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. Jochem Marotzke  (Chair)

Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie
Bundesstraße 53
20146 Hamburg, Germany

Prof. Dr. Nicolas Gruber (Vice Chair)

ETH Zürich
Inst. f. Biogeochemie u. Schadstoffdynamik

Universitätstrasse 16

8092 Zürich, Switzerland



Prof. Dr. Edouard Bard

Collège de France

Le Trocadéro Europôle de l'Arbois BP80
F-13545 Aix-en-Provence Cedex 4, France


Prof. Dr. Donna Blackman

Scripps Institution of Oceanography
UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla CA, 92093-0225, USA



Prof. Dr. Catherine Boyen

Station Biologique de Roscoff
Place Georges Teissier

29680 Roscoff, France

Prof. Dr. Bruce Gemmell

University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay Campus
Geography-Geology Building
Private Bag 126
Hobart Tasmania 7001

Prof. Dr. Gerald Haug

Max-Planck-Institut for Chemistry
Climate Geochemistry
Hahn-Meitner-Weg 1, D-55128 Mainz, Germany
Email: gerald.haug(at)

Prof. Dr. Edward Hill


National Oceanography Centre

European Way

Southampton, SO14 3ZH, UK


Dr. Susan E. Humphris

Geology & Geophysics Dept.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Woods Hole, MA 02543, USA

Prof. Dr. Jack J. Middelburg  

Faculty of Geosciences
Utrecht University
Budapestlaan 4

3584 CD Utrecht, The Netherlands

Prof. Dr. Jeanine Olsen 

Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences
Nijenborgh 7

9747 AG Groningen, The Netherlands

Prof. Dr. Anne-Marie Treguier

Laboratoire de Physique des Océans
Louis et Rose de Freycinet
IFREMER / Centre de Brest

29280 Plouzane, France



Dr. Sonja Reich
Tel.: +49 (0)431 600-2803

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