Environment Protection Seminar


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. The two main lectures of the seminar are linked on the right.

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.



COVID-19 pandemic update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is currently not foreseeable whether the next seminar "Environmental Protection in the Antarctic" can take place on 27 September 2021 as a face-to-face / in persona event at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven. If this will not be possible, the intention is to carry out an online training on this day for all people who will travel to the Antarctic Treaty area (south of 60° S) in the coming season 2021/2022 in order to do research or work there and have not yet attended the environmental protection seminar. Those who cannot take part in the seminar or the online training will be trained on site by the respective expedition or station leader.

Please note that, in contrast to the certificate of seminar participation, which is valid for life, the online training or the ad hoc on-site training only applies to a one-time visit to Antarctica and does not eliminate the obligation to attend the seminar. If a 'trained' person travels to Antarctica again in the next few years, then there is again an obligation to participate in the seminar "Environmental Protection in Antarctica".



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Next date: 27.09.2021