Oceans have no boundaries

We depend on the ocean for food, transportation, minerals and recreation. All maritime nations should participate in knowledge-based governance of the ocean. Education in marine science is key to secure the oceans as a sustainable resource.

Venue and Background

The Nippon Foundation-POGO Centre of Excellence (NF-POGO CofE) provides world class education and training courses in the field of observational oceanography, since 2008. Starting in 2013, the NF-POGO CofE has been hosted by the Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany's foremost polar and marine research institution. The next training programme (NF-POGO cofE Phase III) will start in autumn 2018.

Located in the North Sea, the NF-POGO Centre of Excellence at AWI will be conducted on the offshore island of Helgoland and the UNESCO reserve Waddensea island of Sylt. Helgoland provides opportunities for the study of open-ocean sciences; shelf/basin interactions are topics of study at Sylt.

Course Synopsis

The training will promote excellence in integrated, multidisciplinary oceanography at a global scale. Scholars will receive ten months of training to include one month of formal introductory training, followed by more detailed courses emphasizing core skills (e.g. writing, scientific presentations, statistics and experimental design) and specialised scientific topics such as modelling, remote sensing, ocean-atmosphere interactions. Scholars will also receive training in instrumentation, sample collection and analytical protocols. Each scholar will conduct an independent research project during the programme. The scientific staff of AWI can mentor research projects in numerous fields as it is large in number and diverse, with strength in many areas of Observational Oceanography; the scientists on Helgoland and Sylt have unique expertise in biology, ecology, time-series work and coastal processes.


Application phase for 2018 / 2019 is now closed.  Successful applicants will be notified if they have been selected by end of May 2018. The start of the next cohort will be in midth of September 2018.

Scholarships will be provided from NF-POGO through the CofE that cover travel, room, board, tuition, and a modest allowance for those students accepted into the programme.



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NoSoAT Training cruises on board the RV Polarstern

The NoSoAT 2016 cruise report is out now!

Thanks to all participants. The next opportunity for a ship board training on board of the RV Polarstern will be announced here.

The NoSoAT 2015 cruise report is available here.

The 2017 / 2018 scholars arrived at their new temporary home

The fifth cohort of the NF-POGO Centre of Excellence programme arrived in Germany. After a few introductory days at Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung in Bremerhaven and on Helgoland the new “pogoynans” started their ten month programme in Helgoland and Sylt. The Biologische Anstalt Helgoland and the Wattenmeerstation Sylt welcomed the new scholars warmly. This year the scholars arrived from Bangladesh, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, Egypt, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Philipinnes and Sudan.

NF-POGO-NUIG Ocean & Climate Scholars Programme II

As the Regional Training Programme for the NF-POGO Centre of Excellence at AWI, the Ocean & Climate Scholars Programme is an intensive, fully funded workshop examining our past, present and future climate, the oceans interact and our influence at global, regional & local scales. 

The programme was held at NUI Galway, Ireland from 18th to 22nd September 2017 and was open to postgraduate students of ocean, climate and environment related sciences.

The Ocean & Climate Scholars Programme is a collaboration between NUI Galway and the Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO), and is supported by the Nippon Foundation.