Two young Zimbabwean scientists were honoured for their outstanding work in sustainable development at this year’s Green Talents awards held in Berlin yesterday.
Melissa Sikosana and Nkulumo Zinyengere were among the 25 ‘green visionaries’ to receive the prestigious title which was awarded for the sixth time to some of tomorrow’s leading scientists in the field of sustainable development.
German Federal Minister of Education and Research Professor Johanna Wanka stressed the importance of the Green Talents Programme for future international science cooperation.
“I note with great pleasure that over the years there has not only been a steady increase in the number of prize-winners but also in the amount of attention received and the international renown of the Green Talents Programme. In the meantime, this award is an internationally recognized prize for young researchers in the field of sustainability research.
“The global sustainability goals can only be achieved through scientific cooperation and the exchange of knowledge. This calls for personal meetings between young scientists across national borders. Therefore I warmly welcome this year’s Green Talents in Germany,” she said.
A high-ranking jury of experts annually selects the winners, who in 2014 had to compete against over 800 applicants from more than 100 countries.
The awardees were invited to participate in the two-week “Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development”, during which they visited top locations for sustainability research in Germany. Here, they gained a deeper insight into the country’s innovation system, learned about state-of-the-art approaches and technologies, and exchanged ideas with the country’s leading experts in individual meetings.