From May 26 to 30, 2015, the 50th national competition of “Jugend forscht” took place at BASF in Ludwigshafen. The annual German competition aims to promote young talents in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). BASF hosted the final round of the renowned competition with the slogan “Researching, promoting, celebrating - 50 years of Jugend forscht & 150 years of BASF”.
195 young scientists presented more than 100 projects in seven subject areas
Germany’s best young scientists were honored on the final day in the presence of numerous political guests, among them the competition's patron, Federal President Joachim Gauck. Dr. Kurt Bock, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE, was impressed by the pioneering spirit of research shown by the young scientists: “They showed that they are on the right path to one day work as researchers, inventors, or technicians for new solutions for our society. To support and encourage young people is dear to our hearts. We want to further promote and develop the natural joy of discovering and research. As BASF, we are proud to be part of this big ‘Jugend forscht’family.” The young STEMtalents impressed with outstanding performances. Lukas Stockner (18) from Bavaria was awarded with the Federal President’s award for his exceptional project: The young scientist developed a computerbased method to create photorealistic images of light refractions that are generated by filled water glasses or transparent gemstones.
As the sponsoring company of the 50th competition of “Jugend forscht”, BASF organized a special award ceremony in cooperation with the Jugend forscht Foundation in Mannheim Friday, May 29. 56 special awards from different institutions were awarded, among them the “BASF Jungforscher Preis 2015” (“BASF Young Scientist Award”). The award includes a threeweek research stay at the BASF Innovation Campus AsiaPacific in ShanghaiPudong. The winner was Felix Mende from Frankfurt (Oder). In his chemistry project, the 18year old student examined where most antioxidants are found inside of apples, comparing fruit skin and flesh.
The “Jugend schafft Chancen”Preis (“Young people create opportunities” award) was awarded on behalf of the BASF Stiftung. The award went to the winning group of a workshop on a successful development cooperation. The workshop had been jointly organized by the BASF Stiftung and the children’s rights organization “Save the Children” during the competition week.