Alfred Wegener Institute awarded fellowship programme by the NIPPON Foundation. "A major recognition for German oceanography" says Research Minister Johanna Wanka | POGO

Alfred Wegener Institute awarded fellowship programme by the NIPPON Foundation. "A major recognition for German oceanography" says Research Minister Johanna Wanka

An oceanographer from Brazil, a meteorologist from Cuba and a chemist from Thailand: these are three of the ten young men and women who have been awarded a one-year scholarship at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI). The scholarships have been made possible by the Nippon Foundation. It has selected the AWI as an internationally renowned research institution to run the scholarship programme. As of December 2013, ten scholars from emerging and developing countries will study interdisciplinary oceanography at the Centre of Excellence in Observational Oceanography (CofE) at the Alfred Wegener Institute.

 

"Germany is recognised for its excellence in marine research. The Alfred Wegener Institute carries out outstanding research and teaching, and is an ideal choice for the scholarship programme of the NIPPON Foundation. The decision in favour of the AWI is a major recognition for German oceanography," said Johanna Wanka, Germany's Federal Minister of Education and Research, at the presentation ceremony which was held in Berlin's Natural History Museum.

 

The training of the young international scientists takes place at the Alfred Wegener Institute's two island sites: the Biological Institute Helgoland and the Wadden Sea Station Sylt. The programme is designed to cut across institutions, disciplines and national boundaries. Specific scientific topics related to ocean research, in particular modelling, remote sensing, ocean-atmosphere interactions, instrumentation, sample collection and analytical protocols will form the core of the one-year training. Upon completion, the scholars will transfer their newly acquired skills and experience to their home countries while continuing to be part of the newly created international networks.

 

The Centre of Excellence at the AWI is being financed by the Nippon Foundation, which is dedicated to tackling the global challenges in marine and maritime research. It is committed to protecting the seas and their safety. The scholarship programme is the idea of the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO). This international network of research institutes has been providing funding for global marine research for more than ten years, particularly where it supports the introduction of integrated global systems in observational oceanography. The Nippon Foundation jointly funded a Centre of Excellence at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) together with POGO between 2008 and 2012.

 

The Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research is a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres (HGF). The Alfred Wegener Institute also operates the Polarstern

research vessel.

 

Further information is available at: www.awi.de/en Nippon Foundation: http://www.nippon-foundation.or.jp/en/ POGO: http://www.ocean-partners.org/ http://www.ocean-partners.org/index.php/training-and-education/centre-of-excellence http://www.awi.de/NF-POGO-AWI-COFE

 

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