Scientific Advisory Board of GEOMAR


(1)   The Scientific Advisory Board advises the Board of Governors­ and the Board of Directors on scientific issues of fundamental importance. It promotes contact with national and international institutions that are working in the same field as the Foundation. 

It gives advice especially on the following matters:

  • strategy and planning of the Centre's research and development work, especially within the framework of the Helmholtz-Geme­inschaft­'s­ funding methods;
  • promotion of the optimal use of research facilities and 
  • infrastructures, including logistic or coordinating work;
  • issues regarding collaboration with universities, other research institutions as well as international organisations;
  • evaluation of the results. 

(2)      It consists of a maximum of twelve renowned national and foreign scientists who do not belong to the Foundation; in special cases, it may be extended on the basis of a resolution passed by the Board of Governors. The­ members are appointed by the­ Board of Governors for a­ maximum period of four years. They may be reappointed only once. (After being advised by the Scientific Council) the Board of Directors and­ the Scientific Advisory Board may make recommendations.

(3)      The Scientific Advisory Board shall elect a Chairperson and a Deputy Chairperson from among its members. The person who wins the most votes shall be elected. Unless other determined, the election shall apply for the duration of the term of the elected person. The Scientific Advisory Board may vote the Chairperson out of office without specifying any reasons for this. Even without an important reason, the Chairperson may step down from their function before the end of their term by announcing this decision in writing. These regulations shall also apply for the Deputy Chairperson.

(4)   The Chairperson and the Deputy Chairperson of the Board of Governors,­ the full-time members­ of­ the Board of Directors and the Chairperson of the Scientific Council may attend the meetings of the­ Scientific­ Advisory­ Board, unless the­ Scientific­ Advisory Board­ decides­ otherwise in individual cases.

(5)   The Scientific Advisory Board shall meet at least once a year. It may invite guests to its meetings.

(6)   The Scientific Advisory Board may draw up its own rules of­ procedure.


Prof. Dr. Monika Rhein (Chairperson)
MARUM Centre for Marine Environmental Sciences
and Institute of Environmental Physics
Universität Bremen
Leo­bener Str. 8
28359 Bre­men, Germany

Prof. Dr. Martin Claußen (Deputy Chairperson)
Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie
Meteorological Institute of the University of Hamburg 
Bundesstraße 53
20146 Hamburg, Germany

Prof. Dr.  Anne Becel
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Columbia University
61 Route 9W
Palisades, NY 10964, USA

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Johannesson
University Of Gothenburg
Department of Marine Sciences 
Box 461 
405 30 Göteborg

Prof. Dr. Veronique Garçon  
LEGOS - Laboratoire d’Etudes en Géophysique et Océanographie Spatiales
18 avenue Edouard BELIN
31401 Toulouse Cedex 9, Frankreich

Prof. Dr. Terry Plank
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Columbia University
61 Rt. 9W Palisades
NY 10964

Prof. Dr. Bärbel Hönisch
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Columbia University
229 Corner
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades NY 10964-8000, USA

Prof. Dr. Adina Paytan
Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California
1156 High Street  
Santa Cruz, CA 95064, USA

Prof. Dr. Sabrina Speich
École Normale Supérieure
Department of Geosciences, UMR CNRS-ENS-UPMC-Ecole Polytechnique 
24 rue Lhomond, 75231 Paris cedex 05, Frankreich 

Prof. Dr. Ian Hall
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Cardiff University
Park Place
Cardiff CF10 3AT
Wales, U.K.

Prof. Dr. Javier Escartin
Laboratoire de Géologie - CNRS UMR 8538
Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) de Paris 
24 rue Lhommond, 75005
Paris, France

Prof. Dr. Assaf Vardi
Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Benoziyo Biochemistry building, Room 507
Weizmann Institute of Science
Rehovot, 76100

  • Dr. Başak Kısakürek Ibsen

    Directorate | Science Coordination
    GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
    Wischhofstr. 1-3
    D-24148 Kiel

    Tel.: +49 (0)431 600-2836