Otto Schmidt Laboratory for Polar and Marine Research

The Otto Schmidt Laboratory for Polar and Marine Research (OSL) is a milestone in Russian-German cooperation in the field of Arctic research. It is named after the Russian polar researcher Otto Yulievich Schmidt, who conducted several polar expeditions during the 1920s and 1930s (» Otto Schmidt, Wikipedia). In 2000, the OSL was opened at the State Research Center of the Russian Federation the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) in Saint Petersburg.

The OSL provides a basis for coordination and development of the research projects carried out within the framework of the Bilateral Agreement on Cooperation in Polar and Marine Research between the Russian Federation and Germany. Its main objective is to support young scientists through the OSL Fellowship Program "Climate Change in the Arctic" (» Fellowship Program).



Call for projects


OSL Fellowship Program CATS: CATS offers Russian early career scientists the opportunity of applying for its OSL Fellowship Program.


Deadline extended until February 28, 2018

Click here for further information.



New co-director appointed


Dr. Vasiliy Povazhnyy has been appointed Russian co-director of the OSL. Dr. Vasiliy Povazhnyy was educated at Rostov-on-Don State University and Murmansk Marine Biological Institute receiving his Master (2005) and PhD degree (2009) in zooplankton ecology studies. For more information on Vasiliy Povazhnyy click here.

Inauguration of the new OSL Scientific Advisory Board


On April 1, 2016, the AARI/OSL hosted the inaugural meeting of the new Scientific Advisory Board of the Otto Schmidt Laboratory.


OSL Fellowship Meeting 2016


On March 30-April 1, 2016, the OSL Fellowship 2016 took place. The fellows of the OSL Fellowship Program 2015 presented the results of their projects at AARI/OSL.

20th Bilateral Meeting


The 20th Bilateral Meeting within the framework of the Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Marine and Polar Research between the BMBF and Minobrnauki took place at the AARI/OSL from October 21 to 22, 2015.

POMOR master award ceremony


On October 26, 2015, the POMOR master award ceremony took place in Peter Hall at St. Petersburg State University. Nine students received their double master certificates from St. Petersburg State University and Hamburg University.

The Otto Schmidt Laboratory congratulates all new graduates!

OSL Fellowship Meeting February 2015


On 2-3 February the First OSL Fellowship 2015 took place. 35 scientists from Kazan, Moscow, Orel, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, St. Petersburg, Bremerhaven, and Kiel participated in the meeting.

OSL Fellowship Meeting December 2014


On 15-16 December 2014, the Second OSL Fellowship Meeting 2014 took place. 36 scientists from Kazan, Moscow, Orel, St. Petersburg, Vladivostok, Bremerhaven, and Kiel participated.


OSL Fellowship Program 2015: Climate Change in the Arctic


The OSL Fellowship Program 2015 will start on January 1, 2015.
Deadline for application is December 4, 2014.
Here the application requirements can be downloaded.



Bilateral Kick-Off Meeting of CarboPerm


On 5 March 2014, the OSL hosts the bilateral kick-off meeting of the Russian-German CarboPerm project. The agenda of the meeting can be found here.

OSL Fellowship Program 2014


On 1 January 2014, the OSL Fellowship Program 2014 startet. The list of funded projects can be found here.

Congratulations to our new fellows!


Otto Schmidt Laboratory Summer School


On January 29-31, 2014, the Summer School "Colored Dissolved Organic Matter (CDOM) in the Arctic" was held at the OSL specifically for young researchers beginning their scientific careers in the interdisciplinary and fascinating field of Earth Sciences. The program consisted of lectures, tutorials about the visualization and analysis of remote sensing data and the modeling of optical properties in aquatic environments as well as a laboratory training course.

Here the full announcement can be downloaded.



The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Russian Ministry of Education and Science, AARI, the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), and the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel.