Welcome to the Helmholtz Graduate School for Polar and Marine Research
- Next POLMAR seminar: May 13, 2014
- Changes in POLMAR credit point system - more info (pdf)
- Symposium "Career Paths in Marine and Climate Sciences 2014" - Registration is online now!
- The AWI PhD days 2014 are approaching. They will take place from May 5 - 8, 2014 on Helgoland. This is an excellent chance for PhD students to meet in a comfortable environment. You will have the possibility to present your work, get in new scientific exchange and to discuss challenges of the daily PhD student life. Registration is open now. Please return the registration form to: Vera.Fofonova@awi.de
- Helmholtz Postdoc Programme - Promote Early Scientific Independence and Equal Opportunities
Talented young academics who have completed a promising doctoral thesis can take advantage of a new Helmholtz Association programme designed to help them further develop their scientific excellence effectively. They will receive a grant for a period of two to three years directly after earning their PhD, enabling them to work independently on a research topic of their own choosing and establish themselves in their field of research, e.g. by publishing on the topic. To promote equal opportunities, it is intented to grant at least 50 percent of the positions in the programme to women.
Deadline: May 19, 2014
POLMAR congratulates its former graduate school member Felizitas Bajerski for winning one of the AWI PhD prizes 2013!
POLMAR congratulates its former member Dr. Judith Hauck for winning the Annette-Barthelt Prize 2013
Family support by POLMAR
Polona Itkin (Climate Sciences / Sea Ice Physics) has been able to attend seminars and make business trips thanks to the POLMAR family support programme. She took her young family with her and POLMAR covered the additional expenses. There is no minimum age limit for becoming a marine scientist!
Our former POLMAR members Nina Keul and Sven Kranz are currently holding a Postdoc position in the United States at Lamont Doherty Observatory and Princeton University, respectively. They are happy to answer your questions regarding work and life in the US. Contact details are available via the POLMAR office.
POLMAR students participate in expeditions and workshops all over the world!
During their PhD time, several POLMAR students take the chance to participate in expeditions to the Arctic or the Antarctic or attend national and international conferences or workshops. Besides the challenge of working under extreme conditions such as low temperature or limited working spaces on research platforms, the learning of new scientific methods and the opportunity to discuss scientific results with colleagues from all over the world make such activities an unforgettable experience. Additionally, the social and intercultural experience broadens the view and may lead to long lasting friendships and networks. International experiences remain indispensible for being successful in the scientific community. POLMAR therefore strongly recommends, encourages and financially supports applications for participating in international conferences, workshops or seminars that are related to the respective PhD project. In the following there will be provided some short reports of POLMAR students on recent activities.
Research stay at ISMER-UQAR, Canada (M. Hoins)
In autumn/winter 2013 POLMAR funded my three months research stay at the ISMER-UQAR (Institute des Sciences de la Mer de Rimouski- Université du Québec à Rimouski) in Canada. During this time, the purpose was to do an essential part of the laboratory work for my PhD project, which is about developing a new proxy for atmospheric CO2 based on the stable carbon isotope fractionation of dinoflagellates (unicellular algae). My project is divided into two major parts: one conducted at the AWI, where I am investigating carbon isotope fractionation of motile dinoflagellate cells and the second at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, where I am working on fossil dinoflagellate cysts found in sediment cores. The experiments at ISMER were designed to quantify the isotopic relation between cells and cysts. To this end I isolated dinoflagellate cysts from sediments to let them develop into monoclonal strains for further experiments under controlled carbonate chemistry conditions. During my stay at ISMER I was able to learn state-of-the-art techniques needed for such experiments. Furthermore working abroad was a great opportunity to learn about different perspectives and social life. I consider this experience as beneficial for both my scientific carreer and my personal development and thank POLMAR for making it possible.