Five student teams selected as finalists of the Competition Best Idea 2021

An independent Evaluation Panel has selected five student-led teams as finalists of our Competition Best Idea 2021. The competition invited students and PhD candidates from our Members to submit their brilliant ideas for how science and technology can help revolutionise our society’s efforts towards sustainability.
20th September 2021
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We are delighted to announce that five student-led teams have been selected as finalists of our Competition Best Idea 2021. These are:

  • Blockchain SPV (Led by Olakunle Alao from UCD)
  • Blue Engineering (Led by from Anton Schaefer TU Berlin)
  • Hyperloop (Led by Leonhard Döring from KIT)
  • Second hand mobility (Led by Carlo Schmid from TU Berlin)
  • Space Sustainability (Led by Matteo Manzi from Strathclyde)

The teams’ ideas each contribute to ecological, social and economic sustainability, such as by linking Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and including using emerging technologies.

The competition was launched in September 2020 and attracted an excellent field of entries from our Members. An independent Evaluation Panel selected these five teams and they were invited to pursue their ideas under the guidance of our Workgroup Best Idea 2021 throughout spring and summer 2021, aided by a series of workshops and mentoring sessions.

The abstracts and the developed ideas were evaluated along three dimensions:

  • Scientific excellence
  • Impact and outreach
  • Management and implementation

Over the coming weeks, we will feature videos and articles about the teams.

The fully online High-level conference ‘Academia for the benefit of society - meeting critical challenges’ will take place on 14 October as part of our CESAER Annual Meetings 2021. At the finale of the conference the winner of the €20,000 prize will be announced. Participants of the conference may also explore and interact with the teams as part of a virtual exhibition.

The competition constitutes an important part of our association’s thirtieth anniversary year celebrations and is in line with our overall aim for 2020 and 2021 to shape knowledge societies in Europe and beyond for a sustainable future.

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