ZMT Alumni Network

An outstanding scientific network of 700 alumni from the tropics and worldwide

Since the establishment of the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) in 1991, about 180 doctoral students from over 50 countries have been trained and supervised by ZMT scientists. In addition, more than 270 alumni did get a Master degree in International Studies in Aquatic Tropical Ecology (ISATEC), which has been offered in cooperation with the University of Bremen since 1999.

Besides doctoral candidates, master- and undergraduate students, whose theses are also supervised by ZMT scientists, many international guest scientists have visited the institute in the past two decades; some in the context of a three-month NAM Fellowship, others as guest from institutes that have been collaborating with ZMT for many years. The guest scientists visited ZMT during different stages of their careers, from bachelor students to professors. Now, our alumni are mainly working for universities, research institutes, ministries, advisory agencies and non-governmental organizations.

ZMT is proud and grateful for its international colleagues, graduates and guest scientists and regards the support of this outstanding scientific network as crucial. Our alumni, who act as role models and mentors for current students, work in highly important regions and areas of marine ecology research.

ZMT Cooperation Alumni

By winning the "Research Alumni Strategies" competition of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2014, ZMT was able to develop and implement a comprehensive alumni strategy. The goals of the alumni work are the establishment and strengthening of international research cooperation, supporting scientific dialogue with our alumni, particularly in tropical partner countries, as well as assisting our alumni in networking among each other.

The Alumni Relations Officer coordinates the ZMT Alumni Network. International and regional alumni events, biannual newsletters, as well as the group "ZMT Alumni Network" on LinkedIn provide opportunities for gathering information, exchanging knowledge as well as networking.


ZMT Ambassador Initiative

The ZMT Ambassador Initiative was launched in September 2015 to further strengthen ZMT's alumni network worldwide. Currently, there are 31 alumni ambassadors who are committed to support the overall development of the alumni programme by building regional and national alumni networks in their countries of origin, actively supporting alumni events.

From 14 to 16 March 2016 the ZMT organised the first meeting of the alumni ambassadors. Nine ambassadors took part in this first meeting. In addition to the development of the alumni programme in general, future research collaborations were initiated by the group. Our ambassadors, who are doctoral and ISATEC graduates as well as guest scientists coming from e.g. New Zealand, Bangladesh, Ghana, Panama and Myanmar are currently working for universities, ministries, research institutions and non-governmental organizations.


ZMT Alumni Network on LinkedIn

Our “ZMT Alumni Network” group informs our alumni and colleagues about current funding opportunities, ongoing research projects, job offers and training opportunities.


ZMT-Newsletter – Stay informed!

Twice a year our newsletter informs about the alumni work at the ZMT (see below)

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ZMT Alumni Newsletter #1 2017

ZMT Alumni Newsletter_#2_2017.pdf


International and regional alumni events


ZMT Alumni Conference in Indonesia (23/04 - 25/04/2018)

The next regional ZMT Alumni Conference will take place in Indonesia from April 23 to 25, 2018. Following the alumni conference, participants will have the opportunity to participate in training on genetic barcoding (April 26 – 27). ZMT's regional partner institution is Universitas Padjadjaran (UNPAD) in Bandung. Targeted countries for this regional ZMT Alumni conference are ZMT Alumni from Asia (including India, Oceania, Australia, New Zeeland etc) and Arab countries. Participants can apply for full funding of travel costs and accommodation  until January 31, 2018. For more information please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Further alumni events are planned in Brazil and Africa.