Who we are


The Arctic regions are essential for the global climate and for the ecology of the oceans. Their research is crucial to reconstruct former climate systems and to predict future climate development. German and Russian researchers cooperate closely for this purpose. This cooperation has an institutionalized framework since more than twenty years:  the Otto Schmidt Laboratory. 

The Otto Schmidt Laboratory for Polar and Marine Research (OSL) was founded in 1999. Hosted at the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) in St. Petersburg, the OSL provides a basis for research projects carried out within the framework of the Bilateral Agreement on Cooperation in Marine and Polar Research between the Russian Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

The Otto Schmidt Laboratory is named after the Russian mathematician, geophysicist and Arctic researcher Otto Yulievich Schmidt, who conducted several Arctic expeditions in the 1920s and 1930s. He travelled the North-East-Passage for the first time without overwintering on board of the icebreaker “Sibiryakov”.



How to contact us


Otto Schmidt Laboratory for Polar and Marine Research
Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute
38, ul. Beringa
199397 St. Petersburg

Tel.: +7-812-337-3196
Fax: +7-812-337-3204
Email: osl@otto.nw.ru

Working hours:

Monday - Thursday: 9:00 - 18:00 (MSK)

Friday: 9:00 - 17:00 (MSK)