GDA Young Talent Award 2023

Application procedure & possible topics of the GDA Young Talent Award

The work can originate from the various relevant areas of the value chain. The following list represents examples of possible subject areas and topics, without this being a conclusive list of subject areas. Awards will be given for work that can achieve advances in digitization and data centers.

The winners can expect attractive prizes

Best Bachelor Thesis –  €1,500
Best Other Student Work –  €1,500
Best Master Thesis –  €2,500
Best Doctoral Thesis –  €2,500
Special prize "Sustainable data centers"  –  €2,500

In addition to the cash prizes, there are other non-cash prizes for participants to win.

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Energy and sustainability

  • Energy efficiency and waste heat recovery
  • Data Center Cooling
  • Site selection
  • Emergency power supply
  • Power Generation and Load Management
  • Energy Management
  • Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM)
  • Natural refrigerants



  • Server
  • Power supplies/PDU
  • Storage design
  • Embedded Carbon / Carbon footprint / LCA
  • Recycling/Lifecyle/Refurbishment
  • OPC



  • Efficient software
  • Load Scheduling
  • Machine Learning and AI
  • Virtualization
  • BIM for RZ buildings



  • Edge computing
  • Quantum Computing
  • Cloud
  • Building materials (wood and co)
  • IoT
  • New data center concepts


Other topics

  • Cyber Security
  • Refurbishment of existing data centers
  • Urban planning/design data center buildings
  • Signalübertragung
  • Signal transmission
  • Social significance of digitization
  • Demand planning and market developments

Work submitted must be completed between 1 August 2023 and 31 July 2024.


The deadline for applications for the award is 25 August 2024.


Papers can be submitted in German or English. The papers can be submitted by the authors or by the supervising professors (approval of the graduates required) or by the responsible employees in the companies.


The works may also have been nominated for other awards at the time of submission.

However, any awards received or nominations/submissions must be indicated upon submission.


Applications for the GDA Young Talent Award are free of charge.
The legal process is excluded.


Documents to be submitted for the application

Bachelor's, master's and doctoral theses and other student work

  • Completed application form  (download)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Proof of the evaluation (grade) of the submitted work by the university
  • The complete text of the thesis as a PDF file
  • A short presentation of the work on a maximum of 15 slides (PDF format)


In 2023, the winners were again selected by an independent jury of experts headed by Prof. Dr. Peter Radgen, IER, University of Stuttgart.

Details about the jury members

Application deadline is 25 August 2024

Are you interested? 
Download the application form.

Application form


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