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Marsh Council for the Promotion of Research in the Region of the North Sea Coast e.V.

Anschriftc/o Niedersächsisches Institut für historische Küstenforschung, Viktoriastraße 26/28, 26382 Wilhelmshaven
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The Marsh Council for the Promotion of Research in the Region of the North Sea Coast was established in 1950. Its membership is made up solely of corporate members from the coastal regions between the Dutch border and the river Elbe. It comprises scientific institutions; district-, city-, parish- and regional councils; history societies; corporations for the maintenance of sea defences as well as water boards. Currently, the Marsh Council has 75 members.

The funding of research happens in various ways. Field trips, conferences and similar events dealing with current issues affecting the coastal region are carried out on a regular basis. Topics covered range from sea level change and its consequences for dikes and coastal defences to problems of salinisation of ground- and surface water as well as historic settlement structures. Nature conservation as well as the development of the environment and settlement history of our coastal regions are other recurring topics of debate. The Marsh Council provides dedicated support for volunteers, who frequently record significant findings on the natural- and settlement history of our region.

The scientific advisory board of the Marsh Council publishes an annual newsletter, which reports on the activities of the various subject matters in the coastal area. The most recent volume is 61/2024. The newsletters for the last few years (60/2023, 59/2022, 58/2021, 57/2020, 56/2019, 55/2018, 54/2017, 53/2016, 52/2015, 51/2014, 50/2013, 49/2012, 48/2011 and 47/2010) as well as special edition 46/2009 can be downloaded as PDF-files on the german website.

The 12th edition of the directory of lectures can now be accessed online; it is edited by the Marsh Council and compiles the range of lectures (c. 100 topics) by numerous speakers from the coastal area, which are delivered at local societies, further education colleges etc.

The location for the annual general meeting (always in conjunction with a public lecture) changes frequently within the range of the covered coastal area.


ChairmanProf. Dr. Hauke Jöns, Managing Scientific Director, NIhK, Wilhelmshaven
Deputy chairmanDr. Andreas Hüser, Director of Archaeology, District of Cuxhaven
Deputy chairmanDr. Matthias Stenger, Director of the East Frisian Landscape, Aurich
Deputy chairmanDr. Franziska Meifort, Landschaftsdirektorin der Oldenburgischen Landschaft, Oldenburg
SecretaryDr. Martin Segschneider, Wilhelmshaven
Committee members
for the scientific institutesPD Dr. habil. Sandra Bouwhuis, Managing Scientific Director, Institute for Ornithology, Wilhelmshaven
for the local societiesDr. Nicola Borger-Keweloh, Bremerhaven
for the districtsDistrict administrator Holger Heymann, district of Wittmund, Wittmund
for the towns and parishesJan Edo Albers, mayor of Jever
for other public bodies Dr. Sonja König, Eastfrisian landscape, Aurich
for water managementKlaus Jensen, Wangerland, District of Friesland
Scientific Advisory Board:

Dr. Gerhard Wiechmann, Univ. Oldenburg
Dr. Paul Weßels, Dr. Heiko Suhr, beide Landschaftsbibliothek der Ostfriesischen Landschaft, Aurich
Dr. Julia Kahleyß, Stadtarchiv Bremerhaven

Archaeology  Dr. Andreas Hüser, Museum Bederkesa Castle , District of Cuxhaven
Dr. Jana Esther Fries, Lower Saxony Heritage Service, Oldenburg
German Ethnology/FolkloristicsDr. Michael Schimek, Museumsdorf Cloppenburg
Dr. Nina Hennig, Museumsfachstelle/Volkskunde der Ostfriesischen Landschaft
GeosciencesDr. Achim Wehrmann, Senckenberg-am-Meer, Wilhelmshaven
BiosciencesPD Dr. habil Sandra Bouwhuis, Institute for Ornithology, Wilhelmshaven
Water managementKlaas-Heinrich Peters, Executive Director Town Planning, ret., Brake
Museums, ExhibitionsProf. Dr. Antje Sander, Direktor, Castle Museum Jever