Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Royal Netherlands
Institute for Sea Research

Excellent marine science for society

Protecting and using our blue planet responsibly, starts with understanding our changing seas. As the Dutch national oceanographic institute, Royal NIOZ has a growing societal role, connecting fundamental marine science to societal needs. By providing knowledge about the key processes, problems and opportunities from the delta to the deep ocean, we lay the foundation of responsible marine management. To this end, NIOZ cooperates not only with the scientific community, but also with policy makers, ngo’s and industry to better address big societal challenges, such as those connected to global food, energy and other natural resources, or to coastal protection.

Education & Capacity building


NIOZ research is communicated to the general public in a variety of ways, ranging from coverage by media and popular science platforms, to open days at the institute and research vessels RV Pelagia & RV Navicula, as well as outreach-activities in schools, libraries, festivals. In 2017 NIOZ Wadden Research is featured in the 2017-exhibition Wadden City at the nature museum Ecomare on Texel. For more information about outreach opportunities, please contact our communications office at

Frontier applied research and valorisation

To enhance cooperation around broad topics of societal and industrial interest, NIOZ offers interdisciplinary expert teams, long-term data-sets and specialized facilities, for instance via its virtual centers of interdisciplinary expertise.