Top marks for Bremen institute: Successful evaluation of the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT)
The Senate of the Leibniz Association has given the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) in Bremen a very positive evaluation and recommends that federal and state governments continue their joint funding of ZMT.
In its statement on the evaluation dated 18 March 2021, the Leibniz Senate emphasises the “high relevance of the ZMT’s work for environmental management in tropical coastal regions” and praises the development of scientific publications and third-party funding as well as ZMT’s participation in international research consortia.
The committee underlines the central role of ZMT’s interdisciplinary research and the importance of the close connection between natural and social sciences for the institute’s success.
The committee particularly appreciates the institute’s merit in transferring its findings to partner countries and contributing a great deal to the development of competencies within and outside of academia.
ZMT’s initiatives in the field of data management, especially the institutional promotion of Data Science, are also highlighted extremely positively in the assessment.
“We are very happy about this wonderful news and the positive assessment of our institute. The Leibniz Senate’s confirmation of our research strategy and digitisation initiative show us that ZMT is on a successful path,” says Dr Werner Ekau, Acting Scientific Director of ZMT. “The great result is due to the expertise of our highly committed staff, to whom we would like to express our heartfelt thanks.”
Bremen’s Senator for Science and Ports, Dr Claudia Schilling, congratulates ZMT on the successful evaluation: “I am very pleased with the very positive assessment of the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) that emerges from the evaluation report. It shows once again that excellent cutting-edge research ‚Made in Bremen‘ is being carried out here. The internationally renowned ZMT is an indispensable component of regional and supraregional marine, coastal and climate research in the state of Bremen.”
Dr Nicolas Dittert, Managing Director of the institute, adds: “We have also been able to show that ZMT has successfully met new challenges in digitalisation and scientific data management over the past seven years. The positive evaluation and the accompanying recommendations of the commission encourage us to purposefully continue on our chosen path.”
The Cororona-related written evaluation took place in spring 2020, the planned evaluation visit had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. At that time, Professor Hildegard Westphal headed ZMT as scientific director and prepared the evaluation. “ZMT has successfully expanded its pioneering role in partnership cooperation in the tropics and crowned it with excellent scientific results. The positive evaluation can make the whole ZMT team proud,” says Westphal.
Link to the full Leibniz Senate statement: https://www.leibniz-gemeinschaft.de/ueber-uns/evaluierung/das-evaluierungsverfahren-der-leibniz-gemeinschaft/senatsstellungnahmen.html
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The Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT)
In research and education, the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) in Bremen is dedicated to the better understanding of tropical coastal ecosystems such as mangroves, sea grasses, coral reefs, estuaries and upwelling systems. As an interdisciplinary Leibniz institute, ZMT conducts research on the structure and functioning of tropical coastal ecosystems and their reaction to natural changes and human interactions. It aims to provide a scientific basis for the protection and sustainable use of these ecosystems. ZMT works in close cooperation with partners in the tropics, where it supports both capacity infrastructures development in the area of sustainable coastal zone management. ZMT is a member of the Leibniz Association. More information at www.leibniz-zmt.de
The Leibniz Association
The Leibniz Association connects 96 independent research institutions that range in focus from natural, engineering and environmental sciences to economics, spatial and social sciences and the humanities. Leibniz Institutes address issues of social, economic and ecological relevance. They conduct basic and applied research, including in the interdisciplinary Leibniz Research Alliances, maintain scientific infrastructure, and provide research-based services. The Leibniz Association identifies focus areas for knowledge transfer, particularly with the Leibniz research museums. It advises and informs policymakers, science, industry and the general public. Leibniz institutions collaborate intensively with universities – including in the form of Leibniz ScienceCampi – as well as with industry and other partners at home and abroad. They are subject to a transparent, independent evaluation procedure. Because of their importance for the country as a whole, the Leibniz Association Institutes are funded jointly by Germany’s central and regional governments. The Leibniz Institutes employ around 20,000 people, including 10,000 researchers. The financial volume amounts to 1.9 billion euros. www.leibniz-gemeinschaft.de
Contact for scientific information:
Dr. Werner Ekau | Acting Scientific Director