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EUCYS 2010 – Prize winners

22nd EU Contest for Young Scientists: best young brains battle it out in Lisbon

In Lisbon, young scientists from Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary were acclaimed as 1st prize winners of the European Union Contest for Young Scientists 2010. The projects, which analysed physics, biology and social sciences were selected from 85 projects coming from 37 countries by an International Jury. Second prizes, third prizes and the International prize were awarded to 7 other projects, from Poland, Germany, Portugal, Latvia, Italy and Brazil. The 16 winning contestants, aged from 14 to 21, shared a total of € 51.500 in prizes for their top-quality innovative scientific projects. Information on the winners and on all of the projects presented is available here.

“The EU Contest for Young Scientists is a showcase for the best student scientific achievements across Europe. I warmly congratulate the winners and everyone who took part: they are fantastic ambassadors for their schools and universities, for their countries and regions and for today’s youth.” said European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn. “It is through investing in youthful talent with fresh ideas and giving them the right scientific career opportunities that we will make Europe a world-class science performer and build a true Innovation Union. Young people like these will help shape the future – and I think we are in good hands. It is especially encouraging to see that the three first prizes have all gone to students from the new Member States.”

Androulla Vassiliou, the Commissioner responsible for education, echoed this, saying: “Science is a litmus test for the societies we live in: it impacts on all our lives, providing us with safer and plentiful foods, better health, greener transport, access to information, music on the move, SMS, high-definition television – the list is endless. Science makes a difference and that’s why the European Commission backs the EU Contest for Young Scientists and invests millions of euro for science through the Framework Programme for Research, the Marie Curie fund, Erasmus and other schemes. We must continue to invest in the best! ”

The Museum of Electricity in Lisbon (Portugal) has over the last few days hosted 125 contestants from 37 countries across Europe and beyond, including Canada, the USA, China, and Brazil. From 24-29 September, the students presented 85 projects to an International Jury chaired by Prof Hagit Messer-Yaron. These projects had already won first prize in their national contests. The topics covered a broad spectrum of scientific areas: biology, chemistry, computing, social sciences, environment, mathematics, materials, engineering and medicine. The standard of entries is consistently high, and several past participants have achieved major scientific breakthroughs, or set up businesses to market the ideas developed for the Contest.


The European Union Contest for Young Scientists was set up by the European Commission to facilitate co-operation and interchange between young scientists with similar abilities and interests and to give them an opportunity to be guided by some of the most prominent scientists in Europe.

The Contest aims to encourage young people who have an interest in science to embark on scientific careers. It is part of the Science and Society programme under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7).

This year, the EU prizes were presented by Ms Anneli Pauli, Deputy-Director General at the Research DG of the European Commission, together with Prof. Hagit Messer-Yaron, President of the Jury.

The contest started in 1989 with the participation of 15 countries. This year, 37 countries and one of the European Schools are taking part in the 22 edition of the contest.

A total of 2074 participants (627 girls – 1447 boys) have competed since the start of this International event. More than 500 prizes have been distributed!

More information about the EU Contest for Young Scientists, including photos, success stories, biographical details of the jury and descriptions of all projects.

EUCYS 2010
Prize winners’ visit to the ESRF

The current Chair of EIROForum, EFDA-JET Leader Francesco Romanelli, handed out the certificates to the winners of the EIROForum prizes – an all expenses paid week with one of the organisations. The previous evening, students had listened to two speakers on the subject of “Energy Research in EIROforum in the 21st century”, Maximos Tsalas of EFDA-JET and Claus Habfast of ESRF.


Volha Shumskaya, 17, Belarus

Extremal Properties Of L.c.m. And G.c.d. For Sequences


Janis Smits, 18, Latvia

Optimization Of Synthesis Conditions Of Lithium Iron Phosphate And Development Of A Thin Layer Battery


Raghd Rostom, 19, UK

Embryonic Chick Bones As A Model For Osteogenic And Chondrogenic Differentiation In Stem Cells


Bejdová Vladimíra, 19, Slovak Republic

New Binary Star In The Field Of Cn And


Pavel Fadeev, 19, Israel

An Exploration Of Hii Star-forming Regions


Sebastian Cincelli, 19, Italy

Eu.R.Ex.- Eusocial Rovers For Exploration


Radko Kotev, 18, Bulgaria

A New Solution Of The Apollonius Problem