Press releases | Education 31.03.2014

Winners of the 2014 student competition honored

1st prize: Saverio Nobbe, Lise-Meitner-Schule in Berlin, topic: New energy sources and catalysts for environmentally friendly space travel.

How will we continue to ensure our energy supply into the future? This universal social challenge was the focus of the 2014 student competition in mathematics, science, and technology. Top honors went to “New energy sources and catalysts for environmentally friendly space travel” presented by an 18-year-old from Berlin. During today’s awards ceremony, Dr. Nathalie von Siemens presented the winner with his “gold medal,” which carries prize money of €20,000 for higher education. Second and third place went to candidates from Halle/Saale and Tutzing. Jurijs Rubenciks received the special prize for his project “Drag-type turbine: construction and optimization.”

Dr. Nathalie von Siemens, Managing Director and Spokesperson for the Siemens Stiftung, expressed her respect for all the finalists and encouraged them to continue the paths they have begun: “Sometimes you have to muster the courage to overcome contradiction and resistance. Our competition attracts people who want to get involved, make a difference, take the initiative. They take responsibility for the community in which we all live, and in so doing, they help define positions for our transition to a new energy era.”

Winners of the 2014 student competition:

1st prize (€20,000 for higher education): Saverio Nobbe, Lise-Meitner-Schule in Berlin, topic: New energy sources and catalysts for environmentally friendly space travel.

2nd prize (€15,000 for higher education): Christoph Griehl, Georg-Cantor-Gymnasium in Halle/Saale (Saxony-Anhalt), topic: Oil in the tank and on the plate – rethinking bioenergy.

3rd prize (€10,000 for higher education): Hanna Burggraf, Gymnasium in Tutzing (Bavaria), topic: Smart heating control with the help of weather forecasting.

Special prize (€10,000 for higher education): Jurijs Rubenciks, Couven Gymnasium in Aachen (North Rhine-Westphalia), topic: Drag-type turbine: construction and optimization.

Awards were presented not only to the winning students but to the departments of the instructors who supervise them.

In the final round, the nine finalists (both individuals and teams) defended their projects on this year’s theme of “Rethinking energy – start shaping the future” before a jury of nine prestigious professors from the partner universities of RWTH Aachen, TU Berlin, and TU Munich.

About the student competition
The Siemens Stiftung student competition tackles major themes of global impact that inspire the youth of today. The focus is on socially relevant issues in need of smart solutions – climate change, urbanization, sustainable energy, environmental protection. The annual competition, sponsored by the Siemens Stiftung and its partners, is open to secondary school students in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and at German schools throughout Europe. Students can win prize money of up to €20,000 for higher education, and the teachers who supervise their work also receive money for their departments. A total of some €100,000 in prize money is awarded.

Siemens Stiftung
ENCOURAGE. empowering people. Siemens Stiftung wants to empower people to actively address today's social challenges. 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 developing basic services and social entrepreneurship, promoting education and strengthening culture. The Siemens Stiftung pursues an integrative approach and stands for responsible, impact-oriented and innovative project work.