Where does German polar research stand? What are the most important questions of the future? What kind of infrastructure is needed? These questions are answered within the Polar Research Agenda 2030 which is published by the National Committee for Polar Research of the German Research Foundation (DFG). It was chaired by Prof. Günther Heinemann (University of Trier), 68 authors from 17 institutes were part of the committee. At the University of Bremen, nine researchers from the Institute for Environmental Physics IUP and the MARUM - Center for Marine Environmental Research were involved.