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Start of "Green Talents 2012"

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With the “Green Talents 2012” competition, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is seeking 25 outstanding young scientists (up to 35 years old) from around the world from the fields of sustainable development and green growth. Applications can be submitted until 10 June 2012 on the website www.greentalents.de.

Sustainability as a subject is the focus of the Science Year 2012 Project EARTH: Our future of the BMBF. Achieving sustainability is a global challenge. The BMBF recognises the excellence and creativity of young scientists and has therefore established the “Green Talents” competition in 2009. Since then, young scientists from all over the world have had the opportunity to participate in the competition under the patronage of Minister Prof. Dr. Annette Schavan.

The winners are invited to visit German research institutions and companies in the fall of 2012 in order to gain further insights into sustainability research in Germany. They will have the opportunity to establish contacts, create networks, and discuss their own research projects with experts from academia and industry. In 2013 all awardees will be invited to spend an additional period of up to three months in Germany.

From the start of the competition in 2009 there has been at least one “Green Talent” from South Africa every year. The six awardees from South Africa are:

  • 2009; Aluwani Nemukula (27), Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Durban University of Technology
  • 2010; Jeanne Yvonne de Waal (27), MSc in Agriculture, PhD-Student, University of Stellenbosch
    Paul William Jorgensen (23), BSc in Environmental Science, University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • 2011; Owen Horwood (32), PhD in Geography and Environment, University of the Witwatersrand
    Dyllon Garth Randall (27), PhD in Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town
    Alanna Jane Rebelo (24), Master Student in Restoration and Conservation Ecology and Hydrology, Stellenbosch University

For more informationen about "Green Talents 2012" visit: www.greentalents.de