Event Detailseite

28 International Polar Conference, Cologne, 06-11 September 2020

Universität zu Köln
DE - 50931 - Köln
  • Conference

We would like to inform you that the 28th International Polar Conference unfortunately has to be cancelled. Due to the special situation caused by the Corona crisis, currently large meetings cannot be realized allover in Germany until end of August, and furthermore, the venue at the University of Cologne might not be available because of possible shifts of lectures and seminars until the end of the summer term, that means, end of September 2020. We very much regret to take this decision. We hope to carry out the 28th International Polar Conference at a later time.

Any registration fees that have been already paid by bank transfer will be refunded. For any further question, please contact the DGP office at geschaeftsstelle@polarforschung.de.

Under the motto "POLAR REGIONS, CLIMATE CHANGE and SOCIETY" the German Society of Polar Research would like to cordially invite you to the 28 International Polar Conference in Cologne.

You can download the 2nd Circular which contains almost all information given in the following.

For registration and submission of abstracts please use the online registration form. For both, the deadline is 30 April 2020.

The first circular can be downloaded here.


Ample space like lecture rooms, space for poster presentations, etc., will be available at the University of Cologne, Albert-Magnus-Platz, 50931 Köln.

The coordination workshop of the DFG Priority Program "Antarctic Research" (SPP 1158) will take place at the Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, Zülpicher Str. 49, 50931 Cologne.


The preliminary program comprises the following events:

Sunday, 06 Sept 2020 14:30 APECS Workshop
from 17:00 Registration
from 18:00 Icebreaker reception
Monday, 07 Sept 2020 from 08:00 Registration
Monday (07 Sept 2020) to Thursday noon (10 Sept 2020) Oral and poster presentations
Monday, 07 Sept 2020 18:30 - 19:30 Public evening lecture
Tuesday, 08 Sept 2020 17:00 - 19:00 Meeting of the study groups
Wednesday, 09 Sept 2020 afternoon DGP members' meeting
evening Conference dinner (jointly with Priority Program Antarctic Research)
Thursday noon (10 Sept 2020) to Friday (11 Sept 2020) Coordination workshop of Priority Program Antarctic Research
Friday, 11.09.2020 Excursions


The report colloquium of the  DFG Priority Program 1158 "Antarctic Research" will be an integral part of the scientific program. It is planned from Tuesday (08 Sept 2020) noon to Wednesday (09 Sept 2020) noon.

We are very happy that Prof. Karin Lochte (Kiel) agreed to give the Public Lecture on Monday evening. The title of her presentation will be "Unterwegs mit POLARSTERN im arktischen Winter − das MOSAiC-Experiment" (With POLARSTERN on the way in the arctic winter − the MOSAiC experiment).

The first conference day (Monday, 7 Sept 2020) will also be a Special Day for Schools. All interested teachers are cordially invited to participate in events specially organized in the framework of the International Polar Conference. On this day, the admission for teachers is free; however, you are asked to register using the registration form (see below). The special program for this day will be provided here.

Oral Presentations and Poster

ORAL PRESENTATIONS can be given using PowerPoint or PDF. Information on the preferred format and resolution will be given in due time.

POSTERS shall be printed in format DIN-A0 portrait.

Conference Language

English is the preferred conference language is English.  Individual presentation can also be given in German.

Poster Award

The three best posters will be given an award of € 300, € 200 and € 100, respectively.


Registration deadline: 30 April 2020. For registration and submission of abstracts, go to the online registration form.

Registration Fee

Regular registration fee (by 15 June 2020) € 150
Reduced registration fee (by 15 June 2020) € 75
Regular registration fee (after 15 June 2020) € 200
Reduced registration fee (after 15 June 2020) € 100

The reduced fee holds for Bachelor, Master and PhD students.

For teachers, who are going to participate in the Special Day for Schools (on Monday, 7 Sept 2020), registration is free of charge. In the registration form, please choose the category "Teacher (1d)".


Wednesday (09 Sept) 15:30 und 16:30 Tours to “CologneAMS”, the DFG Large Research Facility
for cosmogenic nuclide dating by Accelerator Mass Spectrometry
Thursday (10 Sept) 14:00 - 16:00 Cologne City Tour 1 "Historic City Center" € 15
14:00 - 16:00 CologneTour 2 "Sagas, Legends, Myths" € 15
21:00 - 22:30 Cologne Tour 3 "Scary Night" € 15
Friday (11 Sept) 09:00 - 15:00 Day excursion to Eifel region (vulcanology), guided by Dr. Birgit Scheibner € 40


The payment of the registration fee plus fees for the participation in an excursion can be made by bank transfer (to the DGP account) or by credit card (VISA or Mastercard).

Please be adviced, that for the payment by credit card an additional fee of € 3 will be charged. The form for credit card payment can be downloaded here.

Details are given in the 2nd Circular, especially on the DGP bank account for payment by bank transfer.

Equality policies including child care

Support in terms of equality policies will be provided, especially for child care during the
conference. Please contact the local organizing committee at polartagung2020@polarforschung.de.

Photo Contest

On occasion of the 28th International Polar Conference we call for a photo contest. For this, you may submit your best pictures from polar and ice-covered
regions, from research, field campaigns and further activities. Deadline for submission is 30 June 2020.

The best tree photographs will be awarded € 150, € 100 and € 50, respectively.

Details can be finded in the detailed call for the Photo Contest 2020.

Overview Maps

Overview map of Cologne (with hotels) University of Cologne Public transport in Cologne


Please book accommodation by yourself. Recommendation for hotels including booking codes (where available) are given below. You may download this list here.

Park Inn by Radisson, Köln City West

Innere Kanalstraße 15, 50823 Köln
Tel.: +49 221 5701 920
Email: reservierung.koeln@proventhotels.com
Room incl. breakfast from € 80.00
Booking code "Universität zu Köln/Bund-Rate"
Web: www.parkinn-hotel-koeln.de

Astor Aparthotel

Friesenwall 68, 50672 Köln
Tel.: +49 221 207120
Email: mail@hotelastor.de
Room incl. breakfast from € 82.00
Booking code "Land"
Web: hotelastor.de

Ameron Hotel Regent

Melatengürtel 1, 50933 Köln
Tel.: +49 221 5499 997
Email: info@hotelregent.de
Room incl. breakfast from € 99.00
Booking code "Universität zu Köln"
Web: ameronhotels.com

Flandrischer Hof

Flandrische Str. 3-11, 50674 Köln
Tel.: +49 221 2036 0
Email: info@flandrischerhof.de
Room incl. breakfast from € 75.00
Booking code "Universität 2020"
Web: www.flandrischerhof.de

Hotel Chelsea

Jülicher Str. 1, 50674 Köln
Tel.: +49 221 207 150
Email: mail@hotel-chelsea.de
Room incl. breakfast from € 78.00
Web: www.hotel-chelsea.de

Motel Albergo VII Apostel

Heumarkt 68-72, 50667 Köln
Tel.: +49 221 250 85 197
Email: rezeption@xii-apostel-koeln.de
Room incl. breakfast from € 80.00
Booking code "Land"
Web: xii-apostel-koeln.de

Motel One, Köln-Waidmarkt

Tel-Aviv-Straße 6, 50676 Köln
Tel.: +49 221 272 5950
Email: koeln-waidmarkt@motel-one.com
Room incl. breakfast from € 83.00
Booking code "Landesbehörde 2020"
Web: www.motel-one.com

Hotel Azimut

Hansaring 97, 50670 Köln
Tel.: +49 221 88876 0
Email: reservierung.koeln@azimuthotels.com
Room incl. breakfast from € 90.00
Web: azimuthotels.de

Ibis Hotel, Köln Centrum

Neue Weyerstraße 4, 50676 Köln
Tel.: +49 221 20960
Email: H1449@accor.com
Room incl. breakfast from € 78.41
Web: www.accorhotels.com

Hopper Hotel (St. Antonius)

Dagobertstr. 32, 50668 Köln
Tel.: +49 221 166 00
Email: st.antonius@hopper.de
Room incl. breakfast from € 85.00
Web: hopper-stantonius.colognehotel.net

Hopper Hotel (St. Josef)

Dreikönigstr. 1-3, 50678 Köln
Tel.: +49 221 9980 00
Email: st.josef@hopper.de
Room incl. breakfast from € 85.00
Web: hopper.de