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Bavarian “Young Scientists” Competition: 14 Winners Qualify for National Competition

Munich, Apr 07, 2016

Over a period of four days, 81 aspiring young Bavarian scientists presented their projects to the public and the jury at the Bavarian heat of the “Young Scientists” competition. The winners were announced today at a ceremony attended by the Bavarian Minister of Education, Science and the Arts, Dr. Ludwig Spaenle.

This year, Bavaria is the German state with the most young scientists in the competition – now in its 51st year – and is submitting ten outstanding projects to the national-level round, to be held in Paderborn from May 26 to 29, 2016.

The Bavarian victors were honored by Dr. Ludwig Spaenle (Bavarian Minister of Education, Science and the Arts) and Auguste Willems (Executive Board member of Wacker Chemie AG) at a ceremony in the Deutsches Museum’s transport center (Verkehrszentrum) in Munich. “The winning entries include both application-oriented projects and basic research,” said Auguste Willems. “Both these areas are vital for a research-intensive company like WACKER. Seeing so much enthusiasm among the young contestants makes me optimistic about Germany's future as an economic and industrial center.”

Dr. Spaenle noted that “the projects in this year's competition are once again highly impressive. The contestants’ creativity, talent and highly motivated research show that our Bavarian school system is on the right path, reinforcing Bavaria’s position as a center of science. My best wishes to all of today's winners for the national final!”

The winners of the Bavarian “Young Scientists 2016” competition are:

Working World
Topic: “Measure Saw”
Johannes Meier (18)
Pfleiderer Neumarkt GmbH, Upper Palatinate Regional Competition

Topic: blood sugar levels during the menstrual cycle
Sara-Luisa Reh (16) and Anja-Sophia Reh (13)
Maria Stern High School, a foundation of the Diocese of Augsburg
Augsburg Regional Competition

Topic: isolating the flower oil of “Impatiens glandulifera” and identifying its constituents
Michael Eibl (18) and Sandra Krogner (18)
Johann-Michael-Fischer High School, Burglengenfeld
Upper Palatinate Regional Competition

Topic: recovering pure metals from computer and electronic scrap
Alexander Gottschick (17)
Ohm High School, Erlangen
Central Franconia Regional Competition

Geosciences and Astronomy
Topic: potential and limits of using polders for flood control
Paul Lepschy (17)
Leopoldinum High School, Passau
Lower Bavaria Regional Competition

Mathematics and Information Technology
Topic: anti-drone defense – identifying, tracking and classifying projectiles
Tassilo Schwarz (17)
Johannes-Heidenhain High School, Traunreut
Eastern Upper Bavaria Regional Competition

Topic: shaken not stirred – tightly packed granules
Ann-Kathrin Raab (18)
Ignaz-Günther High School, Rosenheim
Eastern Upper Bavaria Regional Competition

Topic: physical analysis of a fountain
Carina Kanitz (18)
Emil-von-Behring High School, Spardorf
Central Franconia Regional Competition

Topic: ground moisture sensor
Lukas Kamm (18)
Werner-von-Siemens High School, Weißenburg
Central Franconia Regional Competition

The Special Award of the Bavarian Minister of Education, Science and the Arts – for the best Bavarian interdisciplinary project – went to Luca Ponzio (16), Daniel Itkis (19) and Johannes Konrad (18) for their topic: “building a Farnsworth-Hirsch fusor.” Luca Ponzio is from Johannes-Turmair High School in Straubing, Daniel Itkis is from the “Klinikum Großhadern” hospital of Munich university and Johannes Konrad is from the University of Regensburg.

Press photos of the presentation ceremony will be available from 3:00 p.m. under the “Press” section on the following webpage: .

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 and the national final are held in partnership with corporate sponsors.

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


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