Eco-Minds 2009 applications now open

05 August 2008

Students from throughout the Asia Pacific region are to gather in New Zealand for the biennial Eco-Minds forum, a major environmental youth programme run in partnership between Bayer and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The announcement was made on the eve of World Environment Day on June 4 following the signing of a hosting agreement between Bayer New Zealand and The University of Auckland.

As with previous Eco-Minds forums, the event will involve students from countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and New Zealand.

The theme of the forum will be Sustainable Energy Systems: Challenges and Opportunities.

Applications are now open for students wanting to represent New Zealand at the Eco-Minds youth forum, to be held in Auckland and Rotorua 25 – 30 May 2009.

Bayer is seeking three delegates to represent New Zealand at the forum. All expenses will be met by Bayer.

Eco-Minds theme

The theme of the forum is Sustainable Energy Systems: Challenges and Opportunities.

How to enter

Applicants must completed the three sections below and email your responses to by 5pm, 31 October 2008.

Part 1 - essay

In line with the above theme, applicants must answer the following essay question.

"In approximately 1000 words, identify the environmental, social and economic aspects of an energy supply system in your country, and discuss how you would match environmental aspirations against the practical realities of day-to-day needs, including improving standards of living."

Part 2 – information about yourself

  • Provide information about yourself – name, date of birth, address, current course of study and contact details for one referee.
  • Briefly describe activities, studies and projects you have carried out and how they are related to sustainable development, including your role in these activities and related documentation.

Send your answers to both Part 1 and Part 2 to

Entry criteria

All New Zealand applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a New Zealand citizen
  • Enrolled in a New Zealand tertiary institution (university or polytechnic)
  • Aged 18 to 24 years on 25 May, 2009
  • Actively involved in environmental or sustainable development activities, or projects
  • Willing to travel to Auckland and Rotorua
  • Be able to work well within a group.

Entries will be judged by an independent panel and the three successful winners notified before the end of 2008.

For further information about the New Zealand Eco-Minds challenge, visit, email, or phone +64 9 441 8591.