Forum Junge Spitzenforscher

The fifth “Forum Junge Spitzenforscher” will take place on 22 November 2018. The competition is organised by Stiftung Industrieforschung and Humboldt-Innovation and is aimed at young researchers in Berlin. The goal is to find practical ideas from innovative fundamental research in the field of mobility.

The six most promising submissions will be presented on 22 November infront of a distinguished jury of experts. In addition to the opportunity to obtain practice-relevant feedback and network with practice partners, the three first-placed presentations will each receive EUR 10,000 in prize money and places 4-6 will each receive EUR 2,000.

This year, the six finalists also have the opportunity to apply for one of three validation grants of up to EUR 50,000 each. The funding is provided by the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises with the aim of putting the results into practice. With these means the winners of the competition can close the utilisation gap for innovations from research. Further details will be announced at the event on 22.11.2018.


The event will be held mainly in German.



15 Uhr


Volker Hofmann – Humboldt-Innovation

Moderation Daniela Rings – Humboldt-Innovation

15:15 Uhr

BIGAP – Seamless Handover for High Performance WiFi Networks

Anatolij Zubrow, Piotr Gawłowicz – TU Berlin

15:30 Uhr

Grandma, let’s go running: we got you wearables!

Alessandro Santuz, María Moreno Catalá – HU Berlin

15:45 Uhr

Destination Prediction based on Partial Trajectory Data using Recurrent Neural Networks

Andreas Vogelsang, Patrick Ebel – TU Berlin


16:00 Uhr Kaffeepause

16:15 Uhr

Inklusion durch mehr Mobilität für Menschen mit Demenz

Herlind Megges, Oliver Peters, Silka Dawn Freiesleben, Christina Rösch – Charité

16:30 Uhr

Ganzheitliche Optimierung der Ampelsteuerung

Max Klimm – HU Berlin

16:45 Uhr

STIMSWIM – Schwimmen mit Elektrostimulation nach Querschnittlähmung

Constantin Wiesener, Thomas Schauer – TU Berlin

17:00 Uhr

Key Note: Der Traum vom autonomen Fahren und der Traum von der lebenswerten Stadt – Auto-Mobilität als Chance betrachten?

Dr. Tim Lehmann – ium – Institut für urbane Mobilität

17:20 Uhr

Vorstellung Pilotförderung „Validierung“ für anwendungsorientierte Forschung

Dr. Jürgen Varnhorn – Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Energie und Betriebe

17:30 Uhr

Auszeichnung der Gewinner

17:45 Uhr

Get Together


We are pleased to welcome the jury: Marius Baader (Verband der Automobilindustrie e.V.), Dr. Carsta Herpich (BVG), Jan Michael Hess (Ecosummit Ventures), Lutz Hübner (Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie), Martin Schön (Bombardier Transportation GmbH), Onno Szillis (Deutsche Bahn – DB mindbox).


What Does Mobility Mean in Science?

Traffic & Transport, Digitisation, Internet of Things, Public & Private Health, Passenger Service, Inclusion, etc.

This year the focus is on “mobility”. Mobility has become a megatrend in our society and the engine to a globalised world.

Eligibility Requirements

Who Can Apply?

Doctoral students, PostDocs and Research Assistants

Junior Professors and Senior Physicians

Participation is possible as an individual and as a team. 


For the fifth time now, the Stiftung Industrieforschung and Humboldt-Innovation GmbH are hosting the “Forum Junge Spitzenforscher”.


This year for the first time, the event will be organised in cooperation with the three major Berlin universities; Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin as well as Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin.

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