As part of his inaugural visit to Bavaria, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will tour the Deutscher Zukunftspreis exhibition at the Deutsches Museum on April 26, 2017.
The President sends an important signal for enthusiasm for technology in our country with the yearly conferring of the Deutscher Zukunftspreis, the German President's Award for Innovation in Science and Technology. And, now, on the occasion of his first official visit to Bavaria, the President hopes to find out more about how ideas become successes.
In 1997, German President Roman Herzog instituted the German President's Award for Innovation in Science and Technology and, just over ten years ago, President Horst Köhler inaugurated the exhibition of innovative projects at the Deutsches Museum in Munich.
Since that time, ten of the award-winning projects are showcased which document the scientific and academic excellence and the sustainable impact of the innovations. The exhibition showcases the researchers and developers as individuals who have a particular function as role models and honours their achievements in the "Hall of Fame". Excellence, experience and appreciation - these central themes are reflected in the exhibition's implementation. It describes the aims of the Deutscher Zukunftspreis and emphasizes its particular significance as a prize awarded by the German President.
Director General of the Deutsches Museum Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Heckl will introduce President Steinmeier to the unusual design principle behind the exhibition as well as two of the latest award-winning innovations. One is the work of the 2015 prizewinning team that researched a drug for difficult to treat pulmonary hypertension. The work of the 2010 award winners is an example of the sustainability of the honored innovations. The bionic handling assistant that one that year's award is the basis of a new lightweight robot with natural forms of movement that recently debuted at the Hannover Messe industrial trade fair.
The implementation of innovations in marketable products that create jobs are among the most Deutsche Zukunftspreis' important criteria. Team spirit and the joy of discovery are the fundamental source of innovations and are able to continue to develop in Germany on the basis of Germany's stable democratic order. During the ensuing discussion with students in the Deutsches Museum "Center for New Technologies", the President will also discuss these connections.