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EUCYS 2017

The EU Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) is part of the Science with and for and Society activities managed by the Directorate-General for Research of the European Commission. You can find out more about Science with and for and Society via the web site, which also contains a page on the Contest for Young Scientists.

The European Union Contest for Young Scientists was set up at 1989 to promote the ideals of co-operation and interchange between young scientists. The Contest is the annual showcase of the best of European student scientific achievement.

EUCYS gives students the opportunity to compete with the best of their contemporaries at European level. The young scientists also have the chance to meet others with similar abilities and interests and some of the most prominent scientists in Europe. In this way, the Commission seeks to strengthen the efforts made in each participating country to attract young people to careers in science and technology.

EUCYS 2012, Bratislava

EUCYS 2012, Bratislava

Bright minds in Bratislava

Eileen Clucas from ILL handed over the EIROforum special prizes to the proud winners at EUCYS 2012 in Bratislava (Photo: European Commission)
Eileen Clucas from ILL handed over the EIROforum special prizes to the proud winners at EUCYS 2012 in Bratislava (Photo: European Commission)

Europe’s best young scientific minds met in Bratislava from 21 – 26 September for the European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS), an annual event aiming to encourage young people’s interest in science. This year’s competition attracted 117 contestants aged 14 to 21, grouped in 79 projects, from 36 countries and EU schools.

All entries had already won first prize in their country’s respective national science contests in their specific field. The topics covered a broad spectrum of scientific areas: biology, physics, chemistry, computing, social sciences, environment, mathematics, materials, engineering and medicine.

Morten Lenholm from EFDA-JET, EIROforum representative on the EUCYS jury 2012 in Bratislava, at the EIROforum stand (Photo: Marlene Rau)
Morten Lenholm from EFDA-JET, EIROforum representative on the EUCYS jury 2012 in Bratislava, at the EIROforum stand (Photo: Marlene Rau)

EIROforum is a long-term sponsor of this activity, offering lectures by its scientists, outreach activities and last but not least eight generous prizes for outstanding projects, each consisting of a one-week visit to one of the EIROs. This year’s award certificates were handed over by EIROforum Coordination Group Chairwoman Eileen Clucas and Maria Ana Viana-Baptista, President of the jury. 18-year-old Céline Lay, Fanny Risbourg and Ophélia Bolmin from France won the CERN spezial prize, a one-week-visit to the laboratory in Geneva, for their hexapedal robot. Timm Piper (16) from Germany will visit EFDA-JET in Culham, UK, in recognition for his darkfield contrast microscope project. Tim Prezelj (18) from Slovenia can look forward to his visit at EMBL for his study of the TLR4 protein as a potential vaccine for melanoma. 19-year-old Nils Wilhelm Ygge from Sweden won the ESA spezial prize, a visit to a space conference, for his project ‘Millenium Falcon’. 18-year-old Helen Mary Sheehan from the UK won the ESRF spezial prize, a visit to the laboratory in Grenoble for processing and characterisation of SHS 7574 nanosteel by selective laser melting. Thomas Glenn Myers (18) from the UK won the ESO spezial prize and will visit their telescopes in Chile for his project on gravitational lensing. 19-year-old Lucas Noel Sulzberger and Robert Gautsch from Austria won the ILL spezial prize and will visit the laboratory in Grenoble for their project „The ICA-Method“. Last but not least, the winner of the European XFEL prize is 18-year-old Alfarook Abu Alhassan from Israel who will travel to the facility in Hamburg for his project on water crystallisation kinetics in porous media. Congratulations to all winners – the EIROforum institutes are proudly looking forward to welcome these budding scientists.

Further information on the contest, all prize winners and projects

EUCYS 2011, Helsinki

EUCYS 2011, Helsinki

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

Claus Madsen from EIROforum and Maria Ana Viana-Baptista, head of the EUCYS jury 2011, with the EIROforum prize winners (Photo: Petra Nieckchen, EFDA-JET)
Claus Madsen from EIROforum and Maria Ana Viana-Baptista, head of the EUCYS jury 2011, with the EIROforum prize winners (Photo: Petra Nieckchen, EFDA-JET)

“The future begins with science” was the slogan of the 23rd European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS), an annual event aiming to encourage young people’s interest in science which took place from 23 – 28 September 2011 in Helsinki. The Kattilahalli, an old power plant transformed for cultural projects, hosted more than 130 contestants from 37 countries across Europe and beyond. They presented 87 projects to an international jury. These projects, which had already won first prize in their national contests, covered a broad spectrum of scientific areas: biology, chemistry, computing, social sciences, environment, mathematics, materials, engineering and medicine.

EIROforum is a long-term sponsor of this activity, offering lectures by its scientists, outreach activities and last but not least seven generous prizes for outstanding projects, each consisting of a one-week visit to one of the EIROs. This year’s award certificates were handed over by EIROforum Coordination Group Chairman Claus Madsen and Maria Ana Viana-Baptista, President of the jury. The CERN prize was awarded to Florentin Delaine (18), Joseph Gennetay (18) and Jason Loyau (19) from France, for building a robot which can solve the famous Rubik’s Cube without further help. Azza Abdel Hamid Faiad (16) from Egypt will visit EFDA-JET as a reward for developing a method to produce hydrocarbon fuels from plastic waste.

The ESA prize went to Andrea Emilio Amedeo Bracesco (19), Jacopo Prinetto (20) and Federica Villa (19) from Italy, who following Kepler’s path in estimating the mass of Jupiter by observing four of the planet’s satellites. Erica Portony (18) from the USA can look forward to a visit to EMBL for developing a novel method to study the regions of a bacterial protein which is important for the bacteria to attach to kidney epithelial cells in their host.

Jane Cox (17) from the USA will travel to one of ESO sites in the Chilean Andes after impressing the jury with her analysis of the amino acid composition of meteorites to distinguish terrestrial from extraterrestrial rocks. The ILL prize was awarded to Andris Alfreds Avots (17) and Raivis Eglitis (18) from Latvia for developing a fire-resistant thermal insulation material. Last but not least, the winners of the ESRF prize are Michal Habera and Michal Fabian (both 18) from Slovakia for their project on the influence of magnetic field on free-surface ferrofluid flow. Congratulations to all winners – the EIROforum institutes are proudly looking forward to welcome these budding scientists.

Further information on the contest, all prize winners and projects

EIROforum Chair Dr. Francesco Romanelli hands over the EIROforum prizes to the lucky winners

EUCYS 2010, Lisbon

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

EIROforum Chair Dr. Francesco Romanelli
EIROforum Chair Dr. Francesco Romanelli

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.

Background

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

Prize winners

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, BelarusVolha Shumskaya, 17, Belarus

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

 

 

Janis Smits, 18, LatviaJanis Smits, 18, Latvia

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

 

Raghd Rostom, 19, UKRaghd Rostom, 19, UK

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

 

Bejdová Vladimíra, 19, Slovak RepublicBejdová Vladimíra, 19, Slovak Republic

Physics:
New Binary Star In The Field Of Cn And

 

 

Pavel Fadeev, 19, IsraelPavel Fadeev, 19, Israel

Physics:
An Exploration Of Hii Star-forming Regions

 

 

Sebastian Cincelli, 19, ItalySebastian Cincelli, 19, Italy

Engineering:
Eu.R.Ex.- Eusocial Rovers For Exploration

 

 

Radko Kotev, 18, BulgariaRadko Kotev, 18, Bulgaria

Mathematics:
A New Solution Of The Apollonius Problem

 

 

List of all prize winners

Prize winners’ visit to the ESRF