Welcome to the Helmholtz Graduate School for Polar and Marine Research – POLMAR

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

HIDA Virtual Annual Conference on November 30, 2021, 09:00 - 4 PM CET

The first HIDA Annual Conference 2021 is the opportunity for Helmholtz Scientists in information and data science to connect with researchers throughout the institutions via networking events and workshops and to discuss data science projects and methods.


Data Train – Training in Research Data Management and Data Science

Centralized training for doctoral researchers at member institutions of the U Bremen Research Alliance

In order to meet the great need – in science, economy, and society – for competences in data literacy, data management, and data science, a centralized training offer for doctoral candidates of the member institutions of the alliance is being established. The training is an additional but voluntary offer for doctoral researchers. More about Data Train...

Data Train curriculum 2021 flyer

5 - 7 October 2021, 10:00 - 15:00 h
"Quantitative analyses for data science"

20 - 21 October 2021, 09:00 - 16:00 h:
"Machine learning"

Please register via the Data Train website.

Hands-on Workshops of the Data Steward Tracks

In the frame of the Data Steward Track essential competences for FAIR* data handling are taught and directly applied in hands-on workshops.

Please register via  Data Train Website


HIDA Visiting Programme

A great opportunity for national and international postdocs to gain insight into the fascinating research world of the Helmholtz Association, initiate new collaborations and form long-lasting partnerships.

Deadline for application: 15 October 2021


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!


Dr. Claudia Hanfland
Dr. Claudia Sprengel

Dörte Rosenbaum

POLMAR office hours:
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and on request
Rooms Co 6 + 7 (container building, AWI Bremerhaven)


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