The contestants compete on the basis of their work and interviews with the Jury for nine Core Prizes awarded by the European Commission.
In addition to these prizes, a number of Honorary Awards and Special Donated Prizes are awarded to contestants who, in the judgment of the jury, would benefit from the specific experiences that these prizes offer.
These include all-expenses-paid trips to the London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) and the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar (SIYSS). The prize to Stockholm also includes tickets to the Nobel Prize Ceremony.
The biggest and most important research laboratories in Europe offer prizes of visits to their facilities. They are all members of EIROFORUM and include:
The EPO offer a prize to 6 students who get the opportunity to visit their offices in Munich and work closely with Patent Examiners and Patent lawyers.
This prize will be replaced in 2014 by a visit to the EPO Innovation Awards.
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's in-house science service. It performs direct scientific research and provides evidence-based and independent scientific advice to European policy makers helping them to make informed decisions. EU policies that address global and societal challenges - such as financial stability, climate change, food security, water availability or the ageing society - need to be based more and more on a solid scientific understanding. In close cooperation with international partners, the JRC elaborates models and scenarios to assess policy options while stimulating innovation through developing new methods, tools and standards. Its work has a direct impact on the lives of European citizens. It promotes a healthy and safe environment, secure energy supplies, sustainable mobility and consumer safety, and helps improve preparedness and response to natural and man-made disasters.
Serving society, stimulating innovation, supporting legislation
The JRC's headquarters are in Brussels and its seven scientific institutes, which host specialist and unique laboratories, are located on sites in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain.
The JRC award will allow the participants in three successful projects to spend a week in one of its Institutes and shadow scientists from all over Europe according to the interests of the prize winners.
The JRC Institutes and their location: