"Young, talented researchers will help shape our future. We need to find answers to society's biggest challenges such as climate change, finding sustainable sources of energy, feeding the world or fighting disease. So I encourage young people to follow a career in science and keep Europe world-class in research and innovation" says European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn.
The European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS), 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 giving 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 event is an annually held exhibition of the finest work developed in many scientific fields, and given its nature as a competition, the best young minds of different countries can compare ideas and admire each other’s work, thus bringing great interest upon the contest by the international and local communities and press.
Ireland has scooped first prize at the EUCYS no less than 12 times since the first EU Contest Finals took place in Brussels in 1989.
At the EUCYS in Helsinki in 2011 Alexander Amini, from Castleknock College, Dublin won first prize for his project entitled "Tennis Sensor Data Analysis: An Automated System for Macro Motion Refinement".
EUCYS facts and statistics: 1989-2010