Press information 07/10/2021: Science Forum

Green Talents 2021 on virtual tour in Germany

Outstanding green scientists from around the world virtually meet Germany’s experts in sustainability research to present their research and discuss joint future cooperation opportunities

Bonn, 07 October 2021 The 25 winners of the Green Talents Competition 2021 have been selected to attend this year’s Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development, which starts today. The awardees from different disciplines address a variety of topics that directly contribute to the realisation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. More details on the awardees’ individual research profiles can be accessed exclusively on our website

As the grand finale of the Virtual Science Forum, the 25 Green Talents will be honoured by Dr Michael Meister, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Education and Research, during a virtual award ceremony on Friday, 15 October 2021, from 12.30 to 14.00 (CEST). You are cordially invited to virtually attend the award ceremony and to interview the awardees subsequently via video call.

We are accepting registrations for the virtual award ceremony as well as interview requests with the Green Talents awardees via email at by 11 October 2021.

Background information
The Green Talents programme is conducted under the patronage of the Federal Minister of Education and Research, Anja Karliczek. Since 2009, the award has honoured 307 talented researchers from 72 countries. It fosters the global exchange of innovative ideas in the field of sustainability and provides a platform for young scientists to share their views on green concepts to improve our world. This year, a high-ranking jury of German experts selected 25 up-and-coming researchers among 467 applicants from 78 countries as the winners. Each award comprises one of the coveted tickets to the Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development.

The Virtual Science Forum takes the 25 Green Talents on an exciting virtual journey where they can explore Germany’s sustainability research landscape, network with German researchers and get to know their fellow award winners. In the coming days, the awardees will be remotely visiting German research institutions, universities and organisations concerned with sustainability science, and discussing their projects with local experts. Among the research institutions and companies participating in this year’s programme are the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Leuphana University Lüneburg as well as RITTEC Umwelttechnik GmbH, StadtFarm and Werner & Mertz GmbH.

By having the chance to establish contacts with the German science community and to exchange exciting ideas with some of its key innovators, the awardees will be able to lay the foundations for future cooperation. These opportunities are accompanied by an invitation to come to Germany in 2022 for a fully funded research stay at an institution of their choice.

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