The National Committee

The German Research Foundation DFG established the National Committee SCAR/IASC in January 1992. The National Committee serves as the national correspondence body to the Scientific Committee on Antartic Research (SCAR) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC). In addition, the National Committee plans and coordinates the activities of German university research in the field of polar research together with the Alfred Wegener Institute and the relevant federal institutions, which also provide the necessary logistics for university research.
The National Committee coordinates its work with the relevant DFG senate commissions for geosciences.

Who we are

2023 – 2025


Prof. Dr. Monika Rhein
University of Bremen


Dr. Linn Sanguineti
University of Bremen


Prof. Dr. Petra Quillfeldt
University of Giessen

Prof. Dr. Christoph Gaedicke
University of Hannover

Prof. Dr. J. Otto Habeck
University of Hamburg

Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Hagen
University of Bremen

Dr. Dörthe Handorf
AWI Potsdam

Dr. Judith Hauck
AWI Bremerhaven

Prof. Dr. Ulf Karsten
University of Rostock

Dr. Andreas Läufer
BGR Hannover

Dr. Uwe Nixdorf
AWI Bremerhaven

Prof. Dr. Henny Piezonka
Freie Universität Berlin

Dr. Mirko Scheinert
Technical University of Dresden

Dr. Gunnar Spreen
University of Bremen

Prof. Dr. Manfred Wendisch
University of Leipzig

DFG contact

Dr. Ismene Seeberg-Elverfeldt
DFG – German Research Foundation