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Day of Open Door introduces new German research station

Neumayer Station III: The middle segment of the station with stairwell will be on the day of the open door. AWI
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How do scientists live and work in the Antarctic? What are the technical challenges that need to be overcome to research the white continent? These are just a few of the questions that polar enthusiasts will get answered on September 8, 2007. Because then the new German Antarctic station of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven will be presented to the public with an open day.

Task of Neumayer Station III - named after the German polar explorer Georg von Neumayer (1826-1909) - is to ensure the continuation of German polar research in the Antarctic for the next 25 to 30 years. The station, which has been equipped with many new technical developments, is due to open in 2009. Supported by funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the station will be set up on site during the International Polar Year 2007 to 2009.

Future of German polar research

Construction of the Neumayer Station III: A section of the station is currently being pre-assembled in Bremerhaven. © Ude Cieluch, AWI

Neumayer Station III is currently being prefabricated in Bremerhaven on the premises of JH Kramer Stahlbau and Kaefer Isoliertechnik and partially assembled on a trial basis before it begins its journey to the Antarctic in autumn. September 8 is therefore the first and only opportunity to see for yourself the future focus of land-based German Antarctic research. Then there is also a lot of interesting information about the construction and operation of a modern research station and about the future of German polar research in the Antarctic.

For the open day, the scientists present a complete segment of the new station, at least 30 meters high and 24 meters wide. The heart of the Neumayer Station III, the energy center, can also be visited between 10 and 17 o'clock. A colorful supporting program with dance performance, live telephone call to the Antarctic and presentation of the Antarctic Observatories of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research complete the offer.

The supporting program in detail:

11:00 o'clock: Ozone dance: students explain the ozone layer ad dancingly

12:00: Make-up: "Little Penguins", for children and parents

12:30: Live phone call to the Antarctic: The station manager of the Neumayer Station answers questions about the Antarctic

2:00 pm: ozone dance

15:00: Live phone call to the Antarctic

Address and arrival

The open day will take place from 10am to 5pm at the premises of:

JH Kramer steel construction and Kaefer insulation technology

Labradorstr. 5

Bremerhaven

For all visitors who want to leave the car that day, there is a free bus shuttle service available. The buses leave every hour from 9:45 am from Bremerhaven Central Station via the stop at the German Maritime Museum to the venue in the fishing port and back.

(idw - Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, 31.08.2007 - DLO)