Welcome to the Helmholtz Graduate School for Polar and Marine Research

The graduate school POLMAR provides a structured qualification programme for Ph.D. students at the Alfred Wegener Institute as supplement to their individual research work. More about POLMAR ...

Announcements / News

  • Briese Award

    Since 2010 the shipping company Briese Schiffahrts GmbH & Co. KG (Leer, Germany), together with the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW), grants the „BRIESE-award for Marine Science”. This annual award honors exceptional doctoral theses in marine science. The results of the submitted dissertations should have been achieved to a great extent by the use of research vessels, or should relate to the development of technologies and/or data acquisition at sea.  Extended deadline for application: October 14, 2016

  • AWI-Doktorandenpreis 2016 / AWI PhD Prize 2016

    "Friends of the AWI" have again awarded a PhD Prize targeted at honouring special accomplishments of a PhD student. Besides pursuing his/her degree, it is taken into account how he/she actively supports or supported his/her working group and the AWI in general. This prize is worth 2.000 Euro. Beyond that, its winner will be nominated for the Helmholtz PhD Prize (research field "Earth & Environment").  Deadline for application: October 1, 2016
  • Campus Preis: Forschen für nachhaltige Zukunft (research for sustainable future)

    Deadline for nomination: October 31, 2016 (nomination of candidates only possible by lecturers / professors of the University of Bremen)

POLMAR research stays abroad

Full solar eclipse on the 20 March 2015 as seen from Adventdalen, Spitsbergen / Svalbard (Photo: Jaroslav Obu)

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.

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.

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!