Quote from State Secretary Dr Georg Schütte's laudation at the Green Talents award ceremony 2016:
"We strongly believe that bringing together young and dedicated researchers from all over the world is the first and very important step towards a more sustainable future. We are convinced that it is crucial to foster international cooperation in sustainability science in order to jointly address the global challenges the world faces today."
For the eighth time a high-ranking jury of experts selected 25 ‘green’ visionaries from 22 different countries out of over 750 applicants as the "Green Talents 2016", tomorrow's leading scientists in the field of sustainable development.
Part of the prestigious award was an invitation to participate in the "Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development", a two week travel to Germanys sustainability hot spots within the research field. During the Science Forum the Green Talents not only gained insights into the country's innovation system but also into funding possibilities, institutes and universities as well as exchanged their own ideas and projects with leading experts of their field during individual appointments. The award year 2016 was connected to the Science Year thematic focus "Seas and Oceans". Have a look at the profiles of the awardees and the sites and sustainability hot spots they have discovered during their travel.
Furthermore the Federal Ministry of Education and Research invited 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 27/28 October 2016. During two days the Green Talents and all experts had the possibility to foster collaborations, to network and to exchange to specific topics.