Science Forum

The BMBF invites you to Germany for a two-week science forum. Here you will visit some of the hot spots of sustainability science. This offers you the unique opportunity to get exclusive access to the country’s research landscape. Learn about ground-breaking projects on-site and possibilities for cooperation with German experts and facilities.

With a two-week journey across Germany, taking place in the fall of each year, the winners of the Green Talents Competition are invited to an exclusive insight into the country's diverse research landscape. In order to provide the best possible overview, the forum's destinations are changing every year. Hence, a broad spectrum of excellent institutions and companies has already been part of the Green Talents programme. Touring Germany from one station to the next, the Green Talents learn about the research that is being conducted and gain an exclusive look behind the scenes while visiting labs or production sites. Here, they also get the chance to discuss their projects with other scientists and hear about the research and working conditions in Germany.

Besides these visits, the Green Talents moreover meet experts of their choice in their facilities. They are invited to individual appointments that serve the purpose of specifically talking about projects, research collaborations or the possibility of a BMBF-funded stay in Germany the year after the forum. To not only support the networking with German experts but to furthermore encourage new networks among the group itself, the project gives them the chance to present themselves to their peers during the tour.       

On top of that, the Green Talents programme also strives to give the winners a deeper understanding of our research landscape by providing detailed information on funding opportunities in Germany during the forum. Therefore, a workshop on this topic is held to which all major research and funding organisations in Germany are invited. Representatives from DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), Helmholtz Association, Max Planck Society, Fraunhofer Society, Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation and Leibniz Association present their programmes.

Undoubted highlight of each forum however, is the festive ceremony during which the winners receive their awards by a high representative of the BMBF. Whenever possible, this event is being held in the context of the annual "Forum for Sustainability (FONA)". Experts from politics, science and industry meet here to present the newest research in the field of sustainability and to discuss how these issues can be brought into everyday life: another exciting opportunity for the young researchers to get in touch with experts from their respective fields of work.

Have a look at the different science forums or follow the Green Talents' journey across Germany through video diaries. This will give you a deeper insight into this unique network of excellent research institutions and outstanding young scientists. So far, the network includes the following 32 institutions and companies:

Research institutions:
Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)
» Clausthal Institute of Environmental Technologies (CUTEC)
» Climate Service Center Germany (CSC)
» Ecologic Institute
» E.ON Energy Research Center (E.ON ERC)
» Forschungszentrum Jülich
» Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology - UMSICHT
» Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology - IGB
» Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems - ISE
» Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology - IWES
» German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD)
» German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ)
» German Biomass Research Centre (DBFZ)
» Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)
» Helmholtz Centre for Materials and Coastal Research
» Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)
» Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW)
» ISOE - Institute for Social-Ecological Research
» Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
» Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry (MPI-BGC)
» Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry (MPI-C)
» Max-Planck-Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP)
» Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
» Southern African Science Service Center for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL)
» The Berlin Centre of Competence for Water
» Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy

Bauhaus University Weimar
» Clausthal University of Technology (CUT)
» Georg-August-University of Göttingen
» Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH)
» RWTH Aachen University

AIRBUS Operations GmbH
» Dii GmbH
» Henkel AG
» Max Planck Innovation GmbH
» OSRAM GmbH / Siemens AG
» Siemens AG
» ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG
» Volkswagen AG

The tour is organized and accompanied by the Project Management Agency of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). All expenses during the tour as well as the journey to and from Germany are covered by the ministry.