Frank Schweikert


Frank Schweikert is a biologist and marine researcher, journalist, environmental activist, and entrepreneur. He has a superior international network of foundations and donors, to science, and civil society, as well as to politics and business.

As the initiator of the research and media ship Aldebaran, he is the owner of the most famous private maritime research ship in Europe. Frank is also the founder of the annual Hamburg Climate Week, which uses numerous events to draw attention to the urgency, feasibility, and long-term cost-effectiveness of climate protection measures. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, by this, he created the largest climate protection communication event in Europe with a high political signal effect. The Hamburg Climate Week was recognized by the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development as a worldwide education initiative.

Supported by Messe Düsseldorf and the German Water Sports Industry Association (Bundesverband Wassersportwirtschaft), he has been curating the “love your ocean” sustainability initiative at the “boot Düsseldorf” trade fair together with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation under the umbrella of the German Ocean Foundation since 2016. He is the founder and managing director of GlobalGreen InnoTech GmbH and, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, heads two networks of industry and research for the detection and elimination of plastics from water bodies. In 2021, it initiates an alliance to support the “UN Decade of Ocean Exploration for Sustainable Development.”

Honorary positions (selection)

  • Extended meeting of the Board with the Assembly of the Mission for the Adaptation to Climate Change, including Societal Transformation of the European Union – Member 2019-2021

  • German Society for Marine Research (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Meeresforschung) – Deputy Chairman

  • German Marine Litter Association (Bundesverband Meeresmüll) – Co-Founder, Chief Member of the Board of Directors

Stations (selection)

  • German Ocean Foundation – Chief Member of the Executive Board, Founder

  • Research and broadcast vessel ALDEBARAN – Owner, Initiator

  • Young Scientists Competition “Forschen auf See” – Founder

  • Hamburger Klimawoche – Founder, Curator, Speaker of Advisory Board

  • GlobalGreen InnoTech GmbH – Managing Director

  • Messe boot Düsseldorf “love your ocean” sustainability initiative – Co-founder, Curator