Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research

Founding Year: 1980

Staff: 1100

Budget: $134m

Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius (Director)

It conducts polar and marine research, working in the cold and temperate regions of the world. Though it is one of the few scientific institutions in the world that is equally active in the Arctic and Antarctic. It is also works  to decipher the complicated processes in the “system of earth” facing radical climate change.

It coordinates German polar research efforts, while also conducting research in the North Sea and adjacent coastal regions in Germany. And it has several ships, observatories, stations and airplanes to conduct expeditions and research.


  • Scientific papers and articles in their publication portal
  • Scientific data on their data portal Pangaea
  • Brochures and reports
  • Infographics

HIGHLIGHT: Reports on Polar and Marine Research


  • Postdocs and PhD and graduate placements
  • Traineeships, internships and apprenticeships

Research fields: 

  • Ocean acidification
  • Sea ice
  • Permafrost
  • Marine litter
  • North Sea
  • Arctic Ocean
  • Polar prediction
  • Ice sheets


Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals

  Organization Type

  Geographic Foci


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