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Traces in the ice

Lead pollution in Arctic ice shows economic impact of wars, plagues, famines from Middle Ages to present

[09. July 2019] 

How did events like the plague affect the economy of medieval Europe? Lead particles deeply trapped in the Arctic ice can now shed some light on this: AWI scientists have now studied these lead contaminants using ice cores.

AWI Helgoland

International Summer School

“Marine phytoplankton diversity observation: innovative methods and industrial applications”

[05. July 2019] 

Sixteen young scientists from nine countries have come to AWI Heligoland for eleven days to attend the Coastal Summer School. The aim is to deepen their knowledge of phytoplankton research in coastal waters.


AWI receives audit berufundfamilie for the fifth time

Where family and research belong together

[26. June 2019] 

Arranging work and family life is a high priority at the AWI. This is also proven by the repeated awarding of the berufundfamilie Service GmbH audit certificate, which has now been presented to the AWI Family Office for the fifth time in succession.

An extraordinary guest

‘Astro-Alex’ visits the AWI

Astronaut Alexander Gerst pays a visit to his alma mater and exchanges notes with AWI researchers

[14. June 2019] 

Geophysicist and astronaut Alexander Gerst visited the AWI, where he gave an in-house talk on his work as ‘astro-Alex’ for ca. 200 members of staff and exchanged notes with AWI researchers.

On the glacier

German President and AWI Director visit Iceland

State visit focused on climate change, environmental protection and sustainable energy

[13. June 2019] 

Together with a group of climate experts, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited Iceland from 12 to 14 June. Antje Boetius accompanied the President at his request, in order to discuss global climate change and Germany’s contribution to climate protection.