Aussenansicht des Leibniz-Zentrums für Marine Tropenforschung (ZMT)
NEWS | 19.03.2021

Top marks for Bremen institute

Successful evaluation of the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT)

The Senate of the Leibniz Association has given the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), a member of the DAM, in Bremen a very positive evaluation and recommends that the federal and state governments continue their joint funding of ZMT.

In its statement on the evaluation dated 18 March 2021, the Leibniz Senate emphasises the “high relevance of the ZMT’s work for environmental management in tropical coastal regions” and praises the development of scientific publications and third-party funding as well as ZMT’s participation in international research consortia.

The committee underlines the central role of ZMT’s interdisciplinary research and the importance of the close connection between natural and social sciences for the institute’s success.

The committee particularly appreciates the institute’s merit in transferring its findings to partner countries and contributing a great deal to the development of competencies within and outside of academia.

ZMT’s initiatives in the field of data management, especially the institutional promotion of Data Science, are also highlighted extremely positively in the assessment.

“We are very happy about this wonderful news and the positive assessment of our institute. The Leibniz Senate’s confirmation of our research strategy and digitisation initiative show us that ZMT is on a successful path,” says Dr Werner Ekau, Acting Scientific Director of ZMT. “The great result is due to the expertise of our highly committed staff, to whom we would like to express our heartfelt thanks.”

Bremen’s Senator for Science and Ports, Dr Claudia Schilling, congratulates ZMT on the successful evaluation: “I am very pleased with the very positive assessment of the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) that emerges from the evaluation report. It shows once again that excellent cutting-edge research ‘Made in Bremen’ is being carried out here. The internationally renowned ZMT is an indispensable component of regional and supraregional marine, coastal and climate research in the state of Bremen.”

Dr Nicolas Dittert, Managing Director of the institute, adds: “We have also been able to show that ZMT has successfully met new challenges in digitalisation and scientific data management over the past seven years. The positive evaluation and the accompanying recommendations of the commission encourage us to purposefully continue on our chosen path.”

The Cororona-related written evaluation took place in spring 2020, the planned evaluation visit had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. At that time, Professor Hildegard Westphal headed ZMT as scientific director and prepared the evaluation. “ZMT has successfully expanded its pioneering role in partnership cooperation in the tropics and crowned it with excellent scientific results. The positive evaluation can make the whole ZMT team proud,” says Westphal.

The next evaluation of the ZMT will take place in 2027.

Full Leibniz Senate statement (in German)


Every Leibniz institution is regularly evaluated externally, at least every seven years. Internationally recognised experts evaluate the performance and structures of each institution.

The basis for the evaluation is a written document from the institution and, as a rule, an evaluation visit to the institute. If evaluation visits have to be cancelled at present due to the pandemic, the assessment is carried out via an alternative procedure with digital meetings and written assessments.

The results of the evaluation are recorded in an evaluation report, on which the evaluated institute can comment. On this basis, the Senate of the Leibniz Association adopts a science policy statement, which usually contains recommendations for further funding of the Leibniz institution.


Dr. Werner Ekau
Acting Scientific Director

Andrea Daschner
Head of Public Relations

Header image: Jan Meier,  ZMT


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