Two new locations: Expansion of the Schleswig-Holstein student research center network

February 1st, 2022

As of today, students are also conducting research at support schools in the districts of Segeberg and Pinneberg

Students have had the opportunity to implement their own research ideas at a total of six locations of the Schleswig-Holstein Student Research Center (SFZ-SH) network since 2017. On February 1, 2022, two more locations were added, Segeberg and Pinneberg. In the future, research will be conducted at the Dahlmann School in Bad Segeberg and the Elsensee High School in Quickborn.

"Both schools are distinguished by their proven STEM profile. Working in the network, we can support the students with the expertise of universities and research institutions and guide them through projects," said Education Minister Karin Prien. The Dahlmann School in Bad Segeberg is impressive for its approach to involving regional partners, while the Elsensee High School in Quickborn convinces with its concept for involving girls and boys from other schools in the region.

"The new locations in Segeberg and Pinneberg, allow us to reach blank areas in the state, i.e. areas where there were previously no student research centers or where distances to existing opportunities are often still very long for the students," explains Prof. Dr. Olaf Köller, Scientific Director of the IPN, which coordinates the work of the network. "In the future, this will make it even more possible to give all students access to current research, regardless of the school or type of school they attend, and to support them in implementing their own research projects in their own, modernly equipped facilities."

This expansion of the SFZ-SH is made possible by the support of the Joachim Herz Foundation (JHS), which is providing a total of almost 2.25 million euros for the development and operation of student research centers in Schleswig-Holstein through 2027. "The Schleswig-Holstein student research centers network has done a great job since it opened in 2017," said a delighted Dr. Nina Lemmens, Executive Director of the Joachim Herz Foundation. "Student research centers are an important component of the education chain from kindergarten to university. We are therefore happy to provide funding for the expansion and will continue to support all locations with our professional expertise in the future."

About the Schleswig-Holstein Student Research Center Network (SFZ-SH)

The Schleswig-Holstein Student Research Center Network (SFZ-SH) is a joint project of the Joachim Herz Foundation (Hamburg), the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of the State of Schleswig-Holstein, and the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN). At the start of the 2017/18 school year, student research centers were established at a total of six locations in Schleswig-Holstein as part of the network. Now, two more locations are being added. Here, school students can work on their own research questions. To this end, the girls and boys at the network's base schools have access to well-equipped facilities and individual support from professionals. In addition to the schools, universities, other research and educational institutions, and companies are regionally integrated into the centers' programs. This gives the students the opportunity to get to know the work in research networks and to develop and implement creative solutions together.

These decentralized structures give a large number of students - in close proximity to their school or home and regardless of the type of school - access to scientific research. In cooperation with excellent science institutions, interest in the STEM subjects is thus strongly promoted in Schleswig-Holstein. In addition, students’ talents are extensively fostered of talent, just like in the fields of music or sports, for example.

The SFZ-SH locations

The now 13 support point schools and the Kiel Forschungswerkstatt are open as equal partners to all students in Schleswig-Holstein.

At the Dithmarschen Nord site, there are rooms for student research at both the Meldorf Community School and the Werner Heisenberg Gymnasium in Heide. The Dithmarschen South location is made up of the Gymnasium Brunsbüttel and the Gymnasium Marne. Both schools provide rooms for students interested in research. In Kiel, a student research center has been set up in the rooms of the Kiel Forschungswerkstatt (Kiel Research Workshop) in the Botanical Garden of Kiel University. The Hermann Tast School and the Theodor Storm School in Husum jointly operate a central student research center at the Hermann Tast School in North Friesland.

At the Schleswig-Flensburg site, the Dannewerk School and the Lornsen School in Schleswig jointly run the Student Research Center with central rooms at the Lornsen School and a branch office at the Dannewerk School. Young researchers at the Stormarn site are supervised by three schools. There are rooms at the Trittau high school and in Bargteheide at the Anne Frank School and the Kopernikus High School.

New additions include student research centers at the Dahlmann School in Bad Segeberg (Segeberg site) and at the Elsensee High School in Quickborn (Pinneberg site).

For further information (in German):

Dr. Christine Köhler
Ph.: +49 (0)431  880 1247