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Research project MIMAS comes third at the North German Research Award

29th November 2012. The research cooperation MIMAS, a project in collaboration between the University of Greifswald, the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research and eight further partners with scientific and industrial backgrounds, came third in competition for the first North German Research Award. The award honours successful scientific cooperation projects across the federal states and is granted by the ministries of science of the five North German states. The third-placed scientists of the “Microbial Interaction in Marine Systems“(MIMAS) project for the first time succeeded in determining complex microbial communities in the North and Baltic Sea and to investigate their function within the ecosystem. The cooperation’s interdisciplinary is unique internationally and bundles North German research skills from various fields, including ecology, microbiology and genomics.  

The photography shows this year’s winner, professor Jürgen Rullkötter, who accepted the sculpture in the name of this research team, „BioGeoChemie des Watts“ (BioGeoChemistry oft he mud flat). Photo: Daniel Drexelius, BWF.


 

Dr. Inga May wins the Award for Intelligible Science 2012

Inga May, Photo: private

23rd November 2012. Dr. Inga May from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Science in the Helmholtz Association receives the Award for Intelligible Science for her presentation about her research on Arctic permafrost. The Helmholtz centre Geesthacht awarded the geoscientist from the AWI Potsdam for her talent to present her research results intelligibly to a broad audience. Dr. Inga May belonged to a group of seven scientists from entire Germany, who were selected to present their research in front of an audience of almost 300 people. Her clear way to present convinced the audience and earned her the first prize and 2.500 Euro.


 

Boys and girls as marine scientists – The first Helmholtz Day in the AWI student lab

Participants of the Helmholtz Day try to pile different kind of waters in an experiment, thereby learning about the oceans' currents. Photo: K. Baer, Alfred Wegener Institute

20th November 2012. Today students can experience what it is like to be a scientist in the SEASIDE science lab of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association. Together with the 24 other Helmholtz student labs, SEASIDE organises the first so called Helmholtz Day. An event, which is devoted to the outstanding German natural scientist, Herman von Helmholtz, and meant to interest students in his versatile research and the work of the Helmholtz institutes. The SEASIDE student lab in doing so, focuses primarily on experiments around ocean currents. The Helmholtz Day is in future going to take place once a year in November. While this year only students from the educational project HIGHSEA participate at the Alfred Wegener Institute, SEASIDE wants to open the Helmholtz Day up for student groups from all schools from next year on.


 
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