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30th Federal Environment Competition: Three main prizes and 11 special prizes

September 19th, 2020

Three main prizes, the highest BUW prize category, will be awarded to projects from Baden-Württemberg. Eleven special prizes, the second highest award in the competition, will be awarded to projects from Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg (3x), Berlin, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia (2x), Lower Saxony, Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein.

Further information on the award-winning projects and the 30th BUW can be found in the current BUW press kit 2019/2020:

Under normal circumstances, the competition participants of the best 14 projects would have been honored for their achievements on September 19, 2020 in the Klimahaus Bremerhaven as part of this year's BUW award ceremony. Due to the unpredictable situation and development caused by the Corona pandemic, it was not possible to hold an award ceremony and subsequent supporting program this year.

For the 30th BUW round, a total of 348 project papers were submitted by 1,237 committed adolescents and young adults between the ages of 10 and 20. This is the second highest number of participants and submitted projects in a round of the competition since 1990. The range of topics in the projects was broad, from scientific studies, environmental technology developments, and climate-protection-related activities to creative media projects.

The Corona pandemic continues to affect large parts of our lives. Despite the given conditions, the BUW could be carried out in competition relevant areas in the competition year 2019/2020. The lockdown in Germany took place shortly after the closing date for participation in the competition on March 15, 2020, so the BUW expert jury was able to review the competition entries submitted online. On June 19, 2020, the jury meeting took place for the first time in the history of the BUW in a purely virtual format, at which projects selected by the jury members were presented by the respective project participants.

After the participants in the selected projects had sent the jury self-made presentation videos about their projects prior to the meeting, the young adults were able to discuss their projects with the jury members individually or in small groups during the virtual meeting in video conferences and in compliance with applicable hygiene and distance rules.

The annual competition honors students and young adults who investigate the causes of environmental problems with their projects and tackle these problems with creativity and commitment in line with the competition motto "From Knowledge to Sustainable Action".

The BUW is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and organized and carried out by the IPN - Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education in Kiel. The competition is recommended by the Standing Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK).

Special thanks go to the BUW jury members and the competition coordinators in the federal states as well as to the competition sponsors, whose commitment significantly contributes to the success of the BUW.

Contact at the IPN:
Dr. Marc Eckhardt
Management of BundesUmweltWettbewerb