Nexans hosts regional “Jugend forscht – Young Scientists” competition from 4 to 5 February 2010 in Hanover

“Discover new worlds!” - Nexans is supporting competition for young scientists for the 19th time

Hanover, 29 January 2010 – Around 70 junior scientists from Hanover and its vicinity will be meeting at Kabelkamp 20, the Nexans Deutschland GmbH administrative centre in Hanover, from 4 to 5 February. The reason: In conjunction with the Jugend forscht e.V. foundation, the global cable manufacturer is hosting the Hanover region’s competition for the 19th time. This year, the slogan is: “Discover new worlds!”.

VersuchFrom among roughly 40 projects, the jurors from the Hanover regional competition will select the candidates 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 groups of pupils up to the age of 15 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 educators, experts from the realm of business and specialists from Nexans also evaluates the manner of the project’s preparation as well as its presentation. During a ceremony on Friday evening (5 February), an official announcement will reveal which participants will be proceeding to the state competition in Oldenburg (for pupils – 11 to 13 March) or Clausthal-Zellerfeld (for young people – 15 to 17 March) as regional champions.

Interested parties can view the junior researchers’ projects on 4 February from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on 5 February from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Hanover regional competition’s public exhibition at the Nexans location at Kabelkamp 20.

Record entry levels with over 10,000 participantsMetalle

This year, competition entries were up 1.3% on the previous year: over 10,000 participants submitted more than 5,000 research projects. From these, jury teams in 78 regional competitions will be selecting the ones that have qualified for the respective state nomination. The state champions 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 ThyssenKrupp AG in organising this year’s 45th national competition from 13 to 16 May 2010 in Essen.

“We are committed to Jugend forscht because we want to help young people to build their own future with its technical possibilities. Together with the young people of today, we are developing the future in which they (our children) will be living”, says Dr Francis Krähenbühl, CEO of Nexans Deutschland GmbH. “Our support for the top young scientists is just one example of how important early contact with schools and universities is to us. Ultimately, we want to present ourselves to our future employees as an attractive employer as early as possible”, adds Jutta van Bühl, Nexans Deutschland press officer. The cable expert also shows that education is not a product but an ongoing process with its national and international training programmes such as management development and the “Nexans University”.

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