Cooperations and networks

National cooperation

AWI biologist Christian Buschbaum is teaching POGO students how to prepare oysters for lab work.
AWI biologist Christian Buschbaum is teaching POGO students how to prepare oysters for lab work. (Photo: Tina Wagner)

Established in 1980, the Alfred Wegener Institute is anchored in a global research network by numerous national and international cooperative relationships.

This strong network is supported by more than 100 cooperation agreements with universities, research institutions and other partners.

The Alfred Wegener Institute is also a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, one of the main scientific organizations in Germany.

Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres

The Helmholtz Association combines the resources and expertise of 18 scientific-technical and medical-biological research centres. Their task is to pursue the long-term research goals of the state and society.

Go to the website of the Helmholtz Association

German Marine Research Consortium (KDM)

The German Marine Research Consortium (KDM) combines the marine science expertise of the member institutions and represents them in discussion with decision-makers and funding agencies. The research, contributions to academic training, knowledge transfer and technology development of Consortium members are innovation drivers and make significant contributions to the important maritime sector in the north German coastal communities.

Go to KDM website

German Climate Consortium

The German Climate Consortium (DKK) represents the key players of the German climate and climate impact research community.  Under the theme ‘Research for society, economy and environment’, the DKK works with renowned research institutions in delivering climate change information to support the development of mitigation and adaptation policy options.

Go to the DKK website

Northwest Marine Research Group

The Northwest Marine Research Group (NWVM) links Bremen and Lower Saxony research institutions to strengthen the potential and impact of north-west Germany in marine, climate and polar research.

Go to the NWVM website

AWI Director Prof. Dr. Dr. H. C. Karin Lochte, Chair of the German Marine Research Consortium at the naming of RV Sonne. (Photo: INGRID FIEBAK-KREMER)

Partners in Research Teaching

In addition to these memberships and collaborative partnerships, the AWI maintains close cooperation in research and teaching with a number of universities.  All professors at the Alfred Wegener Institute are named joint appointments with universities, including the University of Bremen, Jacobs University Bremen, Bremerhaven University and the Universities of Potsdam, Oldenburg and Kiel.

The collaborations in research and teaching have seen the creation of graduate schools and colleges, and the Helmholtz-Max Planck bridging group ‘Deep Sea Ecology and Technology’. 

Helmholtz Graduate School for Polar and Marine Sciences (POLMAR)

The Graduate School POLMAR provides doctoral students at the Alfred Wegener Institute with a structured training program in addition to their individual research.

Go to the POLMAR website

Bremen International Graduate School for Marine Sciences (GLOMAR)

The aim of the International Bremen Graduate School of Marine Sciences (GLOMAR) is to train a new generation of marine scientists who accept the challenge of cutting-edge research.

Go to the GLOMAR website

International Max Planck Research School of Marine Microbiology (MarMic)

The International Max Planck Research School of Marine Microbiology (MarMic) is a program for highly qualified and motivated masters and doctoral students at the max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen University, the Alfred Wegener Institute and Jacobs University.

Go to the MarMic website 

AWI microbiologist Dr. Uwe John explains laboratory procedures to a student of the University of Bremen’s "Marine Biology" Masters Program during an internship at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven
AWI microbiologist Dr. Uwe John explains laboratory procedures to a student of the University of Bremen’s "Marine Biology" Masters Program during an internship at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven. (Photo: Sina Löschke)

International Cooperation

The Alfred Wegener Institute deploys scientists to institutions, on research vessels and research stations around the world.  Scientists from other nations are also invited to the Alfred Wegener Institute, to work with its fleet of research vessels and aircraft, and at its research platforms.  Approximately one quarter of all AWI expedition participants in research cruises aboard the RV Polarstern are international visiting scientists.

Your contact for international cooperation at the Alfred Wegener Institute is Dr Nicole Biebow.

An overview of the international cooperation activities of the Alfred Wegener Institute
An overview of the international cooperation activities of the Alfred Wegener Institute (Graphic: Yves Nowak)