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Scholarship Exchange Programme

with CEE Countries

Wir fördern Innovationen.

Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt

Deutsche Bundesstiftung
Umwelt DBU

der Deutschen Bundesstiftung
Umwelt DBU
We encourage innovation.

Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt


O. Archiv Druck: Steinbacher Druck GmbH. Christina Nieporte (ZUK) Printing: Steinbacher Druck Verantwortlich: Dr. archives P. Osnabrück Gestaltung: Helga Kuhn. Nicole Freyer (DBU) Gedruckt auf 100 % Recyclingpapier 2011 Postfach 1705 · 49007 Osnabrück An der Bornau 2 · 49090 Osnabrück Telefon 05 41 | 96 33-0 Telefax 05 41 | 96 33-1 90 www. Osnabrück Photo credits: Project partners.dbu. Markus Große Ophoff (ZUK) Concept: Antoinette Bismark (ZUK) Dr. Box 1705 · 49007 Osnabrück An der Bornau 2 · 49090 Osnabrück Phone: ++49 5 41 | 96 33-0 Fax: ++49 5 41 | 96 33-1 90 www.dbu. Markus Große Ophoff Herausgeber: Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt Impressum Imprint Editor: Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt Responsible: Dr.Fotos: Projektträger. Nicole Freyer (DBU) Translation: Antoinette Bismark (ZUK) Design: Helga 2011 Printed on 100 % recycled paper . Christina Nieporte (ZUK) Übersetzung: Antoinette Bismark (ZUK) Konzept: Antoinette Bismark (ZUK) Dr.

Maciej Nowicki. Fritz Brickwedde Secretary General Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt 3 . And since 2009. the challenge of international environmental protection appeared in the focus of the foundation‘s activities. and it should not be underestimated that here sustainable international relationships have been built within the course of the years – powerful bases for common efforts in the geographical spread of environmental protection. He dedicated the prize money to a German-Polish scholarship programme which became model for nine more CEE countries and crucial impulse for the multinational scholarship programme of the DBU in Central and Eastern Europe. BosniaHerzegovina. Dr. applications from Slovenia. Macedonia. Serbia. the programme was extended on the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 2002. Latvia and Lithuania as well as the region Kaliningrad in 2003. establishing a sustainable network involving experts from Germany and Central and Eastern Europe and overcoming obstacles in the international cooperation around environmental protection and nature conservation. A quite well example is the reliable cooperation with the former Minister for the Environment of Poland. which started in 1996 when Professor Nowicki was awarded the German Environmental Award.Foreword The initial years of the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt were characterized by the environmental situation in Germany‘s East and the immediately started on-the-spot support »New Laender«. and a further extension on Hungary. Montenegro and Albania are possible. Croatia. followed by the Baltic States Estonia. After a successful start in Poland with meanwhile more than 200 scholarship holders. Romania and Bulgaria two years later. The programme aims at improving the scholarship holders‘ vocational skills. However. The geographical emphasis of these international commitment lies unequivocally still in Central and Eastern Europe.

however German companies. Bulgaria. . and through the different alumni organisations. The DBU programme covers meanwhile 17 countries – from the Baltic States Estonia. Montenegro. Latvia and Lithuania. The DBU provides a wide range of internships for new scholarship holders – for current offers please turn to the region Kaliningrad. The majority of the applicants are natural scientists and engineers. each of the aforementioned countries hosts a meeting of former DBU scholarship holders. associations. Romania to Albania.DBU Scholarship Exchange Programme with CEE Countries Estonia Kaliningrad Latvia Lithuania Poland Hungary Czech Republic Romania Slovakia Serbia Slowenia Bulgaria Croatia Macedonia Bosnia and Montenegro Hercegovina Albania Countries of DBU Scholarship Exchange Programme 4 The DBU Scholarship Exchange Programme with CEE Countries enables young scientists from Central and Eastern Europe to broaden their professional horizons in the ecological domain within a research stay from six to twelve months in Germany. Serbia and Slovenia.html. a number of seminars.dbu. Croatia. the German Environmental Award ceremony. at establishing a sustainable network involving experts from Germany and Central and Eastern Europe and at overcoming obstacles in the international cooperation around environmental protection and nature conservation. Hungary. ministries and environmental authorities are favoured as well. The inter-action throughout Europe involves the participation in numerous events like the International Summer Academy. Bosnia Hercegovina. Macedonia. who prefer German universities and large research facilities. The programme aims at improving the scholarship holders‘ vocational skills. the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Once a year. Poland.

Magister Diploma) taken within the last 3 years. Applicants must prove sufficient skills of the German language by the latest at beginning of the scholarship (through a language school certificate or else). offices and NGOs. lawyers. the maximum supporting period twelve months. The graduates must be citizens of one of the aforementioned countries and need a residence in their home country when applying. The scholarships are directed with a high priority at those for whom it will be the first research stay in Germany. The scholarship is not intended for those who would like to write their PhD thesis at a German university. agrarian engineers. 5 . The minimum term of a scholarship is six months. Their studies must be finished with an aboveaverage exam (Master. The DBU scholarship enables university graduates a research stay at German facilities. engineers. the exchange programme wants to break barriers and initiate cross-border contacts to build up an all-European expert network striving for dissemination of experiences and information. economists.Research Stay in Germany DBU Scholarship Exchange Programme with CEE Countries Guidelines Scholarship holders‘ seminar The DBU awards scholarships for highly qualified university graduates from Central and Eastern Europe with the goal of a further vocational qualification in solving environmental and nature conservation problems in the scholarship holders’ home country. Host institutions are research centers and universities. The DBU awards approximately 60 scholarships for applicants from the aforementioned countries. Besides the improvement of the scholarship holders‘ vocational skills. The DBU welcomes applications from natural scientists. educationalists and others. Target Group Graduates from the aforementioned Central and Eastern European Countries can apply. provided they make an essential contribution to environmental protection or nature conservation in their home country or in the European Union. but also enterprises. ministries.

you must also submit: CV. During the online procedure. The German hosts provide the work place.html. For a range of current offers. The DBU organises status seminars where the scholarship holders can introduce their research topics and present first results. Please ask your regional coordinator for information about the closing date or look at www. We are prepared to answer your e-mail inquiries any time. . accident and liability stipendien_international. shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview in their home country. Marienthal/Ostritz and the German Environmental Award ceremony (Deutscher Umweltpreis) in October.dbu. the DBU supports a German language course in the home country prior to the scholarship. Please check the individual DBU country homepages at www. After an internal pre-selection. Individually organised events/seminars are also stipendien_international. Selection Procedure Any application is assessed by a jury. Additionally. Beyond All applicants are informed about their appointments in due course. Written comment of a tutor from the home country.Application Any application has to be submitted online. A special focus is given to the annual International Summer Academy of St. No work permit is demanded for internships in Germany since these. scholarship holders have insurance coverage against health. and Confirmation of German language skills (if available). according to the German Beschäftigungsverordnung (§ 2. Copies of diploma (Master or Magister certificate). addressed to the DBU in advance. DBU and the tutors accompany the scholarship holders during the entire period. A corresponding request. is necessary.dbu. Closing Date Applications are possible once a year. are considered as consent-free activities for a so-called residence permit. 4 in the new version of January 2005). Project proposal [project idea (maximum 3 pages with description of the problem for which a solution is searched)]. For some countries there is a compulsory visa required for which the scholarship holders apply themselves in their home countries. please turn to www. 6 Financial Backing The monthly amount of a scholarship is € 1. The internship begins with a several days‘ introductory seminar for all new scholarship holders in Osnabrück where important organisational matters are discussed. Scholarship holders can address their proposals to the DBU.dbu.060 and exempt from tax and social security contributions. Field studies Stay/Internship in Germany The internship is organised by the DBU in accordance with the scholarship holders and the German host institution. arrange for accommodation and organise a competent tutorial.

Fieldwork of a scholarship holder Duties of Scholarship Holders When accepting a scholarship. changed or prematurely finished. DBU reserves its right of terminating the scholarship and claiming for a repayment of the financial backing if a scholarship holder gives inaccurate statements and/or withholds important facts and alterations that would negate the conditions for awarding a Nicole Freyer n.html. 351 7 Christiane Grimm c. Information and Contact More current information and application forms about the scholarship exchange programme as also contact details are regularly updated at: www. and if a scholarship holder does not deal with his topic at the host institution or contravenes against the tutor’s instructions. The DBU must be informed immediately if the project or internship is interrupted. They are neither allowed to take any employment nor an additional Address: Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt MOE-Austauschstipendienprogramm An der Bornau 2 D-49090 Osnabrueck Phone: +49 541|9633-302.freyer@dbu. the holders commit themselves to concentrate their work on the project like described in application and working plan. E-mail contact: Dr.

Baltic States: Exterior paints based on combining vegetable and mineral raw materials During her research stay with the Brunswick company AURO Pflanzenchemie AG. machines and appliances introduce different physical forces into the soil – like compression and shearing strengths. and their oil-layer offers a high water impermeability. plant oil) grow more prone to fungi and algae. Her study considers also those forms of ground vegetation and nutrient variations as they are used in the comparable ecological agriculture. socially responsible and nevertheless Scholarship holder Vanya Ratarova economical forest economy. however their whiteness decreases. Because of its new formulation and compared with synthetic colours. tree resin and plant oil. If these forces exceed the given stability of the soil. Also in grassland management. however also a strong chalking effect after three months of outdoor exposure. vegetable and mineral components. During her case study at the Freiburg University and the NABU. launching information campaigns and a control function as also the development of a national standard for FSC. with an umbrella function for environmental and social associations as also for companies of the timber and forestry industry. transmissibility of water vapour and the absorption and release of water as also the storage life. . Irma Soorand developed a colour coating based on course. creating a discussion platform. emulsifiers and thickening agents. Bulgaria: The role of environmental associations in the FSC forest certification – Positive examples from Germany as impulse for Bulgarian environmental NGOs The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an initiative aiming at a global sustainable forest management. compression occurs. 8 Katrin Trükmann. Katrin Trükmann examined different frequencies and intensities in field work and their influence on the soil structure functions. binders. Due to their organic components.Examples Irma Soorand. During her research stay. Irma Soorand changed and varied fillers. Vanya Ratarova. cultivating a network of contacts. The lime and silicate-based colours show a good weatherability. natural resin oil colours (tree resin. In order to increase this impermeability. Baltic States: Impact of pasture use on geophysical and mechanical parameters Agriculture is the major purpose of the land use in the Europe of our time. In the course of land cultivation. Her comparative experiments dealt with weatherability. Vanya Ratarova examined the role of the German environmental associations in the process of the FSC forest certification and developed policy recommendations for Bulgarian environmental NGOs. She used lime-based and silicate paints and others. the natural resin product now performs essentially better. soil compression is of increasing importance. Most important for Bulgaria is the implementation of a national team with the tasks of fundraising. Their common goal is an ecological. The young scientist deter-mined that colours with a synthetic dispersion show the best results in the outdoor exposure. based on synthetic materials.

the formation of components and the risks for illnesses and pests are factors to be heeded. her work aims at new findings about the bioavailability and bioaccumulation of selected ionic liquids and their effects on man and nature. Radec Cerny. Ioana Stan developed methods and procedures that can be put in already during the development process of new industrial chemicals for an assessment of the risk potential of new environmental chemicals. During his work for the Deutsche Emissionshandelsstelle at the Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt). Additionally. numerous application fields for ionic liquids are given. temperature. Climatic conditions like sunshine hours. Hungary: Emission Trading in Europe Since the EC Directive for emission trading is transposed differently in the different member states. it should be harmonized in future. coverage and verification on the emission market in the different countries.Marta Miara. During her stay with the company Volkswagen Marta Miara presented the bases for an optimization of these guidelines for a particular sewage treatment in this field. were the different effluents occur and which must be pretreated before they are discharged into the local sewage system. Poland: Wastewater Treatment of Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge VWN The company FUGRO CONSULT GmbH is in charge of the wastewater treatment control at the Hanover works of Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge. Ioana Stan. Romania: Toxicity and degradation of ionic liquids Ionic liquids are new chemicals. Akos Lukacs analyzed the practice and experiences of national authorities responsible for emission trading. The directives applying for this treatment are from the year 1999. Collina and Santana for the ecological cultivation in the Lake Constance area. The risk rises in that larger quantities are emitted into the biosphere without elaborate knowledge about their (eco)-toxicity and degradation in the environment. 9 . that accrues seldom and in low quantities and which needs a so-called precipitation before it is discharged. today type and volume of the sewage are different and an optimization of these rules obligatory for Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge. On reason of many interesting physicochemical qualities. For example. rainfall and frost risks determine their suitability for a region. This task includes the recording of all wastewater streams and places. However. there is sewage. that accrues continuously and which is pretreated accordingly by using different filters. needing conformity to the new European Union legislative after REACH before they can leave the industrial world as product. During his work at the Kompetenzzentrum Bodensee Radec Cerny surveyed the suitability of new kinds of apples like Modi. There is also specific sewage. the ripening time. The Czech Republic: Scurf-resistant kinds of apples The proper election of kinds is a crucial criterion for an ecologically meaningful and economic apple cultivation. Akos Lukacs. Moreover. Greenstar. Scholarship holder Akos Lukacs He compared the transposition of the EC Directive in the national legislation as also monitoring.

Thus it is the eldest alumni network of the DBU scholarship programmes. In recent years. the network supports the DBU in spreading information about the scholarship programme in Hungary. and the introduction ceremony for the new scholarship holders. Poland. and the organisation of some events – for example the annual autumn seminar for approximately 80 scholarship holders and members of their families. Romania.dbu-alumni. Essential task of Stowarzyszenie Srodowisko dla Srodowiska (SdS) is the spread of information about the programme in Poland. Latvia. annual meetings.sds. MOE-Homepage . alumni networks have been established in Bulgaria. Additionally. the Czech Republic and Hungary. certificate ceremony and seminars and has an individual homepage: The Alumni network organizes experts‘ colloquiums. for information. 10 The network of former Polish scholarship holders – Stowarzyszenie Srodowisko dla Srodowiska (SdS) Founding year of the network of former Polish scholarship holders was 2001.The Alumni Networks The Hungarian Alumni Network The Hungarian Alumni Network of the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt was established in May 2008 in order to guarantee a continuous contact among current and former scholarship holders and to establish a network of environmental Alumni-chairpersons at an international workshop. Lithuania. Please turn to: www. integrates new scholarship holders automatically and participates in the annual selection procedure for new scholarship holders.