JRC to host four successful teams of the EU Contest for Young scientists
Four teams of young people passionate about science were awarded as many study stays in four JRC Institutes in recognition of their science projects in physics, computing, engineering and chemistry. The four teams from the Czech Republic, Germany, the UK and Turkey received their awards from JRC Director Krzysztof Maruszewski at the 23rd European Union Contest for Young Scientists, held from 23 to 28 September in Helsinki, Finland. It is the first time in the history of the contest that the JRC offers this opportunity to young students. The four teams will be hosted in the JRC institutes in Ispra, Italy and Geel, Belgium.
The contest is an annual showcase of the best of European student scientific achievement and consists of a science fair and an award ceremony. It is an initiative of the European Commission, set up to promote the ideals of co-operation and interchange between young scientists. It is also a way to strengthen the efforts made in each participating country to attract young people to careers in science and technology.
The winning projects in various disciplines were chosen by an international jury among 87 projects from 37 different countries submitted for the contest. The competition allocated three first, three second and three third prizes, as well as a special international prize. The ten teams, all comprised of students under the age of 21 years, will share a prize amount of € 51.500. Honorary awards – to which JRC contributed - such as trips to science forums and visits of technical and cultural nature were granted to other successful participants.