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PhD students pages

PhD Days 2013 Potsdam

PhD Days 2014 Helgoland


Welcome to the pages dedicated to PhD students at the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI).


Currently we have about 180 PhD students working at the different divisions at the AWI. In order not to loose sight of each other and that not everybody has to fight for himself, we select PhD representatives, the 'DokTeam'. This group of PhDs speaks up, fights for the rights of all PhDs and organises group activities. If you have questions/comments, feel free to contact us (see also contact information on the right).


As an example we organise PhD Days in one of the AWI outposts at Helgoland, Sylt or Potsdam every year. This small conference allows us to present our work during talks and poster sessions get in new scientific exchange and to discuss challenges of the daily PhD student life. In the last years the PhD days were organized  in Potsdam (2013) and Helgoland (2014). Next year the PhD Days will be held on Sylt.


More information as a prospective PhD student can be found here.

More information as a current PhD student in AWI can be found here.




2015 November 4: AWI Science Meeting

2015 June 1-4: PhD Days on Sylt

2015 March 31: Registration Deadline PhD Days

2015 March 02: 6pm PhD Stammtisch meeting at 'Alt-Bremerhaven'

2015 February 26: Outreach Info Session in Bremerhaven



Graduate schools at AWI

PhD students have the possibility to participate in a structured postgraduate education program. At the Awi there are two graduate schools present:

Helmholtz Graduate School for Polar and Marine Research (POLMAR)

Helmholtz Research School on Earth System Science (ESSReS)


These graduate schools allows PhD students to broaden their knowledge during different courses and seminars; they can be used as exchange platforms, they help with various aspects during the PhD life, e.g. the organization for a sty abroad. Further information can be found here.


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Contact information

The AWI Phd students are represented by the elected

contact: Dokteam(at)

Team members are...

in Bremerhaven:


in Potsdam:


in Helgoland:


In Sylt: