The Senckenberg Society for Nature Research celebrates its 200th birthday in 2017. Last Saturday, the birthday was ushered in with Senckenberg Night. The focus was on the presentation of the Senckenberg Prize, which was awarded for the third time this year. The prize, endowed with 10,000 euros, honours outstanding achievements in nature research as well as special personal commitment to the protection and preservation of our nature. The winners of the Senckenberg anniversary year are oceanographer Prof. Dr. Craig R. Smith for his research into the effects of disruptions and human interventions in seabed ecosystems, and musician Rea Garvey for his involvement in the ClearWater initiative, which he co-founded. As ClearWater ambassador, Garvey has been working hard for years to ensure that several thousand indigenous people and simple farmers in Ecuador who are affected by drinking water polluted by oil production can be supplied with clean water.
After speeches by the Hessian Prime Minister Volker Bouffier and the patron of the Senckenberg Night, as well as Frankfurt's Lord Mayor Peter Feldmann, who also found some admonishing words about the new US President and his denial of climate change, the winners were honoured with short film contributions and a laudation. The charming and interesting presentation by Dirk Steffens (“Terra X“) also ensured that the award ceremony was very entertaining, technically competent and informative. The surprise performance of the musician MarieMarie, who was able to inspire with a combination of strong singing and harp playing during the performance of a song she produced together with Rea Garvey, was the icing on the cake.
Also the rest of the evening, for which BMW AG acted as main sponsor, was dedicated to the topic of water. And so Senckenberg Night was bathed in atmospheric blue. Blue drinks were also served during the party. All in all, it was a very successful evening, which showed how easy it is to combine nature conservation, science and entertainment.
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