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Green Talents 2014 awarded in Berlin

On 07 November 2014, the German Federal Minister of Education and Research Prof Johanna Wanka honoured the winners of this year’s Green Talents-Competition during a festive ceremony in the new ministry building in Berlin. In her speech of commendation, she stressed the importance of the initiative for future international science cooperation:

"I note with great pleasure that over the years there has not only been a steady increase in the number of prize-winners but also in the amount of attention received and the international renown of the Green Talents Programme. In the meantime, this award is an internationally recognized prize for young researchers in the field of sustainability research.

The global sustainability goals can only be achieved through scientific cooperation and the exchange of knowledge. This calls for personal meetings between young scientists across national borders. Therefore I warmly welcome this year's Green Talents in Germany."

A high-ranking jury of experts selected 25 ‘green’ visionaries out of over 800 applicants from more than 100 countries as "Green Talents 2014". This prestigious title was awarded for the sixth time under the patronage of the minister to some of tomorrow’s leading scientists in the field of sustainable development.

The awardees were invited to participate in the two-week “Green Talents - International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development”, during which they visited top locations for sustainability research in Germany. Here, they gained a deeper insight into the country’s innovation system, learned about state-of-the-art approaches and technologies, and exchanged ideas with the country’s leading experts in individual meetings.

Getting connected to the science community and exchanging ideas with its key innovators allowed the winners to promote their approaches and to lay the foundation for future cooperation. Such efforts are supported by the invitation to return to Germany for a fully funded research stay at an institution of their choice in 2015.

This year’s science forum included the following institutions:

Falling Walls Conference, Berlin

Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Freiburg

Institute for Social-Ecological Research, Frankfurt am Main

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Climate and Environment Center

Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry, Mainz

Siemens AG, Sector Infrastructures & Cities, Munich

Become part of the Green Talents Science Forum 2014 and follow the diaries on the pages of the institutions visited.


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