South African Student Wins Top International Award in Berlin, Germany

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South African Green Talents Winner from University of Cape Town Megan Lukas

South African Green Talents Winner from University of Cape Town Megan Lukas

07 November 2017: South African Student Wins Top International Award in Berlin, Germany

• 25 Green Talents 2017 awarded in Berlin
• South African winner among this year’s “Green Talents”
• 260 attendants at biggest Green Talents Alumni meeting to date
• Alumni Survey demonstrates that the award positively influences the career of scientists awarded as “Green Talents”

Johannesburg, “International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development” culminated in a festive award ceremony. Matthias Graf von Kielmansegg, General Director “Policy Issues; Strategy; Digital Transformation” at the BMBF, honoured 25 young scientists from 21 countries. This year’s competition attracted 602 applicants from over 95 countries. For the first time Egypt, Fiji, Iraq, Slovakia, Sweden and Uganda are among the Green Talents winner countries. A high ranking-ranking jury of experts selected the most outstanding ‘green’ visionaries, who come from an impressively wide range of academic research areas with diverse achievements.

Conferred under the patronage of the German Research Minister, Professor Johanna Wanka, for the ninth time. The award provides young researchers with a platform for sharing their views on green concepts to make our world a better place. Megan Lukas, 34 from Cape Town conducted her PhD in Environmental Geographical Science at the University of Cape Town where her research focused in Human Connection to the Environment in an under-resourced township setting regarding pro-environmental behaviour, sustainable living and place attachment.

This year’s focus is on “Sustainable Production and Consumption”. The two-week science tour provided the Green Talents with insights into the German research landscape and with the opportunity to meet leading experts and visit some of the most renowned research institutions in the focus area, including the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD), the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the Technical University of Munich (TUM), and VAUDE – the sustainable, innovative outdoor-supplier. By establishing contacts with the science community and exchanging ideas with its key innovators the winners will be able to lay the foundations for future cooperation. Their efforts are supported by the invitation to return to Germany in 2018 for a fully funded research stay at an institution of their choice.

The 25 Green Talents were honoured on Friday 27 October 2017 during a festive award ceremony attended by representatives of the participating institutions, jury members, embassy representatives, Ambassador of South Africa in Berlin and other distinguished guests. The award ceremony was held at the Federal Ministry in Berlin.

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Author: Mashudu Mavhivha from Glasshouse Communication Management.
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