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The Alfred Wegener Institute is a foundation under public law. The AWI is a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres.

Legal representatives

The Alfred Wegener Institute’s legally appointed representatives are:
Prof Antje Boetius (Director) and Dr Karsten Wurr (Administrative Director)


The Alfred Wegener Institute’s VAT identification number in keeping with § 27a German VAT Act (Umsatzsteuergesetz) is: DE 114707273

Editorial representatives

The following representatives are responsible for the editorial contents:

Dr Renate Treffeisen, Dr Klaus Grosfeld


The contents of all websites in this internet presence are protected by copyright. All figures, graphics and photographs on meereisportal.de websites are the property of the AWI and may not be copied or distributed without the AWI’s consent. Changing the images’ metadata (IPTC data incl. citation of the author/creator, source, copyright notice and terms of use) is prohibited. 

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The Alfred Wegener Institute permits the following types of private use with regard to the figures on meereisportal.de websites:

  • users may copy images onto their private computer
  • images may be printed for the purpose of private archives or decoration
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  • The figures and/or infographics illustrate articles concerning the work of the SEA ICE PORTAL and/or Alfred Wegener Institute.
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  • advertising, designing advertisements, etc.
  • selling products in which the focus is on the images (T-shirts, coffee mugs, large prints)
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Editorial support

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English version of the sites

Dr. Matt Fentem (hotlineprotect me ?!gonativeprotect me ?!.de)