Scientific proposals

Ships

Polarstern and Heincke

The operators of the large and medium-sized German research vessels have jointly established a procedure which offers the opportunity to exchange the applications for ship time for individual ships. This procedure provides a comparable standard as to the reviews for all ships and thus helps optimizing operation.

As of now proposals for POLARSTERN and HEINCKE may only be submitted to Portal deutsche Forschungsschiffe (www.portal-forschungsschiffe.de). On this site you will find information on how to write the proposal.

For Polarstern there is a planning phase of 3 years as to proposals for main use. At present you may only submit proposals for secondary use:

Deadline for secondary use (2016-2019): 30 September 2016

For Heincke there is a planning phase of 1 year, i.e. you may submit proposals every year for the
second following year.

Deadline for 2018: 30 September 2016

It is not clear what is meant by “main use” and “secondary use”? In this case you may find information here:

What happens to my proposal?

Or you may contact us:

Wissenschaftliche Koordination Polarstern und Heincke

 

 

 

 

Deadlines

Heincke:
30.09.2016 Deadline proposals for 2018

Polarstern:
30.09.2016 deadline proposals secondary use

Contact

Scientific coordinator

FS Polarstern & Heincke

Dr. Rainer Knust

 

 

 

Assistant:

Sanne Bochert

Planning procedure

Smaller vessels

Expeditions with the smaller vessels of the Alfred Wegener Institute require shorter periods of planning. We do, though, recommend to submit proposals in due time. Proposals for Uthörn, Mya II, Aade and Diker are sent directly to the contact persons.

Contact

Planning Process

Uthörn:
Instructions (PDF to be filled in available for download) please submit two weeks prior to the expedition at the latest.

Mya II, Aade and Diker are operated according to the local requirements. Please contact the persons in charge.

Polar aircraft

Research in polar regions requires special equipment and logistics because the access to the research areas is very difficult due to extreme environmental conditions. The use of research aircraft is an important link between ground based and satellite investigations. Moreover, the aircraft are integrated into the international logistics co-operation DROMLAN (Dronning Maud Land Aircraft Network).

If you wish to use the polar aircraft for your research projects you have to send project applications to the scientific co-ordinator Daniel Steinhage in due time. In case that you bring your own scientific instruments you must add respective information and certificates to the application.

Distribution of costs

Potential users not working for AWI have to bear the costs for the suggested projects themselves. An exception has been agreed upon with German universities. Any projects linked to German universities only have to cover the running costs for the use of the aircraft during the mission, such as:

  • valid costs of certification
  • transport of freight belonging to the project
  • fuel expenses
  • travel expenses
  • accomodation costs at the respective bases (airports)
  • other campaign costs

In case of shared projects between AWI and a German university the consideration of the a.m. costs in percent correspond to their respective share.

Costs are being estimated for every single project application. the decision about the costs to be borne by the respectiveproject management is made by AWI based on the specifications mentioned in the apllication. For joint projects the contribution of every single participant has to be explained in the project application.

 

Deadlines

Deadline for proposals for 2018 is 31.03.2017.

Contact persons

Contact persons

Polar aircrafts

Dr. Daniel Steinhage
Scientific coordinator

Martin Gehrmann
Licensing work, Campaign support

Benjamin Harting
Measuring techniques, Campaign support

Christoph Petersen
Data acquisition, Campaign support

Manuel Sellmann
Measuring techniques, Campaign support, Data acquisition

Lukas Kandora
Computer infrastructure, Campaign support, Data acquisition

Logistics

Silke Henkel
Freight handling, Administration, Airport identification card

Dr. Uwe Nixdorf
Head of Logistics

Schedule planning procedure

The polar aircraft are operated according to the requirements. Please contact Daniel Steinhage.

On expedition in Canada (Photo: R. Waltenberg)

Stations and land expeditions

Neumayer III Station, Kohnen Station und antarctic land expeditions

At the Neumayer III Station the AWI is performing a long-term research program comprising observations in the fields of meteorology, atmospheric chemistry and geophysics. During the polar summer from December until February Neumayer III, in combination with the plateau station „Kohnen“, is used as logistical base for flight operations all over Antarctica as well as field campaigns on the continental ice sheet.

The logistic requirements of such expeditions differ with regard to large-scale or short-term projects:

  • Short-term projects: are performed in January/February of the coming season (freight is being transported on board Polarstern), or in November/December (freight is completely being transported by aircraft).
  • Large-scale projects: long-time and/or early starting campaigns (November until February). In this case, freight can only be transported into Antarctica on board Polarstern. This means that transport hast o be effeccted in the previous season.

A description of the planning procedure is here.

Information for expedition participants here.

Deadlines

The deadline for project proposals for small projects taking place in the summer season 2017/18 as well as large projects taking place in the summer season 2018/19 is: 30.11.2016

Contact person

Dr. Tanja Fromm
scientific coordinator Neumayer III, Kohnen

Prof. Dr. Olaf Eisen
scientific coordinator ANT-Land

Dr. Eberhard Kohlberg und Dr. Christine Wesche
logistic coordination Neumayer III, Kohnen, ANT-Land

Silke Henkel
freight handling

Nina Machner
freight handling Polarstern

Dr. Uwe Nixdorf
head of logistics department

Download templates

A project proposal template is coming soon.

Planning procedure

A description of the planning procedure can be downloaded here.