Significant increase in endowment capital at CLAAS Foundation
Ten million euros to promote emerging talent
An additional 2.7 million euros have been deposited in the CLAAS Foundation, significantly increasing its capital resources to mark the 90th birthday of Helmut Claas. The foundation now has assets of over ten million euros.
Scholarships and prize winners from throughout Europe.
The CLAAS Foundation uses the revenue from its foundation assets to promote science, research and education, mainly in the field of agricultural machinery. A variety of programmes and activities are organised to offer targeted support to young specialists in agricultural engineering and to honour extraordinary achievements. "For instance, an international jury of experts reviews forward-looking theses in the area of agricultural machinery and the adjacent fields of engineering and economics, and then awards the annual Helmut Claas Scholarship", explains Sylvia Looks, Executive Board member at CLAAS Foundation. "We now receive applications for the scholarship from all over Europe." The International Students Prize is another programme. Here, the international partner universities to the CLAAS Foundation participate actively by nominating gifted students.
A spotlight on scientists and students
Scientists seeking to conduct research projects in the area of agricultural machinery, agriculture and adjacent fields are also invited to apply for funding from the CLAAS Foundation. Numerous projects at German and international universities have already received support in recent years. The foundation is equally committed to engendering an inventive spirit among academics. For instance, teams of students are welcome to apply for participation in the annual Field Robot Event. The CLAAS Foundation offers financial support to promising young inventors, which they use to purchase the basic technical equipment to build robots that withstand international competition.
It takes an inquisitive mind, intelligence and stamina to study and research successfully. The CLAAS Foundation uses the returns on equity to provide support and to create the necessary fertile ground.
Inspiring children and adolescents to embrace natural sciences
The foundation also keeps a keen eye on the specialists of tomorrow's world. It invests a quarter of its budget in projects designed specifically for schoolchildren, encouraging them to embark on careers in the agricultural sector. Even the youngest children experience natural science phenomena at first hand in the two Student Research Centres. Several years ago the CLAAS Foundation developed research kits in cooperation with the nationwide education initiative, Science Lab. They are distributed to schools and kindergartens. Their purpose is to encourage children and adolescents to experiment to their heart's content and to learn in a playful context how technological advancement occurs.
"Increasing the endowment capital will allow us to support more of these initiatives in future, especially on an international stage", says a delighted Frank Klüsener, beside Looks, the other Executive Board member at the CLAAS Foundation, with a view to upcoming projects. The next round of scholarships will be awarded to talented young academics as early as this October.
Apply by 8th June 2016
Helmut Claas-Scholarship 2016
You have finished your bachelor thesis in 2015/2016? Then you have already completed the first task for the Helmut Claas Scholarship. Join the competition and win one of the four scholarships or one of the bonus prizes.
Are you a team of students? Do you wish to construct your own autonomous robot and participate in the international Field Robot Event? You need financial support to get the basic equipment for your robot?
The students from Germany, England, the Netherlands, Ireland, Italy, Hungary, Slovak republic and Rumania were presented with the Helmut Claas-Scholarships, bonus prizes and International Student Prize which in total came to a value of 45.000 Euro.
Before the official prize revelations, the young researcher presented their topics and only learned at the very end which prize they had won. Helmut Claas, Chairman of the CLAAS Foundation Board of Trustees personally handed out the certificates and congratulated the prize winners on their achievement.
During lunch, there was time for socializing and establishing new contacts.
Following prizes were awarded:
The Helmut Claas-Scholarships are awarded to students of general engineering and business management.
1. Prize: Florian Többen (25) received the first prize of a total of 7.200 Euro. He studies industrial engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. In his bachelor thesis he dealt with an analysis of the potential for regional energy production from biomass.
2. Prize: 23-year old chemical engineering student Timothy Taylor was awarded for his two-part bachelor thesis on the production of combined heat and power from sugarcane bagasse and the design of a biomass circulating fluidised bed furnace for the production of combined heat and power plant. Timothy received the second prize of 6.000 Euro and is a student of the Aston University in Birmingham.
3. Prize: Oliver Bumann (27) of the University of Hohenheim also tackled a topic in the area of energy production and was presented with the third prize of 4.800 Euro. In his bachelor thesis he investigated how wood chips in a TLUD reactor can be converted into carb.
4. Prize: The fourth prize of a value of 3.600 Euro went to Alexander Ewen (26). He studies agricultural engineering at the University of Hohenheim. He tackled the data processing and privacy protection by using a management software at agricultural contractors.
In addition to the annual scholarships, four bonus prizes were presented coming to a value of 1.500 Euro each. In the category „Resources“ Ariane Voglhuber-Slavinsky from the University of Hohenheim was awarded with a bonus prize. Her project deals with the comparison of chemically activated carbons derived from agricultural and forestal residues.
Paolo Gerardo Bertin from the University of Padua, Italy, received a bonus prize in the category „Innovation“. The topic of his bachelor thesis was real time soil scanning, for automatic optimization of agricultural operations.
Owen Doren did his project at the Institute of Technology in Tralee, Ireland. He gained the bonus prize in the category „Technical Engagement“ for modulating a Trailer Brake System
The bonus prize in the category „Internationality“ was given to Stefan Epping from the University of Applied Sciences Cologne. He developed an ISOBUS network for agricultural tractors.
International Students Prizes:
The International Student Prizes coming to a total of 4.500 Euro per universities went to students of the Banat University of Agricultural Sciences Timisoara (Romania), Budapest University of Technology and Economy (Hungary), Wageningen University (the Netherlands) and Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra (Slovak Republic).
Prize winners from the Banat University are Catalin Almasan Petru, Daniel-Alexandru Rotaru and Andrei Sîrbu Florin.
László Péter Olasz, Flórián Farkas and Martin Jeszenszki from the Budapest University of Technology and Economy were pleased about their prizes, too.
Wageningen University also has winners which are Koen van Boheemen, Maaike Vollering and Daan van der Stelt.
From the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra the winners are Patrik Kósa, Filip Štefunko und Marián Kišev.
Moreover, there is an internal change within the CLAAS Foundation: After 16 years Mr Uwe Lütkeschümer, director of the CLAAS Foundation passes on his responsibilities to Frank Klüsener. Together with Sylvia Looks, Frank Klüsener will conduct the future CLAAS Foundation’s business.
The CLAAS Foundation promotes young talents: Prize winners, Board of Trustees and Jury gather for a photo after the ceremony.
The directors of the CLAAS Foundation: Sylvia Looks and Frank Klüsener.
Field Robot Event 2015
University of Siegen wins Field Robot Event in Slovenia
For the first time the International Field Robot Event took place in Slovenia this year. The faculty of agriculture of the University of Maribor made a good job of organizing the competition and made it a memorable experience for robot tinkerer from all parts of Europe. The CLAAS Foundation was among the sponsors in this edition of the competition.
Furthermore, the CLAAS Foundation provided some financial support to the student team of Harper Adams University College.
Autonomous navigation, get around obstacles and finding of objects were parts of the challenges for the robots and their inventors. The Team of Harper Adams Team achieved the fourth place in the overall ranking. The students from the Technical University of Denmark were placed third, while the second rank was given to the Czech University of Sciences. The first place was awarded to the University of Siegen in Germany.
Searching for challenges: The team of Harper Adams Team and its robot.
In the field with a notebook – a typical scene at the Field Robot Event.
Will it work or will it not work? Some robots seemed to have their own minds.
Pupils make experiments with Science-Lab
Pupils make experiments with Science-Lab
The Cool guys, The Know-It-All or The experimental stars – these were the names of the 63 junior researchers at the Boland school in Herzebrock-Clarholz. The education centre Science Lab helped them to transfer the classrooms into research labs to find out more about natural phenomenons. The CLAAS Foundation supports this project.
The bus-experiment: Dr. Vera Romberg-Forkert discovers together with the children which forces act upon the passengers in a full bus.
„This is about getting boys and girls enthusiastic about natural science and technology“, states Dr. Vera Romberg-Forkert from Science Lab. Three days the trained engineer was part of the school lessons. The pupils of the Boland School learnt about the method of research which is to ask questions before starting the experiments. Focus of all questions was the bicycle: How does a brake work? What does a ball bearing look like? What do you need a gear shift for? The pupils formed teams which then carried out various experiments in order to answer these questions. There were clear functions in a team: There was the secretary, time and material guard, facilitator and speaker- just like in a real research team.
„How quickly turns the back wheel using the different gears?“, was one of the questions that the young tinkerers worked on.
Not only the pupils profited from the project days with Science-Lab. The lady teachers Janine Altekrüger and Andrea Haske took part in a special training. This training showed how technical education can be conveyed to the children using modern methods and experimental equipment. Apart from that, the Boland School also received research boxes with materials for experiments. This material is the basis for the future experiments in the various class rooms.
This project funded by the CLAAS Foundation takes place at six primary schools in the borough of Gütersloh.
Only allowed for experimental purpose: Cycling in a class room.
Field Robot Event 2015
Apply for a seed funding by 27th February 2015. Prepare your robot for competition.
• Do you wish to construct your own autonomous robot and participate in the international Field Robot Event?
• You need financial support to get the basic equipment for your robot?
The CLAAS Foundation can help you!
Apply for a seed funding consisting of the following content by 27th February 2015:
• Short covering letter
• Description of planned robot
• Information on the team
• List and cost of equipment you wish to use and how much funding you require from the CLAAS Foundation
The team to be sponsored by the CLAAS Foundation will be decided on by the beginning of March 2015. Looking forward to your application. CLAAS Foundation FAO: Sylvia Looks Mühlenwinkel 1 33428 Harsewinkel Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2015 the Field Robot Event will be take place in Slovenia.
Harsewinkel, October 2014. The CLAAS Foundation awarded international students with the Helmut Claas-Scholarship, bonus prizes and the International Student Prize coming to a total value of 44.100 Euro.
Before the official revelation, all four nominees presented their projects and only upon presentation of the award, the candidates found out about the exact prize distribution. Helmut Claas, Chairman of the CLAAS Foundation Board of Trustees, handed out the awards in person and congratulated them on their achievement.
A joined lunch rounded of the event, leaving time and opportunity for new contacts and fostering networks.
The Helmut Claas-Scholarships are awarded to students of general engineering and business management.
1. Prize: Ufuk Akay (24) was awarded the first prize coming to a total value of 7.200 Euro. He is a civil engineering student at the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg. For many years, next to his studies, he has been involved in a UN-project called „Agua es vida“ („Water is life“). This initiative aims of install solar-based field irrigation systems in developing countries. In his bachelor thesis he developed a tool which helps to determine the optimal field irrigation system for any farming land in the world.
2. Prize: 27-year old student of economics and environment Benedikt Kramer was awarded for his bachelor thesis on the effects of hail damage on yield components in corn. The prize is of a value of 6.000 Euro. He did his bachelor degree at the University of Economics and Environment in Nürtingen-Geislingen and has just commenced his master course at the University of Hohenheim in agribusiness. Spending time abroad, cultural exchange and gathering practical experience- these are all of greatest importance to him.
3. Prize: Yale Brewer from Harper Adams University in the UK received the third prize of a value of 4.800 Euro. During his industrial placement with CLAAS in Harsewinkel he investigated the suitability an industrial bulk material weighing system for grain throughput measurement. From an early age he dis-assembled and re-assembled tools. In the UK he already received many awards such as the „Technology Design & Innovation Challenge“ und „The Young Engineer for GB“.
4. Prize: The fourth prize of 3.600 Euro went to Ben Bretschneider (25). He is currently doing his diploma course in engineering at the Technical University of Dresden. During his studies he worked with the company AgriCon where he developed a sensor-based scoring system for an automized scoring of characteristics in field tests. Part of his course, he spent in Norway where he constructed an autonomous field robot
Apart from the yearly scholarships, three students received a bonus prize of 1.500 Euro each. In the category „Design“ Robert Pickavance from Harper Adams University accepted his award. His project deals with the design, manufacture and testing of materials handler attachment for transporting trailed implements.
Stephan Wunderlich, Technical University of Munich obtained the prize in the category „Resources“. In his project he investigated the optimization of fog harvesting technologies to produce water in dry areas.
Christian Fischer, student of the Albert-Ludwig-University in Freiburg, was awarded with the bonus prize in the category „Global & Political“ for his topic „Large-scale land acquisitions as an instrument to stimulate developing economies- A neoclassical analysis and the structuring of an institutional frame work”
International Student Prizes
These prizes went to students from the Banat University of Agricultural Sciences Timisoara (Romania), Budapest University of Technology and Economy (Hungary), Wageningen University (the Netherlands) and Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra (Slovak Republic).
The prize winners from Timisoara are Vlad Marius Bolocan, Ionel-Darius Kiss and Alexandru Ciuca.
Tamás Zoltán Denke, Tamás Huszár and Tibor Tamás Pipo from the Budapest University of Technology and Economy are pleased about their recognitions
From Wageningen the students Dini Ras, Niek van den Top and Jasper van Meer received an award.
The students Stanislav Chrobák, Juraj Balazi and Milan Glajsa were the winners from Nitra.
CLAAS Foundation supports students: Prize winner, Board of Trustees and Jury gathering fort he joined photo after the ceremony.