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Winners of 29th EU Contest for Young Scientists announced

EIROforum congratulates this year’s EUCYS winners, announced during a ceremony in Tallinn yesterday

Winners at the EUCYS 2017 Awards Ceremony
Winners at the EUCYS 2017 Awards Ceremony (Credit: EUCYS 2017)

The European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) was set up by the European Commission in 1989 to encourage co-operation and exchange between young scientists and to give them an opportunity to be guided by some of Europe’s most prominent researchers.

This year’s top prizes for young scientists were awarded to Karina Movsesjan from the Czech Republic for “The role of RAD51 mutations in cancer development”, Adam Jan Alexander Ohnesorge from Switzerland for “The forgotten prisoners – Civilian prisoners of the Great War in Corsica” and Danish Mahmood from Canada for “W.I.N.I.T.S. (Wireless Interconnected Non-Invasive Triage System)”.

The winners were among 146 young scientists aged 14 to 20 who presented their projects in Tallinn, Estonia. Winners shared a total of €53.500 in prize money, as well as other prizes such as science trips to EIROforum organisations.

EMBL’s Director of International Relations, Silke Schumacher, who presented at the awards ceremony, said, “Science today requires collaboration across borders, and the best research is rooted in diversity. This year’s competition was incredibly diverse in terms of research topics as well as the approach and backgrounds of the participants. This showed in the standard of the entries and it is really encouraging for the future of European and global research. Today’s EUCYS contestants are tomorrow’s scientists, which makes me feel incredibly optimistic for the future of all EIROforum partners.”