Climate Talks 2022: “From Thule to MOSAiC”

75 years of French and German Arctic Research

French Embassy, Berlin

Monday, 12th December 2022
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and get-together
Wilhelmstraße 69, 10117 Berlin

Entrance: free / Event language: English

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As a recent study has shown, the impact of climate change is almost four times stronger in the Arctic than elsewhere, a phenomenon that has been identified as “Arctic amplification”.

This event, organized within the French Embassy’s cycle of “ClimaTalks”, honours Jean Malaurie, France’s most distinguished Arctic researcher on the occasion of his 100th birthday. Discussions will focus on the development of Arctic research since Professor Malaurie’s legendary expedition to Thule in North-West Greenland during the winter 1950-51 and his extraordinary account thereof entitled The Last Kings of Thule (1955, German ed. 1957 with a preface by J. Georgi), the most widely distributed book about Greenland in the world. 

Paying homage to Jean Malaurie’s 75 years of circumpolar studies, the session will discuss latest research results produced notably by the MOSAiC expedition led by Prof Markus Rex from AWI and the impact of current changes, environmental, economic and geopolitical, on Arctic societies and notably indigenous communities. 

Presentations of Jean Malaurie’s exceptional career and the Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC), the biggest, most elaborate Arctic expedition ever, will be followed by a panel discussion about most recent developments in the Arctic. A get-together will foster the discussion between participants.


12 December 2022,  6 p.m. – 8 p.m


François Delattre French ambassador
Prof Alain Bui
Président of UVSQ, associate member of Université Paris-Saclay
Prof Antje Boetius Director of the Alfred Wegener Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (video statement)


"From Stones to Soul Jean Malaurie's 75 years of circumpolar research and defence of Arctic Indigenous societies"
Prof Jan Borm Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines

„Frozen at the North Pole – The MOSAiC Expedition to the epicentre of climate change”
Prof Markus Rex Alfred Wegener Institute / MOSAiC

Arctic geopolitics and security: new challenges to the environment and societies

Prof Markus Rex (Alfred Wegener Institute / MOSAiC),
Prof Rasmus Bertelsen (Nansen Professor, University of Akureyri / UiT The Arctic University of Norway),
Gunn-Britt Retter (Head of Arctic and Environmental Unit in the Saami Council, Norway) and
Prof Jan Borm


MODERATION: Grace Dobush

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Dr Klaus Grosfeld, Dr Renate Treffeisen (both AWI / REKLIM),
Prof Jan Borm
(UVSQ) and Vincent Cambay (French Embassy)

REKLIM Coordination Office
Alfred Wegener Institute
Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research,
Bremerhaven, Germany
Am Handelshafen 12
27570 Bremerhaven
Tel.: +49 (0) 471-4831-1750


Vincent Cambay
Science and Technology Oce
E-Mail :
Tel : +49 (0) 30 590 03 9258
Corona hygiene concept:
The event and get together is subject to hygiene requirements. These regulations are based on the SARS-CoV-2 Infection Protection Ordinance of the State of Berlin and will be adopted accordingly.

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Photo impressions of the event (Photos: Barbara Kosanke)