Green Talents Award Has Started

International cooperation in sustainability research

  • News 15.04.2019

For ten years now, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) hosts the prestigious "Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development" to promote the international exchange of innovative green ideas. The award honours young researchers each year. The winners come from numerous countries and scientific disciplines and are recognised for their outstanding achievements in making our societies more sustainable.

Every year, the BMBF invites 25 prizewinners to a two-week science forum for high potentials in sustainability research in Germany. To date, a total of 232 "green talents" from 65 countries have received awards. The application phase for the Green Talents Competition 2019 has been open since 8 April. Young scientists from around the world can apply for the Green Talent 2019 award until 22 May 2019.

With this year's special focus on the question of how digitalisation can promote more sustainability in science and our societies, the motto of the 2019 competition is "Smart Green Planet – Solutions for a Sustainable Future". However, applications from all disciplines are highly welcome and the research does not need to have a direct link to digitalisation.

A successful Green Talent 2019 will receive

  • an invitation to the fully funded two-week Green Talents Science Forum 2019, consisting of visits to leading German sustainability facilities, institutions and companies with exclusive insights into their pioneering research and projects,
  • individual appointments with choosing German experts to discuss possibilities for upcoming joint research and cooperation efforts,
  • networking opportunities at the 10-year anniversary Green Talents alumni conference in Berlin with key representatives of the German sustainability landscape
  • a fully funded research stay of up to three months at an institution of your own choice in Germany in 2020
  • exclusive access for the the prestigious Green Talents alumni network

Selected by a jury of German experts, the award winners are granted unique access to the country's research elite. This time, the jury also includes Prof. Christa Liedtke, Director of the Sustainable Production and Consumption Division at the Wuppertal Institute. Prof. Uwe Schneidewind, President of the Wuppertal Institute, is a special jury member in 2019.
In October 2019, this year's award winners will also visit the Wuppertal Institute as part of the Science Forum.

Further competition information can be found under the link below.

Further information