Sebastian Grote studied history and Scandinavian studies at the universities of Cologne, Helsinki and Uppsala. A traineeship in the Press and Communication Department at the University of Cologne brought him to science communication. Then he moved on to the communications department of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Sea Research. Grote took part in expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic. During the MOSAiC launch phase, he reported form the expedition ship Polarstern.