BMBF: Announcement of the international "Green Talents" Competition 2011. Deadline: 29 July 2011

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How can green growth for all be achieved? What can be done to implement sustainability strategies into society? Young scientists from all over the world who are seeking solutions to these and other pressing questions related to sustainability research are invited to participate in the prestigious “Green Talents” competition of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

The award under the patronage of Federal Minister Professor Annette Schavan was presented for the second time in 2010 and is now starting its third application round. Talented young researchers (up to 35 years old) from around the world specialising in the area of sustainable development are invited to apply for “Green Talents – The International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development”. The competition will give 20 exceptional scientists the opportunity to meet and exchange views with today’s leading experts in the field of sustainability in Germany. A decisive selection criterion is the crucial contribution of the applicant’s research to mastering global challenges such as climate change, declining energy resources and massive environmental pollution.
The winners of the competition will participate in a ten-day international science forum taking place in autumn 2011. Touring through Germany, the “Green Talents” will visit leading universities, research institutions and companies active in the field of sustainable development. They will gather specific information about research activities on-site and learn about opportunities for cooperation with German partners. The forum will also include individual meetings with experts, as well as cultural events and the award ceremony at the German Parliament (tbc) in Berlin.

During the year following their participation in the “Green Talents Forum”, the winners of the competition will be invited to return to Germany for an additional research stay (up to three months). Both the Forum and the research stay will be fully financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Germany is one of the leading locations in the world for sustainability research, and is a strong partner for international cooperation in this field. The country takes global responsibility by promoting sustainable development and green growth. The German Federal Government is providing important funds for the development of sustainable innovations in research and development, also for further increasing collaborations with outstanding researchers throughout the world. The country’s innovative power in this area is especially attractive for young international scientists who can benefit from the exchange with a strong partner.

For detailed information about the application requirements and process, please refer to the Application Guidelines 2011 as well as the leaflet with all relevant information about the programme. Application documents should be submitted to by email by 29 July 2011.

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