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. 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. Veronique Garçon  

LEGOS - Laboratoire d’Etudes en Géophysique et Océanographie Spatiales
18 avenue Edouard BELIN
31401 Toulouse Cedex 9, France


Prof. Dr. Bruce Gemmell

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


Prof. Dr. David A. Hodell

Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge
Downing Street
Cambridge, United Kingdom


Prof. Dr. Bärbel Hönisch

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


Dr. Susan E. Humphris

Geology & Geophysics Dept.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Woods Hole, MA 02543, USA


Prof. Dr. Jeanine Olsen 

Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences
Nijenborgh 7

9747 AG Groningen, The Netherlands


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, France 


Prof. Dr. Anne-Marie Treguier

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

29280 Plouzane, France



Dr. Anja Reitz

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