Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research
The Alfred Wegener Institute conducts research in the Arctic, Antarctic and the oceans of the mid and high latitudes. It coordinates polar research in Germany and provides important infrastructure for international science, such as the research icebreaker Polarstern and stations in the Arctic and Antarctic. The Alfred Wegener Institute is one of the 18 research centres of the Helmholtz Association, the largest scientific organisation in Germany.
The Alfred Wegener Institute employs about 950 people. Its headquarters are in Bremerhaven, there are branch offices on Helgoland, in List on Sylt and in Potsdam.