An outstanding event will take place on 12 December at the French embassy in Berlin. Experts will retrace 75 years of French and German Arctic research, paying tribute to Jean Malaurie, France’s most distinguished Arctic researcher, on the occasion of his 100th birthday.

Discussions will focus on the development of Arctic research since Professor Malaurie’s legendary expedition to Thule in North-West Greenland during the winter 1950-51 and his extraordinary account thereof entitled The Last Kings of Thule (1955, German ed. 1957 with a preface by J. Georgi), the most widely distributed book about Greenland in the world. 

Paying homage to Jean Malaurie’s 75 years of circumpolar studies, the session will discuss latest research results produced notably by the MOSAiC expedition led by Prof Markus Rex from AWI and the impact of current changes, environmental, economic and geopolitical, on Arctic societies and notably indigenous communities. 

Presentations of Jean Malaurie’s exceptional career and the Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC), the biggest, most elaborate Arctic expedition ever, will be followed by a panel discussion about most recent developments in the Arctic. A get-together will foster the discussion between participants.


DATE: 12 December 2022, 18:00- 20:00 

VENUE: French Embassy - Wilhelmstraße 69, 10117 Berlin

REGISTRATION until 9 December

LIVE STREAM: This event will also be live-streamed on



François Delattre, 
French ambassador
Prof Alain Bui,
Président of UVSQ (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, associate member of Université Paris-Saclay)
Prof Antje Boetius, 
Director of the Alfred Wegener Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (video statement)


"From Stones to Soul  Jean Malaurie's 75 years of circumpolar research and defence of Arctic Indigenous societies"
Prof Jan Borm (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines)

"Frozen at the North Pole – The MOSAiC Expedition to the epicentre of climate change”
Prof Markus Rex (Alfred Wegener Institute / MOSAiC)
Panel Discussion

Arctic geopolitics and security: new challenges to the environment and societies
Prof Markus Rex (Alfred Wegener Institute / MOSAiC),
Prof Rasmus Bertelsen (Nansen Professor, University of Akureyri / UiT The Arctic University of Norway),
Gunn-Britt Retter (Head of Arctic and Environmental Unit in the Saami Council, Norway) 
Prof Jan Borm


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