Scientific proposals


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 ( 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 2015

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 2017: 30 September 2015

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






30.09.2015 Deadline proposals for 2017

30.09.2015 deadline proposals main use


Scientific coordinator

FS Polarstern & Heincke

Dr. Rainer Knust





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.


Planning Process

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.



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


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)