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19.03.2021 14:09

Best marks for the Bremen Institute: Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) successfully evaluated

Andrea Daschner Press and public relations
Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT)

The Senate of the Leibniz Association gave the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) in Bremen a very positive assessment and recommends that the federal and state governments continue to jointly support the ZMT.

In its statement on the evaluation of March 18, 2021, the Leibniz Senate emphasized the "high relevance of the ZMT's work for environmental management in tropical coastal regions" and praised the development of scientific publications and the acquisition of third-party funding as well as the ZMT's participation in international research consortia.

The committee underlines the central role of the interdisciplinary research of the ZMT and the importance of the close connection between natural and social sciences for the success of the institute.

The committee particularly appreciates the fact that the institute has rendered outstanding services to the transfer of its findings in the partner countries and that it contributes a great deal to the development of competencies within and outside of science.

The ZMT's initiatives in the field of data management, in particular the institutional funding of data science, are also highlighted extremely positively in the assessment.

“We are very pleased about this wonderful news and the positive assessment of our institute. The confirmation of our research strategy and digitization initiative by the Leibniz Senate show us that the ZMT is on a successful path, ”said Dr. Werner Ekau, scientific director (provisional) of the ZMT. "The great result is mainly thanks to the expertise of our highly committed employees, whom we would like to take this opportunity to thank with all our hearts."

The Bremen Senator for Science and Ports, Dr. Claudia Schilling, congratulates the ZMT on the successful evaluation: “I am very happy about the very positive evaluation of the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) that emerged from the evaluation report. It shows once again that we are doing excellent, cutting-edge research 'Made in Bremen'. The internationally renowned ZMT is an indispensable part of regional and supra-regional marine, coastal and climate research in the state of Bremen. "

Dr. Nicolas Dittert, commercial director of the institute, adds: “We were also able to show that the ZMT has successfully faced the new challenges in digitization and scientific data management over the past seven years. The positive evaluation and the associated recommendations of the Commission encourage us to continue on the path we have chosen. "

The cororona-related written evaluation took place in spring 2020, the planned evaluation visit had to be canceled due to the pandemic. At that time, Prof. Dr. Hildegard Westphal as scientific director of the ZMT and prepared the evaluation. “The ZMT has successfully expanded its pioneering role in partnership cooperation in the tropics and crowned it with excellent scientific results. The whole ZMT team can be proud of the positive evaluation, ”said Westphal.

Link to the full Senate statement on the Leibniz Association website: https: //www.leibniz-gemeinschaft.de/ueber-uns/evaluierung/das-evaluierungsverfah ...



Every Leibniz institution is regularly evaluated externally, at the latest every seven years. Internationally recognized experts evaluate the performance and structures of each facility.

The basis for the evaluation is a written document from the institution, as well as an evaluation visit to the institute as a rule. If evaluation visits are currently not required due to the pandemic, the evaluation is carried out using a substitute procedure with digital sessions and written assessments.

The results of the assessment are recorded in an assessment report, on which the assessed institute can comment. On this basis, the Senate of the Leibniz Association adopts a scientific policy statement, which usually contains recommendations for further funding of the Leibniz institution.

The Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT)

The Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) in Bremen dedicates its research and teaching to a better understanding of tropical coastal ecosystems such as mangroves, seagrass meadows, coral reefs, estuaries and upwelling areas. The focus is on questions about their structure and function, their resources and their resistance to human intervention and natural changes. With its work, the institute creates a scientific basis for the protection and sustainable use of these habitats. The ZMT carries out its research projects in close cooperation with partners in the tropics, where it supports the development of expertise and infrastructure in the field of sustainable coastal zone management. The ZMT is a member of the Leibniz Association. Further information at www.leibniz-zmt.de

The Leibniz Association

The Leibniz Association connects 96 independent research institutions. Their focus ranges from the natural, engineering and environmental sciences to economics, spatial and social sciences and the humanities. Leibniz institutes are dedicated to socially, economically and ecologically relevant issues. They conduct knowledge- and application-oriented research, also in the overarching Leibniz research networks, are or maintain scientific infrastructures and offer research-based services. The Leibniz Association focuses on knowledge transfer, especially with the Leibniz research museums. It advises and informs politics, science, business and the general public. Leibniz institutions maintain close cooperation with universities, e.g. in the form of the Leibniz ScienceCampi, with industry and other partners at home and abroad. They are subject to a transparent and independent assessment process. Due to their national importance, the federal and state governments jointly support the Leibniz Association's institutes. The Leibniz Institutes employ more than 20,000 people, around half of whom are scientists. The total budget of the institutes is more than 1.9 billion euros. www.leibniz-gemeinschaft.de

Scientific contact:

Dr. Werner Ekau | Scientific Managing Director (provisional)
Email: [email protected]

Features of this press release:
Sea / climate
Organizational matters, science policy