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Tolerance and Open-Mindedness

As indispensable pillars of scientific work, international cooperation and intensive intercultural exchange are major prerequisites for modern research. Tolerance and cosmopolitanism are therefore central values in the Institute’s self-conception. The Alfred Wegener Institute joined the Potsdam Edict of Toleration in 2008 (“Potsdamer Toleranzedikt 2008”) in order to illustrate this self-conception.


 

Self-commitment of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association within the framework of the new Potsdam Edict of Toleration 2008

Research knows no boundaries. The international and intercultural cooperation in research stimulates the mutual gain of scientific knowledge. The staff of the Alfred Wegener Institute support foreign students and researchers during their research stays in Potsdam and at the other locations in Bremerhaven, on Helgoland and Sylt.

The Alfred Wegener Institute maintains worldwide research cooperations. Research in Polar areas would be unthinkable and impossible without the transnational cooperation with internationally renowned research institutions. No one will be discriminated against or excluded from projects because of origin, ideology or philosophy of life.

International research networks and platforms are not only a profit for science; they also further the mutual understanding of people of different nationalities. Almost one third of all expedition members both in field work ashore and on board of the research icebreaker Polarstern are of foreign origin. Working together during expeditions requires a high degree of mutual tolerance and comprehension skills. The employees of the Alfred Wegener Institute contribute to overcome cultural boundaries and to deepen the intercultural dialogue.

The Alfred Wegener Institute supports the compatibility between work and family by means of various measures. The model “double careers” helps to increase the attractiveness for recruiting renowned foreign researchers.


 
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