Press release 30/10/2015: Award Ceremony

German Federal Ministry of Education and Research celebrates ‘Green Visionaries’ from around the world in Berlin

Green Talents 2015 awarded in Berlin

The 7th "Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development” culminated in a festive awards ceremony today. Mr Wilfried Kraus, Head of the BMBF Directorate "Sustainability, Climate, Energy", honoured 27 young scientists from 20 countries. This year's competition attracted over 550 applicants from more than 90 countries. The jury of experts selected 27 winners from this pool of talented researchers. From urban planning, biodiversity, renewable energy and resource management to the sociopolitical implications of new technologies, the winners covered an impressively broad range of academic research with diverse achievements.

This year's awardees were invited to participate in the two-week Science Forum during which they visited top locations for sustainability research in Germany. Against the background of the current Year of Science “City of the Future”, urban issues in particular were brought into focus. The Green Talents 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.

In his laudation, Mr Kraus emphasized the relevance of the Green Talents Programme for future international science cooperation: “We need international collaboration to tackle the challenges of our times. The Green Talents belong to a network consisting of 158 young researchers from all over the world striving for sustainability who are passionate about the work of science in Germany. Such international networks are essential for us to see the bigger picture, to develop new ideas and strong partnerships, and to enhance the transfer of technology from research into practical application.”

A news package with photos of the awards ceremony can be downloaded here.

Please visit for more information about the background of the programme as well as this year’s competition and awardees.


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