Future through innovation

The community offensive for young STEM students in NRW

Future through Innovation.NRW (in short: zdi) is a joint offensive to promote young scientists and technicians in North Rhine-Westphalia.

zdi – Research and understand together

With more than 5.000 partnerships With actors from the fields of science, business, schools, politics and society, zdi.NRW is Europe's largest network for the promotion of young STEM students. There are zdi offers nationwide in all districts and urban districts in North Rhine-Westphalia. More than 100 student laboratories offer children, adolescents, but also young adults space to Mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and Technology, short MINTto experience, to pursue their enthusiasm for STEM and to find out about STEM training courses and courses.



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STEM community

Become part of
STEM community in NRW

Discover many offers and holiday courses on the subject of STEM in NRW. Have you always wanted to build a lightsaber or know what urban gardening means?
Then register with the MINT community.

In focus

The image has a decorative function. It shows a robot sitting on a stack of books and reading a book with a smile. There are many stacks of books and a fireplace in the background. In the foreground is a potted plant and a dino is sleeping in front of an open book.

STEM book club

Book recommendations from the MINT community The MINT book club provides tips for reading aloud and reading for yourself. Everyone who is looking for new reading material that is - sometimes by the way, sometimes ... - will find what they are looking for here.

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Sustainable energy management

Geothermal energy, solar energy, wind power or biomass - these fuels should fuel the energy industry in North Rhine-Westphalia in the future. This requires the use of modern technology and this technology needs to be invented, understood, used and further developed...


Whether appointment announcement, blog post or news. Here you will find current information about zdi.NRW.

The students of the Heriburg-Gymnasium proudly show the zdi Science League prizes and their greenhouses.

zdi Science League teams honored

The Heriburg-Gymnasium Coesfeld was represented with an impressive five teams in the pilot season of the zdi Science League. They were subsequently awarded for their participation.
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zdi youth advisory board reports on the 2023 community event

Anna-Marie from the zdi youth advisory board was at the zdi community event on September 8th and reported on her impressions and experiences.
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zdi community event 2023

Exchange, network, impulses: Under this motto, the NRW-wide zdi community came together for the zdi community event to exchange ideas about the trends in extracurricular MINT education.
The photo shows from left to right: Georg Mertens, Ralf Holtkötter, Wilhelm Grafen, Brigitte Capune-Kitka, Ina Brandes, Markus Ramers, Frank Peter Ullrich, Jennifer Gramm, Sybille Haußmann

Anniversary: ​​15 years of the zdi center ANTalive

The topics and projects of the zdi center ANTalive over the last 15 years were colorful and varied and yet they had one thing in common: the goal of making MINT understandable, tangible and tangible for young people. On September 4th, the network celebrated its 15th anniversary.
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Various actors contribute with different services to making the joint offensive for the future through Innovation.NRW a real success story!

The NRW regional directorate of the Federal Employment Agency is now translating a large part of its measures for in-depth career orientation zdi-BSO-MINT around. European funding is also strengthening the initiative. Funds from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF zdi) help, for example, with the expansion of decentralized laboratory services and the systematic acquisition of new corporate partners for the zdi networks.