Jugend forscht is Germany's best-known competition for young researchers. The aim is to get young people interested in mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology, and to find and promote talented young people. Participants work on a self-chosen research project, hand in a written report about their work, and then present their results first at regional levels and later at a national contest to an expert jury, usually in the form of a poster session, often including a practical demonstration.
Contest juries often invite university or industry experts to referee some of the projects, especially at the national contest, due to a high level of specialization. Every year there are more than 110 competitions nationwide. Young people from the 4th grade up to the age of 21 can take part. Participants can enter in one of seven subject groups: Biology, Chemistry, Geo-sciences and Astronomy, Mathematics and Computer Science, Physics, Technology, Work environment.
All participants compete in a regional competition, and the regional winners qualify for the state competition. The final federal competition is the highlight of the competition round. The event is attended by all young researchers who have won the first prize in one of the Jugend forscht national competitions. At the finals of Germany's most famous junior competition, which takes place every year in May, the best in the country compete in the seven youth research areas. In addition to the presentation of the projects and the evaluation by a jury, the young people can look forward to an attractive supporting program during the four-day competition.
In the 54th competition round of Jugend forscht, 12,150 students registered for this competition from various federal states.
There are no associated fees with participating in this competition.
For the Jugend forscht competition, participants must be able to propose their own questions for a self-directed research project. The project itself, which must be assigned to one of the seven subject areas of the competition, calls for either an in-depth understanding of biology, chemistry, geosciences and spatial sciences, mathematics/computer science, physics, or technology. If it is a cross-curricular project, the research focus is crucial. When working on the project theme, participants must apply scientific, mathematical or technical methods.
The amount of time dedicated to the competition project(s) (in addition to any possible preparatory work) is at the discretion of the participant. This is also subject to variability depending on the number of rounds that the entrant partakes in.
Registration can be completed online. For further information, please visit: www.jugend-forscht.de