After conducting an international maritime security conference in Berlin in 2013, the ISPK used the momentum provided by Kiel Week to establish a conference format aimed at raising the awareness for the maritime domain as well as strengthening the ties between military, academia, government, and industry. It has also drawn from Kiel’s maritime flair. Rich in chequered naval history, Kiel is not only a major Baltic Sea port and namesake to the famous Kiel Canal but also home to the ISPK, the COE CSW, the German Navy’s Flotilla 1, the GEOMAR, leading German shipyards, and the famous Kiel Week. In each iteration of the conference a specific maritime region or overarching subject is selected and used as a case to discuss a broad range of security challenges. These can be of geostrategic, political, legal, military, economic, or technological nature. Hence, our conferences and workshops serve as a bridge between political-strategic and geopolitical concerns and have brought professionals from a variety of backgrounds and countries to Kiel. The accomplishment of two successful Kiel Conferences in 2015 and 2016 helped create the Kiel Seapower Series in 2017.