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Johannesburg, 12/11/2019 The 25 international awardees of this year’s Green Talents Competition have travelled to Germany to attend the Science Forum for talented junior researchers from the field of sustainability science. 2019 marks the ten-year anniversary of the programme under the motto „Smart Green Planet – Solutions for a Sustainable Future. This year, a high-ranking jury of German experts selected 25 up-and-coming researchers from among 837 applicants and 97 countries, which marks a new high score of applications received. Furthermore, and for the first time ever, winners from Cameroon, Lebanon, Morocco and Papua New Guinea are among the chosen awardees.
Held under the patronage of the Federal Minister of Education and Research, Ms Anja Karliczek. The award has been honouring talented researchers since 2009 and provides young scientists with a platform for sharing their innovative green concepts to help shaping a more sustainable future. Kathryn Arnold, from Pretoria conducted her research Master’s Geoinformatics and advanced geospatial analysis for urban and regional planning support at the University of Cape Town
Green Talents visited German research institutions, universities and organisations concerned with sustainability science and discuss their projects with local experts. Among the research institutions included in this year’s programme are the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence in Saarbrücken, the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security in Bonn, RWTH Aachen University, and the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. Furthermore, Germanwatch e. V., a non-governmental organisation based in Bonn was visited, as well as the company Covestro AG, which will present itself at K 2019, a trade fair for plastics and rubber in Düsseldorf. To celebrate the 10th anniversary, the tour ended with a major Networking Conference bringing together the awardees, further distinguished German experts from the field of sustainability research and selected Green Talents alumni.
By establishing contacts with the German science community and exchanging ideas with its key innovators, the awardees will be able to lay the foundations for future cooperation. These efforts are supported by the invitation to return to Germany in 2020 for a fully funded research stay at an institution of their choice.
The 25 Green Talents were honoured by Parliamentary State Secretary Dr Michael Meister during a festive award ceremony within the framework of the Networking Conference, attended by embassy representatives, key representatives of the German sustainability landscape, former awardees, and other renowned guests.
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