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24th EU Contest for Young Scientists
Bratislava, Slovakia
23-26 September 2012

Brussels, 10 September 2012

What? 24th EU Contest for Young Scientists
When? 23-26 September 2012
Where? Bratislava, Slovakia
Who? More than 120 young scientists from 37 countries showcasing their projects International Jury members
Doc. PhDr. Dušan Čaplovič DrSC. - Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak republic
Ing. Tomáš Malatinský, MBA - Minister of Economy of the Slovak republic
Prof. RNDr. Karol Mičieta, PhD – Rector of Comenius University in Bratislava
Prof. RNDr. Jaromír Pastorek, DrSc. – President of Slovak Academy of Sciences
Prof. Andrew Harrison - General Director of Institut Laue Langevin
Vladimír Šucha - Deputy Director General of DG Joint Research Centre
Mr Krzysztof Maruszewski - Director of JRC-IRMM
Mr. Wolfgang Burtscher – Deputy Director-General of DG Research and Innovation


Tomorrow's Top scientists in Bratislava

The 24th edition of the European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) will take place in Bratislava Incheba Expo.  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, 83 projects from 37 countries and the EU schools have been selected to compete.

This year's competition comprise 123 talented science students, aged between 15 and 21, who will compete to be acclaimed as the best young European  scientists of 2012. 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. There is also a special prize for participants from guest countries (e.g. the United States, China).

Bratislava 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 Slovak capital. They will visit and participate in activities in some of the top Slovakian research sites 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 have first won national science contests. This annual event is an opportunity to showcase students’ best scientific achievements.

Opportunities for the press


Journalists are invited to come and meet the young scientists at the contest in Bratislava from 23-26 September 2012. As a journalist, this invitation will give you:
  • Opportunities to get 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 and conferences
  • Visiting the projects exhibition
  • A place at the Grand Award Ceremony announcing the winners of 2012 followed by the possibility to interview the winners directly (Tuesday 25 September)
  • The chance to cover the event using a 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

This year the host organiser will pay transport and accommodation costs for maximum 3 nights to a maximum of 8 journalists. If interested, please contact Nathalie Perault (


a) Media material

If you are not able to come to Bratislava but would like to cover the event you can follow us through our Twitter account, Facebook page and 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 Awards Ceremony (25/09 – afternoon)! All you need to do is contact me by e-mail: or by phone at +32 229 574 14 (until 20/09/2012) - +32 473 84 12 49 (starting 21/09/2012).


Please complete and return the attached registration form.


Interesting links:

European Commission website of the EUCYS 2012

Website of the 24th EU Contest for Young Scientists 2012

Press platform
All media documents will be available on this platform for you to download

For further information:
Nathalie Perault: +32 229 574 14
Press Officer - Research & Innovation DG, European Commission

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