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Rebikoff-Niggeler operates one of the few manned submersibles in the world that is able to descend to a depth of 1000 meters to carry out research work. The centerpiece of the "Lula1000" submarine is the PLEXIGLAS® observation dome that Evonik manufactured.
Klaus Engel, Chairman of the Executive Board of Evonik, referred to the past successes of the foundation as a reason for extending the support to what will now be five years. "The Rebikoff-Niggeler Foundation has established a very good name for itself in the world of science," he said. "With our long-term commitment to this work, Evonik wants to contribute to ensuring that research can continue in the fascinating and precious deep sea living Environment." The Rebikoff-Niggeler Foundation also cooperates with Cologne University in Germany, the University of the Azores, and the German Oceanographic Museum in Stralsund. It is also currently working on a BBC scientific television series about the oceans and the deep sea, which will also be screened in Germany, Austria, and the United States.