Green Talents 2021 – Green Talents Forum 2021 now open for applications

Become a Green Talent, promote your research in Germany and benefit from an exclusive network of excellent green researchers. The goal of sustainable development is to find a balance between the need for socio-economic development and the need to preserve the environment, and to thus meet the requirements of present and future generations.

Green Talents 2021

Green Talents 2021 © DLR

‘Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development’ focuses on outstanding young scientists, who are active in the field of sustainable development and are willing to collaborate with German experts and to contribute to sustainability research in Germany.

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) fosters interdisciplinary approaches in this regard. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) form the framework for this year’s competition and applicants must indicate, which SDGs their research is contributing to. Applicants can, therefore, come from any scientific field closely related to sustainability research. The submission period ends 19 May 2021 (2 p.m. CEST).

Every year, the Ministry honours 25 young researchers with the ‘Green Talents’ award, under the patronage of Minister Anja Karliczek. Since its inception in 2009, the award has recognised 282 young researchers and scientists from 72 different countries for their outstanding achievements and contributions to making their communities, countries and societies more sustainable.

The awardees are selected by a jury of renowned German experts and are granted unique access to the country’s leading sustainability research specialists.

Green Talents Awardees 2020

Green Talents Awardees 2020 © DLR

The 2021 Green Talents award includes::

  • an invitation to the multi-day Virtual Science Forum 2021, consisting of
    • ‘Science Sessions’ with leading German sustainability facilities, institutions and companies, which will virtually provide exclusive insights into their leading-edge research and projects,
    • virtual appointments with German experts of your choice to discuss possibilities for upcoming joint research and cooperation efforts,
    • a wide range of workshops dedicated to the SDGs and advancing your scientific career
    • networking opportunities with other Green Talents, participating Green Talents alumni and researchers,
    • formal Virtual Award Ceremony with your fellow Green Talents and special guests
  • a fully funded on-site research stay of up to three months at an institution of your choice in Germany in 2022,
  • exclusive access to the prestigious Green Talents alumni network.

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Deadline for submission: 19 May 2021, 2 p.m. CEST.