The Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) is active in various international organisations dedicated to promoting cooperation in marine-related research, education and conservation programs. They support governments in their efforts to achieve sustainable coastal management through knowledge and technology transfer as well as the coordination of international training programs.

The participation of ZMT employees in international organizations contributes to the integration of German marine tropical ecology research within international programmes and the development of common strategies. In the face of global change, we define internationalisation as a cooperation task, which must be handled on equal terms with our partners.

The cooperation with partners in emerging and developing countries enables ZMT to find a future-oriented and shaping position in the North-South Dialogue.


ZMT is involved in the following international organisations and networks:

Ocean Governance for Sustainability – Challenges, Options and the Role of Science

The COST Action “Ocean Governance for Sustainability – Challenges, Options and the Role of Science” comprises a unique, transdisciplinary network of 26 countries. The network aims to establish an integrative vision, and a series of approaches that informs research and future policy directions on crosscutting sustainability-driven issues related to the fragmented governance framework of oceans, seas and coastlines within regional waters, and the open ocean in areas beyond national jurisdiction.

EuroMarine Network

The European Marine Science Network, launched in 2014, was designed by the EuroMarine preparatory project (2011-13; funded under the Seventh European Framework Programme) as a bottom-up organisation and meant to be a voice for the European marine scientific community. The primary goals of EuroMarine are to support the identification and initial development of important emerging scientific topics or issues and associated methodologies in marine sciences, as well as to foster new services relevant to the marine scientific community.

Member of the
Euromarine Network



International Ocean Institute (IOI)

Since 2002, the ZMT has housed the German branch of the International Ocean Institute (IOI), which was founded in 1972 by Elisabeth Mann-Borgese as a non-profit, international non-governmental organisation. It consists of a network of centres distributed in 25 countries around the world, and is managed by a central office in Malta. The IOI is dedicated to the peaceful and sustainable use of oceans, and is actively involved in the education and consultation of several topics, such as maritime law, coastal and resource management, pollution, and marine trafficking and transport.



The ZMT cooperates with the organisations "Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment" (SCOPE) und "Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research" (SCOR) of the International Council for Science (ICSU). Within SCOPE, the ZMT acts as chairman of the German National Committee, while within SCOR, it acts as the chairman of the newly established "Committee for Capacity Building". Furthermore, under the framework of these organizations, the ZMT takes part in joint research projects.


Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commision (IOC) - UNESCO

The ZMT maintains a strong connection to the IOC, especially as a representative in the IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific, WESTPAC. It participates in the development of education strategies and the organisation of international workshops.


Centre for Science and Technology of the Non-aligned Movement and Developing Nations (NAM S&T Centre)

In the scope of a cooperation with the NAM S&T Centre in New Delhi, the ZMT offers within its projects training to excellent young scientists from developing countries in the tropics. (siehe auch NAM-Fellowships).