The Biomedicine Project Course: Promoting Young Scientists at School and University


  • Marcus Kohnen University of Münster, , Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft
  • Inga Kallweit Gymnasium Essen-Werden
  • Erich Gulbins 3 University Hospital Essen, Medical School Essen / Department of Molecular Biology



promotion of young scientists, university-school cooperation, increase interests and competencies


This article presents a cooperation project between science and schools, which aims to provide high-achieving students with initial research experience at university and at the same time to encourage these students to take up medical or scientific courses of study. This is linked to the university's perspective of being able to attract potentially outstanding young scientists, especially in biomedical research. Thus, the project offers a win-win effect for all parties involved from school and university (Irmer, 2012). Feedback from an online survey of participating project students illustrates that even high demands can be motivating for students if the offer meets the students' interest and leads to experiences of self-efficacy. This article is intended to encourage the search for such opportunities for cooperation between schools and universities and to focus more strongly on their importance in generating young scientists.