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 Anja Karliczek, 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 jury of German experts the award winners are granted unique access to the country’s research elite.

"The effects of climate change are becoming more and more visible around the world – even in Germany. This is something that this year's winners of the Green Talents competition are addressing. They are making important contributions worldwide to creating a sustainable society with their work in such areas as water management, bioenergy use and alternative economic systems. I would like to thank them all for their dedication and hope that they will continue to produce many more good ideas," said Georg Schütte, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), at the award ceremony.

This year the jury has chosen 25 Green Talents from 21 different countries. Have a glance at their profiles here.

The awardees 2018 are now on their two-week Science Forum from 13-27 October 2018 leading them to different hotspots of sustainability science in Germany. This offers the unique opportunity to get exclusive access to renowned research institutions and companies, learn about ground-breaking projects on-site and share their views on green concepts to make our world a better place.
The tour has already taken the young researchers to East Germany, more precisely to Dresden, Jena, Tettau, Leipzig and Berlin, where the Green Talents Award was presented to the awardees during a festive ceremony on 22 October 2018.
During the second week the awardees have the chance to meet up with leading German experts of their choice. Individual appointments provide a platform to personally discuss their research and lay the foundations for future collaborations. The tour finally ends in Frankfurt am Main at the Institute for Social-Ecological Research, their last station.

If you are interested in the Green Talents Competition 2019 please register for our Competition Alert and you will be informed as soon as the next submission period starts.