Marine Mammals - Science education


Marine Mammals is an EU-funded project to increase young people’s interest in natural science and prevent shortage of specialists in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Marine Mammals is integrated into the “Science with and for society” work programme of the European Commission. The specific aim of the project is to increase young people’s participation and interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by engaging them in motivating real-science experiences.

One of the aims of this project is to provide learning materials for school teachers and students which is developed by an international team of experts consisting of marine scientists, educational researchers and teachers. The materials will introduce scientific topics from current research questions as well as different research methods to students.

Often seen as ambassadors for oceans and still threatened by anthropogenic impacts such as noise and plastic pollution present in the oceans, marine mammals were chosen as key animals for this project.

Basic information

Country: Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Sweden

Coordinator: Kiel University,

Programme: Horizon 2020

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Target groups: general public, primary school students, researchers, secondary school students, teachers, trainee teachers

Topic: Biology, Ecology, Oceanography, Zoology

Start year: 2016

End year: 2019


Contact person: Dennis Brennecke, dbrennecke (at)

You can find more information on the project’s website

Marine Mammals developed extensive teaching materials, including practical experiments, to cover various areas.

In teacher training courses, summer schools and symposia, participants were able to experience research directly. Teachers and students tested the teaching materials and tools together with the scientific experts. Tools for practical experiments were borrowed in expedition boxes and can be borrowed after the project lifetime. In addition, Marine Mammals developed digital teaching materials such as podcasts, 3D animations and an interactive poster to reach a broader audience.

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