Highlighted activities, publications and research at the science-policy interface

May 2020, Potsdam

Who owns the Arctic? What role does Germany play in the Arctic? These and more questions will be answered in the new fact sheet of the German Arctic Office. Here you will get an overview about the legal system in the arctic region and the governance structures. 

The workshop “Raising awareness and building capacity for science-based policy-making” in October 2019 aimed to provide training to early career researchers in science-policy communication. A workshop report is now available - answering the questions "How to define and reach your audience?", "How to translate your message?" and "How to design science to address stakeholder‘s/societal needs?".

7 November 2019, Berlin

We invite you to the symposium taking place on 7 November 2019. This half-day Symposium will present an overview of more than two decades of joint Russian-German research in the Arctic and provide an outlook into the future.

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.

5 June 2019, Berlin

On 5 June the 13th Arctic Dialogue brings together German scientists and policymakers, focusing on research cooperations in the Arctic. The meeting was held in the Nordic Embassies in Berlin.

3 June 2019, Berlin, Germany

Marine expeditions have always filled the public imagination with discoveries and technological exploits. Nowadays, they play a crucial role in the understanding of climate change and of its effects on our ecosystems. This seminar aims at highlighting three major expeditions that call for a sustainable development and spread a message in favor of the protection of the oceans and of the climate.

5 June 2019, Berlin, Germany

On 7 May 2019, Iceland took over the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council from Finland for a two-year tenure from 2019 to 2021. In this context, the Icelandic and Finnish Embassy in Berlin in cooperation with the Federal Foreign Office and the German Arctic Office are organizing a special seminar in the Nordic Embassies in Berlin.

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.

10 April, St. Petersburg, Russia

In April 3,600 participants joined the International Arctic Forum in St. Petersburg that focussed on topics of the Russian Arctic. The German Arctic Office was also part of the conference and gave an interview after the event.

7 May 2019, Rovaniemi, Finland


The Arctic Council Ministers met in Rovaniemi (Finland) on 7 May 2019 and passed the chairmanship of the Council from Finland to Iceland. For the first time in the history of the Arctic Council, the Arctic States could not agree on a joint “Ministerial Declaration”.

7 May 2019, Helsinki, Finland

"Continuing to pay close attention to the Arctic is necessary because what happens in the Arctic has direct consequences for the rest of the world", concluded the Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and highlighted the importance of international dialogue on a regular basis. The Munich Security Conference organized this Roundtable on Arctic Security. The German Arctic Office took part in this meeting.

26 April 2019, Bremen, Germany

We are pleased to invite you to the German Norwegian Ocean Forum 2019 (GNOF19) on Friday 26 April 2019 at 10 AM at the Übersee-Museum in Bremen.  

20 February 2019, Potsdam, Germany

On 20 February the indigenous researcher Jocelyn Joe-Strack visited Potsdam to present her perspective on the contribution of indigenous knowledge to science at the seminar on Climate Change in the Arctic: How Indigenous Knowledge and Science Can Help

January 2019, Massachusetts, USA

The "Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation" is the third binding legal agreement among all eight Arctic States since 2011. The agreement was discussed during a dialogue panel about “Supporting Implementation of the Arctic Science Agreement” at the “Arctic Circle Assembly 2018”. The opening interventions of the panellists were now published in the Science Diplomacy Action.