Lahl, Rebecca, Ferse, Sebastian ORCID: and Bleischwitz, Raimund ORCID: (2023) Reflecting on a Research Institute’s Role as a Tool for Ocean Science Diplomacy—ZMT’s Mission to Collaborate. In: Science, Technology and Innovation Diplomacy in Developing Countries. . Springer Nature, Cham, pp. 311-328. ISBN 978-981-19-6801-3 DOI

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The Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) in Bremen, Germany, has three decades of experience in collaborative research projects in close partnership with institutions in the Global South. With its mission to provide the scientific basis for the sustainable use and management of tropical marine resources, it has a unique position with an applied outlook, aiming for societal impacts, and an inter-and transdisciplinary approach. In this chapter, we use the example of the ZMT to provide insights from the perspective of an institute in the Global North that is focused in its work beyond its national borders, yet acts within its particular national academic and political environment. We provide an overview of the political and institutional background and history of the institute’s establishment and development over the past decades, and describe several of the instruments and key projects the institute uses and has been involved in. We then discuss the implications of ZMT’s mission and outlook for the institute, its partners, and staff, and reflect on the potential future role and approach of the institute in light of a changing international landscape in terms of global challenges, research policy, funding, academic structures, and collaboration.

Document Type: Book chapter
Programme Area: PA5
Research affiliation: Science Management > Office for Knowledge Exchange
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ISSN: 2198-7300
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2023 14:34
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2023 14:34

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