Ideas competition: new ideas chosen!

To get new projects up and running right from the start of the Year of Science, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology of the Republic of Turkey have each been holding an ideas competition. Both competitions consist of two rounds, with two entry deadlines. The winning projects from the first round were selected in December 2013 and those from the second round were chosen in June 2014.

More than 60 entries were submitted in the first round of the competition held by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and twice as many were received in the second round – a clear indication that the German scientific community is taking great interest in further developing the partnership with Turkey.

Choosing the winning projects was no easy task. Key criteria included the specialist focus and qualifications (across three topic areas) of the proposed projects, as well as their visibility amongst expert circles and the general public.  In order to harness as many strengths as possible, the jury selecting the projects also paid particular attention to interdisciplinary topics: the interaction of research and industry, training and education in business, science and research, and the interface between science and society.

The fascinating projects that have emerged from the ideas competitions include, for example, initiatives based on professional networking for women involved in IT, dealing with climate change in Istanbul, creating networks in architecture and culture, and encouraging cooperation in automotive production and other key technologies. The first projects have already been launched. Altogether, more than 120 projects from both Germany and Turkey are being funded over the course of the Year of Science.

Find out below which projects made the cut:

Round I

Round II

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Saying of the Day

„One never reaches home. But where paths that have an affinity for each other intersect, the whole world looks like home for a time.”

Hermann Hesse, Demian