Kiel University (CAU)

is Germany’s northernmost State University and the scientific centre of Schleswig-Holstein. At its institutes, more than 26,000 students learn their trade, about 2,000 scientists teach and do research in one of the eight faculties. They educate students in 185 (degree) programs and approximately 80 different areas ranging from Agricultural Science to Zoology. With its clinic, the CAU is one of the biggest employers in the region. It sees itself as a modern State University of interconnecting academic cultures.

Kieler Forschungswerkstatt (Project coordination)

Kieler Forschungswerkstatt (Kiel Science Factory), the school laboratory of Kiel University and the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN), is an out-of-school place of learning that focuses on various topics, such as marine sciences, energy, life on earth and nano-technology. Its key functions are to support grass-roots and elite science, as well as teacher training and development. At the “ocean:lab”, school pupils explore the habitat of seas and oceans and get to grips with current issues in the field of marine research. It is supported by the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean”. All partners and sponsors of Kieler Forschungswerkstatt can be found here: Marine Mammals, the Kieler Forschungswerkstatt is responsible for the development of teaching materials and units, e.g. expedition boxes. Furthermore, it is organizing and conducting summer schools, teacher trainings and symposia.

The coordination of the Marine Mammals Project is located here.


Dr. Katrin Knickmeier
+49 (0) 431-880 5914

Dennis Brennecke
+49 (0) 431-880 5908

Katrin Kruse
+49 (0) 431-880-5907

The Kiel Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean”

The Kiel Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean” is a marine research network of more than 200 scientists from the Kiel University (CAU), the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, the Institute for the World Economy (IfW) and the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design (MKHS). The goal of the interdisciplinary network of marine scientists, economics experts and medical, mathematics, legal and social scientists is to investigate ocean and climate change together, to reevaluate the risks and opportunities and enable world-wide sustainable management of the oceans and their marine resources. The Future Ocean is funded within the framework of the Excellence Initiative of the German Science Foundation on behalf of the German federal and state

The European Office at Kiel University

The EU Office of Kiel University has extensive expertise in managing large international networks, EU reporting and auditing requirements and regularly provides training events to other EU project managers across Europe. It supports fifty EU projects (FP 7 and H2020) six of them as coordinator. It is responsible for all administrative, legal and financial aspects of the projects and communication with the European Commission and the partners.


Linda Pialek
Dorothea Scharfenberg