Germany and Arctic Research

Organized by the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) 28. July 2016

Building on the German Country Session at last year’s Arctic Circle Assembly, this breakout session, "Germany's Commitments to Arctic Research and Research Cooperation" will focus on Germany’s Arctic research activities and contributions to international Arctic research cooperation. 

Close international cooperation plays a central role in gaining an understanding of future developments of the Arctic, and polar exploration has a long and distinguished tradition in Germany. Though not an Arctic nation, Germany runs one of the largest Arctic research programs worldwide.

With the research icebreaker Polarstern and the successor Polarstern II in planning, Arctic stations and aircrafts, Germany is committed to international cooperation in various ways and German scientists play a leading role in a number of international Arctic research activities.

Representatives of the major German research institutes working in the Arctic will present national and international research programs and flagship projects:

  • International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)
  • Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research
  • Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)
  • Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR)
  • GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research
  • German Aerospace Center (DLR)