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Source: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

06.11.2020Press release: 168/2020

Hello politics! – The Federal Ministry of Education and Research invites you to the digital open day on November 8th

The Federal Government’s annual open day is taking place digitally for the first time this year due to the pandemic. On Sunday, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will therefore give a digital insight into its work. Under the motto “Hello, Politics!”, Citizens can take a look behind the scenes of the government’s work and discuss live with Anja Karliczek, Federal Minister for Education and Research. The Federal Minister explains: “The open day is a very good opportunity to find out more about the everyday work of the Federal Government. I also appreciate the personal exchange with citizens. Unfortunately, the corona pandemic is preventing direct contact on site this year. But exchange with one another is particularly important in the current situation. I am therefore very pleased to welcome you to the digital open day at the BMBF this year and to give you an insight into our work. I am particularly looking forward to the discussion on the science year 2020/21. I will talk to scientists about the important contribution that research can make to meet one of the greatest challenges facing humanity, climate change. ”Background: On November 8th, interested parties can visit, the social media BMBF channels as well as generally at various online formats for the open day and actively participate Federal Minister Anja Karliczek will give an insight into her everyday work and in the context of the Science Year 2020/21 – Bioeconomy from 3 p.m. with Prof. Dr. Edzo Veldkamp, ​​Head of the Department of Ecopedology of the Tropics and Subtropics at the Georg-August University of Göttingen, Felix Finkbeiner, Founder and Chairman of the “Plant-for-the-Planet” Foundation, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heiko Sieker, honorary professor for urban hydrology at the TU Berlin and partner in the BMBF research project BlueGreenStreets, and Friederike Lägel, Ökolöwe Umweltverbund Leipzig, will discuss the bioeconomy live. The focus will be on how bio-based innovations can contribute to making agriculture more sustainable and cities greener. Participation is possible without registration at: or Even before the live stream starts, citizens have the opportunity to ask questions in the chat, which will be picked up by the moderator during the event. Another offer for the open house is the BMBF online game SuperMINT for children and young people : At SuperMINT, questions of knowledge from the various MINT areas are waiting to be answered: Are fish actually thirsty? Is there an algorithm for fair pie sharing? And why does a campfire crackle? The individual “MINT superpower” emerges from all the answers, and with a little luck, prizes such as an instant camera or a headset await the participants. On the occasion of the open house there is also a special raffle for ten Calliope microcomputers and robot starter kits. Calliope enables pupils from the 3rd grade onwards playful access to coding and thus promotes skills that are increasingly important in the digital age. During the development of the online game, the network of the “Alliance for MINT Education at Home “Can be used. Under the motto “We stay smart!” The alliance was founded at the beginning of the Corona lockdown in April on the initiative of the BMBF and the Conference of Ministers of Education (KMK). Since then, the MINT alliance has grown steadily and has bundled extracurricular MINT offers for children and young people on


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