Nexans hosts regional “Jugend forscht – Young Scientists” competition from 5 to 6 February 2009 in Hanover

For the 18th time, Nexans is supporting the competition for young scientists

Hanover, 29 January 2009 – Located at Kabelkamp 20 in Hanover, the Nexans Deutschland GmbH administrative centre will serve as Mecca for 50 junior scientists from Hanover and its vicinity from 5 to 6 February.
With the cable manufacturer’s assistance on both days, the “Jugend forscht e. V.” foundation is staging the Hanover region’s competition known as “Jugend forscht – young people experiment”. Already for the 18th time, Nexans Germany is sponsoring the event, this year’s motto of which is “You want to know!”.

Jurors from the Hanover regional competition will select semi-finalist candidates from among roughly 40 projects in the categories of natural sciences, mathematics, technology and workplace studies who then will participate in the Lower Saxony state finals in March. At the same time, studies by pupils or student groups up to the age of 14 will be judged in the junior competition known as “Pupil Scientists”, while youth (up to the age of 21) will contend in the “Jugend forscht” research competition for young people. Besides the content of studies submitted, the jury comprised of educators, experts from the realm of business and specialists from Nexans also evaluates the manner of a respective project’s preparation as well as its presentation. During a ceremony on Friday evening (6 February) in the presence of Bernd Strauch, district council chairman and mayor of the state capital of Hanover, an official announcement will reveal the regional champions who then will proceed to the state competition in Oldenburg (for pupils) or Clausthal-Zellerfeld (for young people).

Interested parties can familiarise themselves with the junior researchers’ projects on 5 February from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on 6 February from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Hanover regional competition’s public exhibition at the Nexans location at Kabelkamp 20.

Diversity of topics ranging from workplace studies to space research

In 76 regional competitions throughout Germany, jury teams this year will be selecting those projects from among 5,311 entries which have qualified for the respective state nomination. The champions of those events then will proceed to the national competition, where the country’s best will be chosen in the seven “Jugend forscht” subject categories consisting of biology, chemistry, geological and space sciences, mathematics/computer science, physics, technology and workplace studies. The Jugend forscht e.V. foundation is joining with the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt DBU in organising this year’s 44th national competition from 21 to 24 May 2009 in Osnabrück.

Beyond the PISA shock

“In light of the enormous number of ‘Jugend forscht’ participants this year, we are very delighted that Nexans can render a significant contribution toward the advancement of young talent in Hanover and its vicinity in 2009 as well”, said Dr. Francis Krähenbühl, CEO of Nexans Deutschland GmbH. “At the same time, the regional competition gives us, along with other event organisers, an opportunity to present the degree of innovation among seemingly traditional sectors. In our case, for example, both chemistry and physics belong to the most important R&D segments because they consistently yield impulses for new cable solutions,” said Dr. Krähenbühl, who has a degree in chemistry.

Over the last few years, the trend of competition topics among the natural sciences clearly is in favour of biology, “followed by chemistry and technology”, reported Jutta van Bühl, “Jugend forscht” mentor at Nexans, who likewise is interested in the other disciplines. “I am consistently amazed by what the pupils and youth are researching, and at each competition I make the acquaintance of a whole lot of things which are worth knowing.”

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