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What Happens to the Topics After Submission?

The entire process of collection of topics, from submission to selection, is divided into four phases and can be followed on the Next Grand Challenge webpage.

  1. Topic Collection: Initially, all topic proposals will be collected and formally reviewed by October 31, 2022. After that, the topics will be published on the Next Grand Challenge webpage without disclosing the names of the participants.

  2. Topic Grouping: The topic proposals will then be analyzed for similarities and interconnections and grouped into a maximum of 10 integrated subject areas. The result will be presented on the Next Grand Challenge webpage without disclosing the names of the participants, in such a way that it is clear from which topics an integrated subject area is derived and which questions are being addressed.

  3. Topic Evaluation: In an interactive event, the Next Grand Challenge Forum, which is expected to take place in February 2023 (exact date to be announced), the participants will develop arguments for and against each subject area and, if necessary, supplement other subject areas. Representatives of the teams of researchers and students will participate in the event together with the young people who shall have submitted topics and other participants from science and society (politics, economy, organized civil society).

  4. Topic Selection: An evaluated list of arguments for each of the maximum 10 subject areas will serve as a recommendation for the subsequent selection of the topic. The final topic selection will be announced on the Next Grand Challenge webpage and at a festive event expected in March 2023 (exact date to be announced)