Professor Gerold Wefer has been at the University of Bremen since 1985. He helped set up the Faculty of Geosciences and founded the MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Sciences of the University Bremen. His internationally unique marine research is supported as a cluster within the framework of the Excellence Initiative. Before studying in Kiel and launching his scientific career, Wefer worked as an official of the publically owned Deutsche Bundesbahn. He obtained his high school diploma via a “second-chance” educational pathway. In 2012, Wefer handed over the leadership of MARUM to Professor Michael Schulz.