September 2011: fascinated, Ranga Yogeshwar gazes out of the large forward viewport of GEOMAR’s submersible Jago, 200 metres below the surface of Trondheim Fjord. In front of the science journalist lies a new world of cold-water corals, their delicate red and white filigree coral colonies gleaming in the submersible’s headlights. The impressions gained during this dive were later presented in Quarks & Co., Yogeshwar’s science programme on German television.
In his TV programmes, which also include Die große Show der Naturwunder, the physicist and science journalist examines questions of science from various – and occasionally unusual – angles, and helps the general public to grasp their complexities.
Christian Maaß of Deutsche Bank, GEOMAR’s director Prof. Peter Herzig, Ranga Yogeshwar, Prof. Mojib Latif, and presenter Annika de Buhr (left to right). Photograph: J. Steffen, GEOMAR
Ranga Yogeshwar was awarded the ‘Deutscher Meerespreis’ in 2013 in recognition of his achievements in science communication. The presentation was held on 21 May 2013 at the GEOMAR Institute in Kiel. “Ranga Yogeshwar has an unusual gift: on the one hand, as a physicist he has the ability to grasp complex issues; on the other hand, unlike many scientists he is able to explain them using simple terms and examples”, according to GEOMAR’s director Professor Peter Herzig. Speaking on behalf of Deutsche Bank, Thorsten Frahm, who is in charge of the bank’s business clients in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein, paid tribute to the prizewinner: “Ranga Yogeshwar knows how to fill his audience - and many young people in particular - with enthusiasm for the fascinating world of science. With his impressive skills as a communicator and his personal commitment, time and again he makes us aware of just how valuable the oceans are – and just how much at risk they are.”
Ranga Yogeshwar and Mojib Latif. Photograph: J. Steffen, GEOMAR
In his laudatory address, the renowned climate researcher Professor Mojib Latif stressed Yogeshwar’s efforts to draw attention to the consequences of environmental changes in the world’s oceans - Earth’s largest ecosystem - and to do so intelligibly and with a sense of urgency, while always remaining rigorous in his scientific reasoning.