Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research

(1980; Bremerhaven, Germany + 4 national offices; 1100+ staff;

One of the few scientific institutions in the world that is equally active in the Arctic and Antarctic. It coordinates German polar research efforts, while also conducting research in the North Sea and adjacent coastal regions in Germany. Collaborates with numerous national and international partners to decipher the complicated processes in the “system of earth” facing radical climate change. The poles change and they play a central role in the global climate system. They affect they development of Earth generating both short-term variations and long-term trends that need to be observed and understood.
They have several ships, observatories, stations and airplanes to conduct expeditions and 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

Leadership: Karsten Wurr (Administrative Director), Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius (Director)

Budget: $134m