The provisions of the German "Act implementing the Protocol of Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty of 4 October 1991" require that every expedition member who travels with a German permit in the area of the Antarctic Treaty (south of 60° S) is to be instructed in the environmental protection regulations. For this reason, the Alfred Wegener Institute, in cooperation with the Federal Environment Agency (UBA), holds once a year before the start of the Antarctic season a full-day seminar on the subject of "Environmental Protection in Antarctica". The seminar will be held in German. Persons, who are not fluent in German to follow the seminar, can contact Stefan Hain or Elena Tschertkowa-Paulenz for alternative arrangements. The two main lectures held at last year's training are linked on the right as examples.
The seminar is a compulsory event for anyone traveling to Antarctica with a German permit issued by the Federal Environment Agency (UBA). Participation is confirmed with an unlimited (lifelong valid) certificate.
Every member of the expedition must be able to show the certificate (or a copy of it) on request in Antarctica.
Excluded from seminar participation are people who take part in an Antarctic expedition under a foreign permit. Depending on their national legislation, these colleagues have to attend a similar seminar in their home country.
People who cannot take part in the seminar for compelling reasons must notify the AWI in writing no later than 1 week before the seminar.
Anyone who travels to Antarctica without proof of seminar participation does not meet the legal requirements for participating in an expedition to Antarctica.
Travel expenses for external seminar participants cannot be covered by the AWI.
People who travel to Antarctica in the context of a DFG project can apply for a reimbursement of the travel costs for the seminar participation from the DFG.