Wiestler has praised Boetius as a strong advocate for preserving our oceans. With the largest monetary prize in Europe, the DBU honours individuals who have made exemplary contributions to protecting the environment. It draws attention to my research area, the deep seas and polar regions, and increases awareness of the environmental problems in our last great expanses of unspoiled nature. On 28 October , Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will officially award the prize, which has a total worth of , euros, in Erfurt. In addition to Boetius, a team of Leipzig-based wastewater experts will be honoured.
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