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Copenhagen, 25 September 2008

Meet tomorrow's top researchers at EU Contest for Young Scientists!

This year's EU contest for Young Scientists, which was held in Copenhagen, Denmark, rewarded contestants aged 14 - 19 who shared the €46 500 prize pot. Three projects received first prizes of €7 000 each shared by Magdalena Bojarska from Poland for “Hamiltonian cycles in generalized Halin graphs”, Martin Tkác from Slovakia for “Tilting of bulk materials based on gravitation principle in cargo railway transport” and Elisabeth Muller from the United Kingdom for "From Microcosm to Magma Oceans: A Lunar Meteorite Perspective". Other prize winners came from Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Belarus, France and Latvia. For this 20th anniversary of the EUCYS, the European Commission decided to award a Prize for International Cooperation, for the best project from a Third Country1 team. In doing so, the Commission underlined the importance of international scientific cooperation in research. The prize, worth €5 000, was won by Pippa Grierson from New Zealand for "Fighting Facial Eczema".

"The EU Contest for Young Scientists is about supporting the rising stars of tomorrow's European science.” says European Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potočnik. It shows that Europe is a real reservoir of talents which is crucial at a time of global competition for knowledge. It also makes young people enjoy the experience of working together, beyond national borders, in the spirit of the European Research Area we strive to build.

The contestants, with ages ranging from 14 to 21, and representing 39 countries across Europe - as well as Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico, New Zealand and the USA - presented 87 winning projects from national competitions covering a wide range of scientific disciplines from engineering and earth sciences to biology, mathematics, chemistry, physics, medicine, computer and social sciences. The standard of entries is consistently high, and several past participants have achieved major scientific breakthroughs, or set up businesses to market the ideas developed for the Contest.


The European Union Contest for Young Scientists is part of the EU's Science in Society programme. Its aim is to encourage young people to pursue their interest in science and embark on scientific careers. This year the winners were announced at Copenhagen's superb 19 th century Circus Building, in the presence of the EU Commissioner for Research, Janez Potočnik, HRH Prince Joachim, Princess Marie and the Danish Minister for Science and Technology, Helge Sander.

More information about the EU Contest for Young Scientists, including photos, success stories, biographical details of the jury and descriptions of all entries can be found at:

Download: Annex with all prize winners (PDF 288 KB)


Catherine Ray +32 2 296 99 21

Sophie Andersson +32 2295 02 08

1. Third countries: Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico, New-Zealand, Nigeria and USA.

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