BERLIN – Dr Kashif Rasool, a leading scientist from Pakistani, has won the Green Talent Award 2017 for his research to deal with one of the world’s most pressing concerns: water security.

Outstanding green visionaries from 21 countries were on the two-week tour in Germany where leading young scientists met Germany’s sustainability researchers.

On Friday, in a festive award ceremony of 9th “Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development” 25 Green talents from all over the world were honoured by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Berlin.

Matthias Graf von Kielmansegg, General Director “Policy Issues; Strategy; Digital Transformation” at the BMBF, honoured 25 young scientists from 21 countries.

This year’s competition attracted 602 applicants from over 95 countries. For the first time Egypt, Fiji, Iraq, Slovakia, Sweden, and Uganda are among the Green Talents winner countries. A high-ranking jury of experts selected the most outstanding ‘green’ visionaries, who come from an impressively wide range of academic research areas with diverse achievements.

Dr. Kashif Rasool’s research seeks to provide a solution for advanced sustainable and economical water treatment.

Reclaiming water for reuse applications instead of using freshwater supplies is currently considered globally as the most critical element of sustainable water management.

Kashif already has a pending patent application, thus demonstrating the groundbreaking promise of his research.

The 33-year-old Pakistani scientist’s research focus is in environmental and energy engineering/biological wastewater treatment in aerobic/anaerobic processes.

The scientist is developing innovative methods for extracting contaminants from industrial wastewater so that it can be safely and sustainably returned to the freshwater supply.

He is focusing on the biological removal of organics, heavy metals, nutrients and emerging micro-pollutants from a variety of wastewater streams, coupled with renewable bio-energy production.