Jugend forscht –Always an idea ahead

From 16th to 19th of May 2019, the national competition of "Jugend forscht" took place in Chemnitz. Siemens, as premium partner of the Fraunhofer IWU, the federal sponsorship institution, supported the competition for the best young German researchers in a special way.

Creative minds and an innovative spirit

Curiosity, daring and the will to take risks ­– or in short: creativity. These are the qualities that talented young researchers and artists have in common.


The foundation Jugend forscht e.V. has set itself the goal of promoting young people in STEM subjects who have precisely these qualities, at an early age. Nationwide, more than 12,000 young researchers had registered for the 54th round of "Jugend forscht". Around 200 of them qualified for the national competition in several selection procedures.


From 16th to 19th of May, the finalists of the regional competitions presented their work to the jury at the Chemnitz Exhibition Centre, and were honored for their outstanding achievements – also with the intention of getting them into the mood for "more".

Culture and STEM-Research? For sure!

Inspired by the innovative ideas and inventions of the participants, the Siemens Arts Program could not miss the opportunity to connect the talented researchers with artists.


The artistic program illustrated how creativity drives different forms of creation and thus builds a bridge between research and culture. The breakdance crew Da Rookies, is well-known for experiments (similar to the young researchers) – but in their field: music and dance. They fascinated the audience with breathtaking moves and a passionate show at the highest level of dance. Also Atlas Ahead as Alternative Funk Band and Tereza at the turntables inspired with musical competence, emotions, passion and the eagerness to experiment. Mastering their technique and combining it with expertise lead to the creation of new artistic worlds.


It created a stimulating atmosphere which invited to exchanging inspiring ideas - and accounted to that special spirit for innovation.

In the "tent of innovations," Siemens and Fraunhofer IWU invited visitors on a journey into the future. A variety of exhibits illustrated which forward-looking solutions with the latest technologies, digitization and ingenious talent are possible today. This also includes innovations in art and culture. The young researchers and visitors were able to experience a combination of 3D audio recordings and a virtual orchestra at the Avatar Orchestra of the Siemens Arts Program.


The result: thanks to the special recording process, works by Peter Tchaikovsky and Friedrich Gulda appear three-dimensional - as if they were sitting between the musicians. An app even made it possible to select one's own viewing and listening position or to select individual orchestral parts. It created a surprising, new listening experience - and inspired to experiment with new technologies also in the field of arts and culture.

Impressions from the "Jugend forscht" competion 2019 in Chemnitz

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