Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research

AWI, Bremen

Polar and Marine research are central themes of Global system and Environmental Science. The Alfred Wegener Institute conducts research in the Arctic, the Antarctic and at temperate latitudes.

It coordinates Polar research in Germany and provides both the necessary equipment and the essential logistic back up for polar expeditions. Recent additional research themes include North Sea Research, contributions to Marine Biological Monitoring, Marine Pollution Research, Investigation of naturally occurring marine substances and technical marine developments.

The Institute was established as a public foundation in 1980. The Foundation Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research includes the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven the Potsdam Research Unit  (1992), the Biologische Anstalt Helgoland and the Wadden Sea Station Sylt. It is a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres; the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) covers 90% of financing, the state of Bremen 8% and the states of Brandenburg and Schleswig-Holstein provide 1% each. The Foundation has nearly 1000 employees and a total budget of 107 million Euro in 2012.




Am Handelshafen 12
27568 Bremerhaven

Director: Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius

Public Relations:
Ralf Röchert
Tel: +49 471/4831-1680
Email: ed.iwa // @trehceor.flar

Research Vessels


The research vessel HEINCKE was designed for longer research cruises. During her expeditions t...



The POLARSTERN is one of the world`s most powerful research icebreakers. Since her maiden voya...



The research cutter UTHÖRN, property of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Res...



Marine Biology

The unique concentration of world-class marine research institutions in the Federal State of B...



Processes and impacts of climate change in the North Atlantic Ocean and the Canadian Arctic...