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Nature Study

Microorganisms organise power supply via nano-wires

Dual-species microbial consortia jointly degrade methane

[22. October 2015] 

Electrical energy from the socket - this convenient type of power supply is apparently used by some microorganisms that form nanowire connections to transfer energy. Researchers have now discovered such small power grids between dual-species microbial consortia that jointly degrade methane.

Arctic Circle

AWI directorate speaks on international Arctic conference

[16. October 2015] 

Today the director of the Alfred Wegener Institute Prof. Dr. Karin Lochte and Dr. Uwe Nixdorf, Vice Director and head of AWI logistics give presentations in the Country Session Germany at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik.

Young scientists

AWI welcomes international scholarship holders

Scholarship of the Japanese Nippon Foundation and POGO (Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans)

[13. October 2015] 

The Alfred Wegener Institute welcomes the new scholarship holders of the Centre of Excellence in Observational Oceanography. The international young scientists will be embarking a ten-month traineeship as ocean experts.


Hans-Otto Pörtner elected Co-Chair of the IPCC’s Working Group II

Together with a colleague from South Africa, the AWI expert will head an important council of experts

[07. October 2015] 

Today, AWI biologist and climate researcher Professor Hans-Otto Pörtner was officially voted Co-Chair of the IPCC’s Working Group II at a ceremony held in Dubrovnik, Croatia. He’ll be leading the Group, which primarily focuses on the risks and impacts of climate change, as well as potential adaptation strategies, together with Debra Roberts from South Africa.


The Climates of the Geological Past

Facsimile reprint of the original German edition with translation

[07. October 2015] 

Alfred Wegener is known for his theory of continental drift which he published exactly 100 years ago in 1915. Slightly less known, but equally important are the studies on the climates of the geological past, which he carried out and published together with his father-in-law Wladimir Köppen.