OPENSEA Helgoland

“To face nature and to try one's ingenuity on its mysteries gives life an unprecedented meaning"

(Alfred Wegener)

Our location...

In the middle of the North Sea, 60 km offshore is the island of Heligoland, a very popular site for marine research for more than 100 years.

With more than 1000 species, including around 400 animal and 600 plant species, Heligoland is a hotspot for biodiversity research and is often called "the Galapagos of the German Bight".

On this very special site, our school lab OPENSEA is established at the AWI on Heligoland. We offer the unique chance to learn about marine research, marine biodiversity, climate change, or environmental pollution through research-based learning.

Ecological relationships can be experienced and grasped through independent experiments in the lab and in the field and are intended to illustrate to the students the need for marine conservation as well as protection. Our program is free of charge and offers a unique educational concept which is closely tailored to the scientific concept of the Biologische Anstalt Helgoland.

Our goals are...

  • an appealing offer of the high school profile "Biology" at our school lab OPENSEA
  • close experience of science through experimental work: "Knowledge you can touch"
  • the consolidation of learned knowledge through practical experiences in the lab and in the field
  • the promotion of scientific curiosity through practical experiences with complex contents (linking mathematical and physical topics with practical biological-chemical work in the laboratory and in the field).

Currently, we offer our courses in German and most of our educational material is in German language. You will find more information here when we offer OPENSEA courses in English as well. If you have any questions, please send us an email: