NEWS | 12.02.2020

New members join the DAM

Six research institutions have joined the alliance

Only just founded and already growing: The German Marine Research Alliance (DAM), which was created in 2019, agreed to admit six new members to the DAM at its General Assembly on 12 February in Hamburg: the Forschungszentrum Küste, the University of Greifswald, the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH), the German Oceanographic Museum in Stralsund and the German Maritime Museum in Bremerhaven. This brings the DAM’s total membership to 19 institutions.

Representatives of the new DAM members and DAM Executive Board, from left to right: Michael Klein (DAM), Christian Müller (BGR), Nils Goseberg (TU-Braunschweig), Torsten Schlurmann (FZK), Karin Lochte (DAM), Thomas Joppig (DSM), Michael Schulz (DAM), Harald Benke (DMM), Thomas Schweder (Uni Greifswald), Peter Herzig (DAM). Not in the picture: Karin Kammann-Klippstein (BSH). |

Michael Schulz, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of the DAM, is pleased about this increase: “The DAM gives German marine research the opportunity to assume its social responsibility and to contribute towards finding answers to politically relevant scientific questions. The great reception shows that the research institutions are keen to meet this challenge.”

The aim is the sustainable management of the oceans and seas

The DAM was jointly founded last July by German marine research institutions, the federal government and the northern German states of Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein. It aims to strengthen the sustainable use of the coasts, seas and oceans through research, data management and digitalisation, infrastructure and knowledge transfer.

A broad member base from various scientific organisations

As research museums, departmental and university research institutions, the new members are broadening the base of the DAM even further. It already brings together universities and research institutions such as Helmholtz Centres, Leibniz and Max Planck Institutes.

Forschungszentrum Küste, jointly established by Leibniz University Hannover and the Technische Universität Braunschweig, and the University of Greifswald will contribute expertise in coastal engineering and marine biotechnology to the alliance and are to become full members. The two departmental research institutes – the BGR is part of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the BSH is the supreme federal maritime authority within the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure – will be associate members. As such, they can also participate in all DAM activities.

A knowledge operator in the solution and implementation space of marine research

“Involving the departmental research institutions means that we can address the concerns of the ministries particularly effectively,” explains Michael Bruno Klein, Chairman of the DAM Executive Board. “The public authorities also have extensive experience in implementing a knowledge base for action. Our close cooperation will promote the DAM’s solution-oriented research approach, making them a perfect match.”

Using knowledge effectively through transfer

The DAM places a strong emphasis on the transfer of knowledge. For this reason, the two research museums are also very important as new associate members. “In order to achieve our goals, we want to enter into an exchange with representatives from society, politics and business,” says the Chairman of the Board. “The museums are experts in presenting knowledge clearly and comprehensibly for specific target groups. But they also conduct their own research and can thus make a twofold contribution, which we are very much looking forward to and which is fundamental to the DAM.”

 

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