Future Ocean at International Trade Fairs

In 2017 the Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean" exhibited for the fifth time at the OI Oceanology International. This year, for the first time, the Oceanology International took place in North America, in San Diego from the 14th to 16th of February. More than 150 exhibitors presented new products and services from all areas of marine technology at the leading trade fair for marine technologies. In addition to the exhibition, visitors were offered an interesting conference and lecture program.

The Cluster of Excellence presented together with the GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel and other companies at the Northern Germany Community Stand organized by the WTSH, the Business Development and Technology Transfer Schleswig-Holstein GmbH. In addition to technology transfer and knowledge exchange, the focus was on newly developed technologies, which were presented to entrepreneurs and interested parties (see Technology Marketing). This program draws attention to the unique knowledge pool generated by more than 250 interdisciplinary scientists in the cluster and supports young scientists in their career development. By integrating politics, business and society, the transdisciplinarity in the cluster is increased, discussions are stimulated and dialogue platforms are initiated.

On 11 April 2017 the "1st German - U.S. Maritime Networking Day" takes place in the U.S. General Consulate in Hamburg. The day is organized by the company cluster "The Maritime Alliance" from San Diego, the Association for Maritime Technology (GMT), the europe enterprise network (een) and the Cluster of Excellence "Future Ocean". After the presentation of the companies and the latest trends of the U.S. Blue Economy, there is the possibility of personal meetings within the framework of a matchmaking.

Event dates:
On 11.04.2017
From 8.30am - 4.30pm
Address: US-Generalkonsulat Hamburg, Alsterufer 27/28, 20354 Hamburg


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Beacon Projects

Back in 2004 the State Government of Schleswig-Holstein set-up the initiative "sea our future" which laid the foundations for what is now known as "maritime governance". The objective of this government activity was and is to make intelligent decisions for the state through improved information and communication with the various maritime stakeholders. At the same time the intention is to improve the level of information and transparency for stakeholders and the public in Schleswig-Holstein, and the promotion of Schleswig-Holstein as a maritime location throughout Europe.

Six "lighthouse projects" (The Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean ", Research and Technology Center West Coast FTZ, Marine Aquaculture Society GMA, Fraunhofer Institute for Marine Biotechnology EMB, Research and Development Centers of the University of Applied Sciences Kiel and the Maritimes Cluster Norddeutschland) are being particularly promoted by the state as part of the initiative "Zukunft Meer" ("sea our future") to sharpen the maritime profile of Schleswig-Holstein.

The Cluster of Excellence has created an impetus for the entire German research landscape, which demonstrates how social and scientific research can work together in discourse with actors from business and politics to solve pressing future questions in a solution-oriented manner. In order to ensure the continuity of this process, various formats and platforms have been created by science, business and politics, e.g. the Schleswig-Holstein Innovation and Technology Forum, Industrial Policy Congress, Fishing Talks, "Algenstammtisch", Future Congress, "Kieler Marktplatz", "Forschung Erforschen".

More informationen:
Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Schleswig-Holstein
Maritimes Cluster Norddeutschland
Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit, Verkehr und Technologie, Schleswig-Holstein
Landesinitiative Zukunft Meer