Center for Ocean and Society

The Center for Ocean and Society conducts interdisciplinary research on ocean and society and involves societal actors in transdisciplinary projects.

The research at the Center for Ocean and Society is based on the understanding of seas and coasts as socio-ecological systems. Experts from economics, geology, oceanography, fisheries biology, chemistry and other disciplines work together on projects with the active involvement of societal actors. This makes it possible to examine a topic from different perspectives and changes the approach to these problems. To assess different scenarios, methodologically specific models from economics as well as climate research, ocean research and ecosystem research are linked.

Marine Food Security

Researchers are investigating how marine food can contribute to global food security. Here, small-scale coastal fisheries in poorer coastal regions play an important role, as does the sustainable use of new technologies, e.g. in aquaculture.

Marine and Coastal Resource Economy

Seas and coasts are characterized by a variety of different economic activities, for example in the fields of fisheries, offshore wind power or tourism. Every use influences the interests and opportunities of other sectors. The ecosystem and its biodiversity are also changed by anthropogenic influences.

Marine and Coastal Geohazards

The coastal regions are among the most important habitats for mankind. They are densely populated, accommodate infrastructures such as ports and industrial plants and are of great tourist importance. Rising sea levels as a result of climate change, erosion and flooding threaten coastal regions worldwide - the largest cities in the world are located in endangered coastal areas.

Stakeholder Dialogue

The Center for Ocean and Society promotes the dialogue between science and society and therefore strengthens the exchange between scientists, civil society, politics and business. This transdisciplinary approach intends to support solution-oriented science to find ways for sustainable management of coasts and oceans.



The Living Lab Eckernförder Bucht - Lecture at NEZ Maasholm

Can bladderwrack help against overfertilization? And what are the benefits of new rock reefs in the Eckernförde Bay? Dr. Christian Wagner-Ahlfs presents the "Living Lab Eckernförder Bay".



For the second year, the Hackathon organized by Kiel Marine Science at Kiel University and Ocean Family / Ocean Summit will again revolve around sustainable solutions for the protection of the oceans. This year, the theme is "Ocean Innovation".

Premiere Screening of the 360° short film "CoastScapes" during Kiel Week 2022

(16.06.2022) In the short film CoastScapes, scientists* from the Center for Ocean and Society at Kiel University look at different coastal zones, such as beach grass in the dune to brackish water reeds - a nursery for young fish.


CeOS- seminar series

Upcoming mondag, 20th of June, Caroline Grünhagen from the center for Ocean and Society will give a talk on “The multifaceted picture of transdisciplinarity in marine research”.


CeOS- seminar series

Upcoming mondag, 7th of June, Jasper Bär from Kiel’s Institute for Statistics and Econometrics, will give a talk about “Sentiment analysis of the Western Baltic Sea fisheries”.


2nd International Ocean Health Symposium

The Symposium is hosted by Kiel Marine Science (KMS) at Kiel University and GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel as an in-person event in Kiel, Germany.

Panel Discussion "How Does Science Speak?"

(30.05.2022) Dr. Frederike Tirre on Outreach & Science Communication as guest on Ocean Summit and Geomar panel during Science Communication Focus Weeks .


Kiel-Gdansk Market Place – Smart Shipping

Business and science exchange between Kiel and Gdansk under the umbrella of the international project reSEArch EU

CeOS Member honored with the Prof. Dr. Werner Petersen Foundation award 2021

Dr. Florian Petersen was honored with the Prof. Dr. Werner Petersen Foundation award 2021 for his outstanding PhD thesis.


CeOS- seminar series

Upcoming mondag, 23th of May, Jan-Henrik Ferdinand from FuE-Zentrum FH Kiel, will give a talk about “Progress of digitalization in the Agri-Food-Sector in Northern-Germany”.

Call for Abstracts for international symposium of "Small Pelagic Fish: New Frontiers in Science for Sustainable Management"

(17.05.2022) Early registration, abstract submission & financial support application deadline on May 22, for international symposium on “Small Pelagic Fish: New Frontiers in Science for Sustainable Management”, Nov 7-11, 2022, in Lisbon, Portugal.

31. Marine Environmental Symposium in Hamburg

(11.05.2022) Heike Schwermer and Vanessa Steinweg will participate in the 31. Marine Environmental Symposium and present their poster on "Fish, Fisheries & Culture - A Transdisciplinary Look at Western Baltic Fisheries"

New publication within the Humboldt Tipping Project: "Materialities, discourses and governance: scallop culture in Sechura, Peru"

(05.05.2022) New study published in the "Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning" looks at the institutional emergence, particularly space rights, within the culture of the Peruvian bay scallop (Argopecten purpuratus) in Sechura Bay, Peru.


CeOS- seminar series

Upcoming mondag, 9th of May, Dr. Sophia Kochalski from University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, will give a talk about “Multidisciplinary perspectives on social change in global fisheries and aquaculture”.


CeOS- seminar series

Upcoming mondag, 25th April, Dr. Annegret Kuhn will give a talk about “Multi-level Marine Governance, Legitimacy and Public Participation”.


CeOS - seminar series

Dr. Kira Lancker from Leipzig presented the topic "Bioeconomic stock assessment for de-facto open access fisheries using catch and price data" to kick off the CeOS - seminar series this semester.

Protective measures for the Eckernförde Bay

Research project Living Lab Eckernförde takes initial stock after one year of dialogue with stakeholders from the region

Participants for research survey wanted!

(29.03.2022) For a master thesis about the German Baltic Sea we are looking for participants for a survey. Interested? Then please fill out the following survey:

Meer Zukunft- Erster Parlamentarischer Abend der Deutschen Allianz Meeresforschung in Kiel

(25.03.2022) Erster Parlamentarischer Abend der Deutschen Allianz Meeresforschung in Kiel

CeOS Founding Member of the ITD Alliance

(25.03.2022) ITD Global Alliance for Inter- and Transdisciplinarity

Sustainable Future for Coastal Fisheries in the Baltic Sea

(21.02.2022) Project SpaCeParti relies on living labs to resolve conflicts of use