Jugend forscht

Youth science contest returns to campus

“Mach Ideen groß” is the theme of this year’s nationwide “Jugend forscht” competition, which is again being held at Campus Berlin-Buch. The Max Delbrück Center, along with the other sponsoring institutions, will be hosting 29 projects by Berlin’s young STEM talents.

On February 14 and 15, 2023, the campus is inviting tomorrow’s scientists to Buch for the “Jugend forscht” competition, involving young people between the ages of 12 and 21. On the first day, the participants will be at their booths to present their projects to the jury, the press, and the public – an important component of the contest that is taking place once again after a hiatus due to the pandemic. The jury will evaluate the entries, and on the following day will announce the winners, who will go on to compete in Berlin’s statewide competition.

The campus sponsors

Campus Berlin-Buch is one of four host venues for “Jugend forscht” in Berlin. The competition’s sponsors include the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC), the Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP), Campus Berlin-Buch GmbH and – as an associate sponsor – the Experimental and Clinical Research Center (ECRC), a joint institution of the Max Delbrück Center and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. They are in charge of organizing a program for the regional round – from the introductory event to the presentations and their evaluation by the jury to the award ceremony.

“The participants come up with surprising ideas and approaches every time,” says Dr. Ulrich Scheller, managing director of Campus Berlin-Buch GmbH. “The competition offers young people a unique chance to actually implement their ideas and see if they work – while inspiring others as well. The kids can also experience science close up on our campus. I’d definitely recommend giving this competition a try.”

About the competition

“Jugend forscht” is Germany’s biggest and best-known competition for the next generation of researchers. It is a joint initiative of the federal government, the magazine Stern, the business and scientific communities, and schools. The aim is to support talented achievers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Young researchers compete against each year in seven subject areas. Gifted children up to the age of 14 can take part in the junior segment “Schüler experimentieren,” while “Jugend forscht” is open to young people from the age of 15 onwards. The non-profit association Stiftung Jugend forscht e.V. organizes the competition.

Text: CBB


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