German-African Innovation Incentive Award 2018 of the BMBF

Four African scientists awarded by Federal Minister of Research Anja Karliczek for outstanding research achievements

Mrs. Tanja Woronowicz from the Innovation Capability Center participated on invitation of the Federal Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF) at the event of the German-African Innovation Award 2018 as multiplier in the field of international collaboration. Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek honored four scientists from Africa for their outstanding research achievements with the German-African Innovation Award.

Federal Minister of Research Karliczek with the winners of the German African Innovation Incentive Award

On the occasion of the award ceremony, Federal Minister Karliczek said: “The German-African Innovation Award is a measure within the framework of our Africa Strategy, which the Federal Ministry of Education and Research has set up to support science, research and development in Africa. I am pleased that today we are honoring such promising talents and projects. The award winners are making bold progress with their joint projects, which provide innovative solutions in Africa and offer people new perspectives. We want to honor your scientific achievements today and thus promote sustainable development on the African continent. Because it is important to us and also a core goal of our Africa strategy to support scientists in their research. Therefore, we will award the prize in the coming years, in order to continue to provide important impulses for German-African cooperation and innovation in Africa. The prize is awarded in the form of project funding for German-African cooperation projects. The aim is to strengthen local and regional innovation capacities in the African partner countries. At the same time, the foundations for the establishment of a sustainable innovation structure are to be created. New and skilled jobs can be created in this way in Africa.

This year, scientists from Uganda, Egypt, Kenya and Nigeria were awarded together with the German cooperation partners from Humboldt University in Berlin, the University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart, the University of Kassel and the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing. The prize is endowed with 150,000 euros each. The award-winning projects deal with innovative solutions in different areas of life: A novel multimedia application for mobile phones improves health information for pregnant women, including illiterates, in rural areas. Cassava shells, otherwise only waste material in Africa, are processed into new, high-quality building materials. In the German-Egyptian cooperation, novel energy supply systems for buildings are being developed that reduce the cooling energy requirement. And the problem of high post-harvest losses in Africa due to improper storage is adressed by a new grain storage technology, which will be used by local start-up companies.

See also press release: https://www.bmbf.de/de/deutsch-afrikanischer-innovationsfoerderpreis-2018-verliehen-6133.html

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About Michael

Michael Boronowsky is Managing Director of the Innovation Capability Center at the Center for Computing Technologies, University of Bremen (Germany). After his Diploma in Electrical Engineering at University of Applied Science in Aachen, Michael became leading development engineer in a measurement device company. During and after his study he was responsible to coordinate research cooperation and to integrate research results into the development of innovative products. He went back to university and studied Computer Science in Nijmegen (Netherlands) and received a Master in Computer Science in 1995. Since this time he is working at the University of Bremen in different roles. After he had finished his PhD he became managing director of the TZI. Throughout his career he was interested to be an actor within the science-industry interface and he became an international expert in the field of knowledge- and technology transfer. He is part of the team that has initiated the ISO/IEC 15504 based model innoSPICE. His interest is to establish standards in knowledge intense institutions, to support generation of efficiency gains in the field of innovation and to help investors and research institutions to optimize public funds to achieve economic added value.

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