Outstanding Honour Granted to Winfried Sturm: iENA 2018
Outstanding Honour for worldwide Engagement was awarded to IFIA Youth Network Manager, Winfried Sturm, at iENA-2018 invention fair.
Motivated by the absence of technical options in former communistic part of Germany, Mr. Sturm started searching in backyards for scrap metal aiming to assemble these to a running bicycle in 1955 as a young boy of 10. Endurance and single-mindedness have been so far his pathfinder for a successful life as an inventor, lateral thinker, physicist and scientist.
As a passionate high-school teacher, he founded in 1982 his worldwide prosperous student-invention-group (HAG) which is well known as a successful DEV-KIT-project of young inventors in German Invention Association (DEV). The almost innovative high-tech inventions of the HAG-team have been presented worldwide at many IFIA-supported invention fairs emphasizing the importance of early youth assistance.
Most importantly, as a participant of many worldwide invention fairs, he initiated cooperations with universities, vistited a lot of schools and contacted political institutions with commendatory feedback of German Ambassadors in the respective countries.
Worth mentioning are his exceptional experiences as lifelong educationalist with a special feeling for youth. For this reason Mr. Sturm was elected by IFIA-President, Alireza Rastegard, as IFIA-Youth-Network-Manager and an engaged IFIA-supporter for young inventors.
In addition, Mr. Sturm provided his particular knowledge as an inventor and natural scientist in international jury-board as organizer and head of evaluation-groups for young inventors.
Due to these distinguished activities and honorary dedication he was awarded at German invention fair iENA-2018 in Nuremberg by AFAG-Chairman and iENA-Project-Leader Mr. Henning Könicke with the iENA-Special-Award. In the honoric speech the focus was pointed out of the initiated international understanding as international STEM-Ambassador (Science,Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and as IFIA-Youth-Network-Manager linked with „bridge-building-effect“ between different countries to overcome national, cultural and religious barriers.