"WE ARE OCEAN - Wadden Sea Kunstreusen", (Artist: Insa Winkler, Location: Wurster Nordseeküste, OBS Dorum, 2022). Photographer: Robert Geipel)

Within the framework of the UN Decade of Oceans, research programs and a wide range of longer-term projects in the fields of society, business and science are being carried out with German participation. In addition, numerous institutions and organizations in Germany are carrying out activities within the framework of the UN Decade of Oceans. They all pursue common goals: strengthening marine research, expanding marine protection and enforcing the sustainable use of marine resources. 

On this page you will find information about the projects and activities in Germany. Please contact us if we can give visibility to your registered Ocean Decade activity here:

German contributions to the UN Ocean Decade

German research institutions and socially active organizations initiate, coordinate and are involved in a large number of projects and programmes that have been accredited as part of the UN Ocean Decade. Here you can download a list with a selection of the Ocean Decade programs and projects that have been registered under German leadership (as of October 2023). Further information can be found on the international platform of the Ocean Decade at

Scientists mark precisely defined water masses with an ocean tracer injection system). Photo: M. Visbeck, GEOMAR

Register UN Ocean Decade Actions

If you would like to contribute to the UN Ocean Decade, you have the opportunity to register projects and events as an activity, action or contribution and have them promoted through the UN Ocean Decade international network.

Upon successful registration, you will be provided with the UN Decade logo for use in promoting your project or event.

If you have questions about the registration process, please feel free to contact us at

Elements of the UN Ocean Décade Framework. Image: UN Ocean Décade Team


A selection of current and past events within the framework of the UN Decade of the Oceans


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Place: Barcelona, Spain

Focused on 'delivering the science we need for the ocean we want', the conference will take place over three days from 10 to 12 April 2024 at the Barcelona International Convention Centre and will be part of an entire Ocean Decade Week that will take place throughout Barcelona from 8 to 12 April 2024. As a coastal city with a major commitment to the blue economy as a driver of competitiveness and job creation, Barcelona is the perfect place to hold an event such as this one focused on ocean science, sustainability and innovation.

Hosted by Spain and co-organized with UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC/UNESCO), this international event will bring together various actors, including governments, decision-makers, maritime sectors, philanthropy, academia, the private sector, and civil society. All these voices will engage in a constructive dialog around progress and joint priorities for the future of the Ocean Decade and continued success of ocean sustainability efforts across the science-policy-society interface. It will be a 3-day, in-person event co-led with a range of partners: the Government of Catalonia and the Barcelona City Council through the Barcelona Capital Nàutica Foundation, and the Spanish National Ocean Decade Committee, which is led by the Ministry of Science and Innovation through the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).

Follow this link for pre-registration and more information.

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ICYMARE - International conference for Young Marine Researchers
Place: Oldenburg, Germany

ICYMARE is the annual international conference for young marine scientists. In 2023, it will be held in Bremerhaven, Germany, from September 18-22, 2023, and is organized in collaboration with the Institute for the Chemistry and Biology of the Sea (ICBM) at the University of Oldenburg. 

More information:

Past events (selection)


Seven Ocean Decade Laboratories (available in English only)

Type: online

Following the launch of the Ocean Decade, seven Ocean Decade Labs were held in 2022, each dedicated to a specific area of marine research:

The Ocean Decade Labs are a creative, interactive platform coordinated by BMBF 2021/2022 to support actions for the Ocean Decade around the globe. This video shows how the labs are set up.

About the BMBF's Ocean Decade Laboratories

Video credit: BMBF & UNESCO


Virtual Early Career Ocean Professional Day (V.ECOP)

Type: online

The Virtual Early Career Ocean Professional (V.ECOP) Day started on June 1, 2021, as a 24-hour livestream event following the sun around the world. It was hosted by and for early career ocean professionals from around the world and from a variety of ocean disciplines to showcase their work, activities, and contributions to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

The UN Ocean Decade is a once-in-a-generation opportunity and the first global campaign to catalyze transformative ocean science solutions for sustainable development. V.ECOP Day will follow immediately from the 1st International Conference of the UN Ocean Decade for Sustainable Development, beginning at approximately 13:00 UTC on June 1, 2021.

V.ECOP Day was organized by the German Marine Research Consortium in cooperation with the ECOP Program and is supported by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the European Commission, IOC-UNESCO, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and ESRI Germany as an officially endorsed UN Ocean Decade Activity.

Recordings and more information:


Launch of the German Ocean Decade Committee (ODK)

Type: online

The decade of oceans proclaimed by the United Nations began in 2021 and has the motto: "The ocean we need for the future we want."

Following the international opening the day before, the German Ocean Decade Committee (ODK) opened the Ocean Decade for Germany on June 2, 2021. 

Representatives from academia, business, and civil society met to exchange ideas on strong and effective engagement for the Ocean Decade. A video documentation of the online event is available.

Video credit: German Ocean Decade Committee (ODK)


High-Level Kick-Off of the UN Ocean Decade

Type: online

The United Nations has proclaimed 2021-2030 as the UN Decade of the Oceans. Under the motto "Creating the Ocean We Want," the BMBF and IOC-UNESCO celebrated the high-level launch in Berlin on June 1, 2021. The event can be summarized in a video recording relive.

Video credit: BMBF