25th EU Contest for Young Scientists

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25th EU Contest for Young Scientists
Prague, Czech Republic
20-25 September 2013

Brussels, 30 August 2013

What? 25th EU Contest for Young Scientists
When? 20-25 September 2013
Where? Prague, Czech Republic
Who? More than 125 young scientists from 37 countries showcasing their projects
International Jury members
Previous winners of EUCYS
President of the Senate of the Czech Parliament
Minister of Education of the Czech Republic
President of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Ambassadors to the Czech Republic from a number of competing countries
Leading Czech scientists
Patricia Reilly, European Commission - Member of Cabinet of Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn
Gilles Laroche, European Commission - Directorate General Research and Innovation - Head of unit 'Ethics and Gender'


Meet the next generation of European Scientists in Prague

The 25th edition of the European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) will take place in Prague Incheba Expo. For 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, 85 projects from 37 countries and the European Union schools will compete.

This year's competition comprises 126 talented science students, aged between 14 and 21, who will compete to be acclaimed the best young European scientists of 2013. 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 from their peers.

Prague’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 Czech capital. They will visit the historic city centre and seat of the Czech government. They will also visit and participate in activities and exhibitions brought to the contest by top scientific companies and research institutions, as part of an interactive exhibition zone that will also be open to the public throughout the contest. They will be treated to several special events to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Contest, and will attend lectures by 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 won a first prize in their national science competitions. 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 Prague from 22-25 September 2013. 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 and 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 2013 followed by the possibility to interview the winners directly at the press conference organised just after the Ceremony (Tuesday 24 September)
  • Access to the press room with facilities
  • 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 6 journalists. If interested, please contact Nathalie Perault (Nathalie.Perault@ec.europa.eu)


a) Media material

If you are not able to come to Prague 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 on request.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EUCYS

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eucys2012

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/EUCYS2010/

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 (24/09 - afternoon)! All you need to do is contact me by e-mail: Nathalie.perault@ec.europa.eu or by phone at +32 2 295 74 14 (until 19/09/2013) - +32 479 84 32 06 (starting 20/09/2013)


To apply to attend or to register your interest for a phone interview
Please complete and return the attached registration form.


Interesting links:

European Commission website of the EUCYS 2013

Website of the 25h EU Contest for Young Scientists 2013

Provisional programme

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


For further information:
Press Officer - Research & Innovation DG, European Commission
Nathalie Perault: Tel: + 32 2 295 74 14 (until 19/09/2013) - +32 479 84 32 06 (starting 20/09/2013).

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