Are you an up-and-coming researcher with original ideas and a strong focus on sustainable development? Does your research have the potential to change the world? If so, then you may be intersted in applying to be one of 25 Green Talents for 2014.
The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) launched the Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development in 2009 with the aim of promoting the international exchange of ideas on green solutions.
Each year, 25 young green talents are selected by a high-ranking jury of German experts and are granted unique access to the elite of the country’s sustainability research field. This includes:
- An invitation to Germany in 2014 to participate in the fully funded two-week science forum. While touring Germany, top locations will open their doors to the Green Talents and offer them an exclusive insight into their facilities and projects.
- A chance to present themselves and their work in personal discussions held as part of individual appointments with experts of their choice (during the two-week science forum).
- A second invitation to Germany in 2015 for a fully funded research stay of up to three months. At an inspiring location of their choice, the Green Talents will gain new experiences and advance their professional careers while establishing long-lasting partnerships.
- Exclusive access to the “Green Talents Network” of over 100 high potentials in sustainable development from over 35 countries.
The application deadline is 16 June 2014. Jury members include Prof. Dr Beate Jessel, President of the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, Dr Roland Busch, Chief Sustainability Officer and CEO Sector Infrastructure & Cities at Siemens AG, Prof. Dr Uwe Schneidewind, President of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, and Prof. Dr Hubert Weiger, Chairman of the BUND.
Prof. Dr Johanna Wanka, patron of the green talents award and Federal Minister of Education and Research says, ˝Germany is a world leader in green technology. We are committed to strengthening research and development in this area and promoting joint international solutions. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research holds the Green Talents competition to further encourage the exchange of ideas. We seek outstanding young talent to translate the principles of sustainability into real technological solutions and social concepts and to generate awareness of these innovations beyond the borders of their own countries. In this way, young researchers become ambassadors for sustainable development”.