German Ministry Calls Scientists for Sustainability Exchange

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is calling for scientists specializing in sustainable development to apply for the competition “Green Talents – The International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development.”

Under the patronage of the German Federal Research Minister Professor Annette Schavan, the competition will give 15 exceptional young scientists the opportunity to meet and exchange views with today’s leading experts in Germany. The winners of the competition will participate in a 10-day international science forum taking place in autumn 2010.

A special focus will be on the “Science Year 2010 – The Future of Energy”, announced by the BMBF due to the global importance of this area. 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 onsite and learn about opportunities for cooperation with German partners. The forum will include individual meetings with experts and an opportunity for the “Green Talents” to present their own research – as well as several cultural events and the award ceremony at the BMBF Forum “Research for Sustainable Development” in Berlin.

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

Researchers in Germany and throughout the world already benefit from numerous lively collaborations. The German Federal Government wants to further increase this exchange, especially with young scientists.

Application documents should be submitted to by June 20. Further information is available at

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