Alliance DAM
International partners: Francois Houllier, President of IFREMER (l.), and Ed Hill, Director of the National Oceanography Centre (r.), next to Peter Herzig, Member of the DAM Executive Board. | Picture: DAM/Dirk Enters
Representatives from Lower Saxony with Michael Bruno Klein at the German Marine Research Alliance DAM
Well represented: Representatives from Lower Saxony on stage with Michael Bruno Klein, Chairman of the DAM Executive Board (l.): Nils Goseberg, Coastal Research Center, TU Braunschweig, Rüdiger Eichel, Head of Department for Research and Innovation, Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony, Torsten Schlurmann, Coastal Research Center, Leibniz University Hannover, Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla, President of TU Braunschweig, Minister of Science Björn Thümler and Oliver Zielinski, Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment, University of Oldenburg (from left). | Picture: DAM/Dirk Enters
Gisela Meissner at the German Marine Research Alliance DAM
A guest from Brussels: Gisela Meissner, former Member of the European Parliament and currently Member of the Mission Board for Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters of the European Commission. | Picture: DAM/Dirk Enters
Andreas Oschlies at the German Marine Research Alliance DAM
Andreas Oschlies, GEOMAR, in conversation with Roland Koch from the Helmholtz Climate Initiative | Picture: DAM/Dirk Enters
Marie-Luise Beck, Ulrich Bathmann at the German Marine Research Alliance DAM
In conversation: Marie-Luise Beck, Managing Director of the German Climate Consortium, and Ulrich Bathmann, Director of the Leibniz-Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde. | Picture: DAM/Dirk Enters
Oliver Bens and Stefan Schwartze at the German Marine Research Alliance DAM
Stimulated exchange: Oliver Bens and Stefan Schwartze from the Geoforschungszentrum Potsdam | Picture: DAM/Dirk Enters
Karin Lochte, Monika Breuch-Moritz at the German Marine Research Alliance DAM
Karin Lochte, Member of the DAM Executive Board, with Monika Breuch-Moritz, Vice-President of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC/UNESCO) and former President of the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency | Picture: DAM/Dirk Enters
German Marine Research Alliance DAM Kick-Off Ceremony
The foyer of the FUTURIUM provided the appropriate setting for the reception, with discussions and an exchange of ideas. | Picture: DAM/Dirk Enters

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