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Now new: a portrait of Antje Boetius about research, science communication and social responsibility

Jorinne Sturm Press and public relations
Hector Fellow Academy (HFA) gGmbH

• Series of video portraits about Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius published
• Hector Fellow Academy introduces the deep sea researcher and communicator
• Three short films focus on their commitment in the areas of research, science communication and social responsibility

Karlsruhe: The Hector Fellow Academy presents the research and commitment of Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius. The scientist heads the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and has been a Hector Fellow since 2013. The films are now available on the Hector Fellow Academy's website and YouTube channel.

Antje Boetius is one of the most famous marine biologists in Germany. She is not only director of the Alfred Wegener Institute, which deals with research into the polar regions, but also heads the bridging group for deep-sea ecology and technology at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology and teaches as a professor of geomicrobiology at the University of Bremen. The researcher took part in a total of 49 expeditions in cold regions of the world and examined the ecology of the deep sea with special diving robots. In the film Polar and Deep Sea Research: Antje Boetius in the Fight against Climate Change, which portrays her scientific career, Boetius speaks about her role between field researcher and science manager. It becomes clear that for Antje Boetius science is always a question of what the future looks like.

Accordingly, climate change and its consequences for research at the AWI play a decisive role: “We have a very clear mission in the sciences. It is part of our responsibility to talk about risks, ”is how Antje Boetius describes her self-image as a scientist. For Boetius, social responsibility also includes speaking out unpleasant truths, for example about the consequences of global warming, as the viewer of the short film Climate and Future: Antje Boetius learns about the social responsibility of science. 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; it is also actively involved in the public debate on what is currently probably the most important social issue, climate protection.

It is crucial for Antje Boetius to communicate results appropriately and to enter into a dialogue. As the third film in the series Science Communication: Antje Boetius shows about the transfer of research to the public, the successful communication of her research is essential for the scientist: “You have to be able to get your research back into the language that interests people . Especially when you're researching a hot topic like climate change. It's about risks, about assessments. Every citizen wants to know: What can I do? ”In 2019 she was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit for her commitment as a communicator.

The portrait of Antje Boetius is the tenth of its kind with which the Hector Fellow Academy introduces its members. “With our video portraits, we don't just want to draw the public's attention to outstanding scientists and their research,” says Jorinne Sturm, who is responsible for the film projects of the Hector Fellow Academy. "It is also our goal to position our members as experts in their respective fields and to provide material that can help to report comprehensively on highly relevant topics."

All portraits are available on the website at www.hector-fellow-academy.de/hector-fellows/profile/antje-boetius.html and the Hector Fellow Academy's YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/HectorFellowAcademy .

About the Hector Fellow Academy
In 2013, Hans-Werner Hector, one of the founders of the software company SAP, set up the Hector Fellow Academy. His goal: to strengthen Germany as a research and science location, initiate pioneering socio-political discourses and contribute to solving global challenges. In the meantime, 25 outstanding researchers from the natural and engineering sciences as well as medicine and psychology have received the Hector Science Prize, which is awarded once a year. At the time they were honored, the award winners were working at a German university or research institution. The Science Academy not only offers these Hector Fellows a platform for exchange and funding for joint interdisciplinary research projects. It has also made it its task to pass on the wealth of experience of its members to the next generation. To this end, the Hector Fellow Academy finances the doctorate of graduates with above-average master’s degrees and has launched the Hector Research Career Development Award (Hector RCD Award).

Further information on the members of the HFA: www.hector-fellow-academy.de/hector-fellows.html

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PM HFA video portrait series on Antje Boetius

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Biology, geosciences, sea / climate, environment / ecology
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