20 years AWIPEV – The French-German Arctic Research Base

French Embassy, Berlin

Wednesday 14 June 2023
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and get-together
Wilhelmstraße 69, 10117 Berlin

Entrance free / Event language: English
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Sixty years ago, the signing of the Élysée treaty sealed the friendship between France and Germany. Since then, the treaty has become a symbol of their strong partnership, and the two countries and their citizens are expected to work together in a relationship based on trust. 

This event, hosted by the French Embassy, celebrates the 20-year anniversary of the joint French-German research base AWIPEV in Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard. The station at 78.9°N is operated by Germany’s Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and the French Polar Institute Paul-Émile Victor (IPEV).

As a recent study has shown, the impact of climate change is almost four times greater in the Arctic than elsewhere, a phenomenon that has been dubbed “Arctic amplification”. Within the circumpolar Arctic, the Atlantic sector and the region around the Svalbard archipelago are the warmest.

Located in this key region for climate change, AWIPEV offers French and German institutions a vital platform for conducting research. Brief lectures will highlight findings in the areas of atmospheric, glacial, permafrost and marine research made at AWIPEV over the past two decades.

To celebrate this successful collaboration, the directors of the AWI and IPEV will sign a memorandum of understanding. 

The station staff will join via video connection from the Arctic to share their experiences and answer questions “live”. A get-together and photo exhibition will round out the anniversary event and give participants the chance to speak with the people who actively practise French-German cooperation on a daily basis. 


14 June 2023,  6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and get-together


François Delattre, French ambassador

The lectures will introduce the AWIPEV research base and highlight the main research topics.

Introduction to AWIPEV Research Base
Dr Roland Neuber, formerly AWI, and
Franck Delbart, formerly IPEV

Dr Marion Maturilli, AWI

Dr Eric Bernard, CNRS, Université de Franche Comté

Prof Julia Boike, AWI

Marine Ecosystem
Dr Benoit Lebreton, CNRS, Université de La Rochelle

The successful French-German cooperation at AWIPEV is to be continued with the signing of a joint declaration by the AWI and IPEV directors.
Prof Antje Boetius, AWI Director
Dr Yan Ropert-Coudert, IPEV Director

In a video connection with the AWIPEV Research Base, the station staff will share their experiences and interactively answer questions. 


Photo exhibition

Moderation: Grace Dobush

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Dr Marion Maturilli (AWI), Dr Yan Ropert-Coudert (IPEV), Dr Renate Treffeisen, Dr Klaus Grosfeld (both AWI/REKLIM), and Vincent Cambay (French Embassy)

Dr Marion Maturilli
AWIPEV Scientific Coordination
Alfred Wegener Institute
Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research
Telegrafenberg A45
14473 Potsdam, Germany

Tel.: +49 (0) 331-58174-5210
E-Mail: marion.maturilli@awi.de


Vincent Cambay
Science and Technology Office

Tel : +49 (0) 30 590 03 9258
E-Mail : science.berlin-amba@diplomatie.gouv.fr

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Photo impressions of the event; Photos: Barbara Kosanke

Photos: Klaus Grosfeld