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GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR)

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel investigates the chemical, physical, biological and geological processes in the ocean and their interaction with the seafloor and the atmosphere. For this purpose, the scientists use a state-of-the-art infrastructure, such as research vessels and submersibles, sailing drones and underwater robots. With its cutting-edge research, GEOMAR provides insights across the entire spectrum of marine science: from the analysis of the complex biotic communities in the world’s oceans, to the effects of climate change, to practical issues such as catch quotas for the fishing industry or methods for salvaging pollution. The goal of research at GEOMAR is to better understand marine processes, their impact on climate and the influence of humans on marine ecosystems.


Dr. Toste Tanhua

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

Chemical Oceanography

Düsternbrooker Weg 20
24105 Kiel, Germany

Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)

As an internationally recognized center of excellence in polar and marine research, the Alfred Wegener Institute is one of the few scientific institutions in the world that is equally active in the Arctic and Antarctic. It coordinates German polar research, but also conducts research in the North Sea and its German coastal regions. With its innovative research, excellent scientific infrastructure and many years of expertise, the Alfred Wegener Institute investigates practically all areas of the Earth system – from the atmosphere to the bottom of the seas. Understanding the earth’s climate processes has increasingly become the focus of scientific work.


Dr. Sören Krägefsky

Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)

Am Handelshafen 12
27570 Bremerhaven, Germany

Helmholtz Centre Hereon (Hereon)

Hereon’s scientific spectrum encompasses high-performance materials, processes and environmentally friendly technologies for mobility and new energy systems. Furthermore, research is conducted on biomaterials for medicine and for increasing the quality of life. Through research and consulting, Hereon addresses the challenges of climate change in a solution-oriented manner and facilitates sustainable management as well as the protection of the coasts and marine environment through comprehensive scientific understanding. From basic understanding to practical applications – the interdisciplinary research center covers a unique spectrum.  


Dr. Klas Ove Möller

Helmholtz Centre Hereon

Max-Planck-Straße 1
21502 Geesthacht, Germany