Four Chinese researchers were awarded the renowned “Green Talents” sustainability prize on Thursday. “Climate change, water shortages, a loss of biodiversity and a lack of raw materials – all urgent social challenges which the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research aims to draw to the attention of science, business and politics in Germany in its second programme supporting “Research on sustainable develop- ment”. Achieving sustainability, however, is a global undertaking. Schemes like Green Talents help to promote that cultural plurality and creativity which encourages the de- velopment of global solutions. That is why we intend to intensify global exchange be- tween young researchers in the field of environmental and sustainability research,” explained the Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Thomas Rachel, Member of the German Bundestag at the award ceremony in Berlin.
No fewer than four prize-winners came from China. Zhou Jin, a doctoral student at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, was distinguished for her scientific work on optimisation processes in the field of environmental protection technology. Guan Ting convinced the jury on account of her numerous research projects in the field of environmental politics. She is currently studying for a PhD at Zhejiang University, and is analysing in a case study the role of politics in alleviating social and ecological problems. Dr Li Yangfan of Nanjing University is currently engaged at Cornell University in Ithaca, USA, in research on aspects of urban ecology, and impressed the jury by having produced such a large number of publications on the subject. Dr Xue Bing lectures and researches at the Institute of Applied Ecology in the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and was rewarded by the jury for his research work on industrial ecosystems, which is of great significance in China.