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- The Neumayer-Station III is a German research station in the Antarctic operated by the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI).
Germany is home to several research infrastructures (RIs) of global significance. Research infrastructures are major instruments, resources or service facilities for research in all disciplines that stand out because they are of at least national significance and have a long life – as a rule, more than ten years. In the case of the natural, biological, environmental and technological sciences as well as medicine, investment costs amount to at least 15 million euros. The most important research infrastructures in Germany include:
- Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY)
- German Climate Computing Centre (DKRZ)
- Research Vessel Polarstern
- FLASH II – Free-Electron Laser in Hamburg
Germany also contributes to the funding of infrastructures in other countries, e.g. the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland. Germany provides 20% of CERN’s budget, making it the largest contributor of funding to this most renowned centre of fundamental physics.
Research activities are conducted in physics (fundamental research), earth sciences, climate research and humanities.
The Federal Government provides the majority of funding for large-scale equipment in basic research with an annual budget of 1.1 billion euros (planned in 2013). The budget is also supplemented by international funding.