Kiel International Seapower Symposium

The Kiel International Seapower Symposium (KISS) is a one-day international conference held during Kiel Week, Northern Europe's largest annual maritime festival and a traditional naval event. The symposium's objective is to discuss current matters pertaining to seapower, which is broadly understood as a broad set of maritime issues and those naval, commercial, and policy implications stemming from it.

KISS will complement the Kiel Week with a long-desired international strategic event that will draw international expertise to the city. Moreover, it will contribute to Germany's increasingly important role in Europe and the NATO Alliance. The symposium is an opportunity to meet thought leaders as well as to articulate and critically discuss novel naval / maritime ideas. The event builds on a string of similar conferences. It draws on Kiel's rich maritime and naval heritage: as a naval base; a renowned port city; home to leading submarine technology, maritime strategic research, and oceanographic expertise; and as the namesake to the busiest artificial waterway in the world, the Kiel Canal.


Baltic Sea Strategy Forum

The Baltic Sea Strategy Forum offers opportunities for academics, policy-makers and military representatives to engage in dialogue on the multi-faceted maritime security challenges of a region marked by current challenges to the rules-based order.

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The series of workshops and symposia aims to shed light on the role of the maritime domain in its current political and military development, broader geopolitical implications, recognising the risks to the interests of states large and small but also the international political system as a whole. The programme offers ample networking opportunities as well as room for participants' interaction with the speakers.

The inaugural Baltic Sea Strategy Forum was held in Vaasa, Finland, on 30 November 2017. It was followed by the BSSF18 in Copenhagen on 27 September 2018. The next Baltic Sea Strategy Forum will be held in Kiel, Germany, in the fourth quarter of 2019.

The Baltic Sea Strategy Forum series connects to "Kiel Conference 2015: Baltic Sea Focus", an international maritime security conference that ISPK organized together with the Kiel-based Centre of Excellence for Operations in Confined and Shallow Waters (COE CSW).

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The "Dreizack"

Maritime Scientific Network Meeting



Dreizack 2019

In addition to master's students and doctoral candidates, experts from universities, think tanks, and the military helped to provide insights into the content of research projects as well as aspects beyond their own horizons.


#Meer Diversität

On February 20, 2020, the Center for Maritime Strategy & Security at ISPK held a conference on "Sea. Diversity." Under the ambitious subtitle "Fresh Wind: Rethinking Maritime Strategy and Maritime Security." the event brought together some 50 participants from politics, the armed forces, security policy and business at the Kiel naval base.

Based on the thesis that the security policy community of interest is still dominated by "old, wise men," the conference called primarily members of the 1980+ cohort to exchange experiences. Those young professionals from the civilian and military sectors demand - and at the same time offer - more creativity, courage, innovation as well as openness when considering, analyzing and implementing maritime thinking. They think differently about naval strategy, maritime security, and the relevance of practical exchanges between science, policy, and the armed forces. They are the ones who want to and will challenge the old and contribute their own constructive thinking. In the traditional role models of large institutions, this disruptive nature is not always unproblematic.

All the more helpful, following the opening speech by Dr. Sebastian Bruns, were the three profitable and honest keynote speeches by Siemtje Möller, Member of the German Bundestag, Johannes Peters, Research Associate at the ISPK, and Flotilla Admiral Christian Bock, Commander of Operational Flotilla 1 of the German Navy. Corvette Captain Tanja Merkl, commander of the minesweeper "Datteln", had previously prepared the participants for the multifaceted exchange on the diverse mindset in security policy and the navy via a video message from the North Sea. Also present in the Q&A were some "young at heart" like the former commander of the Joint Forces Command Brunssum, General (ret.) Hans-Lothar Domröse, as well as editors of MarineForum and Europäische Sicherheit & Technik.


The discussion on #MeerDiversität will be continued by the ISPK, which has been intensively bringing more younger colleagues onto panels and into the plenary for years, especially at the Kiel Seapower Series events.



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