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NF-POGO Centre of Excellence in Observational Oceanography at the Alfred Wegener Institute

10
Feb
2015

Well-managed oceans and seas are pivotal to the future of humankind. We depend on the ocean for food, transportation, minerals and recreation. All maritime nations should participatein knowledge-based governance of the ocean. Education in marine science is key to secure the ocean as a sustainable resource.

Become an International Ocean Expert:

The Nippon Foundation-POGO Centre of Excellence (NF-POGO CofE) provides world class education and training courses in the field of observationaloceanography using the expertise and the infrastructure of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research. The CofE isbuilt upon existing POGO expertise, supported by a team of international experts. The training will promote excellence in integrated, multidisciplinaryoceanography at a global scale. Starting in the autumn of 2015, scholars will receive ten months of training to include one month of formal introductorytraining, followed by detailed courses emphasising core skills (e.g., writing, scientific presentations, statistics and experimental design) and specialisedscientific topics such as modelling, remote sensing, ocean-atmosphere interactions. Scholars will also receive training in instrumentation, samplecollection and analytical protocols. Each Scholar will conduct an independent research project during the programme. The scientific staff of AWI canmentor research projects in numerous fields as it is large in number and diverse, with strengths in many fields of Observational Oceanography; thescientists on Helgoland and Sylt have unique expertise in biology, ecology, time-series work, and coastal processes.

Venue and Background:

Located in the North Sea, the NF-POGO CofE at AWI will be conducted on the offshore island of Helgoland and on the UNESCO reserve Waddenseaisland of Sylt. Helgoland provides opportunities for the study of open-ocean sciences; shelf/basin interactions are topics of study at Sylt.

Application and selection procedure:

Applications are invited from trainees from emerging and developing countries. Priority will be given to young researchers near the outset of their careers. The intention is to help developa core group of researchers who will continue to study marine ecosystems in developing countries well into the future, and who will help train the next generation of scientists inobservational oceanography in the region.

Application and selection procedure:

Applications are invited from trainees from emerging and developing countries. Priority will be given to young researchers near the outset of their careers. The intention is to help developa core group of researchers who will continue to study marine ecosystems in developing countries well into the future, and who will help train the next generation of scientists inobservational oceanography in the region.

How to Apply:

Candidates should fill out the application form on www.awi.de/NF-POGO-AWI-COE. For questions about the programme please contact the project coordinator at cofe@awi.de. Applications should be received by the CofE Team (cofe@awi.de) by 15 March 2015. Scholarships will be provided from NF-POGO through the CofE that cover travel, room, board, tuition, and a modest stipend for those students accepted into the programme.

Partners:

A major part of the agenda of the Nippon Foundation deals with international marine issues. The Foundation places particular emphasis on capacity building. POGO is a consortium of theworld‘s major oceanographic institutes. The Centre of Excellence is its flagship programme in capacity building. The Alfred Wegner Institute is Germany´s foremost Polar and MarineResearch Institution with an excellent worldwide research and teaching reputation.