We are happy to announce that the OSL has been reopened to the public. If you are planning to visit the OSL, please contact us at

We would kindly like to apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.

Best regards and stay healthy!

The OSL Team



As part of POMOR Orientation Days 2021, POMOR students visited the Institute of Arctic and Antarctic Research and the Russian-German Otto Schmidt Laboratory for Polar and Marine Research on December 1, 2021.
Dr. Vasily Povazhny gave the students a tour of the lab, an overview of the opportunities for young scientists and students in the lab, and showed them the equipment.  The meeting was also attended by POMOR graduates Alena Sackovich (2021) and Ivan Alekseev (2017), who are now OSL staff members. The event was held in a hybrid format.


The Russian-German-Swiss expedition ARCTIC CENTURY returned with valuable samples and data to study the effects of climate change in the Russian Arctic. We are pleased that the OSL team was able to contribute to the planning and execution of this important expedition.

How it started

Our cooperation in polar and marine sciences looks back on a long tradition: since 1993, bilateral research activities have included joint terrestrial and marine expeditions as well as a mutual exchange of scientists. Consequently, the vision of a German-Russian laboratory for polar and marine research emerged in the following years. In 1999, this vision was finally realized: the OSL was established at the AARI in St. Petersburg, Russia, in order to bundle the numerous bilateral research efforts and, moreover, to provide advanced qualification for future polar and marine scientists.

Since 1993
Bilateral expeditions to the Lena Delta and the Laptev Sea

Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Marine and Polar Research between the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation

The OSL is officially launched at the AARI in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Russian-German Master Program for Polar and Marine Sciences POMOR




It is not without pride that we look back on the past two decades, during which we were able to welcome many visitors from science and politics. Near the entrance of the OSL hangs a pinboard with a small selection.