Several international organisations have the task of promoting international cooperation in marine-oriented research, education and protection programmes. They assist governments in addressing coastal problems through the sharing of knowledge, information and technology, and through the coordination of international programmes.
International Ocean Institute
Since 2002, the ZMT has housed the German branch of the International Ocean Institute (IOI), which was founded in 1972 by Elisabeth Mann-Borgese as a non-profit, international non-governmental organisation. It consists of a network of centres distributed in 25 countries around the world, and is managed by a central office in Malta. The IOI is dedicated to the peaceful and sustainable use of oceans, and is actively involved in the education and consultation of several topics, such as maritime law, coastal and resource management, pollution, and marine trafficking and transport.
Director IOI Germany
Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment / Scientific Committee on Ocean Research
The ZMT cooperates with the organizations SCOPE and SCOR of the International Council for Science (ICSU). Within SCOPE, the ZMT acts as chairman of the German National Committee, while within SCOR, it acts as the chairman of the newly established "Committee for Capacity Building". Furthermore, under the framework of these organizations, the ZMT takes part in joint research projects.
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commision
The ZMT maintains a strong connection to the IOC, especially as a representative in the IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific, WESTPAC. It participates in the development of education strategies and the organization of international workshops.
Centre for Science and Technology of the Non-aligned Movement and Developing Nations
In the scope of a cooperation with the NAM S&T Centre in New Delhi, the ZMT offers within its projects training to excellent young scientists from developing countries in the tropics.