On Wednesday, April 14, 2021 the employers' association Südwestmetall honored the winners of the Südwestmetall Prize for 2020 and 2021. Due to Corona the award ceremony had to take place online. Prominent guests included The Minister for Science, Research and the Arts Theresia Bauer MdL, the Südwestmetall chairman Wilfried Porth and the Chairman of the State Rectors' Conference of Baden-Wuerttemberg Prof. Dr. sc. agr. Stephan Dabbert.
The young academics from several Baden-Württemberg state universities, including our colleague Dr. Albert Mukovskiy, were chosen for their outstanding scientific work. The prizes have been awarded for over 30 years and are endowed with 5,000 euros each. "They are recognition for the excellent achievements of the young generation of scientists and at the same time an incentive for further innovative activities," said Südwestmetall chairman Wilfried Porth at the award ceremony.
"As a transformative agent, science is of particularly great importance for our business location," emphasized Porth. In general, however, the scientific knowledge obtained at universities must be transferred even more quickly into marketable products, services and business models, he said: "For this we need a real transfer culture and a strengthening of the networks between science and business." The Minister for Science, Research and the Arts Theresia Bauer MdL also gave a speech concerning STEM education in Germany.