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Young Scientists Competition: from High-Tech Toasters to Pharmaceutical Actives – Young Scientists Show their Skills in the Bavarian Competition

Munich, Mar 10, 2016

Some 12,058 young scientists from across Germany have applied to take part in the “Young Scientists” competition and its junior counterpart “Schüler experimentieren.” Most of the applications for Europe’s biggest young scientists’ competition came once again from Bavaria. Now that the regional competitions have finished, the young scientists’ best ideas are competing at state level. As sponsor, WACKER is organizing the Bavarian competition for the tenth time this year.

“The competition events are an engine of innovation, but also of recognition and an instrument for promoting exceptional talent. The Young Scientists competition thus makes an important and highly effective contribution to promoting young scientists and engineers in our state,” says Dr. Monika Christl, head of the Bavarian state competition.

Bavaria has entered 2,096 applications for the 51st round of the competition this year. Thereby, for the seventh time in succession, Bavaria is entering the most young scientists for the competition. The runner up is the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, with 1,913 entrants. In total, 81 contestants have qualified for the Bavarian state-wide competition in recent weeks. This will be held from April 4 to 7, 2016, at the Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum in Munich. With the slogan “Neues kommt von Neugier” (innovations come from inquisitiveness), the participants will battle with one another for four days to enter the national final.

The participants include Tobias Knauer, Daniel Welker and Moritz Drummer from Ebermannstadt, who have developed a toaster with browning control. Its advantage is that the toast does not burn and therefore contains only very low levels of carcinogenic benzo(a)pyrenes. Other competitors included Michael Eibl and Sandra Krongner of Johann-Michael-Fischer Gymnasium in Burglengenfeld, who isolated the flower oil of Impatiens glandulifera, better known as Himalayan balsam, and identified its constituents. They were able to detect a substance used for treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The young scientists have thereby discovered a new source for this pharmaceutical active.

Every two years since 1998, Wacker Chemie AG has been sponsoring the state-wide competition in Bavaria. According to Executive Board member August Willems, “We are fully committed to providing support. We know that our company can only survive if we continue to develop a constant stream of new and better products and manufacturing processes. That requires inquisitive and tenacious scientists and engineers.”

About the “Young Scientists” Competition

“Young Scientists” is Europe’s largest competition for aspiring scientists and technologists, and fosters special talents and achievements in these areas. Launched in 1965 by Henri Nannen, the then editor-in-chief of Stern magazine, the competition celebrates its 51st anniversary in 2016. The annual contest is organized by Jugend forscht e.V., while the individual regional and state-wide heats are organized in partnership with corporate sponsors.

For further details (in German only) on the Bavarian contest, visit .


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