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EU-Research Project: Marine Mammals

Project data

Project leader: Prof. Prof. h. c. Dr. Ursula Siebert
Scientific work: Anja Reckendorf
Project term: 09.2016 until 08.2019
Sponsorship: EU
Project coordination: CAU, Kiel
Further Cooperation partner: °Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (CAU)
°University of Liege (ULg)
°Foundation for the Development of Gdansk University (FRUG)
°University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
°University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover (ITAW)
°Havets Hus, Lysekil (Hhus)
°Meeresmedien (Meme), Hamburg
°WWF Polen (WWF)
°Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Kiel (IPN)

Project description

To further increase young people’s interest in natural science and to prevent shortage of specialists in the STEM area (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) nine scientific educational and research institutes from Germany, Poland, Sweden, Belgium and Denmark joined forces in the Horizon 2020-project “Marine Mammals”. The school laboratory Kieler Forschungswerkstatt is coordinating the project that receives 1.8 million Euros from the European Union.

One focus of the project “Marine Mammals” is to provide learning material for school teachers and students developed by an international team of experts consisting of marine scientists, educational researchers and teachers. The material is based on current research questions and introduces the students to scientific topics as well as research methods. The teachers will be trained to use developed materials later in school teaching independently. Marine mammals are the main theme because they exemplarily reveal problems such as noise and plastic pollution of the oceans or the impact of bycatch in commercial fishing. “Next to a high intelligence marine mammals have strong social and communicative skills which draws worldwide attention to these sea dwellers”, explains Dennis Brenneke, project manager at the Kieler Forschungswerkstatt.


Harbor porpoise; photo Peter Verhoog, Fjord&Baelt

German project partners are Kiel University (CAU), the Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover Foundation (TiHo), the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) and the network Meeresmedien. International partners include the University of Liège (Belgium), the Foundation for the Development of the University of Gdańsk (Poland), the University of Southern Denmark (Denmark), the Havets Hus (Sweden) and the WWF Poland. The project coordination is carried out by the Kieler Forschungswerkstatt in the ozean:labor.


Link to Forschungswerkstatt webpage, coming soon:

Contact person

University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research Werftstr. 6 25761 Büsum


Anja Reckendorf


Tel.:+49 511 856-8165

Fax.:+49 511 856-8181


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Stiftung Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover
Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research
Werftstr. 6
25761 Büsum
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