ZEW Team Successful in YES! School Competition

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Best Scientific Analysis Award 2022 at the YES! – Young Economic Summit

The school team from St. Raphael-Gymnasium in Heidelberg, which is supervised by ZEW, is pleased to receive the prize for the best scientific paper.

The team supported by ZEW Mannheim won the award for the best scientific paper in this year’s final of the YES! – Young Economic Summit, the biggest school competition in Germany. The team of St. Raphael-Gymnasium in Heidelberg, mentored by ZEW economist Bastian Krieger, was able to convince the jury with their solution.

The participants of the YES! school competition

The students chose the topic “Bring the Public Back into Public Procurement!” and developed an evidence-based solution on how to promote public demand for environmentally friendly products. In addition to winning the Best Scientific Analysis Award, the high school team from Heidelberg got the opportunity to publish an article on this topic in the scientific journal “Wirtschaftsdienst”, in cooperation with ZEW expert Bastian Krieger.

The places 1 to 3 were chosen by the students and awarded to the following teams:

  • 1st place: Gymnasium Martineum Halberstadt: “INSIGHT – Transparency. Privacy. Insight”, a project on advancing transparency of data and how data is used on social media platforms, mentored by ESMT Berlin
  • 2nd place: Gymnasium Schulstiftung Seligenthal: “GreenChoice”, on ways to reduce the carbon footprint of meals in canteens, mentored by the ifo Institute
  • 3rd place: Gymnasium Buckhorn Hamburg: “UseH2”, on more sustainable air travel, mentored by the Leibniz University Hannover, IUW

ZEW congratulates all the winners!

About YES!

The YES! – Young Economic Summit, a joint project by the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and the Joachim Herz Stiftung in Hamburg, is one of the biggest German school competitions aimed at getting young people to engage with global economic and social issues. Over the course of a six-month mentoring programme, student teams tackle pressing issues facing future generations. The students come up with their own solutions to global economic, ecological and social problems and present them as part of a conference for other students, also known as the YES! – Young Economic Summit. Researchers from various (Leibniz) research institutions support the students by providing their scientific expertise.


Karla Schneider-Dörken
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