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Making the Arctic accessible for excellent science

EU funds an Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium, which will provide researchers with improved access to research icebreakers

[02. February 2018] 

Fourteen partners from thirteen countries have joint forces to improve the capacities for marine-based research in the ice-covered Arctic Ocean. In the project “ARICE- Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium”, they aim at better coordinating the existing polar research fleet. The European Commission funds the project, which is coordinated by the German Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), with 6 million Euros.

EDEN-ISS Project

Greenhouse reaches the Antarctic

Menu of the overwintering crew at the Neumayer-Station III enriched by fresh vegetables

[11. January 2018] 

With the arrival and unloading of the EDEN ISS greenhouse at the edge of the Antarctic ice shelf, the construction process has begun. In the coming weeks, a team from the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) will set up the greenhouse, designed for extreme environments, just 400 metres from the German Neumayer Station III in the Antarctic. It will be run by the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), which is working on the EDEN ISS project together with DLR.

Marine plankton

Novel lenses enable X-ray microscopy with record resolution

Silica shell of diatom in fine detail

[08. December 2017] 

In cooperation with the Alfred Wegener Institute scientists at DESY, a Research Centre of the Helmholtz Association, have developed novel lenses that enable X-ray microscopy with record resolution in the nanometre regime.


Business as usual would not be sustainable

How the oceans can help satisfy the global demond for food

[04. December 2017] 

How can the oceans help satisfy the global demond for food. This question has been examined in the first Evidence Review Report by SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) titled "Food from the Oceans".

Nature Conservation

International Oyster Alliance

Founding of the Native Oyster Restoration Alliance (NORA) to restore the European oyster

[14. November 2017] 

At an international workshop, nature conservation authorities and organisations, scientists and oyster farmers have founded a European network. Their goal is to reintroduce and restore stocks of the now rare and highly endangered native European oyster.