Youth Earth Talk – Forests for Future

An event by Förderverein Senckenberg on 29 April 2022 at the Senckenberg Research Institute in Frankfurt

The Förderverein Senckenberg invites teenagers and young adults aged 15 and older to the Youth Earth Talk on the subject of forests. The talk will be attended by the recipient of this year’s Senckenberg Prize for Nature Research, Prof. Alexandre Antonelli, Scientific Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, and the winner of this year’s Senckenberg Prize for Nature Engagement, Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, founder of Tompkins Conservation. In addition, the discussion will be joined by members of the Senckenberg Youth Council as well as Prof. Dr. Andreas Mulch, Director of the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum, and Dr. Christof Schenck, Managing Director of the Frankfurt Zoological Society. Topics are the future of our forests, the fight against climate change, and why climate and biodiversity must be considered as a single entity. And the final question concerns the contribution each individual person can make toward the preservation of nature and our forests.

With this year’s Senckenberg Prize winners, the event hosts two individuals whose work and commitment have made a significant contribution to the preservation of biodiversity and the forest ecosystem, in particular. They want to inspire enthusiasm for nature conservation and encourage others to take an active part in it.

Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, founder of Tompkins Conservation and former CEO of Patagonia, left the corporate world 30 years ago to devote herself entirely to restoring and protecting forests through the creation of vast national parks and nature reserves in South America.

As head of one of the most creative research groups in evolutionary biology and biogeography, Prof. Dr. Alexandre Antonelli (Scientific Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London) studies the evolution of biodiversity, especially in forests and montane habitats. His goal is to identify our planet’s hot spots that require the most urgent attention in order to achieve the highest possible level of protection for biodiversity and climate.

Event: Youth Earth Talk – Forests for Future

Date: Friday, 29 April 2022

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Banquet Hall, Jügelhaus, Mertonstrasse 17, D-60325 Frankfurt

Register via email at:

Additional information at:

Participation is free of charge. Members of the press are welcome to attend. The event will be held in English.

Press Material

Kristine McDivitt Tompkins

Recipient of the Senckenberg Prize for Commitment to Nature: Kristine McDivitt Tompkins. Photo: James Q Martin

This year’s Senckenberg Prize for Nature Research goes to Prof. Alexandre Antonelli. Photo: Magnus Bergström / KAW

Participants of the Youth Earth Talk 2019. Photo: Daniel Dürbeck