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Antje Boetius is awarded the Vernadsky Medal 2018

Apr 10, 2018

The deep-sea scientist, leader of one of MPI’s research groups and director of AWI, receives the prestigious award for her groundbreaking contributions to biogeosciences and spearheading research on methane-based metabolisms and the marine carbon cycle.


The Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky Medal was established by the European Geosciences Union (EGU) in 2003 in recognition of Vernadsky’s scientific achievements in mineralogy and geochemistry. It is awarded to scientists for their exceptional contributions to biogeosciences in general. Antje Boetius is the first woman to receive the award.

As announced on the EGU website, this years’ medal honours Boetius’ “seminal contributions to our knowledge of deep-sea ecosystems, which will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on the field of geomicrobiology”. Besides her scientific achievements, Boetius’ many activities as an adviser and tutor, editor and promoter of scientific communication  have raised awareness for biogeosciences among policymakers and the general public. “She is a luminary of the geomicrobiology community through scientific innovation, scientific coordination and integration, and exemplary public relation efforts.”

The award ceremony took place at the EGU General Assembly in Vienna on April 10, 2018. On the occasion, Boetius will give a talk on “The effects of environmental pressures on seafloor communities and their ecological functions: Coping with acidification, hypoxia, mining”.

Vernadsky-Medaille Verleihung an A. Boetius
Prof. Antje Boetius (left) receives the Vernadsky Medal from Giuliana Panieri, EGU BIogeosciences Division President (right), at the EGU General Assembly. Boetius is a Professor of Geomicrobiology at the University of Bremen, director of the Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung (AWI) and leader of the HGF‐MPG Research Group on Deep Sea Ecology and Technology at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology and AWI. (Source: Franz Pfluegl/AWI)

Group leader

HGF MPG Joint Research Group for Deep-Sea Ecology and Technology

Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius

MPI for Marine Microbiology
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Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius
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