Our Network

Initiator and Founder

Institute for Art and Innovation

Institute for Art and Innovation, Berlin/ Germany


The Institute for Art and Innovation e.V. is a multidisciplinary think and do tank that explores and promotes the powers of art and innovation as a means to foster social impact and sustainable transformation.

Ocean Future Lab Core Partners

The German Marine Research Alliance (DAM), Berlin/ Germany


The German Marine Research Alliance (DAM) was founded in 2019 by German marine research together with the federal government and the northern German federal states. Its goal is to strengthen the sustainable use of the coasts, seas and oceans through research and transfer, data management and digitization as well as the coordination of infrastructures. To this end, the DAM develops solution-oriented knowledge together with its member institutions and ensures a target group-specific exchange of knowledge and dialogue with society.

The German Maritime Museum Foundation, Stralsund/ Germany


The German Maritime Museum Foundation in Stralsund is officially one of the cultural beacons in the new federal states. The museum interests people in the nature of the seas and coasts. It touches, moves and sensitizes people and thus contributes to changing their thinking and behavior towards the natural environment.

The German Maritime Museum, Bremerhaven/ Germany


The German Maritime Museum in Bremerhaven is a research museum of the Leibniz Association and a place of education and dialogue. At the core of his work are maritime issues of relevance to society as a whole.

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, Berlin/ Germany


The “Science Year 2022 - Participate!” invites all citizens to pose their own personal question for science and thus provide impulses for potential future fields and future research projects. These science years are initiatives of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) together with Wissenschaft im Dialog (WiD). Since 22 years, these events have supported the mediation between scientific research and the public.

The Universal Sea Core Partners

Foundation for Entrepreneurship, Berlin/ Germany


The Foundation of Entrepreneurship works together with numerous international and European organizations such as the UNESCO Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development, United Nations Global Compact – PRME Initiative, Commonwealth Youth Council, European Youth Press and many others. Through these international collaborations, the foundation provides the experience and the know-how to implement a project on a European and international level. The Foundation for Entrepreneurship (Stiftung Entrepreneurship – Faltin Stiftung) aims at fostering a positive environment for the culture of entrepreneurship worldwide. Entrepreneurship is a perspective on human activity that seeks to bring creativity and courage, imagination and initiative, to the tasks of starting and running business ventures and social organizations.

Centrum Rzezby Polskiej w Oronsku, Oronsko/ Poland


The Center of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko has its site in a village called Orońsko, 120 km south of Poland’s capital Warsaw. The singular institution is devoted entirely to the creation, exhibition, and documentation of Polish and international sculpture. Its broad mandate encompasses a wide range of programs, including artists’ studios, galleries, a museum, and a 12-hectare sculpture park.

Each year, over 200 Polish and foreign artists use the Orońsko venue for artistic residency. Additionally, many artistic workshops, academic open-air events, thematic seminars and exhibitions of contemporary art are being held. The Art Center provides artists with excellent conditions for creating sculptures in diverse materials: stone, wood, metal, clay, plastics and all kind of workshop facilities. Workshops run by specialists help with the realization of monumental and small-scale projects.

The cultural tradition of the art-site Orońsko originated in the middle of 19th century. Succeeding owners of the manor – Christiani, the Pruszaks, and Brandts, cultivated it. Józef Brandt, an outstanding Polish painter following the historical-genre tradition, was connected with the 5th circle of Munich Academy. He was tied with Orońsko through a marriage with the estate owner Helena Pruszak. In Brandt`s times, Orońsko was transformed into an artistic colony called the Free Orońsko Academy. The present history started with creative stays and an open-air exhibition of artists in 1965. Soon the Department of Sculptor’s Creative Work was founded. Since 1981 the Center of Polish Sculpture has been functioning as a state institution subordinated to the Ministry of Art and Culture.

European Coastal Union/ Rostock, Germany


The EUCC is a non-profit organization with a membership of around 500 institutions, NGOs and experts, in 40 countries. Its network at large involves about 2500 professionals involved in coastal and marine management issues. Founded in 1989 with the aim of promoting coastal management by bridging the gap between scientists, environmentalists, site managers, planners and policymakers, it has grown into the largest network of coastal practitioners and experts in Europe, with 13 national branches, an International Secretariat in Leiden (Netherlands), and offices in Barcelona (Spain), Biarritz (France), Warnemünde (Germany), Szczecin (Poland), Klaipeda (Lithuania) and Sliema (Malta). EUCC’s working area is Europe and its neighboring regions. Its mission has evolved throughout years of activity and currently is dedicated to conserving and maintaining healthy seas and attractive coasts for both people and nature; and that people can enjoy these environments in a socially safe and sound way as well.

Hybridart Management, Budapest/ Hungary


Hybrid Art Management has been working in the field of contemporary visual art since 2005 with the objective of venturing beyond classical forms of the art scene and bringing Hungarian and international contemporary art and design closer to the wider public.

Since 2010 they have been organizing ART MOMENTS, a series of events in visual arts to bring cutting-edge contemporary art closer to the public of several European cities by placing artworks in public areas. Their art program, Zenith Art Exchange was initiated in 2013, in order to make it possible for Hungarian artists to present themselves abroad, and for foreign artists to get a chance for their debut in Hungary. In 2016 the program was supported by e.g. Contemporary Art Platform Kuwait, Quatar Museums Authority, Abu Dhabi Hub, and The Cartel Dubai. A highlight was the co-creation of a 4m high sculpture as a symbol of recycling and eco-consciousness by students of Hungarian, Slovak, Czech and Emirati art universities.

In 2017 Hybrid Art Management opened its project space, Hybridart Space in the heart of Budapest.

Main Partners

Creative Europe

Supporting Europe's cultural and creative sectors

Network Partners

Scientific Partners

Konsortium Deutsche Meeresforschung


The Ocean Plastics Lab is an international traveling exhibition showcasing the contribution of science to understand and combat the problem of plastics in the ocean to the broad public.

CSP innovazione nelle ICT


CSP is a non-profit research center, performing applied research and technology transfer in the ICT domain based in Torino,Italy. CSP’s main mission is to act as Smart Hub between research and market on IoT /IOD in industrial applications

The Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde


The Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde is an independent research institution specializing in the interdisciplinary study of coastal oceans and marginal seas. In particular, our work focuses on the Baltic Sea ecosystem. Studying the sources, input pathways and fate of microplastic into the Baltic Sea is one of the most current research topics.

Instituto di Scienze Marine


The Institute of Marine Sciences (ISMAR) of the Italian National Research Council conducts multidisciplinary studies in all fields of marine sciences encompassing geological, biological and oceanographic research in the Mediterranean and in the world oceans.


Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany

German Ocean Foundation

JÖN Alapítvány, Hungary

Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research, Germany

Technical University of Munich, Chair of Aquatic System Biology Research, Germany

Wessling Knowledge Center


WESSLING is one of the leading consulting, analytical and testing companies engaged in quality, safety, environment and health.


Università di Bologna


Founded in 1088, Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna (UNIBO) is a large, multidisciplinary university with 33 Departments, about 85.000 students and 1.500 PhD candidates. The University of Bologna is strongly committed to research and innovation and it is one of the most active Italian universities in European and international R&I projects

Munich Business School

Europa-Universität Flensburg


Aalto University


Shaping the future: science and art together with technology and business

We are building competitive edge by combining knowledge from different disciplines to identify and solve complex challenges, and to educate future visionaries and experts.


Art High School, Radom/Poland
Berlin School of Design and Communication, Germany
E-Learning Group, Austria
Fatima Bin Zayed al Nahyan, UAE
Film University Babelsberg, Germany
Green School, Bali/Indonesia
Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft, Berlin/Germany
Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht, Berlin/Germany
Hungarian University of Fine Arts
Institute of Advanced Design Studies, Hungary
MOME University, Budapest7Hungary
Potatohead Beach Club, Bali/Indonesia
School for Creative Leadership, Berlin/Germany
University of Eger, Hungary
University of Kaposvár, Hungary
University of Pécs, Hungary
University of Technology and Humanities, Radom/Poland
University of Zayed, Abu Dhabi/UAE
Waag Society, Amsterdam/Netherlands

UdK Berlin

Universität der Künste Berlin


Der Technischen Universität

Technische Universität Berlin

Cultural Partners

Unesco Office in Venice

Dopper Foundation

Dopper Foundation


Crystal-clear water from tap to ocean – that is the shared dream of Dopper and the Dopper Foundation. Dopper Foundation aims to live towards this dream through encouraging people that help to turn the tide on plastics in our oceans.

With this at the core, Dopper Foundation pursues its mission in three ways:  

  1. The Dopper Academy represents the knowledge pillar of Dopper Foundation. Because knowledge development and knowledge sharing is the starting point for innovation in people and industries.  
  2. Dopper Dreams represents the inspiration pillar of Dopper Foundation. Because existing ideas and solutions turned into attractive and understandable content can influence people in a positive way.  
  3. Change – investing in solutions together with our Partner Simavi, rather than focusing on the problems, because impact projects and ventures provide a positive and powerful perspective for changed behaviour – the ultimate goal!


Aalto Design Factory
aMore Festival
Ars Electronica
Art Market Budapest
Cittadellarte Foundation
Danube Dialogues Festival
Equilor Fine Arts
Festiwal XXX lat Wolimierz
The Hive
Trinity Enviro
Trip Art Kft
UR Institute
Várgondnokság Nonprofit Kft.
Zero Waste Fair Gdynia


Baltic Sea Challenge initiative


The Baltic Sea Challenge (BSC) is a network initiative that invites organisations to commit in protecting the Baltic Sea and their local waters, to building their own Baltic Sea Action Plan and to implementing it. In 2018 there are already 270 member organisations in the BSC Network from the countries around the Baltic Sea. Even though the initiative was started by the cities of Helsinki and Turku in Finland, it exists especially owing to and for its member organisations. One of the five objectives of the Baltic Sea Challenge initiative is to commit to reduce the concentrations of harmful substances, amount of litter and noise in the marine environment.

We Make the City

We Make The City



Thecamp is a place where talents from all over the world can get training, inspire each other and work on projects to develop solutions for an exciting and optimistic future.


Surfrider Foundation Holland


Surfrider Foundation Holland Coast is there for everyone who loves the ocean and wants to protect our beautiful North Sea, coast, and surf spots. Fully supported by passionate volunteers, we work hard to create awareness among young and old. Through campaigns, education, events, projects and collaborations, we work together with 28 other chapters on the central local and international objectives, clean water, clean beaches and the protection of surf spots.

Surfrider Foundation Europe


Surfrider Foundation Europe is an environmental not-for-profit organisation which “aims at defending, saving, promoting and managing in a sustainable manner the ocean, the coastline, waves and the people who enjoy them”. Throughout its existence, it has acquired strong environment skills and developed real expertise in environmental education. Having now gained recognition at the European and international level, Surfrider has also become a key player in European influential networks on such matters.



Plastic Whale is the first professional plastic fishing company in the world. A social enterprise with a mission: make the world’s waters plastic-free and create value from plastic waste involving as many people as possible. It started in 2011 with a single challenge to build a boat made of plastic waste. Today, we have a fleet of ten design boats made from Amsterdam Canal Plastic. With these boats we go plastic fishing together with thousands of people per year. But we do not only build boats. In February we have launched Plastic Whale Circular Furniture: high-end office furniture made from Amsterdam Canal Plastic. It is our goal to go ‘out of business’: in our case overfishing is a positive phenomenon.



By rewarding people with discounts at local and digital shops, WASTED has established itself as a positive reward scheme to incentivize household waste separation in Amsterdam. For 2019 bigger plans are on the horizon.


Greenpeace Hungary




Specialized in the future, acting in the present

We passionately promote the only possible economy, the sustainable one.
We are acting here and now, working together with the most dedicated and forward-thinking companies, selecting a high quality and innovative projects.

Impact Hub Milano


Impact Hub Milano is a Coworking and Event Space, Community and Certified Incubator, part of a global network of more than 100 spaces and over 15,000 entrepreneurs and innovators united by the interest in projects and companies with social, environmental or cultural impact.



Durat is a forerunner in a circular economy. Durat has been collecting post-industrial plastic waste for more than 20 years, turning it into recyclable composite material



MOST is a global design collective actualising pure ideas. We see the essence of an idea, story, person, or feeling, and we distill it to its purest form. We do this intuitively and create lasting impressions.

DURAT Palace



Lemonaid & ChariTea project were started to incite and shape the process of social change.
With each bottle, they make a small contribution to that.

Ocean Sole


Bio Ocean Sole: Ocean Sole up-cycles the world most worn footwear into artworks, Flip Flop's! We up-cycle 500.000 flip-flops a year and provide 70 Kenyan families of an income.


Henkel Hungary





Stop Micro Waste



Duparec Kft.


Founded in 1853, a family owned and managed group with 6,600 employees in 15 countries, and a European market leader in the packaging, paper, and recycling industry.



Drinking tea can change the world. Every ChariTea purchased supports the non-profit Lemonaid & ChariTea Foundation supporting social projects in the growing regions of its ingredients.


TAPP Water


In TAPP Water we are on a mission to avoid 1bn plastic bottles by 2020. We do so by designing simple, sustainable and affordable plug&play water filters to promote drinking water from the tap.


Cultural Design Agency


Plan A

Polimeer Artists


Public Authorities

Città di Venezia


Association Of Environmental Enterprises

Finnish Science Center Heureka

Ministry for Innovation and Technology, Hungary

Ministry of Human Capacities, Hungary

Valor Hungarie Zrt., Hungary


Jason deCaires Taylor

Jason deCaires Taylor


Jason deCaires Taylor is a sculptor that specialises in site specific installations for underwater environments.Using sculpture as a tool to create new habitats and discuss human relationships with the earth's ecosystems.

J Henry Fair

J Henry Fair


J Henry Fair is an artist, photographer and environmental activist. He tremendously has called attention to environmental and political problems in different regions of the world


This project would not have been possible without the dedication, passion, and determination of so many. A huge thanks to all who continue the ongoing fight against plastic pollution, you inspire us every day.

The team behind The Universal Sea

Adi Yaakov
Agnieszka Sekscinska
Alasdair McTernan
Alice Siblewskia
Amelie Robson
Anisa Hawley
Anjani Parikh
Anke Vorlauf
April Dell
Arthur Hoffmann
Ayesha Jawaid
Barbara Hoppe
Barbara Matter
Charline Munzer
Constantin Böhm
Doris Wu
Eleonora Bidiville
Eulalia Domanowska
Florian Komm
Giulia Accrogliano
Grace Hewitt
Günter Faltin
Helen Russell Brown
Inna Luft
Jonathan Kuhl
Kata Szeder
Kate Wolfe
Katrin Podohl
Klaus Weidner
Kevin Grünstein
Kristina Okan
Leczek Golec
Lizzie Batchelor
Madeleine Bates
Marcela Knapp
Marco Papeo
Mareen Jedro
Margot Belot
Marju Tajur
Maria Posern
Mariem Barka
Marine Dezert
Meret Taglinger
Milena Linke
Milena Olech
Nardine Stybel
Nicole Loeser
Olga Sismanidi
Renate Eras
Réka Pócsi
Rosie Hastings
Róza Szilágyi
Sandra Tolosa Medina
Sheree Spencer
Sian Huygens
Sophia Motta
Sophie Cassel
Steffen Illner
Szabolcs Erdelyi
Tabea Skala
Tina Bayer
Tiziana Destino
Urszula Kaszewska
Viktoria Trosien
Vivian Makowka
Weronika Elertowska
Yingyi Han
Yunosuke Ozawa
Zoé Kompa

Amazing Experts and Innovators

Anna-Marie van der Lei
Bence Fülöp
Carsten Baumgarth
Christopher Owen
Corinna Rosteck
Corinna Vosse
Daniel Lowy
Daria Wartalska
Ede Sinkovics
Gabor Bordos
Gábor Máté
Galit Ariel
Gergely Hankó
Gianna Main
Heikki Karppinen
Jennifer Josenhans
Jon Alapitvany
Jonathan Morrison
Jonne Hellgren
Kaethe Wenzel
Kaori Pi
Karina Vissonova
Katalin Gereben
Kinga Gradowska
Lucas Evers
Martina Makai
Mona Lüders
Nina Pestke
Paula Havaste
Peter Szebenyi
Reka Hunyadi
Sietse Gronheid
Stefan Roslmair
Tamas Szucs
Thorsten Goldberg
Timo Kahlen
Tom Szaky
Tony Rossy
Tove Holm

Jury Members

April Dell
Ariane Koek
Boris Masseron
Eulalia Domanowska
Gilbert Beronneau
J Henry Fair
Júlia Bacsek
Kata Szeder
Leszek Golec
Marco Papeo
Nardine Stybel
Nicole Loeser
Réka Pócsi
Róza Szilágyi
Szabolcs Erdélyi
Tina Bayer
Viktoria Trosien
Weronika Elertowska

Awesome Supporters and Changemakers

Alessia Di Sandro
Alexandra Goloborodko
Amanda Masha
Anastasia Pistofidou
Andrea Licata
Anke Pätsch
Anneke Hendriks
Barbara Vos
Carina Jaatinen
Carla de Carolis
Caroline Billstein
Cristiana Scarpa
Dan Laffoley
Davide Poletto
Eleonora Panto
Elisha Weeber
Ellen Hielkema
Eric Thomas Mulholland
Erik Boer
Fabio Fava
Fabio Pranovi
Femke Awater
Francesca Santoro
Franziska Zander
Ghislaine Llewellyn
Gianluca Matteucci
Giorgia Bellugi
Giulia Franchin
Helene Hoffmann
Katja Nordwig
Keary Shandler
Kushtrim Xhakli
Joan Bergmans
Joanna Kurczewska
Johanna Richter
John Hanus
John Tanzer
Julia Schnetzer
Laura Badalucco
Lubomila Jordanova and her team
Luca Mizzan
Luisa Da Ros
Luisa Schulte
Marco Nannini
Marco Sgarbi
Maria Ferreira
Markus Reymann
Nicoletta Nesto
Olga Mashkina
Olga Sismanidi
Paola Perini
Robert Steenbergen
Roberto Borri
Rosie Vilnius
Sebastian Konitzer
Simon Jochim
Stefan Fritz
Stefania Campogianni
Stefania Tonin
Stefanie Hessler
Stefano Donati
Sven Hille
Teresa Cecchi
Till Gerber
Tjeerd Visser
Tom Duscher

Amazing support for the art + science project by Henning Wehmeyer and Roman Kroke

Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research
Anne Merle Krafeld
Annika Kumm
Anouk Tschanz
Carl von Ossietzky University, Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment
Cécile Vexler
Eberhard Karls University, Center for Applied Geoscience (ZAG)
Eberhard Karls University, Institute of Evolution and Ecology (EvE)
Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Dresden
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research
Institut Français de Recherche pour l‘Exploitation de la Mer
Janine Röfke
Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research
Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries
Ludwig Niebuhr
Niklas Weber
Paul-Sebastian Angermeyer
Rebekka Vaino
Sophie Drünert
Technical University of Munich, Chair of Aquatic Systems Biology
University du Maine, Institute for Molecules and Materials
University of Bayreuth, Chair of Animal Ecology
University of Bordeaux, EPOC Laboratory

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