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

24 November 2020, Online

The Arctic Office and the Federal Foreign Office have jointly organized a virtual workshop with EU Ambassador Michael Mann, focusing on the process, aims and priorities of the new EU Arctic Strategy. The objectives of the workshop were to initiate an exchange with Michael Mann and to provide input to the EU Arctic Strategy from a German perspective.

23 November 2020, Online

The Arctic Office of the AWI and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) jointly organized a virtual seminar on 23 November 2020. The directors of the two institutes, Prof. Antje Boetius and Prof. Johan Rockström, presented keynote lectures on “Global Impacts of a Warming Arctic” and answered questions from the audience.

23 November 2020, Online

The 16th Arctic Dialogue was jointly organized by the Arctic Office and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) as a virtual meeting on 23 November 2020. The focus of the meeting was on Arctic research activities of AWI and PIK which were highlighted in two presentations: Prof. Stefan Rahmstorf (PIK) presented a research update addressing global impacts of Arctic climate change. Prof. Markus Rex provided a summary of the AWI coordinated MOSAiC Expedition which recently returned to Germany after one full year in the Arctic. 

November 2020, Potsdam

The Arctic island group Svalbard is a climate hotspot and an important centre for international and German polar research. Not least the 100th anniversary of the Svalbard Treaty, which regulates Norwegian sovereignty and the protection and use rights over the archipelago, and the many years of research by the Alfred Wegener Institute together with the French polar research institute IPEV in Ny-Ålesund are the reason for the present fact sheet.

August 2020, Potsdam

What is the geopolitical framework of the polar regions? Which socio-economic aspects are important in the polar regions and why is the Arctic warming faster than the Antarctic? These and other questions are addressed in our new Fact Sheet that was jointly prepared with AWI´s Climate Office.

15 June 2020, Online

The German Arctic Office at the Alfred Wegener Institute invited for the 15th Arctic Dialogue on the 15 June 2020.

32 participants joint the meeting to discuss measures to implement the German and EU Arctic guidelines as well as contributions from German polar and marine research as part of MARE:N to the most pressing social challenges in the Arctic.

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. 

February 2020, Potsdam

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?".

15 January 2020, Potsdam

This session was focused on the communication of scientific findings to policy-makers and the dialogue between scientists and policy-makers that is required to identify policy needs and policy-relevant questions. The session was opened with a keynote presentation, followed by a panel discussion including scientists and policy-makers from Germany and the UK.