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Bergish Land Physics Prize

Physics prize – to promote young scientific talent in the Bergisch Land

Introduced in 1995 by the then Lennep Benefactors Association to honour the centenary of the discovery of X-rays, the Bergisch Land Physics Prize is awarded for outstanding work submitted by upper school students from the Bergisch cities of Remscheid, Solingen and Wuppertal and the municipalities of Wermelskirchen, Radevormwald, Wipperfürth and Velbert.The award was conceived against the background of a dramatic decline in interest in the natural sciences in regional schools, which have had difficulties in recent years in filling their major upper school science courses. As these are the basis for studying engineering, which is a key factor in regional industry, there may well be a crucial lack of engineers in the area in the near future.The Physics Prize is awarded on three levels, €800, €500 and €350, and the winner’s school receives an additional €250 for extra science materials. Since 1998 a further prize of €250 for a top girl scientist has been awarded by the delegate to the NRW State Parliament.

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