Office for information and cooperation in the Arctic

The German Arctic Office at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research serves as an information and cooperation platform for German stakeholders invested in Arctic science, politics and industry. It enhances the visibility of Germany‘s engagement in the Arctic on a national and international level.

The German Arctic Office serves as a central point of contact for political and scientific bodies, NGO‘s and German industry; advises the Federal Government on Arctic issues through statements and briefings based on the most current state of research, and; fosters Germany‘s participation in the Arctic Council‘s scientific activities.

The German Arctic Office initiates and organizes national Arctic meetings and events in cooperation with partners from science, politics and industry, and; supports the federal government in the representation of German Arctic research and policy at international conferences.

The German Arctic Office provides scientific organizations with background information on current policy relevant developments in the Arctic Region, and; informs German stakeholders from science, politics and industry with consitent information from the global Arctic research community.

21 August 2019, Berlin

The Federal Government publishes Guidelines for the German Arctic Policy. Seven Federal Ministries developed the guidelines under the auspices of the Federal Foreign Office. Main topics are climate and environmental protection, the peaceful use and international cooperation, sustainable exploitation, as well as the support of indigenous' rights and the expansion of Arctic research.

5 June 2019, Berlin

In May 2019, the Chair of the Arctic Council was transferred from Finland to Iceland. To inform the German Arctic interested parties, the Arctic Office of the Alfred Wegener Institute has jointly organized a symposium with the Finnish and Icelandic embassies and the Foreign Office.

8-9 October 2019, Reykjavik, Iceland

The workshop "Raising awareness and building capacity for science-based policy-making" is organized by the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists, the German Arctic Office at the Alfred Wegener Institute and the Icelandic Center for Research, in cooperation with the German Embassy in Reykjavik and supported by the German Foreign Office. Application deadline is 31 May.

Telegrafenberg A45
14473 Potsdam

+49 (0)331 2882214



  • 20 September: Lange Nacht der Volkshochschulen (Am Weinberg 18, 14532 Kleinmachnow)
  • 24 September: Panel discussion ‘On the importance of Science Diplomacy in the Arctic realm’ at the REKLIM conference (Pufendorfstraße 11, 10249 Berlin)
  • 8 - 9 October: Science Policy Workshop, in cooperation with APECS and RANNIS (Borgartún 30, IS-105 Reykjavík, Island)
  • 7 November: "Russian-German scientific cooperation in the Arctic: past, present and future" as a contribution to the Berlin Science Week, in cooperation with the russian Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute and the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Germany (Russisches Haus der Wissenschaft und Kultur, Friedrichstr. 176-179, 10117 Berlin, Germany)