Green Talents - International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development

This year one of the Green Talents Winners is from Trinidad and Tobago:

Renaldo BELFON (26), MPhil in Soil Science; Soil management to improve sustainability of agriculture The jury praised Renaldo’s interdisciplinary approach to improving farming methods in the Caribbean, and the fact that his project aims are an important contribution to sustainable agriculture around the world.

TRINIDAD and TOBAGO_Wilfried Kraus giving award to Renaldo BELFON Enlarge image (© Federal Ministry Education and Research)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Mr Belfon is sharing his experience in Germany:

"The International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development 2015 demonstrates the firm commitment of the German Government to international collaboration on research and development. Over the course of 2 weeks the  German BMBF hosted the 26 awardees of the Green Talents program, exposing young researchers from countries such South Africa, Iran, Malaysia and Bolivia to leading minds in the scientific and business landscapes. 

This included tours of world-class businesses like Henkel and ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe which provided insights on the German approach to remaining leaders in competitive sectors like chemical and metal production while tackling pressing sustainability issues. Another innovative aspect of this program was the opportunity for each awardee to meet with university faculty members of their choice with the possibility of returning for an all expenses paid residency. 

At a time when funding cuts and other barriers to access hamper scientific advancement in other major developed countries, Germany is deepening its resolve to find solutions to contemporary challenges. With its strong tradition of  excellence in research and development, abundant funding mechanisms and openness to international collaboration, Germany remains one of the leading destinations for young researchers and should become even more popular. Needless to say, I would recommend the Green Talents and other programs to other Caribbean nationals, just don't drink too much beer.


Renaldo Belfon"

Renaldo Belfon at the East Side Gallery in Berlin Enlarge image (© R. Belfon)

Green Talent - Group picture of the awardee Enlarge image (© BMBF) German Federal Ministry of Education and Research celebrates ‘Green Visionaries’ from around the world in Berlin

The 7th "Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development” culminated in a festive awards ceremony today. Mr Wilfried Kraus, Head of the BMBF Directorate "Sustainability, Climate, Energy", honoured 27 young scientists from 20 countries. This year's competition attracted over 550 applicants from more than 90 countries. The jury of experts selected 27 winners from this pool of talented researchers. From urban planning, biodiversity, renewable energy and resource management to the sociopolitical implications of new technologies, the winners covered an impressively broad range of academic research with diverse achievements.
This year's awardees were invited to participate in the two-week Science Forum during which they visited top locations for sustainability research in Germany. Against the background of the current Year of Science “City of the Future”, urban issues in particular were brought into focus. The Green Talents gained a deeper insight into the country’s innovation system, learned about state-of-the-art approaches and technologies, and exchanged ideas with the country’s leading experts in individual meetings.
In his laudation, Mr Kraus emphasized the relevance of the Green Talents Programme for future international science cooperation: “We need international collaboration to tackle the challenges of our times. The Green Talents belong to a network consisting of 158 young researchers from all over the world striving for sustainability who are passionate about the work of science in Germany. Such international networks are essential for us to see the bigger picture, to develop new ideas and strong partnerships, and to enhance the transfer of technology from research into practical application.”

Please visit for more information about the background of the programme as well as this year’s competition and awardees.

Green Talents 2015

Green Talents - Group picture