Green Talents Award 2017 Winners travel to Germany

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Two Nepalese citizens, Dr. Bishnu Prasad Bhattarai, a US resident and researcher in energy technology, and Anup K C, an assistant professor at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, were among this year's winners of the Green Talent Awards. They traveled to Germany for two weeks in October to get in touch with companies and universities that are leading in the field of sustainability research. The award was presented to 25 young scientists from 21 different countries.

Anup K C visited the German Embassy on November 8, 2017 to share his experiences with the Green Talent Awards. It was very interesting for him to see how German companies and universities address sustainability. His research focus is on ecotourism. He is convinced that ecotourism must be expanded and that it can contribute to a sustainable development of Nepal's economy. He also thanked for the friendly advices from the Embassy’s visa section while he was applying for his Schengen Visa in advance.

In addition to his research activities, the topic of young scientists is very important to him. As part of his work at Tribhuvan University he works with many highly motivated students. Many young Nepalese prefer to study abroad, where they settle after their education. He would like to see them return to their home country to use their enthusiasm and creativity to drive change in Nepal: "Learning something outside is great, but I want to take it back in my country."

The Green Talents Award, which has been running since 2009, recognizes remarkable young scientists in the field of sustainable development. The winners will be invited to a two-week science forum in Germany, where they will visit key stations in German sustainability research, receive an overview of the research landscape and meet German experts for one-on-one talks. Among others, Mr. K C and Mr. Bhattarai were able to visit the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg.

This trip lays the foundation for the second part of the award, a fully funded research stay in Germany of up to three months. Anup K C has selected the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich for this purpose. He could also imagine a PhD there. The German Embassy Kathmandu wishes him all the best for his future.

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