Against the Trend - BMW Group Scientific Award with Record Turn-Out

Munich (ots) - The result is really remarkable: more than 200 studies submitted from participants in 12 countries, with no less than 11 entries from India alone. The BMW Group Scientific Award clearly proves that they are still around - those creative individuals who move the world. Pursuing a constant process of innovation, it is these high-flyers who create progress, movement and, not least, jobs.

Whilst some scientific prizes and contests are struggling against a declining number of entries, the BMW Group Scientific Award, under the motto of "Passion for Innovation", is proud to report the best result in its history now dating back 14 years to 1989.

The BMW Group Scientific Award was established in order to promote outstanding ideas and talents and has been presented so far to 33 up-and-coming scientists. "Through the BMW Group Scientific Award we promote young people who take up questions not answered so far, develop new ideas, and discover thrilling solutions in the process", states BMW Board Member Development Dr. Burkhard Göschel, under whose patronage the BMW Group Scientific Award is being held once again in 2003.

With a total of Euro 70,000.- in prize money, the Scientific Award is among the most rewarding international research prizes with young, up-and-coming scientists from all over the world being called upon to submit their diploma, master or doctor's studies under the motto of "Passion for Innovation" by 10 March 2003. The Scientific Award was open for papers in science and engineering, information technology, medicine and information science, as well as studies in economic science, the humanities, or legal faculties.

The ongoing increase in the number of entrants in the Scientific Award and the share of entries from outside Germany now amounting to almost 50 per cent proves that the motto of "Passion for Innovation" really moves and arouses the interest of young, up-and-coming scientists.

In the months to come the scientific studies will be examined and selected by an international jury comprising respresentatives of universities, the world of science, business and industry, applying the relevance of the respective study, the degree of innovation, the benefit to the environment and society, and economic aspects as the essential criteria.

The prizewinners ceremony will be held in November on the occasion of a two-day Scientific Convention in Schloss Elmau south of Munich.

Further information on the BMW Group Scientific Awarad is available on


You will find a debate on passion for scientific research and innovation as a special phenomenon of human life with the Chairman of the Scientific Award Jury, Prof. Dr. techn. Dr. e.h. Franz Pischinger, the former Vice-President of the German Research Society (DFG), in the BMW Group Science Club under


The Scientific Award photo is available under


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