Prof. Dr Antje Boetius

Director of the Alfred Wegener Institute/Head of Science SILBERSALZ / Helmholtz Zentrum für Polar und Meeresforschung

Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius is Director of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center of Marine and Polar Research; Germany’s national polar research center. She is a deep-sea and polar researcher and an expert of marine biogeochemistry, biological oceanography, deep-sea biology and marine microbial ecology. Her research focuses on the Changing Arctic ecosystem and on extreme habitats of the oceans.

Antje Boetius has been awarded with the Medaille de la Societe d’Oceanographie de France, the Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz Prize of the German Science Foundation, the Advanced Grant of the European Research Council, among many other honors. She is a member of the German National Academy Leopoldina (Section Geology), and of two European academies, as well as an elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and of the American Academy of Microbiology. She supports the strategic development of Wissenschaft im Dialog (WiD, "Science in Dialogue"), an initiative of the major German scientific associations, where she has been head of the steering committee since 2014. As a nonprofit organization, WiD promotes discussion and exchange about research in Germany.



Queen without Land

Documentary / Asgeir Helgestad / Norway, Germany / 2018 / 45 min / German / Age rating 6

The nature filmmaker Asgeir Helgestad accompanied the female polar bear "Frost" and her cubs over a four-year period. A documentary between bear pelts and climate facts. [...]


Exhibition Tour – Plasticity: Our Changing Oceans

Exhibition Tour – Plasticity: Our Changing Oceans

Exhibition visit and discussion in small group with the renowned marine biologist Antje Boetius: How is ocean pollution affecting the sensitive marine ecosystems and the creatures that live there? [...]


Science Fair

Documentary / Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster / USA / 2018 / 90 min / German

At the "Science Fair" competition, 1,700 pupils are presenting their best ideas. A film about perseverance and how to learn to believe in yourself [...]