The Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs annually sponsors 25 German-speaking young professionals and university graduates from all disciplines who are committed to improving the world of tomorrow. During the 12-month programme, Fellows work in two or three international organizations that are active worldwide – non-governmental or non-profit organizations, or business enterprises. The Fellows’ own practical questions serve as their project proposals and determine their workstations anywhere in the world. Seminars are also held on current issues in international cooperation, and to develop their leadership skills and key competencies.
As a Mercator Fellow, Marie-Yon Strücker focuses on how to combine citizen participation and the possibilities of new technologies to the benefit of nature conservation and biodiversity research and monitoring, while creating more environmental awareness amongst all parties. She studied Biomechanics (MPhil) at the University of Cambridge and Biomimetics (BSc) at the University of Applied Sciences Bremen. In addition to her research experience, Marie-Yon Strücker worked for the South Korean broadcasting station KBS. She is committed to interdisciplinary and intercultural exchange, especially between Europe and Asia as well as between everyday life and science.