BMW Group encourages young people' s passion for research with award of 70,000 euros

The announcement of the international Scientific Award 2003 for universities has started. The blue-white mobility company invites creative minds all over the world to take part..

Munich (ots) - Munich. The call to participate in the BMW Group's seventh Scientific Award has been issued. This year, the motto for the international research prize is "Passion for Innovation" - in other words, a passion for ideas for tomorrow. Now that the green light has been given, university graduates and up-and-coming scientists from all over the world will have the opportunity, until 10 March 2003, to submit their final dissertations to the BMW Group via their university departments. The scientific works will then be assessed by a well-qualified jury and prizes worth a total of 70,000 euros will be awarded.

"Research is the simple pleasure of finding out something that one did not know before", said the atomic physicist and philosopher Carl Friedrich Freiherr von Weizsaecker. "The BMW Group has undertaken the task of maintaining and encouraging this passion for research. With the Scientific Award, we are encouraging young people to tackle hitherto unsolved questions, develop new ideas and thus discover fascinating solutions ", states Dr. Burkhard Goeschel, Development Director and patron of the Scientific Award BMW Group 2003.

Up-and-coming scientists in all disciplines are in demand worldwide

In line with its interdisciplinary character, the Scientific Award is open to university graduates and up-and-coming scientists of all disciplines. Contributions from the natural sciences, engineering, information technology, medicine and information science are as welcome as works from the worlds of economics, the arts or the law.

To enter, the graduate researchers and young scientists must submit their dissertations, MA studies or doctoral theses with a "Passion for Innovation"; the works must have been completed between 1 January 2001 and 28 February 2003. The final date for submission of the outline, CV and participation declaration signed by the appropriate departmental professor is 10 March 2003.

An international jury made up of representatives from universities, science, business and industry will assess and select the works submitted according to the criteria of "thematic relevance", "level of innovation", "usefulness to society and the environment" and "economic viability". The awards will be presented to the winners of the Scientific Award BMW Group in November 2003.

Looking back

Since 1991, 33 young scientists have been presented with the BMW Group's Scientific Award and prize money totalling 550,000 euros. During these eleven years, the Scientific Award has spread far beyond the borders of Germany to become an internationally recognised research prize. In 2001, for example, young researchers from more than 20 countries participated in the competition.

Partnership is important

With the Scientific Award, however, the BMW Group is not only promoting new academic talent; it is also, through the close partnership with universities and research institutions, encouraging a dialogue between business, science and society at the same time. The BMW Group also intends to continue to promote this dialogue with universities and research institutions intensively in the future.

You will find detailed information on the Scientific Award BMW Group 2003 and participation conditions online at: www.bmw.com/scientific-award.

You can download a fotograph of the award under: www.press.bmwgroup.com

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