Press releases | Education 25.11.2013

Student competition 2014: Young minds from six countries take on the challenge of “Rethinking energy – start shaping the future.”

This year’s key visual is motivating young researchers to grapple with our energy future.
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A total of 460 students from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and German schools in Bulgaria, Spain, and Turkey are taking part in this year’s student competition in math, science, and technology sponsored by the Siemens Stiftung. For the second year in a row, all 16 German states are represented. Papers must be submitted by January 15, 2014. Experts from RWTH Aachen, TU Berlin, and TU Munich will evaluate the submissions and decide which teams move on to the three semi-final rounds.

Nearly all 218 project proposals are based on the vision of a green, sustainable power supply, but the young researchers will think beyond the technologies for generating heat and electricity to focus on the potential for using and storing energy with greater efficiency.

“Every year, we receive submissions with surprising perspectives,” notes Christa Mühlbauer, project manager of the student competition at the Siemens Stiftung. “One team is looking at the energy consumption of the huge data centers being built in growing numbers around the world. Few see this as a problem, even though the energy-saving potential seems to be enormous.”

Regional issues are also very prominent among this year’s candidates. One team from Turkey is working on organic solar batteries using black mulberries native to the Mediterranean region, for example, while a contestant from Rhineland-Palatinate is analyzing the economic and environmental impact of a wind farm planned for the local Montabaurer Höhe region.

The Siemens Stiftung sponsors the student competition with the aim of motivating young people to grapple with topics and trends of relevance in modern society. “The students really have very concrete visions of our energy future. The competition is designed to offer an incentive for them to actually realize their ideas,” says Mühlbauer.

Now the contestants must put their project proposals on paper and submit them by January 15, 2014. The submissions will then be evaluated by professors at the three partner universities: Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen, Technical University (TU) Berlin, and Technical University Munich (TUM). The jury then selects 15 teams or individuals to present their concepts at the semi-final rounds at the three universities. Each university selects three teams or individuals for the final round to take place in Berlin on March 29–31, 2014.

Winners receive prize money of up to 20,000 euros earmarked for higher education. The departments of the winners’ teachers are also honored. All participants in the semi-final rounds also have access to a tutoring program, are invited to information seminars at the partner universities, and are invited to join the student competition alumni program.

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