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A1 certificate

Since 2010, employees need an A1 certificate for every trip abroad within the EU - but only recently has control been introduced. If you don't have an A1 certificate printed out with you, you run the risk of being refused entry to the country, admission to hotels, science fairs, conferences, etc. In the worst case, a cash fine is due immediately, the ZMT must pay a fine, and/or the social security contribution must be paid again/double.

This EU Regulation (EC) Nr. 883/2004 on social security has been in force since 1 May 2010 and coordinates the social security systems of the member states of the European Union. It applies to all EU countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Since this regulation came into force, anyone temporarily employed in an EU member state must carry an A1 certificate - regardless of how long they have been working there.

How to proceed (please, two weeks in advance):

  1. Filling out the business trip application form
  2. Fill out the A1 certificate application (download at Intranet > Service Point > Printable forms > Business trips)
  3. Submitting documents to the Travel Management
  4. Final clarification and submission of the application to the respective health insurance by Ulrike Schumann
  5. Notification of A1 certificate issued by Frau Schumann to the traveller

Contact: Ulrike Schumann and Tino Eichler


Appeal, right of

Right of appeal


Bremen Criteria

ZMT conducts research projects in close cooperation with the partners from the tropics. In order to provide a clear guidance to these projects to implement the cooperation goals, ZMT has developed specific criteria. These "Bremen Criteria" contribute to meeting the scientific and developmental needs of the tropical partner countries by promoting the establishment of long-term projects with intensive involvement of partner scientists and unrestricted exchange of data and information.

Bremen Criteria


Business trip / Travel

Travel Management in the administration takes care of booking business trips for ZMT employees and is responsible for accounting travel expenses. The necessary forms can be found in the Intranet under Service Point > Printable Forms > Business Trips.

Contact for travel booking: Sarah Becker

Contact for reimbursement: Mercè Sánchez


Cafeterrias of the University

see Mensa


Canteens of the University

see Mensa


Capacity Development Strategy 2025 of ZMT

In accordance with its mandate, ZMT creates the scientific basis for the sustainable management of tropical coastal ecosystems. The internalisation and implementation of sustainability principles in management are closely interlinked with comprehensive and holistic capacity development at all levels of society. The ZMT contributes to capacity development by promoting academia in tropical (mostly) developing countries and also focusing on the empowerment of women.

More information: Capacity Development Strategy 2025


Career and family

The Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) promotes the compatibility of career and family with various measures. In 2018, the institute was awarded the berufundfamilie audit certificate for its family-friendly personnel policy.

Contact: Donata Monien


Company medical officer

The company doctor of ZMT is Ms Peters of Betriebsarztzentrum Bremen e.V., Grünenweg 6, 28195 Bremen (Tel. +49 421 322770). The opening hours are from Monday to Friday from 8-12 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Attention: Guests and student assistants need a cost acceptance declaration. No declaration no treatment. Please contact the HR department.

Preventive medical checkups: The ZMT offers various preventive medical checkups. Appointments must be arranged independently.

Contact for guests: Lena Oehlmann

Contact for student helpers: Ulrike Schumann



Information on the four scientific departments can be found here.

Information on the research infrastructure can be found here.


Doctoral Studies Circle

At ZMT there is a Doctoral Studies Circle that organizes the doctoral program. As representatives of all status groups, it consists of a head of department, two heads of working groups, two postdoctoral students and two doctoral students. The Doctoral Studies Circle meets monthly.


Doctoral study regulations

PhD guidelines


Door plate

Each office is equipped with a door plate.

Contact for changes, relocations or errors: Nele Witt


Family and career

see Career and family


Foreign countries‘ educational qualifications

The recognition of foreign qualifications cannot in principle be paid from ZMT budget funds. Payment from third-party funded projects can be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.


German language courses

ZMT offers (together with UBRA > U Bremen Research Alliance) German languange courses from beginner's to advanced level. The courses are offered once a week for 1.5 hours per semester (approx. 12 weeks) and start in March and September. The German courses are open to all ZMT employees and guests who are at ZMT for the entire duration of the course.

Contact: Janine Reinhard



We want to ensure that our guests receive the necessary equipment upon arrival. Therefore, all guests staying longer than one day at ZMT must be registered. The registration form must be sent to Elke Kasper as soon as possible, but no later than 14 days before the guest's arrival. In order for our guests to be insured, it is important that they sign the guest's registration form in the HR department at the latest on the first day of their stay.

Contact for registration: Elke Kasper

Contact for insurance: Lena Oehlmann



According to the collective agreement (TV-L Bremen), the holiday entitlement is currently 30 days for full-time occupation. If part-time is distributed over fewer than 5 working days, the leave entitlement is calculated accordingly. The annual leave should be taken in the current calendar year. Holidays carried over into the next year can be taken until September 30, after which they eventually expire.

Contact: Lena Oehlmann


HR responsibilities

Contact for personnel management (guests), coordination of Operational Integration Management (BEM), coordination of health management, applicant management, personnel statistics, absence management (holidays, sick leave, etc.), guests: Lena Oehlmann

Contact for personnel management (employees), personnel cost projections: Isabel Sanz Jannke

Contact for personnel management student helpers, basic data check wage/salary, personnel cost projections, secondments: Ulrike Schumann


Instructions to operate ActivePanel

In TheBox there is a large screen "ActivePanel". You can find the instructions here.


IT issues

The IT ticket system allows IT related topics, questions and problems to be quickly assigned and resolved. Select an appropriate category, describe your request and click again. IT Support will contact you shortly afterwards.

IT Helpdesk: Ticket system


Job ticket

All employees with an employment contract of at least 12 months can obtain a so-called job ticket through the personnel department. Costs are deducted directly from your salary. The ticket must be issued for at least one year.

Contact: Isabel Sanz Jannke

Further info (in German language only): Job ticket @Performa Nord


Language courses (German)

see German language courses


Loan of literature at ZMT

The scientific library of ZMT MEDIA Unit provides ZMT staff with specialist literature. The library is also available to ISATEC students for work and research. In the library you can find A6-size loan slips, which have to be filled in completely by yourself; see loan

Location: Second floor in the extension of Fahrenheitstraße 6, room 2209 (far back).

Contact: Christina Schrader


Manual to operate ActivePanel

In TheBox there is a large screen "ActivePanel". You can find the manual here.


Medical check-up

Preventive medical check-up


Medical officer

The company doctor of ZMT is Ms Peters of Betriebsarztzentrum Bremen e.V., Grünenweg 6, 28195 Bremen (Tel. +49 421 322770). The opening hours are from Monday to Friday from 8-12 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Attention: Guests and student assistants need a cost acceptance declaration. No declaration no treatment. Please contact the HR department.

Preventive medical checkups: The ZMT offers various preventive medical checkups. Appointments must be arranged independently.

Contact for guests: Lena Oehlmann

Contact for student helpers: Ulrike Schumann



All ZMT employees can obtain a Mensa Card in order to be able to pay quickly and cashlessly in the University's canteens and cafeterias. The Mensa Card is available at lunchtime (11.30 - 14.00) at the Service Point of the main cafeteria on the University Boulevard. Doctoral students must present their immatriculation certificate and an identity card. All other employees need their employment card. A deposit of 5 Euro at Mensa is also required.

Further info: Mensa, canteens and cafeterias

Menu (in German language only)

Mensa APP: Download web site



The ombudsperson is responsible for monitoring the Institute's compliance with the rules of good scientific practice.

Contact: Achim Meyer

Deputy: Tim Jennerjahn



All orders have to be processed via the purchasing department. All ZMT employees can place orders through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. via e-mail. With the order, the cost unit and the required description (quantity, size, serial number if applicable, special properties, supplier if applicable and delivery date if applicable, etc.) must be provided. Please, note that for orders over 500 € the person responsible for the cost unit must explicitly agree and three offers of compromise must be provided.


Phd / PostDoc circle

see Doctoral Studies Circle


PhD guidelines

The aim of these guidelines is to provide students and supervisors with the necessary information to ensure best practices in dealing with the doctoral research process at ZMT.

More information: PhD guidelines

Contact: Janine Reinhard


PostDoc / PhD circle

see Doctoral Studies Circle


Preventive medical check-up

Everyone who works at ZMT and travels for ZMT has the obligation to undertake medical precautions for this. Each traveler is responsible for registering for the screening himself/herself. Registrations go to the company doctor (see Company medical officer). A preliminary appointment of at least 4 weeks before travel starts is appropriate. ZMT covers the costs for a preventive medical check-up. A cost assumption declaration can be obtained from the HR department.


Promotional material

Advertising material, such as flyers and brochures, can be distributed to project partners or displayed at events. Small give-aways with ZMT logo can also be used. The materials currently available can be obtained from the PR department.

Contact: Andrea Daschner


Reimbursement of expenses

Expenses are an exception! Each procurement has to take place according to the procurement guidelines given by the country of the central purchase! If, as an exception, a procurement cannot be carried out by the purchasing department, the expenses can be reimbursed. The appropriate reimbursement form is in the Intranet Service Point > Printable Forms > Business trips



Right of Appeal

According to §13 AGG (Chapter 3 / Section 13 General Anti-Discrimination Act) every employee shall have the right to lodge a complaint with the competent department in the firm, company or authority when they feel discriminated against in connection with their employment relationship by their employer, superior, another employee or third party on any of the grounds of race or ethnic origin, gender, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation. The complaint shall be examined and the complainant informed of the result of the examination.

In practice, there is a risk of conflicts of interest due to the dual mandate of the women's and the severely disabled representatives. At the same time, the works council cannot perform employer functions and is not obliged to forward the complaint. Therefore, the ZMT of the Bremer VFwF e.V. assumes the role of a complaints office.

Contact: Claudia Prang


Donata Monien

Room reservation

Several meeting rooms of almost any kind and size are available at ZMT, which can be reserved. The easiest way is to reserve a room on the Intranet. (Home > Room reservation)



Scientific Council

ZMT's internal Scientific Council (WiR) advises the management of the ZMT on important research-relevant topics.

Contact: Tim Jennerjahn


Sick leave

In the event of incapacity to work (sick leave, etc.), the HR department and the working group management must be informed immediately by e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). If the incapacity for work lasts longer than three days, a medical certificate stating the existence of the incapacity for work and the expected duration must be submitted no later than the fourth day of sickness. Initially, it is sufficient to submit a scan/photo via e-mail. The original must be submitted at the latest when you are back at work. Attention: The calendar days count, i.e., if Friday is the first day of sick leave, the certificate must be submitted on Monday.

Contact: Lena Oehlmann


Sick leave during holidays

If the incapacity to work occurs during holidays, these days will not be deducted from the total holiday entitlement IF the incapacity to work is reported immediately AND the respective medical certificate is submitted. Only the period after the notification of incapacity for work can be credited to the leave account.


Third-party funding

Applications for third-party funding from external research funding organisations/sponsors are more than welcome. A few details have to be considered before, during and after application submission; see Intranet Third-Party Funding. There you will also find further information on various national and international funding opportunities.

EU applications require specific information; this can be found on the Intranet under Third-Party Funding > EU Funding Additional Material

Contact: Agnes Richard


Ticket system

see IT issues


Travel / Business trip

seeBusiness trip / Travel


University's restaurant(s)

see Mensa


Working hours

The weekly working time is based on the collective agreement (TV-L Bremen) and currently amounts to 39.2 hours. In the case of a part-time job, the number of hours is determined by the employment contract.


Working time recording

ZMT generally has a trust-based working time. The form for recording working time needs to be filled only if you are interested in compensating working days. Then, the daily working time must be recorded permanently and submitted to the HR department at the end of the month. Check Compensation for overtimeon the holidays application form. See Intranet Service Point > Printable forms > Staff

Contact: Lena Oehlmann


Works council

The works council is the institutionalised employee representative body of ZMT. The works council’s legal basis in Germany is the Works Constitution Act. The works council presents itself here (click "Betriebsrat")