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

9 November 2023
Potsdam, Germany

As a contribution to the Berlin Science Week, the Arctic Office at AWI and the Norwegian Embassy in Berlin organized a public seminar on Arctic research. Results from recent Arctic expeditions and plans for further exploration were presented and discussed in this two-hour seminar.

19 – 21 October 2023
Reykjavik, Iceland

Arctic Circle is the largest international network on the Arctic. The 2023 Assembly with more than 2000 participants and more than 700 speakers took place in Reykjavik on 19-21 October. The Arctic Office was represented by Volker Rachold and contributed to three breakout sessions.

Conserving the unique animal and plant world of the polar regions has been of high priority since decades. The Fact Sheet Environmental Protection of the Polar Regions provides an assessment of the existing measures in the Arctic and Antarctic and an overview of global agreements and conventions that are relevant for the polar regions.

Telegrafenberg A5
14473 Potsdam

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