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Arctic Science Ministerial

Politicians put the focus on Arctic research

Germany, the European Commission and Finland organise two-day conference

[17. October 2018] 

On 25 and 26 October, the spotlight in Berlin will be on Arctic research. On the first day, the focus will be on the Arctic Science Forum, where experts from 20 nations, representatives of indigenous peoples, and NGOs will meet to discuss international collaboration in the context of Arctic research. On the second day, the 2nd Arctic Science Ministerial will convene, followed by public events that will round out the conference.

Arctic Expedition

Polarstern returns from geo-expedition in the Arctic

Rock samples from the ocean floor, likely several million years old, recovered

[16. October 2018] 

This morning, the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) research icebreaker Polarstern returned to her homeport in Bremerhaven. Over the previous six weeks, nearly 100 contributing researchers and crewmembers had engaged in geoscientific fieldwork, sea-ice experiments and meteorological research in the Central Arctic. In addition, students from the German-Canadian graduate training programme ArcTrain were on board.


Expedition with RV Maria S. Merain to the AWI Hausgarten

Deep sea scientists conduct long term ecological research between Svalbard and Greenland

[02. October 2018] 

A team of 22 scientific expedition participants around deep-sea biologist Dr Thomas Soltwedel from the Alfred Wegener Institute is currently conducting research on board RV Maria S. Merian in the so-called AWI HAUSGARTEN.

New Study

Observing the development of a deep-sea greenhouse gas filter

Marine Scientists from Bremen observe colonization of a deep-sea mud volcano after its eruption for the first time

[28. September 2018] 

In a long-term study, marine scientists from Bremen for the first time observed the colonization of a deep-sea mud volcano after its eruption. The present study describes how the colonization of the mud volcano proceeds and when tiny methane-munchers get going.

European Politics

Polar policy briefing in the European Parliament

EU-PolarNet is presenting five polar white papers during policy briefing in Brussels

[26. September 2018] 

Today, EU-PolarNet is presenting urgent polar issues in the European Parliament in Brussels. During a two-hour long policy briefing themed “At the frontline of climate change: Key changes in the Polar Regions that call for European action” the AWI coordinated and EU funded project outlines its five polar white papers.