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Landesstiftung foundation sets a new course

The supervisory board of the Landesstiftung foundation has agreed to fund new projects and programmes with a total of 32.7 million euros in 2008. The board has confirmed the current funding line of the Landesstiftung and agreed on new research and education priorities.

Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg
Optical technologies are and will remain important drivers for the science and industry location of Baden-Württemberg. The Landesstiftung foundation will continue its efforts in this field of research by investing another 3 million euros. The foundation will also continue important research activities in the field of nanotechnology, which are important for economic and technological developments. External experts have attested the Landesstiftung that its “Functional Nanostructures” network has become a unique European-wide network active at a top international level. The state of Baden-Württemberg will also contribute 700,000 euros from the state’s “Biotechnologieoffensive” programme, making a total of 3.7 million euros available to support nanotechnological research in biology and medicine.

New internationally visible scientific excellence

The internationalisation of their research projects is an important step for Baden-Württemberg universities in their move towards becoming competitive and creating a high profile. The Landesstiftung has already set important standards and its “Top International Research” programme has given three universities the opportunity to join forces with excellent researchers abroad in order to carry out cooperative research projects. This scientific exchange has led to new internationally visible scientific excellence. The supervisory board has granted 3 million euros for the continuation of the programme, to which the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts will add another 2 million euros in funding.

New priorities for young people in terms of career choice

The lack of experts with scientific knowledge is not a problem that can be solved overnight. That’s why it is necessary to inspire children and young people approaching the start of their careers to boost their enthusiasm for science and scientific research. Children also need to be able to create new ways of doing things. With the new programme, “Young Inventors”, the Landesstiftung hopes to use play to bring 10- to 13-year-old schoolchildren into contact with issues such as innovation processes, project management, technology- and market knowledge. Two million euros have been set aside for this programme.

With the “Coaching for the Sciences, Engineering Professions and Technology” programme, the Landesstiftung is hoping to create a network that brings sixth form students into contact with scientific university courses and careers and provides support and advice prior to starting university courses. The supervisory board has set aside one million euros for this programme, which will begin in the 2008/2009 school year.

Source: Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg - 18 February 2008
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