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23rd EU Contest for Young Scientists
Helsinki, Finland
23-28 September 2011

Brussels, 30 August 2011


What? 23rd EU Contest for Young Scientists
When? 23-28 September 2011
Where? Helsinki, Finland
Who? 134 young scientists from 37 countries and European schools showcasing their projects
  International Jury members
  President of the Republic (tbc)
  General director of CERN (tbc)
  Thomas Wilhelmsson, Rector University of Helsinki
  Tuula Teeri, Director Aalto University
  Ene Ergma (physicist), speaker of Estonian parliament
  Jussi Pajunen – mayor of Helsinki City
  Top level Finnish scientists


The 23rd edition of the European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) will take place in Helsinki at Suvilahti, an old power plant that has been used since the 1980s for cultural projects.  For almost a quarter of a century, the contest has been bringing together the brightest young minds in European science highlighting the importance of innovation and research for future generations.  This year, 87 projects from 37 countries and the EU schools have been selected to compete.

This year's contestants comprises more than 130 talented science students, aged between 15 and 21, who will compete to be acclaimed as the best European young scientists of 2011.  They will present their projects, covering a wide range of scientific fields, to a prestigious International scientific jury, the national and international press and the general public in the hope of winning not only a prize but also the recognition of their peers.

Helsinki's edition will not only offer the contestants the possibility to meet and compete with the best of their contemporaries at European and international level but also to participate in a range of exciting activities organised for them in the Finnish capital. They will visit and participate in activities in some of the top Finnish universities and attend conferences with eminent scientific personalities.

Background of the EUCYS

EUCYS is an initiative of the European Commission, aimed at boosting interest in the sciences and creating dynamism among young science students to foster their talents and encourage them to follow careers in science and technology. In order to qualify for this prestigious contest, students must win first prize at their own national science contests. This annual event is an opportunity to showcase students’ best scientific achievements.


1. On site

Journalists are being invited to come and meet the young scientists at the contest in Helsinki from 25-28 September 2011. As a journalist, this invitation will give you:

  • Opportunities to get with a good look at this year’s projects as well as the chance to interview young scientists from your own country as well as from all over the world
  • Access to a whole host of fascinating side events, conferences, meals
  • Visiting the projects exhibition
  • A place at the Grand Award Ceremony announcing the winners of 2011 followed by the possibility to interview the winners directly (Tuesday 27 September
  • The chance to cover the event using the video crew (cameraman, sound technician and ENG will be at your disposal and film your piece on the spot. You will be offered a copy of the tape immediately after filming ) provided by the European Commission*

However, no transport or accommodation costs will be paid by the European Commission.

2. From home

a) Media material
If you are not able to come to Helsinki but would like to cover the event you can follow us through our Twitter account, Facebook page, YouTube channel.  We can also send you the press release and press pack upon request.

b) Direct phone interviews with winners
If one of the projects from your country should win a prize we can organise a phone interview with the winner(s) just after the Award Ceremony (27/09 – afternoon)! All you need to do is contact me by e-mail: or by phone at +32 498 980123.

To register

Please complete and return the attached registration form.

European Commission website of EUCYS 2011
Website of the 23rd EU Contest for Young Scientists 2011:
Provisional programme:

For further information:

Nathalie Perault                                             
Press Officer - Research & Innovation DG, European Commission
Tel: + 32 2 295 74 14


IMPORTANT: to register your attendance or your interest in a phone interview with the winners and/or a press kit, please send the form below by email to:



23rd EU Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS)

Helsinki (Finland), 25 - 28 September2011

[ ] Yes, I would like to attend the EUCYS from 25-28 September



Press Card No:


Tel., Fax:
Mobile Phone:


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[ ] No, I am unable to attend, but would like to receive further information (press kit)

[ ] No, I am unable to attend, but would like to be contacted by phone for a possible interview if my country's representative wins


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