Creating the Future

Hector Fellow Antje Boetius

Climate and Future: Antje Boetius on Societal Respon­si­bil­ity of Science

Accord­ing to Hector Fellow Antje Boetius, Direc­tor of the Alfred Wegener Insti­tute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, and Profes­sor of Geomi­cro­bi­ol­ogy at the Univer­sity of Bremen, it is part of the task and respon­si­bil­ity of science to talk about risks and the conse­quences of human activ­ity on the Earth system and the climate.

This is why the renowned Profes­sor of Geomi­cro­bi­ol­ogy has been engaged in climate protec­tion efforts for many years. Not only is she a member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopold­ina, the Senate of the German Research Society and the Max Planck Society, but she is also actively involved in the public debate on what is proba­bly the most impor­tant social issue at present.

In this video­por­trait series, Antje Boetius also talks on her research at AWI ( and science commu­ni­ca­tion (

Prof. Boetius is member of the Hector Fellow Academy. The young science academy sees itself as an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary network for cutting-edge research and it supports innov­a­tive research beyond the borders of insti­tutes and fields of research. The Hector Fellow Academy paves the way for inter­dis­ci­pli­nary projects between well renowned profes­sors from the STEM-fields (Science, Technol­ogy, Engineer­ing, and Mathe­mat­ics) as well as Medicine and Psychol­ogy. Further­more, the Hector Fellow Academy is commit­ted to the promo­tion of young scien­tists. It offers funded PhD positions for ambitious young scien­tists, who will work on their self-devel­oped research project for their gradu­a­tion. Through the connec­tion of excel­lent researchers from differ­ent fields of research, the Hector Fellow Academy provides new impulses for innov­a­tive projects, sociopo­lit­i­cal discourse and the solution of global challenges. At the same time, it strength­ens Germany as a center for science.

Date 11.08.2020
Tags Video; Biology;