Ambassadors of IJSO2020

Antje Boetius

We are pleased to introduce our official ambassador, Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius, who is native to Frankfurt. She is a professor of geomicrobiology at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, University of Bremen and also heads the famous Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven. In 2018, Antje Boetius was honoured with the prestigious German Environmental Award.

Dear Members of the IJSO Family,

children intuitively grasp that discovering the world is an exciting and important venture. When I was a child, I loved the stories my grandfather would tell about his life at sea. My parents taught me the sea from the shore. I read pirate stories and Jules Verne’s “20,000 leagues under the sea”, watched TV documentaries about marine life. That was when I realized: When I grow up, I want to go even deeper and explore the ocean all the way to the bottom.

My dream has come true: I stand before you as a marine explorer by heart and soul. Nowadays, I am driven by another dream: that of a world with healthy seas and diversity of species. To achieve this goal, we require all knowledge conceivable and a concerted resolve to change course.

When I listen to the youth of today who demands a good future for itself and the earth, I cannot help but think that they must have paid very good attention in school. They are capable of drawing the connection between our actions and the state of our planet today. That is why the early promotion of and networking between young talents in the natural sciences is so very important – they are the ones that can help shape our future.

Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius
Director of the Alfred Wegener Institute
Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research

Ralph Caspers

Fotograf: Johannes Haas

The well-known and award-winning television presenter, author, screenwriter and actor Ralph Caspers will host the opening as well as the closing ceremony in Frankfurt. He is known for many high-quality science and knowledge shows both for children and adults, which are produced for public service broadcasters such as the WDR. Ralph Caspers was the presenter of the children's TV show „Wissen macht Ah!“ (roughly: The sound of knowledge is Ah!), which has become a cult show not only among younger audiences.

Dear Olympians and IJSO2020 Enthusiasts,

Overcoming borders, connecting cultures and creating enthusiasm for the natural sciences. And never being shy to ask questions. That’s what I do. This is also what the IJSO does and I am more than happy to contribute to the event in 2020.

My own career has allowed many places to become part of my world. I have come to know and appreciate many cultures and I have come to understand that the exchange between cultures is an important precondition for future developments. As a TV presenter, I try to nurture curiosity in children and young people and thus sparkle enthusiasm for natural sciences. Because ultimately, thirst for knowledge is what sciences are all about.

In this spirit, I wish all participants an enlightening experience and an unforgettable stay in Frankfurt am Main. See you in 2020!

Ralph Caspers