The team of evaluators with representatives of the Helmholtz Association in front of the submersible JAGO. Photo: Jan Steffen.

The team of evaluators with representatives of the Helmholtz Association in front of the submersible JAGO. Photo: Jan Steffen.

06.10.2017

"Outstanding" for GEOMAR

Marine Research earns highest ranking in international evaluation

6 October 2017/Kiel. During the past three days GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel passed a scientific evaluation as the first of the 18 centres of the Helmholtz Association. A team of 17 international reowned scientists under the chairmenship of Dr. Peter Heffernan from the Marine Institute Galway, Ireland reviewed the accomplishments and results of Kiel marine research with a major focus of the past four years.

The expert team was extremely impressed by the results and the excellent team spirit of GEOMAR. Thus, their verdict could not be better then: "Outstanding" as chairman Peter Heffernan concluded. Thereupon, a thunderous applause came up in the GEOMAR auditorium, filled almost to the last seat.

"This is an exceptional team performance of all colleagues at GEOMAR, that I greatly appreciate," said GEOMAR Director Prof. Dr. Peter Herzig.

In the coming six months, all other 17 Helmholtz centres will undergo similar assessments. Together with a further evaluation of the new programmes for the next phase of the program-oriented funding of the Helmholtz Association, the evaluations also serve to determine the future basic funding of the Helmholtz centres.