Here some stories of past winners of the contest and what they did next.
EU young scientist competition and Jugend Forscht winners visit the JRC (July 2104)
Edvinas Misiukevičius is only 20 years old but he has already created a new variety of plant, a daylily – Hemerocallis "Mitsu". He is from the city of Kaunas in Lithuania and he is one of the six awardees of the European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS), who were hosted by the JRC in Ispra over the past week.
2012 EUCYS winner Adam Heinrich (CZ) reports on his trip to Munich in July 2013
After winning the European Patent Office's Prize for Originality at the 23rd European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) for my project Visually Programmable Mobile Controller for Personal Automation, I had a wonderful opportunity to visit Munich in the summer of 2013 together with Sevcan Altundal and Adem Noktacı from Turkey and Mariana Azevedo dos Santos and brothers Armindo and Ricardo Picão Fernandes from Portugal.
The five-day long visit started in the Deutsches Museum, which is the world's largest science and technology museum. I really liked the interactivity of their exhibitions: we were able to walk into a model of a human cell or inside a famous Junkers Ju52 airplane. The most interesting part for me was an exhibition about the history of computing (as I study cybernetics and robotics) and experiments in the nanotechnology section.
Germany, and especially Munich, has a strong focus on technology. I enjoyed the visit to Elcomax, a young company developing fuel cell energy systems. Two researchers explained their technology and the brief history of their business. Afterwards, we visited another technology company – a much bigger one – at BMW World. Their exhibition centre showed the latest trends in the car industry. It would be great if there were more electric cars!
Munich is home to more than just technology, but also great history and culture. On a walking tour in hot July sunshine we saw many highlights in the centre of Bavaria’s capital. I was impressed how
many buildings in Munich had been repaired or rebuilt after World War II. But I was shocked to learn that the hills around the 1972 Olympic Park were made from the rubble of bombed buildings. In the Lenbachhaus modern art gallery we enjoyed many forms of contemporary art. The gallery's building itself is interesting as it combines classical with modern architecture.
The main part of our visit was of course the European Patent Office (EPO) itself. We were introduced to intellectual property protection (especially patents) and to the history and role of the EPO. Later we attended a day long workshop about the patent application process and how to use the patent information databases. I was astonished that the databases even covered old applications from the 19th century. The course length was not enough to start our own patent consultancy business, but I found it very useful for academic purposes. It will also be useful in our professional career, especially for those involved in research or development.
I spent five exciting days with kind people from the EPO and five other students which offered me more time to speak together than we had had at EUCYS. It was my first time in Munich and I really enjoyed the visit. Many thanks for making this possible!
Timm Piper from Germany, winner of the EFDA prize at EUCYS 2012
Azza Faiad from Egypt, winner of the EFDA prize at EUCYS 2011
Making use of rubbish wins Azza a prize
The quest for fusion relies on brilliant young minds to fuel the next generation of discoveries, which is one of the reasons why EFDA is a proud member of EIROforum. One brilliant young mind to benefit from EFDA's support is Azza Faiad, from Egypt, who at 16 years of age won a prize at the 2011 European Union Contest for Young Scientists. Morten Lennholm from JET joined the competition to speak to the promising young researchers and to deliver a talk about fusion.
Azza's project explored methods for converting waste plastic into usable fuel sources. The jury in Helsinki were so impressed that they awarded her the EFDA prize: a week's placement at the JET facility in Culham, UK.
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