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Antje Boetius

Alfred Wegener Institute of Marine and Polar Research

Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius is Director of the Alfred Wegener Institute of the Helmholtz Center of Marine and Polar Research, Germany’s national polar research centre. She is a deep-sea and polar researcher and an expert of marine biogeochemistry, biological oceanography, deep-sea biology and marine microbial ecology. Her institute is at the helm of an unprecedented mission involving hundreds of scientists from 19 different countries – the MOSAiC expedition, which sees the research icebreaker ‘Polarstern’ drifting through the Arctic ocean to take the closest look ever at the Arctic as the epicenter of global warming. At Falling Walls, Antje will talk about this exceptional endeavour, and explain how the wonder of penetrating the unknown has turned into an urgent quest to understand what’s happening in the Arctic and the impact on the health of our planet.

Up to 20 scientists and leading experts from all over the world and a wide range of disciplines are invited to share insights into their future-changing work at the Falling Walls Conference on 9 November, in front of 700 international guests. In an inspiring, information-packed 15 minutes each, speakers present the core of their breakthroughs – which walls are they helping to tear down and how will it transform our lives?

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