Future issues and innovations

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Technology that benefits the environment, top-level research: ideas for tomorrow are generated day in, day out at corporations, higher education institutions, and research facilities in Germany.

Germany is a “land of ideas”. This is demonstrated by the fact that more than 80 Nobel Prizes have gone to Germans to date. In Chemistry, for example, Stefan W. Hell was awarded the coveted prize in 2014 for developing super-resolution microscopy. The many participants in the German youth science competition Jugend forscht also have a head for good ideas. School pupils can submit their science inventions for this competition, for instance, generating electricity from yog­hurt or transforming straw into paper in an environmentally friendly way. More than 235,000 aspiring scientists have taken part over the last 50 years. Nowadays developments that are good for the environment are particularly popu­lar. Germany is among the leading countries in terms of “green technologies”, which promote environmental protection or the use of renewable energies. Two million people in Germany work in the field of environmental technology today. Germany is among the pioneers in international climate policy. With a raft of initiatives, it aims to prevent the advance of global warming and the associated destruction of livelihoods.

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