European young scientist awards supporting promising research
Two different prestigious science awards were recently given out honouring young European researchers. The European Union Contest for Young Scientists, managed by DG Research, named its 2006 winners at a recent conference in Stockholm. In addition to that, the European Science Foundation (ESF) handed out the third edition of its European Young Investigator Awards (EURYI) in Prague recently.
Though the European Commission supports both awards, each award
has slightly different objectives. The EU Contest for Young
Scientists was established to promote the ideals of co-operation
and intellectual dialogue between young scientists, as well
as being an annual showcase for the best of European student
scientific achievement. With each first prize award comes a
€5000 prize. The EURYI awards, though similar, aim to
attract young researchers from all round the globe to work in
Europe and lead their own research team. It has a significantly
larger purse of up to €1.25 million over a five year period.
This year's EU Young Scientists Contest first prize award
went to three different projects: “Development of a complete
new de-ice system for aircraft” by Austrians Michael Kaiser
and Johannes Kienl; “Flight curves of table-tennis balls”
from Johannes Burkart and Alexander Joos of Germany; and to
Tomasz Wdowik of Poland for “Synthesis of new potential
ß blockers,” research to fight heart disease. The
ceremony took place in the Winter Garden of the Grand Hotel
in Stockholm, where the original Nobel Prize ceremonies from
1901 to 1929 were held.
European Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potocnik congratulated
the winners saying: “Science knows no boundaries, and
that includes age. What we have seen today shows the innovative
and questing spirit of our young people. I offer my warmest
congratulations to all of you who participated in the Contest
and of course, the prize winners. I very much hope that you
will all continue to enjoy the thrill of invention and discovery,
now and throughout your lives.”
This year's EURYI winners numbered 25 and hail from 11
countries - Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary,
Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Their
projects include such diverse topics as cognitive neuropsychiatry
to multi-physics scientific computing.
The EURYI awards were developed by the European Research Organisations Heads of Research Councils (EuroHORCS), the association of the Heads of public national research and research funding organisations in Europe, and the ESF. It is financially supported by DG Research through the FP6 funding for research and development scheme.
The deadline for applications for next year's EURYIs is
30 November. Candidates are selected on the basis of their academic
and research excellence and their future potential to lead cutting-edge
research in the respective fields.