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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...

Announcements / News

  • POLMAR Office will be closed from May 6 - 9, on May 17 and May 27

  • Next POLMAR seminar: May 10, 9:15 am

    Dr. Susanne Gatti (AWI): “Alternative: Lehrerberuf?" (in German)

    The federal states of Bremen and Niedersachsen (and some more) have been facing a severe shortage of highschool teachers in recent years. The shortage is largest in natural sciences and related topics - and motivated career-changers are more than welcome to become teachers. Susanne Gatti will lay out some of the boundary conditions for changing into school and also present AWI's highschool project HIGHSEA:
    www.awi.de/arbeiten-lernen/aus-der-schule/als-highsea-schuelerin.html
    HIGHSEA, too, is looking for committed teacher(s) in natural sciences. Hence, if teaching young students could be an option for you, you are more than welcome to join the seminar.

    The talk will be in German, as teaching at school will also take place in German.

  • AWI PhD Days 2016 in Potsdam

    The Dokteam cordially invites you to join the the AWI PhD Days 2016 in Potsdam, held between May 30 and June 2nd. The yearly PhD Days are a mixture of scientific PhD presentations (talks and posters) as well as keynote lectures from senior scientists. Social activities and excursions are also included. It is a perfect opportunity to meet your colleagues, exchange and network and hopefully spend some exciting days together. Childcare will be organised by the AWI Family office.

    The deadline for registration has been extended to April 20:
    Registration form (PDF)      Abstract form (pdf)
    For any more questions related to the PhD Days, please contact the dokteam at: dokteam(at)awi.de

POLMAR research stays abroad

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

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.