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Awards for the Best Projects in the 28th National Environmental Competition

September 26th, 2018

Winners of the 28th National Environmental Competition (BUW)

The winners of the best projects from Germany in the 28th National Environmental Competition (BUW) were ceremoniously honored for their achievements on September 21st, 2018. The award ceremony took place in the Oberen Halle of the Bremen Town Hall. Four main prizes were awarded to projects from the federal states of Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia (2x) and Saxony. Further information on all award-winning projects is available in the current BUW press kit 2017/2018:

Dr. Claudia Bogedan, Senator for Children and Education of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, opened the award ceremony with a welcoming address. The main and special prizes were presented by Prof. Dr. Gunnar Friege (chairman of the BUW I competition jury and professor of physics education at Leibniz Universität Hannover) and Prof. Dr. Gerrit Schüürmann (chairman of the BUW II competition jury and head of the Department of Ecological Chemistry at the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research in Leipzig). Sponsors donated and presented further special prizes. Rüdiger Nehberg, an activist for environmental protection and human rights, gave the keynote speech.

The 28th BUW competition had 332 projects submitted by 1,113 dedicated adolescents and young adults between the ages of 10 and 20. This means that the BUW recorded the highest number of submitted project works and participants in a competition since 1990. The projects ranged from scientific studies, environmental developments, environmental education measures and campaigns to creative media projects.

The annual competition honors schoolchildren and young adults from across Germany whose projects investigate the causes of environmental problems and counter these problems with creativity and commitment in keeping with the competition motto "From Knowledge to Sustainable Action".

The Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) in Kiel organizes and conducts the BUW and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) funds it. The Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs endorses the competition.

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

Contact at the IPN:

Dr. Marc Eckhardt
Management National Environmental Competition

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