Young Academies award prizes for the best answers to the prize question: "Who Gets Carried Away by Europe?"

On Saturday the German Junge Akademie jointly with a number of young partner academies in Europe awarded prizes for the best answers to their prize question "Who Gets Carried Away by Europe?". During the academic ceremony of the Junge Akademie, Prof. Jan-Hendrik Olbertz, member of the board of trustees of the Commerzbank Foundation, gave the laudatory speech and presented the winners of the competition with five prizes.





The prize winners with members of the international jury Prof. Moritz Schularick and Dr. habil. Jakub Fichna as well as Prof. Jan-Hendrik Olbertz. Photo: David Ausserhofer

The prize question is a joint project of the young academies of Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Scotland, Denmark, Poland, and Belgium (Flanders). It was supported by the Commerzbank Foundation. Thanks to this support, the international jury was able to award three main prizes and two special prizes on Saturday.

The first prize went to Christine Lehnen from Germany for her short story "Zeus/Europa". Lehnen impressed the jury with a highly condensed text in which she applies the ancient myth to the current situation of refugees in the Mediterranean. Krzysztof Usakiewicz from Poland received the second prize for his captivating report "Do zakopania jeden krok" / "Not Just For Kicks", which presents the football project "Ethnoleague" from Warsaw. The third prize was awarded to the photo report "Drømmen om Europa/ The European Dream" by Line Zachariasen and Lisa Staugaard from Denmark. The students offer arresting images of refugee centres in Sicily.

Two Special Prizes Awarded

In addition to the main prizes, two special prizes were given out. The Advancement Award went to Moritz Alexander Klein from Germany for his ambitious text "Reisevorbereitungen" / "Preparations for a Journey", in which he approaches the European myth in a critical as well as personal manner. The special prize for the Best Collaborative Project was awarded to Giacomo Bertazzoli, Pauline Buffin, Gustavo Dantas, Guy Frankel, Chloe Weiss, and Christoph Wiest, a group of ERASMUS students from Sweden, for their video entry "Who gets carried away by Europe? – ERASMUS". The jury paid a compliment to their enthusiastic view of Europe.

Jan-Hendrik Olbertz Praises Prize Winners’ Achievements

Jan-Hendrik Olbertz, president of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and member of the board of trustees of the Commerzbank Foundation emphasized the importance of inspiring young people to do research work. "Recognising their achievements in the way the Junge Akademie does by the competition 'Who Gets Carried Away by Europe?' is part of that inspiration", according to Olbertz. "In particular, acclaiming and supporting inventive ideas in the science area and the arts can help young people to cope with today's and future challenges."

The Best Entries

On the evening of the award ceremony, visitors not only had the opportunity to see an exhibition of the best entries and learn more about the wide spectrum of answers to the prize question. The winners also took part in a Q&A during a Late-Night Lounge on Europe. Moreover, a brochure presents the three main prize-winning entries. It can be ordered via the Junge Akademie’s office.

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The Junge Akademie was founded in 2000 and became the first academy worldwide to be specifically dedicated to activities of outstanding junior scientists and artists. Its members come from all areas of science and also from the fine arts. They explore the potential and limits to interdisciplinary research within ever evolving project designs, encourage public discourse between science and society, and send out new impulses in discussions to do with German science policy. The Junge Akademie is co-owned by the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. Its administration is housed at the BBAW in Berlin.

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The Commerzbank Foundation has been actively engaged in the non-profit area, particularly in Germany, for over forty years. It focuses its activities on supporting the projects and regards itself as partner in role-model initiatives with an impact all over Germany. The main principle underlying its work is to take responsibility for one's fellow men. With the support of selective projects, the foundation aims at providing a worthwhile contribution to the sustainability of society. In doing so, the Commerzbank Foundation concentrates on the areas of science and culture as well as on the support of socially disadvantaged parts of society. The Commerzbank Foundation is a dependent foundation based in Frankfurt am Main. The entity has a capital of approximately EUR 63 million. The Board of Trustees selects the projects which are to be supported.

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