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23rd European Union Contest for Young Scientists
Helsinki, Finland

Scholarship / Financial aid: three first prizes worth 7000 EUR each

Date: 23-28 September 2010

Deadline: 7 June 2011

Open to: young scientists who have been designated by their respective national jury

Announcement follows


The European Union (EU) Contest for Young Scientists, an initiative of the European Commission, was set up 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 and as such attracts widespread media interest.

The EU Contest 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 to be guided by 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.

The EU Contest for Young Scientists is part of the Science and Society activities managed by the Directorate-General for Research of the European Commission. Within the Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development, and the European Research Area, Science and Society aims to build a more harmonious relationship between scientific endeavour and the European society at large. You can find out more about Science and Society via the web site, which also contains a page on the Contest for Young Scientists.

Who can participate?

Only young scientists who have been designated by their respective national jury can participate in the EU Contest. In each country, the National Organizer is responsible for nominating the projects, and therefore the contestants, which are entered for the EU Contest.

Projects may have been worked upon by individual participants or by teams of not more than three people. The rules concerning age and education requirements are applicable to all members of a project team. Where a team is involved all members of the team must be represented at the Contest so the Jury can conduct a thorough evaluation of their combined efforts.

How to present a project ?

The EU Contest for Young Scientists accepts project entries from all fields of scientific endeavour. Only projects that have been nominated by the National Organiser in each participating country are admissible. Contestants shall provide a written project, and a project suitable for display in a public exhibition.

What research can / cannot be accepted ?

Contestants will set up their project for display. The project must both conform to the strictest safety requirements and be suitable for public display. A project that in any way can be construed to be a threat to either animal or human health will be withdrawn from the Contest. In particular experiments that involve radioactive substances, dangerous equipment, toxic and carcinogenic materials are all excluded from public display.

Projects that involve experiments with living animals shall only be accepted on non-human vertebrate and invertebrate animals when non-invasive experimentation has been conducted.

A good display is essential so that the Jury can appreciate the quality of the project. The projects are presented on a stand with side walls and must not exceed the dimensions that are given in the diagram below. The display is part of the contestant's project and is used to exhibit the essential parts of the work. The display may include, for example, working models, a video, and other demonstration material.

What constitutes a winning project?


All official application forms will be available later in spring (early May) on this site. Please prepare all information needed before and fill the form carefully.

There is recommended to prepare at least

- full names (like in passport) of participants and national organizer representative
- passport numbers and expiration dates of all passports
- photos of participants and national organizer representative in size 300 px and 5x5 cm
- short abstracts, max 1000 characters, including spaces (and if possible revised by language expert)
- projects as pdf files (20 pages A4: 10 pages of written text & 10 with illustrations, 5 MB max)
- scientific summary files as pdf 1 page A4

The contestants must conform to the following requirements:
# must be less than 21 years of age on the last day of the month of the EU contest (September) but more than 14 years of age on the first day of the month of the EU contest (September);
# have not completed more than one year of higher education studies at the time of the Contest;
# have not previously participated in the EU Contest, even if the project intended for presentation is different;
# have completed their project before entering university.

Contestants are drawn from:
# the 27 EU Member States
# associated and other States: Belarus, Georgia, Iceland, Israel, Norway, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey Ukraine.
# European Schools
# international Guests: Canada, China, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, United States of America

The project prizes are:
# three first prizes worth 7000 EUR each,
# three second prizes worth 5000 EUR each,
# three third prizes worth 3500 EUR each.

There will also be *Honorary Awards and Special Donated Prizes

Further information on the website.


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