Antje Boetius receives Carl-Friedrich-von-Weizsäcker-Prize 2022
Hector Fellow Antje Boetius, marine researcher and microbiologist from Bremerhaven, is awarded the Carl-Friedrich-von-Weizsäcker-Prize for her many years of dedication to exploring the deep sea and its influence on material cycles, biodiversity and worldwide climate change.
Endowed with €50,000, the award from the Stifterverband and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina is presented for valuable scientific contributions to tackling the challenges facing society today. It is therefore the German award for scientists working in the area of science-based policy advice.
"Antje Boetius delivers pioneering work with her research in the areas of deep sea and polar research", says the President of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Gerald Haug. "Her work in the oceans, from the methane consuming microbe communities in the deep sea to the ecological consequences of the sea ice decline in the Arctic, reflects the wide range of her scientific work. She builds bridges between biology, chemistry and Earth System Science and thus significantly contributes to the development of the new discipline of biogeochemistry."
The award ceremony will take place on Monday 12 December 2022 in Halle (Saale) as part of the Leopoldina’s traditional Christmas Lecture, which will be held by this years’ prize winner on the topic of "Ocean Life".