IIIa: Capacity Building
In order to support the formation of scientific expertise in Germany and the partner countries, ZMT engages in capacity building and provides hands-on training for students, Ph.D. candidates and young researchers. The transfer of scientific knowledge is mainly achieved by actively involving students and young scientists from Germany and partner countries in the research processes.
The ZMT’s professors teach at the cooperating university where they are appointed and ZMT is involved in the Master program ISATEC (International Studies in Aquatic Tropical Ecology) which is jointly implemented with the University of Bremen. In addition, many of ZMT’s research staff engage in teaching and training at the institute and abroad, and ZMT grants short-term scholarships for the training of scientists and building of new partnerships. Through a targeted alumni strategy, ZMT actively engages and stays in contact with its vast network of alumni all over the world.
IIIb: Research Infrastructure
Services of the research infrastructure are available to ZMT’s scientific departments and visiting cooperation partners, and against a fee also to external users. Services include preparation and analyses in the chemistry laboratory, the biology laboratory, the marine experimental facility MAREE and the thin section and scanning electron microscopy laboratory. ZMT runs field stations in Brazil and Indonesia and has become a training facility for tropical research diving.
IIIc: Science Management
Science Management focuses on specific measures to strengthen the strategic positioning of ZMT, such as the initiation of projects and partnerships, the exploration of new disciplinary collaborations as well as memberships in strategically important associations and consortia like KDM (“Konsortium Deutsche Meeresforschung”) and the Leibniz research alliance on biodiversity. Science Management also monitors the research landscape and conducts lobbying activities in the German and European funding environment.
IIId: Coordination and Consulting
ZMT’s Office for Knowledge Exchange was established in 2014 to actively support the dialogue with the various international and national stakeholders. Services offered during the project planning and implementation phase include the identification of the political, cultural, social or legal framework in the target countries; the identification of relevant stakeholder groups and the development of a comprehensive communication concept to address the needs and interests of these groups; the support of capacity development activities; and the identification of funding opportunities for these activities.
Additionally, ZMT advises, conducts workshops with, and writes policy briefs for local stakeholders in the tropical partner countries. ZMT also coordinates the development and implementation of research and educational projects that involve a number of German and foreign universities and research institutions and it is responsible for the coordination of various joint research projects.