YES! – Young Economic Summit 2020 – Your Future. Your Ideas.2021-07-06T17:43:03+02:00

The winning teams from the regions East and North at the end of the regional final.

YES! 2021 Regional Finals are done

This year, more than 50 different challenges were proposed by over 80 researchers of our 25 partner institutions – a new record number for us. Current topics like how to deal with Covid-19 economically, big data or digitalisation go along with classic, but still urging problems like the integration of immigrants, taxation or fighting climate change.

Despite the pandemic, more than 60 teams joined this year’s competition.

See the full list of winning teams, topics and partners on our yes2021 page.

Award for “Raising the Profile of Education and Science Diplomacy”

June 1, 2021: Our project “YES! Bridge” was awarded the prize for “Raising the Profile of Education and Science Diplomacy” (BWD) (https://education-science-diplomacy.de/) by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Now the prize was officially handed over and we were able to find out what convinced the jury about our project.

Alongside the two other award winners, “FriedenKolumbien” from the Instituto CAPAZ and the Justus Liebig University Giessen and “BRIDGE” from the German Research Centre for Geosciences, whom we of course also congratulate very warmly, YES! Bridge was the third project to receive the award.

Alongside the two other award winners, “FriedenKolumbien” from the Instituto CAPAZ and the Justus Liebig University Giessen and “BRIDGE” from the German Research Centre for Geosciences, whom we of course also congratulate very warmly, YES! Bridge was the third project to receive the award.

The laudatory speech was given by Dr Katja Lasch, Head of the German Centre for Research and Innovation in New Delhi, and Dr Ralf Hermann, Head of the Federal Government’s Central Office for International Cooperation in Vocational Education and Training (GOVET) at the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB). They emphasised the important approach of YES! Bridge, that the young generation deals with relevant social issues, and the way in which research and society are networked in the YES!.

Dr Willi Scholz received the certficate after a virtual hand over from Anja Karliczek.

Anja Karliczek, Federal Minister of Education and Research, virtually handed over the certificate to Dr Willi Scholz, General Manager of the YES! and Prof. Dr. Klaus Tochtermann, Director of the ZBW, emphasised how well our project has developed over the past years together with our partner, the Joachim Herz Foundation.

As the icing on the cake, we were then announced as the winners in the public vote.

We are thrilled that we will be able to use this funding to expand YES! next year and give more school teams in the UK and US the opportunity to bring their own ideas to the competition.

Thank you to everyone who voted for us!

The YES! – Young Economic Summit is the largest German school competition on economic and social challenges for teams of the grades 10 to 12.

Students, in close cooperation with researchers of renowned economic research institutions, develop their own solutions for regional and global challenges in the economy, society, politics and environment.

They present their ideas at regional conferences and discuss them with experts from the fields of business, politics, academics and international institutions.

The best solutions of each region – selected only by the participating students – compete at the national final in September to become the winning solution of the YES! – Young Economic Summit.

One Year in the YES! Competition

Follow a team from their kick-off meeting in spring all the way to the award ceremony in winter. Captions in English are available.

Recent News

Regional final West 2021

The teams from BBS Burgdorf and Max-Planck-Gymnasium Gelsenkirchen won the regional final West 2021.

YES! Facts and Figures

  • in 2021 with 26 partner institutions in 5 regions
  • More than 250 researchers have taken part in the YES!
  • More than 130 different challenges were introduced by the researchers
  • Over 250 teachers and more than 2200 students worked on YES! solutions so far
  • More than 150 (inter)national experts from politics, business, and civil society joined the discussions with the teams

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