International Cooperation

The staff of the staff unit "International Cooperation" serves the international cooperation of the AWI and supports the initiation of new international collaborations and projects. On request, international contacts are arranged as well. International Cooperation Agreements of the AWI are established and maintained in the International Cooperation Unit. In addition, the staff represents the institute as partner in international projects dealing with research coordination or infrastructure development within the EU. This includes the projects EUROFLEETSPlus, SIOS, EU-PolarNet 2 and ARICE.
 
Contact
Dr Nicole Biebow

Postal address
Department for International Cooperation
Alfred Wegener Institute
Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research
Am Handelshafen 12
27570 Bremerhaven / Germany
+49 (0)471 4831-1011

Office of Environmental Policy

The Office of Environmental Policy in the Directorate is responsible for the positioning and integration of the AWI in environmental policy processes at the international level and within the framework of intergovernmental bodies (eg SCAR, IASC, ATCM, Arctic Council, CCAMLR, OSPAR). The office is coordinating the AWI contributions and will perform as an information platform for environmental policy questions. The office provides the AWI contact to national environmental authorities (UBA, BfN), including the coordination and submission of AWI applications for scientific research in the Antarctic Treaty area. In addition, the office is responsible for the AWI collaboration with research partners in Bremen (eg, the AWI - MARUM Alliance).
 
Contact
Dr Stefan Hain, Head of the Office of Environmental Policy

Postal address
Alfred Wegener Institute
Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research
Am Handelshafen 12
27570 Bremerhaven / Germany
+49 (0) 471 4831-1152

Communications and Media Relations

The Department of Communications and Media Relations plans and realises the public relations of the Alfred Wegener Institute. It is the institute's first contact address for journalists and everyone public interested in the AWI's research projects. Furthermore the media team organizes guided tours, public lectures and open house events and produces communication products such as the AWI's employee newspaper, booklets and exhibitions. You will find the latest press releases here.
 
Contact
Sebastian Grote (temp.), Head of the Department of Communications and Media Relations

Postal address
Alfred Wegener Institute
Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research
Am Handelshafen 12
27570 Bremerhaven / Germany
+49 (0) 471 4831-2006

Technology Transfer

The Technology Transfer Office (TTO) conducts the commercialization of results from AWI research and development at the interface between science and industry. AWI-internally the TTO is responsible for the support of inventors and the protection of intellectual property right. Embedded into vital networks the TTO fosters the commercial exploitation of results via licensing, industry cooperations and spin-offs. More information

Contact

Professor Eberhard Sauter

Postal address
Stabsstelle Technologietransfer (STT)
Alfred Wegener Institute
Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research
Bussestr. 27
27570 Bremerhaven / Germany
+49 (0) 471 4831-1517

Internal Audit

The Office for Internal Audit examines all operations and organisation processes. Its main tasks are to detect weak points and to give recommendations for further improvements of the administrative and controlling system.
 

Contact
Katja Siek

Postal address
Office for Internal Audit
Alfred Wegener Institute
Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research
Am Handelshafen 12
27570 Bremerhaven / Germany
+49 (0) 471 4831-1803

Health, Safety and Environment (HSE)

The staff unit HSE supports the Directorate in its task to guarantee health and safety of the AWI's employees. It provides advice in questions of labour, health and fire protection and the prevention of accidents. Furthermore the experts for health and safety inspect and evaluate the working conditions at the Alfred Wegener Institute.

Contact
Dr Roland Wittig
Staff Unit HSE
Alfred Wegener Institute
Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Reseach
Am Handelshafen 12
27570 Bremerhaven / Germany
+49 (0) 471 4831-2383

Institute physician
Dr Martin Gerken
+49 (0) 471 986 931 00
E-Mail

Scientific Education (SEA – Science & Education at AWI)

From school to studies and doctorate – one possible career path that the AWI supports with a variety of measures. In our staff unit “Scientific Education“ all support instruments and services for scholars, PhD candidates, and postdocs are bundled. For scholars the AWI offers the cooperation programs HIGHSEA and junior-HIGHSEA, as well as the student labs SEASIDE in Bremerhaven and OPENSEA on Helgoland. All matters relating to a doctorate at AWI will be dealt with and supported by the staff members of the Graduate School POLMAR. Our new career center PROCEED advises and supports postdoctoral scientists on their further career path.

For further information please go to:

Postdoc Office PROCEED

Graduate School POLMAR

Cooperation program:
HIGHSEA

Student labs:
SEASIDE
OPENSEA

Contact
Dr Susanne Gatti

Postal address
Stabsstelle Wissenschaftliche Ausbildung (SEA)
Alfred Wegener Institute
Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research
Am Handelshafen 12
27570 Bremerhaven / Germany
+49 (0)471 4831-1392

Programme Management

The staff unit ‘Programme Management’ oversees all activities within the current research program PACES II (PoF III). It supports the directorate and the programme spokesperson in preparing the fourth period of programme-oriented funding (PoF IV) to adapt the current research programme into the new structure of the Research Field ‘Earth and Environment’. Furthermore, the staff members will develop concepts and instruments for a future programmatic and project-oriented management of AWI’s basic funding.

Contact
Dipl. Martina Wilde

Postal address
Department for Programme Management
Alfred Wegener Institute
Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research
Bussestrasse 24
27570 Bremerhaven / Germany
+49 (0)471 4831-1566

Coordination Coast Stations

Project Polarstern II

In May 2020 the AWI was appointed to conduct a new process for the acquisition of a new ice-breaking research and supply vessel Polarstern II by the board of trustees.

The process includes the planning of the procurement procedures, the construction supervision, as well as the trial runs of the ship.

All steps are conducted in close coordination with our funding organization BMBF.

All necessary functions that are necessary for this project of primary importance for AWI are bundled in the staff unit Project Polarstern II.