YES! 2022

On September 19-21, 2022, the YES! Finals took place in Hamburg. Please read our short report here.

The team of Sheffield Girls’ Sixth Form won the International Award among two UK and three US teams.

Sheffield Girls‘ Sixth Form, UK

YES! Bridge is a new school competition in the UK  and the USA that focuses on developing a solution to a current topic in economics, politics, society and the environment.

For UK teams:
For more information, please visit our YES! Bridge UK page.

For US teams:
For more information, please visit our YES! Bridge USA page.

All details on the YES! Finals 2022

The following teams have qualified for the final.

In alphabetical order:

Albertus-Magnus-Gymnasium Stuttgart

Solution: OLD AIDS YOUNG – childcare for off-peak hours

Topic: Raising children and working at the same time? How the reconciliation of family and work can succeed through family policy projects.
by Prof. Dr. Robert Fenge, Ekaterina Gavrilova, Felix Kunert (Universität Rostock)

Armstrong High School Plymouth, USA

Solution: LEAP

Topic: How can we set Taxes, instead of Lockdowns, in order to Reduce Deaths during Pandemics?
by Arijit Ghosh (RWI)

Aylesbury Grammar School, UK

Solution: Supermarket Excursion Tax (SET)

Topic: How can we set Taxes, instead of Lockdowns, in order to Reduce Deaths during Pandemics?
by Arijit Ghosh (RWI)

Carl-Friedrich-Gauß Gymnasium Gelsenkirchen

Solution: Sag YES! zu Diversity

Topic: Diversity: How can schools strengthen social cohesion?
by Prof. Dr. Clemens Kroneberg (ECONtribute)

Evangelisches Heidehof-Gymnasium Stuttgart

Solution: Ecostainable

Topic: Myopic management: Why is corporate management obsessed with quarterly earnings and what should be done about it?
by Prof. Dr. Simone Wies (SAFE)

Goethe Gymnasium Berlin Wilmersdorf

Solution: CmC – Communication meets Culture – „Communication is key for diversity“

Topic: Multicultural community – How can intercultural communication be promoted in school?
by Rebecca Wetter (WZB)

Gymnasium Buckhorn Hamburg

Solution: UseH2

Topic: The future of aviation – Sustainable flight with hydrogen?
by Dr. Steven Gronau, Manuel Ehmann (Leibniz Universität Hannover; IUW)

Gymnasium Hochrad Hamburg

Solution: ClearScent – putting scent in motion

Topic: Urban life – What does the city of tomorrow look like?
by Cora Wacker-Theodorakopoulos , Timm Leinker (Wirtschaftsdienst)

Gymnasium Köln-Pesch

Solution: iurJUDGE

Topic: Wissen, was recht ist: Wie schafft die Justiz den Sprung ins digitale Zeitalter?
by Prof. Dr. Hanjo Hamann (Max-Planck-Institut zur Erforschung von Gemeinschaftsgütern)

Gymnasium Martineum Halberstadt

Solution: INSIGHT – Transparency. Privacy. Insight.

Topic: If it costs nothing, you are the product – how does that change us and how can we change that?
by Prof. Dr. Maximilian Müller (ESMT)

Gymnasium Neubiberg

Solution: AAAA Flood

Topic: Climate Change and the flood – how can economic approaches support sustainable behavioral changes?
by Prof. Dr. Stephan Sommer, Delia Niehues (RWI)

Gymnasium der Schulstiftung Seligenthal Landshut

Solution: GreenChoice

Topic: The climate at the limit – how can climate/environmental protection take place at a local level?
by Dr. Larissa Zierow, Lavinia Kinne, Vera Freundl, Katharina Wedel (ifo Institut)

Mounds View High School Arden Hills, USA

Solution: HIRE! – Integrating Migrant Women into the Workforce

Topic: Facing the challenges of discrimination and migrant integration
by Steffen Müller (Universität Hamburg)

Rainer-Maria-Rilke Gymnasium Icking

Solution: Praktikompass – compass for gender-neutral internships

Topic: The career choice of women and men – a cliché? Why is it like that, and (how) can it be changed?
by Prof. Dr. Brigitte Schels, Dr. Basha Vicari (IAB)

St. Raphael-Gymnasium Heidelberg

Solution: Bring the public back into public procurement!

Topic: How can public demand for environmentally friendly products be promoted?
by Bastian Krieger (ZEW)

Sheffield Girls‘ Sixth Form, UK

Solution: Migration Education for the Misinformed Nation

Topic: Facing the challenges of discrimination and migrant integration
by Steffen Müller (Universität Hamburg)

South Forsyth High School Cumming, USA

Solution: Power Park: Empower the Future!

Topic: Sharing the Future – Growing Sustainable Communities: How can Local Networks help Exchange Information and Support Sustainable Living
by Prof. Svetlana Ikonnikova (TU München)

Windthorst Gymnasium Meppen

Solution: FindA – from internship to dream apprenticeship

Topic: Matching problems in the vocational training market: How can training places and applicants find each other?
by Dr. Amelie Schiprowski (ECONtribute)

The following speakers are confirmed for the event:
(Last update: September 18, 2022)

Jill AddoJill Addo
Official in Charge (member of the Federal Employment Agency), Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs

Jill Addo works for the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs in the department „Basic Aspects of Migration and Integration Policy“ to implement a nationwide funding program „MY TURN – Women with migration experience power up“ as part of the funding period of the European Social Fund Plus 2021-2027.

Verena Augustin Verena Augustin
Global Sustainable Innovation Lead, PWC

Verena Augustin leads the Experience Consulting team at PwC Germany. Her passion lies in sustainable product and service innovation, focused on systemic change and value creation, based on sustainable business models. She supports ESG transformation projects in organisations from the design & innovation perspective and is globally responsible for PwC’s “Sustainable Innovation” approach. She is a passionate leader with the ability to drive internal and external innovation and change products and organisations as a whole. She regularly takes on guest professorships and lecturing activities, supports start-ups and founders and is active in the service design and new work community.

Malte BeckerMalte Becker
Consultant, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action

Malte Becker works at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action in the department „Economic and Structural Policy Research“, where he is responsible for the procurement of research and consultancy. He is a lawyer by training with a degree from the University of Bonn.

Yannic Cabac Yannic Cabac
Research Assistant, German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Yannic Cabac is working as a research assistant at the german aerospace center (DLR) in Hamburg. At the institute of System Architectures in Aeronautics, his main activities focus on the conceptual design of future, more sustainable aircraft. In that context, he participates in multiple projects investigating hydrogen aircraft.

Jean-Philippe ChauzyJean-Philippe Chauzy
Chief of Mission, IOM Germany

Jean-Philippe Chauzy took up office as the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Chief of Mission in Berlin, Germany, on 1 January 2021. He represents IOM to the German government, the Bundestag and civil society.

In Germany, IOM’s main activities are based in the area of migrant protection and assistance, including Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration, support of vulnerable migrants, services regarding Resettlement and humanitarian admissions as well as immigration assistance. In close cooperation with the German government and partners from civil society, research, politics and migrant communities, IOM implements projects and advocates for migrants‘ rights.

The Berlin office is also the liaison office to the German government for international cooperation and IOM projects around the globe in the fields of humanitarian aid, crisis prevention, stabilization, peacebuilding and development.

Jason ChueJason Chue
Consul General, U.S. Consulate General Hamburg

Jason Chue assumed duty in July 2022 as Consul General at the U.S. Consulate in Hamburg, covering the states of Hamburg, Lower Saxony, Bremen, Schleswig-Holstein, and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

Alina FeustelAlina Feustel
Consultant, Der Hamburgische Beauftragte für Datenschutz und Informationsfreiheit

Alina Feustel is a consultant at the Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information and is responsible for raising awareness and educating the public. In her function, she lectures on data protection and is involved in various educational projects of the data protection supervisory authorities at the federal level. After training as an industrial clerk and a subsequent stay abroad in the USA, Ms Feustel studied digital media and economics. Already during her studies, she gained her first professional experience in online marketing. Following her studies, she deepened this experience in various professional positions.

David Hanstedt

Photo: PD

David Hanstedt
Senior Manager, PD – Berater der öffentlichen Hand GmbH

David Hanstedt is responsible for projects in the market area of healthcare, science and research at PD. He advises public universities and clinics on preparing and implementing complex public tenders for construction and medical technology projects with a focus on economic issues.

Dr. Laura Harvey

Laura Harvey
Lecturer in Economics & Widening Participation Academic Officer, University of East Anglia, UK

Dr. Laura Harvey is a Lecturer at the School of Economics, UEA, where her research interests are broadly in the area of economic inequality and access to higher education. As part of her role, she advocates for students from underrepresented groups and widens participation backgrounds. She is also passionate about increasing diversity in the economics discipline.

Sekou KeitaSekou Keita
Research Fellow, Institute for Employment Research (IAB)

Sekou Keita has been a Research Fellow at IAB since May 2018. He studied economics with a focus on development economics at the University of Clermont-Auvergne. In November 2016, he completed his PhD in international labour migration at the same university. From January 2017 to April 2018, he worked on a field research project for the organisation Innovations for Poverty Action in Burkina Faso.

Stefanie KnothStefanie Knoth
Deputy Head of the division of tax policy,
Federal Ministry of Finance

Stefanie Knoth is deputy head of the division of tax policy at the Federal Ministry of Finance in Berlin. Her main task is policy advice to support inclusive growth while also supporting the revenue-raising capacity of the tax system. As an economist, she analyses new ideas like the windfall profit tax. Moreover, she intends to reduce bureaucracy as much as possible.

Per Kropp, Ph.D.Per Kropp
Senior Researcher, Institute for Employment Research (IAB)

Per Kropp, PhD, works at the IAB in the regional research department. This means that he develops research projects related to Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia and transfers relevant knowledge from labour market research to the regions. His focus is on occupational training topics and structural change, especially in connection with climate change.

Nina Lemmens
Member of the Executive Board at the Joachim Herz Stiftung

Dr Nina Lemmens was appointed Member of the Executive Board of the Joachim Herz Stiftung as of October 1, 2018. In this role, she is responsible for the three central program areas – Science, Economics, and Personal Development – in which the Foundation performs its operational project work.

Sam McLouglinSam McLoughlin
Campaign Manager, Discover Economics – Royal Economic Society

Sam McLoughlin is Campaign Manager for Discover Economics, a campaign led by the Royal Economic Society that aims to broaden the appeal of economics to potential students, change their perceptions of economics and economists and attract more students from under-represented groups.

Robert Müller-GrünowRobert Müller-Grünow
Managing owner, Scentcommunication

Robert Müller-Grünow, entrepreneur, bestselling author and founder of Scentcommunication creates scent technologies and scents for brands, companies and special applications. Scentcommunication is now one of the leading suppliers of scent concepts and scent delivery systems.

Alexander MüschenAlexander Müschen
Freelance Journalist

Alexander Müschen is a Hamburg-based editor, presenter and reporter. After earning his degree in media psychology at the University of Cologne, he completed his practical training at the broadcaster RTL Nord. He is a freelance presenter and reporter for outlets like RTL Germany and XING.

Kristopher OlsenKristoffer Nilaus Olsen
Chief adviser, Agency for Digital Government, Danish Ministry of Finance

Kristoffer Olsen is responsible for the Secretariat for digital-ready legislation, which since 2018 has assisted ministries and government agencies in drafting legislation, so it’s ready for a digital future to enable speedy and coherent government services to citizens and businesses alike.
The Secretariat has been involved in the drafting of more than 400 pieces of legislation since its inception and is a regular participant in international knowledge exchange on the practice of how to design laws for the 21st century.
Kristoffer is currently working with the OECD’s Secretariat for regulatory policy and the European Commission’s general directorate for structural reform to develop a methodology to assess the potential for revision of legacy legislation to prioritise efforts at revision.

David Patrician
Freelance Journalist

David Patrician is an American freelance journalist and moderator currently based in Hamburg. He has reported for a variety of media outlets, including the Voice of America, Deutsche Welle, N-TV, Newsweek, the Hamburger Abendblatt and RTL Nord. He has been involved with the YES! for 4 years.

Julia Plötz
Official in Charge, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action

Julia Ploetz works for the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in the department „Economic and Structural Policy Research“ where she is responsible for the financial and strategic support of the economic institutes of the Leibniz Association.

Dr. Jörg PohleJörg Pohle
Head of Research Programme „Data, Actors, Infrastructures“, The Humboldt Institute for Internet and Digitalisation

Dr. Jörg Pohle is a PostDoc at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) in Berlin and heads the research programme “Data, actors, infrastructures: The governance of data-driven innovation and cyber security”. His research interests include the intersections of Computer Science, Law, Sociology, and Political Science, especially the research field “Informatics and Society” and the societal implications of the industrialization of information processing. His research projects include “Global Privacy Governance”, focusing on societal negotiations in the field of privacy, surveillance, IT security and data protection, and “AI Systems in Nursing Care”, with a particular focus on the governance and handling of data, data protection law and the current regulatory efforts of the EU on AI systems.

Stefan Profit,
Deputy Director-General of the Economic Policy Department, German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action

Dr Profit’s directorate deals with macroeconomic developments, economic analyses and projections. He has an academic background in labour economics, holding a doctoral degree in Economics from Humboldt University Berlin.

Dr. Simone RicottaSimone Ricotta
Procurement Officer, ARPAT – Environmental Protection Agency of Tuscany Region (Italy)

Dr. Simone Ricotta is an officer at the purchasing office of ARPAT (Environmental Protection Agency of Tuscany Region – Italy) and coordinator of ARPAT’s Green Public Procurement (GPP) working group. He coordinates the integration of sustainability criteria in the procurement activities at ARPAT. He has worked on environmental product policies for about twenty years, dealing with tools such as eco-design, eco-labels and GPP. Since its establishment in 2007, he has been a member of the Italian committee defining the „minimum environmental criteria“ for several categories of works, supplies and services, mandatory in Italy for public procurement.

Prof. Dr. Marianne SaamMarianne Saam
Head of the programme area „Knowledge Transfer Economics“ at the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics

Prof. Dr. Marianne Saam is Head of the programme area „Knowledge Transfer Economics“ at the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and Professor for Digital Economics at the University Hamburg. Her research focuses on digitalisation, knowledge creation processes, structural change and economic growth. From 2005 to 2017, she worked at the Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim in the field of „Digital Economics“ and was in charge of various research projects. From September 2017, she was a Professor of Innovation Economics and Policy at Ruhr University.

Charles SpenceCharles Spence
Professor of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford

Prof. Charles Spence is head of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory at Oxford University. He works extensively with industry, and currently writing a book on (Sc)entertainment. He has published more that 1,100 academic articles, 16 books, and has been awarded numerous international prizes.

Justus StrübingJustus Strübing
Head of Unit Political Communication and Policy; Deputy Head of Management Staff,
Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF)

Justus Strübing serves as Deputy Chief of Staff at the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). He is involved in strategic planning and political communication covering the entire range of activities of the organization. The Federal Office is in charge (among others) of processing all asylum requests lodged in Germany, organizing integration courses and other measures for foreign nationals intending to stay, supporting the voluntary return of persons without a right to remain, and promoting the migration of skilled labour.

Andrey WoernerAndrej Woerner
Postdoctoral Researcher, LMU Munich

Dr. Andrej Woerner is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Economics at LMU Munich. His research interests include applied mechanism design, experimental and behavioral economics, with a particular focus on behavioral interventions. Next to research, Andrej also manages the Economics laboratory MELESSA.

(last updated: Sept 14, 2022)

8:00 – 9:00

Arrival of the teams and guests.
Networking, technical check, getting to know each other.

9:00 – 9:30

Welcome by our moderators David Patrician and Alexander Müschen.

Greetings from Dr Nina Lemmens, member of the executive board of the Joachim Herz Stiftung and Prof. Dr. Marianne Saam, Head of the programme area „Knowledge Transfer Economics“ at the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics.

9:30 – 10:45

First block – two presentations

Carl-Friedrich-Gauß Gymnasium Gelsenkirchen

Solution: Say YES! to Diversity

Speakers: 

  • Jill Addo, Official in Charge (Member of the Federal Employment Agency), Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs
  • Sekou Keita, Research Fellow, Institute for Employment Research (IAB)

Topic: Diversity: How can schools strengthen social cohesion?
by Prof. Dr. Clemens Kroneberg (ECONtribute)

South Forsyth High School Cumming, USA

Solution: Power Park: Empower the Future!

Speakers: 

  • Jason Chue, Consul General, U.S. Consulate General Hamburg
  • Andrey Woerner, Postdoctoral Researcher, LMU Munich

Topic: Sharing the Future – Growing Sustainable Communities: How can Local Networks help Exchange Information and Support Sustainable Living
by Prof. Svetlana Ikonnikova (TU München)

10:45 – 11:00

Break

11:00 – 12:20

Second block – two presentations

Gymnasium Neubiberg

Solution: AAAA Flood

Speakers:

  • Julia Plötz, Official in Charge, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action
  • Andrey Woerner, Postdoctoral Researcher, LMU Munich

Topic: Climate Change and the flood – how can economic approaches support sustainable behavioral changes?
by Prof. Dr. Stephan Sommer, Delia Niehues (RWI)

Windthorst Gymnasium Meppen

Solution: FindA – from internship to dream apprenticeship

Speakers:

  • Jill Addo, Official in Charge (Member of the Federal Employment Agency), Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs
  • Sam McLoughlin, Campaign Manager, Discover Economics – Royal Economic Society

Topic: Matching problems in the vocational training market: How can training places and applicants find each other?
by Dr. Amelie Schiprowski (ECONtribute)

12:20 – 13:20

Lunch Break

13:20 – 14:40

Third block – two presentations

Mounds View High School Arden Hills, USA

Solution: HIRE! – Integrating Migrant Women into the Workforce

Speakers:

  • Jean-Philippe Chauzy, Chief of Mission IOM Germany, International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  • Sekou Keita, Research Fellow, Institute for Employment Research (IAB)

Topic: Facing the challenges of discrimination and migrant integration
by Steffen Müller (Universität Hamburg)

Gymnasium der Schulstiftung Seligenthal Landshut

Solution: GreenChoice

Speakers:

  • Per Kropp, Senior Researcher, Institute for Employment Research (IAB)
  • Andrey Woerner, Postdoctoral Researcher, LMU Munich

Topic: The climate at the limit – how can climate/environmental protection take place at a local level?
by Dr. Larissa Zierow, Lavinia Kinne, Vera Freundl, Katharina Wedel (ifo Institut)

14:40 – 14:55

Break

14:55 – 16:10

Fourth block – two presentations

Albertus-Magnus-Gymnasium Stuttgart

Solution: OLD AIDS YOUNG – childcare for off-peak hours

Speakers: 

  • Laura Harvey, Lecturer in Economics & Widening Participation Academic Officer, University of East Anglia, UK
  • Julia Plötz, Official in Charge, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action

Topic: Raising children and working at the same time? How the reconciliation of family and work can succeed through family policy projects.
by Prof. Dr. Robert Fenge, Ekaterina Gavrilova, Felix Kunert (Universität Rostock)

Rainer-Maria-Rilke Gymnasium Icking

Solution: Praktikompass – compass for gender-neutral internships

Speakers:

  • Laura Harvey, Lecturer in Economics & Widening Participation Academic Officer, University of East Anglia, UK
  • Sam McLoughlin, Campaign Manager, Discover Economics – Royal Economic Society

Topic: The career choice of women and men – a cliché? Why is it like that, and (how) can it be changed?
by Prof. Dr. Brigitte Schels, Dr. Basha Vicari (IAB)

16:10 – 16:20

Closing words of the moderators

17:00

Transfer to the port

17:30 – 18:30

Harbour tour

18:30

End of the day programme

(last updated: Sept 14, 2022)

9:00 – 9:30

Arrival of the teams and guests.
Networking & technical check.

9:30 – 9:40

Welcome by our moderators David Patrician and Alexander Müschen.

9:40 – 10:55

First block – two presentations

Aylesbury Grammar School, UK

Solution: Supermarket Excursion Tax (SET)

Speakers:

  • Laura Harvey, Lecturer in Economics & Widening Participation Academic Officer, University of East Anglia, UK
  • Stefanie Knoth, Deputy Head of the division of tax policy, Federal Ministry of Finance

Topic: How can we set Taxes, instead of Lockdowns, in order to Reduce Deaths during Pandemics?
by Arijit Ghosh (RWI)

Gymnasium Köln-Pesch

Solution: iurJUDGE

Speakers:

  • Kristoffer Nilaus Olsen, Chief adviser, Agency for Digital Government, Danish Ministry of Finance
  • Jörg Pohle, Head of Research Programme „Data, Actors, Infrastructures“, The Humboldt Institute for Internet and Digitalisation

Topic: Knowing what is right: How does the justice system leap into the digital age?
by Prof. Dr. Dr. Hanjo Hamann (Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods)

10:55 – 11:10

Break

11:10 – 12:25

Second block – two presentations

Gymnasium Hochrad Hamburg

Solution: ClearScent – putting scent in motion

Speakers:

  • Robert Müller-Grünow, Managing owner, Scentcommunication
  • Charles Spence, Professor of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford

Topic: Urban life – What does the city of tomorrow look like?
by Cora Wacker-Theodorakopoulos , Timm Leinker (Wirtschaftsdienst)

Gymnasium Buckhorn Hamburg

Solution: UseH2

Speakers: 

  • Yannic Cabac, Research Assistant, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
  • Stefan Profit, Deputy Director-General of the Economic Policy Department, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action

Topic: The future of aviation – Sustainable flight with hydrogen?
by Dr. Steven Gronau, Manuel Ehmann (Leibniz Universität Hannover; IUW)

12:25 – 13:40

Lunch Break & Photos

13:40 – 14:55

Third block – two presentations

Evangelisches Heidehof-Gymnasium Stuttgart

Solution: Ecostainable

Speakers:

  • Verena Augustin, Global Sustainable Innovation Lead, PWC
  • Stefan Profit, Deputy Director-General of the Economic Policy Department, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action

Topic: Myopic management: Why is corporate management obsessed with quarterly earnings and what should be done about it?
by Prof. Dr. Simone Wies (SAFE)

Sheffield Girls‘ Sixth Form, UK

Solution: Migration Education for the Misinformed Nation

Speakers:

  • Jill Addo, Official in Charge (Member of the Federal Employment Agency), Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs
  • Justus Strübing, Head of Unit Political Communication and Policy; Deputy Head of Management Staff, Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF)

Topic: Facing the challenges of discrimination and migrant integration
by Steffen Müller (Universität Hamburg)

15:00 – 15:15

Break

15:15 – 16:35

Fourth block – two presentations

Armstrong High School Plymouth, USA

Solution: LEAP

Speakers: 

  • Laura Harvey, Lecturer in Economics & Widening Participation Academic Officer, University of East Anglia, UK
  • Stefanie Knoth, Deputy Head of the division of tax policy, Federal Ministry of Finance

Topic: How can we set Taxes, instead of Lockdowns, in order to Reduce Deaths during Pandemics?
by Arijit Ghosh (RWI)

Goethe Gymnasium Berlin Wilmersdorf

Solution: CmC – Communication meets Culture – „Communication is key for diversity“

Speakers: 

  • Jill Addo, Official in Charge (Member of the Federal Employment Agency), Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs
  • Justus Strübing, Head of Unit Political Communication and Policy; Deputy Head of Management Staff, Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF)

Topic: Multicultural community – How can intercultural communication be promoted in school?
by Rebecca Wetter (WZB)

16:35 – 16:45

Closing words of the moderators

16:45

End of the day programme

 

(last updated: 14 Sept, 2022)

9:00 – 9:30

Arrival of the teams and guests.
Networking & technical check

9:30 – 9:40

Welcome by our moderators David Patrician and Alexander Müschen

9:40 – 10:55

First block – two presentations

St. Raphael-Gymnasium Heidelberg

Solution: Bring the public back into public procurement!

Speakers: 

  • Malte Becker, Consultant, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action
  • David Hanstedt, Senior Manager, PD – Berater der öffentlichen Hand GmbH
  • Simone Ricotta, Procurement Officer, ARPAT – Environmental Protection Agency of Tuscany Region (Italy)

Topic: How can public demand for environmentally friendly products be promoted?
by Bastian Krieger (ZEW)

Gymnasium Martineum Halberstadt

Solution: INSIGHT – Transparency. Privacy. Insight.

Speakers:

  • Malte Becker, Consultant, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action
  • Alina Feustel, Consultant, Der Hamburgische Beauftragte für Datenschutz und Informationsfreiheit

Topic: If it costs nothing, you are the product – how does that change us and how can we change that?
by Prof. Dr. Maximilian Müller (ESMT)

10:55 – 11:15

Break and preparation for the pitches

11:15 – 11:55

Pitches of the teams

11:55 – 12:15

Voting by the school teams and the „Best-Scientific-Analysis“ jury

12:15 – 13:15

Lunch Break

13:15 – 13:20

Announcement of the Best Scientific Analysis Award

13:20 – 13:40

Announcements by the teams of their favourite solution

13:40 – 14:00

Announcement of the winning teams for YES! Germany and YES! International

14:00 – 14:10

Closing remarks

14:10 – 14:40

Reception for the winning teams and departure

14:40

End of the event

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.

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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