The AWI`s Wadden Sea Station in List on the island of Sylt is the northernmost research centre in Germany. Located within walking distance of the Wadden Sea, it offers the ideal point of departure for research at sea, in the intertidal zone, or in the station`s own laboratories. Originally a small field station for oyster research founded in 1924, the Wadden Sea Station Sylt can look back on a long history and proud research tradition as part of the Biologische Anstalt Helgoland. The station is also home to the NF-POGO Centre of Excellence.

Research carried out at Sylt includes: coastal ecology, ecosystems anaylses, long-term ecology, community and evolutional ecology. Sylt's mission is to: 1) Promote research and training on the biology of marine organisms and ecosystems 2) Provide access for staff and non-resident researchers to the ecological and biological resources of the site 3) Carry out long-term observations of the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of the coastal environment 4) Carry out research ranging from genes to the marine environment and including the study of biological processes in marine organisms, the study of the marine environment and the way it shapes ecosystems, populations and organisms, and the functional and evolutionary processes that structure marine biodiversity. The research places the responses of individual organisms and species to these stressors in terms of physiology, ecology and evolution, into a population and community context.

The station maintains a close collaboration with the Erlebniszentrum Naturgewalten Sylt, which presents the results of AWI research efforts in its permanent exhibit and offers tours of the Wadden Sea Station.


  • Intertidal mudflats
  • Tidal channels and beaches
  • Mussels and oysters beds


Ecosystem access

Research vessel Mya which is equipped with a 

  • Wet lab and IT desk 
  • Ferrybox
  • ADCP (acoustic doppler current profile)
  • BIOSONIC (biomass echo sounder)
  • Multi-beam echosounder


Biological resources

  • The proximity to the muddy intertidal zone means that guest scientists can easily collect biological material for their studies: bivalves, gastropods, seagrass, custactions, and fish


Experimental facilities and technology platforms

  • Four research laboratories with a variety of platforms, e.g. to carry out nutrient analysis and micro- and molebular biology
  • Climate-controlled aquaria and rooms with CO2 supply
  • Replicate tanks capable of simulating ocean warming and acidification
  • Chemical and microbiological analysis
  • Microscopy and bioimaging
  • Molecular biology and bioinformatics
  • General-use labs


Associated services (E-services, Expert advice, Supporting faciltites)

  • Ecological time-series data
  • Accommodation in single and double rooms, parking spaces and sheltered bike racks, shared use of terrace, during the summer months


AWI Sylt
Hafenstraße 43
25992 List/Sylt
Liaison officer: Eva-Maria Brodte (eva-maria.brodte@awi.de), cc to: APlus@awi.de

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