Press releases | Education 19.11.2012

About 550 participants submit ideas about sustainable protection of the environment and climate for the 2013 Student Competition.

Young people from Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Serbia, Spain and Switzerland are taking part in this year’s Student Competition in Math, Science and Technology. In the next few weeks they’ll now have to produce more detailed versions of their project ideas on the competition’s theme, “Urban, rural and beyond – planning the future of our environment.” The written suggestions for solutions to current and future challenges in cities, in rural areas and on the water must be submitted by January 15, 2013. In a two-stage procedure, the best projects will then be selected and recognized in spring.

Optimizing short-range public transportation, possibilities for vertical farming or the recycling of thermal energy in commercial kitchens – those are issues that the students are addressing in the current round of the contest. “With this year’s slogan, ‘Urban, rural and beyond – planning the future of our environment’, we really caught the mood of the moment,” says Christa Mühlbauer, project manager at the Siemens Stiftung. “I’m pleased that youngsters are so interested in looking at how to plan their environment, with the associated challenges.”

The Siemens Stiftung hopes to encourage precisely those young people to explore new research territory and to dare to take a visionary look into the future. “Many of the project ideas that have been submitted sound quite ambitious. But behind them are often very specific approaches, some of which have already been explored experimentally,” Christa Mühlbauer emphasizes.

Now the 550 contestants must put their ideas on paper and submit them as written essays by January 15, 2013. Then the ideas will be assessed by the professors of the jury from three partner universities: RWTH Aachen University, Technical University (TU) Berlin and Technical University Munich (TUM). They will choose the maximum of 15 contestants or contestant teams that will be allowed to present their projects at one of the universities in three semifinal rounds. Then three contestants or teams per university will come to Munich for the finals on March 16-18, 2013.

Prize money totaling some €100,000 will be awarded for the students’ higher education and to support the departments of the instructors who supervised the winning teams. The winners will get a chance to draw on support from tutors when they begin their university studies. All contestants will be invited to informational events at the partner universities and included in the contest’s alumni program.  

ENCOURAGE. empowering people. The Siemens Stiftung wants to empower people to actively address today’s social challenges and is dedicated to the values of Werner von Siemens. Together with partners, the foundation designs and implements local and international projects with the aim of promoting individual responsibility and self-initiative. The foundation is committed to enlarging basic services and social entrepreneurship, promoting education and strengthening of culture. The Siemens Stiftung pursues an integrative approach and stands for responsible, impact-oriented and innovative project work.