The BundesUmweltWettbewerb (BUW) is an annual, nationwide project competition for young people between the ages of 10 and 20. The aim of the competition is to promote young talents with interests in the fields of environment, sustainability, and society. The BUW is the perfect place to put your own ideas for solving environmental and sustainability problems into practice.
Problems concerning the environment and sustainability are manifold and affect many areas of life in their complexity. Depending on the problem and solution approach, the written project papers to be submitted can have their implementation focus in all fields relevant to environmental protection and environmental education. These include, for example, nature conservation and ecology, technology, business, and consumption, as well as politics, society, health and culture. This would be a fantastic opportunity to develop and showcase your critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as further your experience in terms of environmental solutions and sustainability.
As per the selection procedure, each project is evaluated by reviewers of the respective BUW age category (BUW I or BUW II). Only the selected few projects will be presented in a separate step during a jury meeting in June in individual colloquia and a project poster for the entire jury of the respective age category. Afterward, the jury members discuss the evaluation of each individual competition entry and determine the prize categories.
There are no associated fees with participating in this competition.
The BUW is about investigating a self-selected issue from one's own environment, which is relevant to the environment. The focus can be on nature, ecology, climate, economy, society, consumption, technology, health or culture. Participants must, therefore, have the capacity to put their own ideas for solving environmental/sustainability problems into practice, alongside an avid interest in the relationship between science, technology, and society. In order to be successful at the BUW, one's technical work must meet the competitive conditions, i.e. the formal criteria must be adhered to.
The amount of time dedicated to the competition project is at the discretion of each entrant.
Students must register and submit their project documents to the BUW under: www.scienceolympiaden.de/wettbewerb/BUW2019. The registration and submission of the project work can be done separately from each other.