Striving for international cooperation in sustainability research

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) hosts the prestigious ”Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development” to promote the international exchange of innovative green ideas. The award, under the patronage of Minister Professor Johanna Wanka, honours young researchers each year. The winners come from numerous countries and scientific disciplines and are recognised for their outstanding achievements in making our societies more sustainable. Selected by a high-ranking jury of German experts the award-winners are granted unique access to the country’s research elite.

This year's submission period is over. The assessment and selection process has taken until mid-August 2016. The Jury has chosen 25 Green Talents from 22 different countries. The profiles of our awardees 2016 are now online. This year the Federal Ministry of Education and Research invites all Green Talents alumni worldwide as well as all institutions and experts involved in this initiative to the Green Talents Alumni Conference in Berlin on 27 October 2016.

Further information of the Alumni Conference 2016 you can find here.

Green Talents Alumni Conference 2016 – Overview

09:30  Registration and Welcome 
Opening by Federal Minister Professor Wanka, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Keynotes by Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Dr Cristian Gebhardt, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Wilfried Kraus, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
12:00  Lunch break 
13:15  Workshops on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's)
Goal 6, 7, 11, 12, 14/15 - Water, Energy, Cities, Production, Ecosystems 
15:45 Coffee break and Exhibition
16:15  Workshop results, Panel Discussion and Outlook 
  Award ceremony | Dr Georg Schütte, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research  
19:00  Dinner 

All those interested in participating please contact the Green Talents office via

If you are interested in the Green Talent Competition 2017 please register for our Competition Alert and you will be informed as soon as the next submission period starts.