Young scientific talent on visit
Successful participants in youth science competitions are spending a few days at JRC's Ispra site. They were awarded the prizes donated by the JRC in support of the 23rd European Union Contest for Young Scientists and the German 'Jugend forscht' competition.
They convinced the juries in different disciplines with their discoveries and inventions such as a nano-taxi for gene transport, a stratospheric balloon to collect data at 26 kilometres above ground, an educational action game, a system to increase the distance in disc spinning, flexible displays which ban cribbing, a robotic swarm simulator, optical characterisation & mechanical design for accurate imaging and the analysis of the threat that Etna may present to a neighbouring village.
During their short stay the young inventors meet experienced European scientists and discuss their findings and future plans with them. They see how science at the European level analyses potential risks of nanomaterials or develops and runs forecasting and awareness systems for floods and forest fires. They visit the new European Crisis Management Laboratory (ECML) and hear about JRC's activities that support the battle against climate change. In short, they meet scientists from all over Europe who work on standards, norms and reference materials which help for example to make buildings and consumer products safer and to protect our natural resources and our health.
JRC Director Elke Anklam hands out the JRC travel prize at the finals of Jugend forscht in Erfurt, Germany on 19 May© EU, 2012
Young creative minds and tech-savvy students are Europe's most precious resource in the global race for competitiveness. That's why the JRC not only supports youth science competitions but has its own initiatives to encourage young people to follow a career in science such as a bi-yearly Schools Day.
More information about the EU Contest for Young Scientists, which 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, can be found here
More information about the German Young Researchers Competition/School students experiment