The German Senior Citizens’ Awards

Award Ceremony

The winners of the 2013 German Senior Citizens’ Awards have been selected! The SEN!OR-MODELS modeling agency, the Offene Jugendwerkstatt Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe open youth workshop), and the Silver Screen – European Film Festival for Generations were honored for the best ideas by and for senior citizens. The three prize winners were selected from far more than 300 applications, and received their awards and prize money with a total value of €120,000 at an awards ceremony held on November 13. The Otto Mühlschlegel Prize for Contributions to the Advancement of Senior Citizens was awarded to Loring Sittler.

In addition to representatives from all ten nominated initiatives, the 180 guests invited to the Robert Bosch Stiftung’s Berlin Representative Office included prominent figures from the worlds of politics, business, science, society, and culture. The group was guided through the evening by host Jörg Thadeusz. The award’s patron, Federal Minister Kristina Schröder, and Chief Executive Officer of the Robert Bosch Stiftung Joachim Rogall, both gave welcoming speeches. The ten initiatives nominated for the senior citizens’ award each presented a short film about their work before the jury’s decision was announced. Ursula Lehr, former federal minister, Kurt W. Liedtke, chairman of the Robert Bosch Stiftung’s Board of Trustees, film producer Susanne Porsche, and Wolfgang Malchow, member of the Supervisory Board of Robert Bosch GmbH, all spoke in praise of the initiatives.

During the award ceremony, the SEN!OR-MODELS staged a fashion show and presented the Senior Citizens’ Award Collection by designer Ricarda Bachmann. The audience had the opportunity to test their knowledge of topics related to aging and senior citizens during a TED survey, and afterwards tour Karsten Thormaehlen’s Silver Heroes exhibition.


Welcoming speech by the award’s patron, Federal Minister Kristina Schröder:

Picture Gallery

Photos: Tobias Bohm 
First prize: "SEN!OR-MODELS" with Christa Höhs