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Fostered by the Helmholtz Initiative and Networking Fund, the graduate school POLMAR provides a structured qualification programme for PhD students at the Alfred Wegener Institute as supplement to their individual research work. More about POLMAR...

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  • Next POLMAR seminar: Dr. Grit Freiwald, IAV GmbH: "From science to industry", July 7, 2015:

    After studying mathematics in Berlin and completing my PhD at the climate dynamics section of the AWI in Bremerhaven, I decided to move to a large automotive engineering company a few years ago. I would like to tell you about this step and about my current work as an engineer in function development for the engine control unit in hybrid vehicles.There are many differences but also numerous similarities between research at a research institute and development in a company. I would like to share my experience with you, answer your questions and encourage you to find your own way.


  • BRIESE Förderpreis für NachwuchsforscherInnen in der Meeresforschung

    Application deadline: September 15, 2015



Awards! Awards! Awards!

YOUMARES 5 with more than 100 participants, guests, speakers, session-chairs from more than 8 nations has taken place successfully in Stralsund from 10th -12th of September, 2014). The 2 ½-day programme included 33 lectures and 15 posters in the unique ambiance of the host, the OZEANEUM, directly at the harbour site of Stralsund.

As a long time supporter, SPRINGER sponsored awards for the three best poster and oral presentations. Congratulation to two of our (former) POLMAR members!

YOUMARES 5 – Best Talks

YOUMARES 5: Awarding the Best Talk Award to Duygu Sevilgen (POLMAR alumni, right), Isabel Richter, and Ines Stuhldreier.

YOUMARES 5 – Best Posters

And the Best Poster Award goes to....Lindan Mlambo, second place award to Luisa Federwisch (AWI, POLMAR, left), and Steffi Meyer!

With kith and kin to the UK (Juliane Wolter)

In summer 2014, I worked at the Long-Term Ecology Laboratory at the University of Oxford. The two month research stay was funded by a POLMAR Outgoing Scholarship, which also included financial support for childcare. Taking my daughters with me started as a necessity, but soon turned out to be beneficial for all of us. The experience of working in the highly inspiring working environment of Oxford University and living abroad with my family was excellent and I encourage all PhD students to use the great opportunity to apply for a POLMAR Outgoing Scholarship!

Exploring Alaska (Valeria Selyuzhenok)

The research stay at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) was one of the best parts of my PhD studies so far. With great support of the sea ice group at the Geophysical Institute, I made a good progress investigating the mechanisms of landfast ice development in the Laptev Sea. Apart from invaluable feedback and the scientific experience I got, I also had a great time exploring Alaska. All in all, I came back to Germany with new ideas, lots of motivation and inspiration to continue my work on sea ice.

Family support by POLMAR

Polona Itkin (former POLMAR member) had been able to attend seminars and made business trips thanks to the POLMAR family support programme. There is no minimum age limit for becoming a marine scientist!

POLMAR alumni

Our former POLMAR members Nina Keul and Sven Kranz had gone to the US for a postdoc position. Meanwhile, Sven accepted an assistant professorship at Florida State University and Nina is back in Germany at the Institute of Geosciences at Kiel University.