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Forum Junge Spitzenforschung 2022
Future of materials and material production

Application-oriented ideas stemming from innovative basic research!


Are you a material girl (m/f/d)?


Life in plastic, it's fantastic?


Marmor, Stein und Eisen bricht.


Don't you know it's toxic?


Nie wieder 99 Luftballons!

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6 Researches | 6 Pitches | 6 Prizes

With prize money totalling 30.000 € to use on further research.

Once a year within the framework of the research idea competition “Forum Junge Spitzenforschung”, the Stiftung Industrieforschung and the Berlin universities seek young researchers (m/f/d) with innovative and practice-oriented ideas and approaches to solutions that emerge from their innovative basic research. This year will be all about the future of materials and material production.

Young scientists from all disciplines can apply: Doctoral students, post-docs and research assistants, junior professors and senior physicians. Participation is possible as an individual or as a team.

Cause we’re living in a material world.

Research into new materials and material production processes is an essential key to the development of new economic and social innovations. Young researchers in the laboratories are already helping to shape our world of tomorrow. Whether inspired by biology or biodegradable; artificial intelligence or simply smart packaging; heat-resistant or climate-neutral: materials are everywhere. In the face of major societal challenges, however, it has long been a question not only of making materials more efficient, more durable or smarter, but also of how they can be used to shape a more liveable future. Doing without raw materials from overexploitation, battery materials for the energy transition or new, well-tolerated materials for bone implants are just a few examples.

Read more under the item “Topic”.

Special Thanks

We would like to thank the Stiftung Industrieforschung for the kind support and for providing the prize money.

You can get an impression of the past events in our “Review” section.


The event is organized in cooperation with the three major Berlin universities: Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, as well as Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin.


As a company of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Humboldt-Innovation organizes the “Forum Junge Spitzenforschung”.