The Prize

Message from the Federal President

Of course he planned for the future, Mark Twain once wrote, after all that was where he intended to spend the rest of his life. I am pretty sure that the nominees and recipients of the Deutscher Zukunftspreis would share this sentiment without a moment’s hesitation.

Of course he planned for the future, Mark Twain once wrote, after all that was where he intended to spend the rest of his life. I am pretty sure that the nominees and recipients of the Deutscher Zukunftspreis would share this sentiment without a moment’s hesitation.

After all, the Deutscher Zukunftspreis honours people who plan for the future in a special way. People who, with their thirst for research and entrepreneurial spirit, constantly conceive, discover and develop new things – and, above all, successfully translate such innovations into reality.

The Deutscher Zukunftspreis is about outstanding achievements – about scientific innovations and ideas that gave rise to commercial successes; about ideas that impact our lives and which have the potential to make them easier, improve them, and sometimes even save them.

In the more than 20 years in which this prize has been awarded by six Federal Presidents, it has lived up to expectations. It is a sign of recognition for achievements and an investment in the creativity, courage and perseverance of researchers – qualities that are indispensable when it comes to conquering new scientific territory also in the future and finding answers to the pressing questions of today and tomorrow.

The Deutscher Zukunftspreis also makes another sort of investment. It draws the public’s attention to the scientific and technical potential for innovation that there is in Germany and raises awareness of the link between technical innovations and the creation of jobs. This objective is enshrined in the prize’s statutes. Put slightly differently, you could also say that the Deutscher Zukunftspreis intends to arouse interest in innovations and to whet people’s appetites for the future.

While the future may often be unpredictable, we are all free to help shape it. We  can adopt our own stance towards the future and plan for it, in the knowledge that we and our children will spend the rest of our lives in it.

I am looking forward to the future - and to the upcoming award ceremony for the Deutscher Zukunftspreis.

 


 

Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Federal President

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