The President of the Mediterranean Science Commission,
Prince Albert II of Monaco receives German Ocean Award (“Deutscher Meerespreis”)
In his function as President of the Scientific Commission of the Mediterranean (CIESM) H.S.H. Prince Albert II receives the German Ocean Award (“Deutscher Meerespreis”) on 12 September in Kiel, Germany. The prize offered by GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and the Deutsche Bank is issued annually and comes with a prize money of 10,000 Euros. As President of CIESM, Prince Albert inaugurates on that day the 41st International Congress of the Mediterranean Commission, which takes place in Germany for the first time since Germany joined this Organisation in 1969, an international congress attended by more than 500 scientists from 50 countries.
The ‘Deutscher Meerespreis’ (German Ocean Award) is awarded by the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and the Deutsche Bank under the patronage of the minister-president of Schleswig-Holstein.
With a value of €10,000, the ‘Deutscher Meerespreis’ is awarded to well-known individuals from the fields of politics, business, science or the media who have shown special commitment to the cause of preserving and protecting the world’s oceans or to communicating knowledge and educating the public about them. Awarded since 2009, the ‘Deutscher Meerespreis’ is the successor prize to the Elisabeth-Mann-Borgese-Meerespreis of Schleswig-Holstein that from 2006 to 2009 was likewise awarded to notable public figures. Past prize winners include Dr. Joe Borg, formerly the EU commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries; Prof. Dr. Boris Worm, renowned internationally as a marine ecologist, and Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer, formerly the executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).