About Us - CEMarin

About CEMarin

We are a non-profit corporation with a long history of successful scientific collaboration between Colombian academic institutions and Justus Liebig University Giessen in marine science and we work to promote scientific training in this field.

We provide the perfect opportunity for Colombian and German institutions as well as those of other countries to join forces, and we facilitate the participation of partner institutions in international networks, forming an excellent scientific platform for study and application able to address complex issues in the marine environment.

We also provide the necessary scientific knowledge to inform and guide decision-making, and we provide practical solutions for the issues of protection and sustainability, using marine biodiversity and other marine and coastal resources.

We were founded in 2009 as a scientific and academic consortium established as one of the world’s four centers of excellence for research and teaching.
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Why is Colombia such an interesting place for marine research?

Colombia is one of what have been called the five “megadiverse countries” in the world. Despite this country located between the Pacific and Caribbean oceans covering less than one percent of the Earth’s surface, it is one of the countries with the highest number of endemic species. The reason: In addition to well-documented biodiversity in the country’s tropical rainforests, it has a vast marine territory in two oceans.

Promotion of marine sciences and the protection and sustainable use of marine resources are a priority in Colombia. For a long time, the loss of marine biodiversity, growing destruction of coastal habitats, industry and tourism, as well as the adverse effects of global warming, have been a cause for concern for politicians and scientists.


CEMarin is an international non-profit organization that aims to answer fundamental environmental and socioeconomic questions on marine ecosystems in Latin America. It integrates interdisciplinary marine research with innovative postgraduate support, and international networking across natural and social disciplines.


In 2027, we envision CEMarin as an international leader in integrative marine research,postgraduate support, and academic networking in Latin America. Drawing from our access to two oceans and the combined expertise of our member institutions, we will facilitate scientific discovery in emerging fields of marine science related to environmental change and its impact on ecosystems and society, the sustainable use of marine and coastal ecosystems, as well as technological advances. Postgraduate researchers trained by CEMarin will have the capacity to become renowned members of the international scientific community and active ambassadors of marine ecosystems. CEMarin will become a central platform for the networking of Colombian and international marine scientists in order to promote and coordinate highly visible, externally funded, collaborative research projects. Through strategic investments in marine infrastructure as well as research and training programs over the upcoming years, CEMarin will increase its impact on the researchers, postgraduate students, and communities it serves.

Our objectives are:

  • Conduct cutting-edge research in the areas of "environmental change" and "marine resources".
  • Support postgraduate education and research in Colombia and Germany through specialized seminars and workshops taught by internationally renowned scientists in their fields of research.
  • Promote research in marine science in Latin America.

Environmental changes in marine ecosystems

  • Environmental changes in key ecosystems
  • Effects of environmental changes on key marine species
  • Understanding past environmental changes to forecast the future
  • Consequences of environmental change – sustainable use and conservation of natural marine resources

Marine bioresources

  • Science applied to sustainable aquaculture and fishing
  • Marine bioprospecting of Colombian organisms
  • Science for marine energy generation

Ocean, society and law

  • Governance
  • Ecosystem services and functions
  • Environmental laws and regulations