Marine technologies and innovations - IMARE delivers solutions


Innovations from the sea for industry, science, and the society


Following this guiding principle, the IMARE stands for the sustainable use of marine resources based on innovative and environmentally sound products and processes. With the use of state-of-the art technology and processes we transfer knowledge from multiple strands of marine research to develop products and concepts that can be applied by a range of economic sectors.

Our customer is at the centre of our work. By means of co-operative partnerships we want to deliver win-win solutions. We carry out research contracts as well as product development and other services.

Currently, IMARE employs about 80 people at its head office located at the “Research & Development Mile” in Bremerhaven. In addition to its own offices, conference rooms and laboratories, IMARE has access to a range of facilities and resources of the AWI and the Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences as part of a mutual agreement. Since early March 2011, IMARE is also operating the newly inaugurated Center for Aquaculture Research (ZAF).

The expertise necessary for success stems from our team of scientists from diverse marine research fields that work jointly in four thematic areas to develop solutions for science and the economy. Our key to success is based on inventiveness, flexibility, openness as well as a constant and transparent dialogue with our customer. Environmentally sound concepts and sustainable use of marine resources are our propositions while we take the latest developments into consideration.

The department Marine Physics and Sensors develops and modifies sensors and sensor systems for monitoring platforms in water and in the air. Marine aquaculture for sustainable fisheries focuses on modern, ecologically sustainable aquaculture techniques including system design, site selection, and selection of collector materials for spat collection and alternative feeding sources, as well as physiology and ecology of cultivated organisms. The department Marine Structures and Nanomaterials utilizes marine micro and nano structures to develop new lightweight constructions and composite materials e.g. for the automotive and the aeronautical industries and safety technology. Blue Bioindustry searches for new procedures in blue biotechnology and develops environmentally sound products for protection against biofouling in open ocean aquaculture and for desalination.

IMARE actively supports early career professionals by facilitating vocational training opportunities for young academics. Since 2010, IMARE also trains apprentices.

International cooperations and intercultural exchange are indispensable prerequisites for modern research and successful transfer to the economy. Tolerance and cosmopolitanism, as well as equality of opportunity, early career development, and compatibility of work and family are the central values of our institute.

IMARE delivers innovative solutions for a broad range of economic sectors

Since a number of years, the Bremen Senate for Education and Science, the Bremerhaven Magistrate, the Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences and the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) pursue the joint objective of feeding application-oriented fundamental maritime research in Bremen and Bremerhaven into the continuous development of new products and processes and thus foster the transfer of knowledge from marine science to industry innovations. As part of this initiative, the IMARE in 2007/2008 took up its work as a catalyst to make well-grounded scientific know-how, especially within the competence network “marine technologies”, available and applicable to industry.


Out of this process, in early 2009 the IMARE was founded as a non-profit limited liability company with the explicit goal to transfer existing maritime expertise in the Bremen region to the industrial and entrepreneurial sphere. The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) provides funding until the year 2013. IMARE proprietors are the association for the advancement of academic research in Bremen (Verein zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung in der Freien Hansestadt Bremen e. V), the Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences and the Alfred Wegener Institute of Polar and Marine Research. IMARE is also an associate institute of the Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences.

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IMARE is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the State of Bremen.