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14.10.2014

Wintershall supports promotion of young people in natural sciencesHerderschule in Kassel to be professionally equipped thanks to donation

Kassel. Wintershall is providing financial support for the research laboratory at the Herderschule in Kassel. Thanks to a donation of 30,000 euros, the school can buy laboratory equipment which will allow school students from Kassel and the surrounding region to carry out experiments from natural science subjects. The new purchases include heating blocks and an ultracentrifuge, which are used for biology lessons. The centrifuge works in a similar way to a washing machine: the elevated rotating speed generated allows molecules – for example protein – to be isolated. The donation was presented today by Rainer Seele, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Wintershall, to Andrea Bette, head of the lab at the Herderschule.

“The research laboratory enables the students to put the theoretical knowledge they have acquired into practice. This is very important, particularly in the natural sciences, for making sure the knowledge is absorbed long-term and for awakening inquiring minds among the students,” Rainer Seele said explaining the company’s reasons for supporting the project. In the lab the students learn how to produce the enzyme lactase, for example, which is responsible for making milk lactose-free. This topic is relevant to the students in Hessen for their Abitur (German school-leaving certificate allowing university entrance) and thus a key component of the curriculum. Alongside the set topics, the young people are encouraged to develop their own experiments. They can then enter particularly interesting projects for the youth science competition “Jugend forscht”. 

Some students of the Herderschule who will be able to investigate research matters at the lab in future were also present when the donation was presented. As well as promoting talented young students, basic and general funding, and preparation for school-leaving exams, the project also includes teacher training. Wintershall, Germany’s largest internationally active crude oil and natural gas producer, already supported the opening of the research lab, which is the only one of its kind in the region, in May of this year.

Wintershall Holding GmbH, based in Kassel, Germany, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BASF in Ludwigshafen. The company has been active in the extraction of natural resources for 120 years, and in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas for over 80 years. Wintershall focuses on selected core regions where the company has built up a high level of regional and technological expertise. These are Europe, Russia, North Africa, South America, and increasingly the Middle East region. The company wants to expand its business further with exploration and production, selected partnerships, innovation and technological competence. Wintershall employs some 2,500 staff worldwide from 40 nations and is now Germany’s largest, internationally active crude oil and natural gas producer.

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