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Press release

The new generation of Europe's Scientists in action 13th EU Contest for Young Scientists

Bergen, Norway, 18-20 September 2001

Brussels, 12 September 2001

Key words: Young scientists, new discoveries

List of Contestants (pdf file: 74 kB)

From 18 to 20 September 2001, Bergen will be playing host to the 13th EU Contest for Young Scientists. 95 young scientists (aged 15-20) coming from all over Europe as well as the United States, Japan, Korea and South America will be in Norway’s second city to present the fruits of their research. This year’s international jury will judge 65 high quality projects presented by young scientists ranging from measures to control doping in sports to environmentally friendly washing powders, a re-designed hybrid car, a cancer diagnostic kit for home use, etc.

Crown Prince Haakon of Norway will be present on the occasion of the 13th EU Contest for Young Scientists and will join Dr. Achilleas Mitsos, the Director-General of the Commission’s Research DG at the award ceremony. The event will also be honoured by the presence of five Nobel Prize. The Contest’s opening ceremony on 18 September will be attended by the Mayor of Bergen, Ingmar Ljones, and Trond Giske, Minister for Education, Research and Church Affairs.

The EU Contest for Young Scientists is an annual showcase of the best of European student scientific achievement. Only projects that have won a top prize in a national young scientist competition can compete at the EU Contest. Thus, the Contest represents the ultimate goal for more than 30 000 young science students, aged 15-20, who participate annually in the national contests.

The Contest forms part of the EU’s activities to help raise public awareness about science and technology in society. It is piloted by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research.

An international jury of 12 scientific personalities will assess the quality of the respective projects (for a complete listing see annex) before allocating the prizes. There will be prizes of €5 000, €3 000 and €1 500 for the three first, three second and three third projects. In addition, deserving young scientists will be awarded the chance to join distinguished research scientists working on projects organized by the European Northern Observatories in the Canaries, the European Space Agency in Noordwijk in the Netherlands and the Norwegian Polar Institute in Spitzbergen. Furthermore, there will be opportunities to spend a week at the European Patent Office in Munich, to join the London International Youth Science Forum in July 2002 and even to attend the Nobel Prize ceremonies in Sweden and meet the 2001 Nobel Laureates during the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar.

The 13th EU Contest for Young Scientists involves contestants from the 15 Member States of the European Union, Iceland, Israel, Norway, Belarus, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Switzerland and Turkey. The winners of the USA’s ‘Science and Engineering Fair’, Japan’s ‘Yomiuri Shimbun Young Scientist Contest’, and the Republic of Korea’s ‘National Contest for Students’ Scientific Invention’ will attend as special guests.

The 13th EU Contest for Young Scientists will take place in Grieghallen – Bergen’s landmark building dedicated to the memory of Edvard Grieg.

The next EU Contest will be organised in Vienna in September 2002.

For further information, please contact:

Graham Blythe, Scientific Officer in Science and Society programme
Research Directorate-General

Tel: +32.2.295 58 22; Fax: +32.2.296 70 24
E-mail: graham.blythe@ec.europa.eu

For further information concerning the press event, please contact:

Julia Acevedo, Press Officer in Information and Communication Unit,
Research Directorate-General
Tel: +32-2-295 20 43; Fax: +32.2.295 82 20
E-mail: julia.acevedo-bueno@ec.europa.eu

              

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