Bremen Senator for Science and Ports Visiting the Institute for the Protection of Maritime Infrastructures
On 15 October 2019, Dr. Claudia Schilling visited the Institute for the Protection of Maritime Infrastructures in Bremerhaven and gained an overview of the activities and goals of the still young institution in the port city.
On a joint tour with founding director Dr. Dennis Göge, the prototype of a novel optical system was presented, which is being developed in cooperation with the DGzRS for sea rescue. The high social importance of ongoing research projects at the institute is impressively demonstrated through this technology. This is because not only are the aims and technological innovation in this project particularly convincing, but also because it is estimated that the chance of technology transfer is very high.
Attractive maritime environment
The institute, which was only founded in 2017, benefits from the high density of maritime infrastructures in Bremerhaven, the protection and security of which is the aim of the facility. The close link between research and commercial application already creates added value for players in the maritime industry. Ms. Schilling commented that she is very keen to support this research and the port industry as a whole, so that both sectors can benefit jointly from the strong location of Bremerhaven.
"The security of society depends to a large extent on the reliability of so-called critical infrastructures, as their services determine our everyday lives to a large extent," says Dr. Göge. The determination and optimisation of the level of resilience for these maritime environments is therefore the core of activities at the Bremerhaven institute. During the visit, Dr. Schilling was given a comprehensive insight into the current projects in which work is being carried out relating to the implementation of the vision of a security situation picture for the future. Dr. Schilling described that, in addition to the development of high technology and novel scientific methods, research on ethical, legal and social aspects of security is also in the focus of the scientists at the Bremerhaven Institute as a good example of responsible research.
Further recruitment will follow
During her visit, the Senator for Science and Ports was also interested in finding out how the researchers perceive life and work in Bremerhaven. She learned that the scientists see the large number of renowned research institutions in the immediate vicinity as a major advantage and that the location is perceived as very attractive. For this reason, the planned doubling of the number of employees in the next few years is an important step for the researchers, which must now be implemented jointly.