ERNA HAMBURGER LAUREATE 2019 :
Prof Antje Boetius
Antje Boetius is a German marine biologist presently serving as professor of geomicrobiology at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, University of Bremen and Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz-Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI).
She was the first person to describe anaerobic oxidation of methane and believes the Earth's earliest life forms may have subsisted on methane in the absence of molecular oxygen (instead reducing oxygen-containing compounds such as nitrate or sulfate).
She has also suggested such life forms may be able to reduce the rate of climate change in future. She is one of the laureate of the 2018 Environment Prize (German Environment Foundation)
"Living oceans are a must. Without them, we cannot exist."
She received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, with 2.5 million euros in funding, in March 2009 for her study of sea bed microorganisms that affect the global climate.
November 6th, 2019
17:00 Welcome cocktail/Cocktail de bienvenue
Prof. A. Fontcuberta i Morral, EPFL-WISH Foundation
Hélène Füger, Equal Opportunities EPFL
18:10 A word from the President/Le mot du Président
Prof Martin Vetterli, Président de l’EPFL
18:15 A word from our conseillère nationale
Adèle Thorens, co-présidente des Verts Suisses
18:20 Short film/Court-métrage
18:30 Presentation of the laureate/ Présentation de la lauréate
Isis Daudé, lauréate du concours d’éloquence EPFL 2019
18:35 Lecture by the Prize laureate / Conférence de la lauréate Prof Antje Boetius
19:10 Debate on oceans & climate with our guests
Débat avec la laureate et nos invités
Julia Binder (Tech4Impact), Danièle Rod (Swiss Polar Institute)
Mrs Kim Van Arkel (Race For Water)
19:45 Prize is awarded/Remise du Prix
20:00 Support dinner with the laureate @Gina EPFL
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