Sister Cities and Partners

Photo: City of Heidelberg

Since 1996 young people from Heidelberg’s sister cities, particularly talented in natural sciences are offered the possibilities of gaining first insights into the world of research during the ISH.

In 2009 the decision was taken to expand the International Summer School (ISH) and thus make the success of the ISH master-plan more widely known. Only one year later, in 2010, the ISH was able to welcome participants from San Francisco and Seoul. After an inquiry from the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) in Canberra (Australia) in October 2010, the ISH entered into an agreement with the NYSF. Since then, three young people a year from Canberra have been given the opportunity to take part in the ISH.

In 2010 Heidelberg’s contacts with the John Ernest Foundation in Palo Alto (USA) were utilised to enable young people from the Western Reserve Academy (WRA) in Ohio (USA) to participate in the ISH. In 2011, the ISH entered into a formal partnership with the John Ernest Foundation. One year later, the cooperation agreement between the ISH and the Western Reserve Academy was finalised.

National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)

Heidelberg students took part in the Australian NYSF program for the first time in early 2010. The exchange takes place in cooperation with the International Summer Science School Heidelberg. The NYSF is a program supported by several Australian universities, businesses, and Rotary clubs. Similar to ISH, scientifically gifted young people who are about to graduate from school are given an insight into the world of research. In addition to visits to laboratories and scientific institutions, there are also other program items such as sports and leisure activities to promote social interaction in addition to an insight into the scientific field.

Every year, Heidelberg high schools are called to nominate an upper school pupil as a candidate for the Australian exchange program (NYSF). The scientific program is aimed at young people under 18 years of age. From the applicants, a committee of the ISH Scientific Advisory Board will select three young people who will spend two weeks in Australian research institutions experiencing and discovering scientific work at first hand. The young people live in international groups on the campus of the Australian National University in Canberra.

More information about the NYSF program is available on the Internet at

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