Stefan Simon


Internal Auditor
Data Protection Commissioner

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel



East shore, Building 1 (Waterside), Room 102
Tel.: +49 (0) 431 600-2549
Fax: +49 (0) 431 600-13-2549


Wischhofstrasse 1-3
24148 Kiel

  • Internal Audit of GEOMAR is an independent control facility, recognized by the federal government. It is directly assigned to the Board of Directors, but acts and decides free and independently. The functions consist of auditing, ensuring data protection compliance, general consulting services, including guidance on the prevention of corruption.

    The responsibilities and tasks of the Internal Audit are described on the corresponding intranet-page (this page is only accessible to employees of the GEOMAR).

    Please send your inquiries to: innenrevision(at)

    The Internal Audit is primarily obliged to support the directors in carrying out their functions. Therefore, I ask you to consider the official channels.

  • GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel takes corruption prevention measures according the Federal Government Directive Concerning the Prevention of Corruption in the Federal Administration (of 30 July 2004).

    The Board of Directors has appointed the Internal Auditor as the Commissioner for the Prevention of Corruption. This position includes the function of a contact person for corruption prevention as well. In addition, the department of Internal Audit is also an organizational unit to prevent corruption.

    In case of inquiries regarding this topic, please contact: korruptionspraevention(at)

    Additional information on corruption prevention can be found on the following Intranet pages (for GEOMAR employees only):
    Corruption Prevention
    Gifts, Sponsoring and Donations (in German)


  • The General Data Protection Regulation helps to ensure that your data is only used in a respectful way. The aim of the law is to protect the fundamental rights and privacy of individuals from being violated during the processing of personal data.

    Information and access:

    Personal data can only be gathered legally and for a legitimate purpose. If you give out your personal data, as a data owner, you are entitled to be informed of who collects it and for which purposes, if it is disclosed to another person and, if it is the case – then also who will have access to it.

    Under the General Data Protection Regulation you have the right to know what data is held about you, how it is being used and how it was obtained.

    As a data owner, you can request to correct inaccurate or incomplete information. Data which is not required for the original purpose anymore must be deleted.

    Personal Data

    Personal data is information which relates to a living individual who can be identified. This means that such information as name, age, address or phone number can be considered as your personal data when it uniquely links to you. Pictures, in which you can recognize certain person, are also a form of personal data, even if no name is given.

  • If any action taken by GEOMAR leads to a violation of your privacy rights, you can contact Data Protection Officer directly (without following the official channels) at any time. Please send your request to: datenschutz(at)

    Naturally, the Data Protection Officer is also ready to consult you in a preventive way. Nevertheless, please co-ordinate this approach with the responsible persons in your organizational unit before an inquiry.

    Additional information on data protection can be found on the according intranet pages (GEOMAR employees only):
    Data Protection