Sino-German Cooperation in Marine Sciences

University of Bremen
University of Bremen
University of Kiel
University of Kiel, Foto: J. Haacks
OUC, Qingdao
OUC, Qingdao
Center for the Sino-German Cooperation in Marine Sciences

“Ni Hao” and welcome to the Sino-German Cooperation in Marine Sciences

The University of Bremen (UB) and its departments Phycics and Electrical Engineering, Biology, and Geology as well as the Center for Tropical Marine Ecology  (ZMT) maintain a close cooperation in marine sciences together with the Ocean University of China (OUC) in Qingdao since 2004. This cooperation was set up together with two institutions in Kiel, namely the Christian-Albrechts-University and the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research.

Within our bilateral collaboration we train young academics in marine sciences and enable scientific exchange in education and research. Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China (MoE) from 2004 to 2011.

Due to this success in our great cooperation between the research institutions in Bremen and Kiel together with the OUC the Center for the Sino-German Cooperation in Marine Sciences (SGMS) on the campus of the OUC in February 2011 was inaugurated. The SGMS unites previous, present, and future bilateral educational activities between German and Chinese partners and strives to continuously enhance our cooperation in the fields of higher education, research and development in marine sciences.
Therefore, the SGMS is committed to building our activities into a sustainable, broad-based and long-term cooperation that allows individual researchers at all levels to be aware of the possibilities for marine research in China and Germany.
Since our collaboration with the founding institutes on such a high educational and academic level became popular within the marine research community more institutions got involved like the Key laboratory of Physical Oceanography (POL), the Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), the Center for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM) and the “Future Ocean” cluster.
These collaborating institutions are actively involved in the activities of the SGMS either in providing necessary human resources and infrastructure or in strongly contributing to teaching and students’ supervisions.

two female students, one from Germany and one from China

Even though China and Germany look back on a long tradition of excellence on marine research, it has been less than a decade that active exchange and institutional support have been built up. These activities have been extremely successful, leading to joint publications in high-ranking international journals, to research visits between senior scientists and the exchange of 85 Master students and 72 PhD students between our countries in the first ten years of the cooperation.