In more than 25 years since its founding, the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) has developed and strengthened its network of partners in Germany and abroad. The participation of ZMT employees in national and international organisations contributes to the integration of German marine tropical ecology research with international programmes and the development of common strategies.

ZMT is a member of the following national organisations and alliances:

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Leibniz Association

The Leibniz Association connects 91 independent research institutions that range in focus from the natural, engineering and environmental sciences via economics, spatial and social sciences to the humanities. Leibniz Institutes address issues of social, economic and ecological relevance. They conduct knowledge-driven and applied basic research, maintain scientific infrastructure and provide research-based services. 


Leibniz Research Alliance "Biodiversity"

The Leibniz Biodiversity Network, founded in 2008, bundles the skills of 20 Leibniz institutions in environmental, social, life, spatial and economic sciences to draw up recommendations for sustainable solutions. Scientists from the institutions and research museums record and document biodiversity, research into topics of major social relevance, inform the public competently and advise policy-makers on the development and implementation of their biodiversity goals.

Leibniz Research Alliance "Infections 21"

The Leibniz Research Alliance “INFECTIONS ´21” aims to establish an interdisciplinary research agenda and opens up new avenues of communication across disciplines. New strategies and methods for early warning and outbreak management systems will be developed to control spread of pathogens. This effort will also include public involvement through citizen science projects.

Leibniz Research Alliance „Sustainable Food Production and Healthy Nutrition"

The research alliance sees itself as a transdisciplinary research structure. Most of the member institutions conduct research primarily in the fields of “sustainable food production” and “healthy nutrition”. The alliance also has skills in the natural sciences, engineering, economics and the social sciences and is experienced in scientific political consultancy. Moreover, members have expertise at all scale levels – from the tiniest biological structural units, through interactions between beneficial organisms and their environment, to macro-economic and global economic considerations and the assessment of consumer behaviour.

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German Marine Research Alliance (Deutsche Allianz für Meeresforschung - DAM)

The German Marine Research Alliance (Deutsche Allianz Meeresforschung - DAM) brings together leading German marine research institutions that contribute to the sustainable management of the oceans and seas with top-level research. The alliance addresses major future issues in marine research through joint research missions at the highest level. To this end, existing and new infrastructures, technologies and information systems are further developed and expanded. Together, science-based options for action for sustainable management of the oceans and seas are developed and communicated to society and politics. With the establishment of the German Marine Research Alliance, the Federal Government, the Northern-German Länder of Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein, together with German marine and maritime research institutions, are sending a clear signal. They are positioning Germany as one of the leading nations in the successful implementation of the UN Decade of Marine Research for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).


German Marine Research Consortium - KDM

KDM brings together the marine science expertise of its member institutions and collectively presents it to policy makers and research funding organisations as well as to the general public. , marine research serves as a stimulus for innovation and contributes significantly to the standing of the maritime sector in the northern German coastal states through research work, contributions to higher education as well as through knowledge and technology transfer.

U Bremen Research Alliance

In April 2016, the U Bremen Research Alliance was founded by the University of Bremen and the ten non-university research institutes funded by the Federal Government and the Länder. The Alliance defines itself as promoter of scientific collaboration with low bureaucracy and short reporting lines. It is geared to researching major cross-institutional research topics. The essence of “U Bremen Research Alliance” lies in the sharing of infrastructures, excellent service and advisory structures, tailored career paths, and swift implementation of scientific ideas.

Northwest Marine Research Association - NWVM

This alliance of marine research institutions in the north-western region of Germany aims to foster the application of research results and the development of marine technologies and to perform research and transfer projects jointly with the business sector.

German Commission for Research Diving - KFT

A professional organisation of German research institutions, which perform scientific diving in accordance with the national regulations. This is the central platform for all issues related to scientific diving in Germany.


GFBio - Gesellschaft für Biologische Daten e.V.

The association GFBio e.V. is committed to the standardisation and sustainable management of research data from biology, ecology and environmental sciences. As a national contact point, the association's services and advice cover all steps in the "life cycle" of research data - from the collection of data to archiving and publication. GFBio has also established itself as a diverse forum for networking and helping to shape future developments in the field of research data management


House of Science - Haus der Wissenschaft (HdW) in Bremen

The House of Science in Bremen's city centre is designed to promote the understanding and appreciation of science to the general public in and around Bremen. It offers exhibitions, discussion panels, talks and other events concerning information on current research.