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Press release

EU to reward scientific achievements and imagination of young people

14th EU Contest for young scientists, Vienna, 22-28 September 2002

 

Brussels, 9 September 2002

Key words : young people and science, contest

 


On 27 September in Vienna, Commission's Director Rainer Gerold and two Austrian Ministers - Mr. M. Bartenstein for Economic Affaires and Labour and Ms. E. Gehrer for Education, Science, and Culture - will handout the prizes to the winners of the 14th EU Contest for Young Scientists, which is the annual showcase of the best of European student scientific achievement. During one week 85 young scientists (aged 15-20) from more than 30 European countries, the United States, China, Japan and Korea will compete. In Vienna the Commission will also celebrate the 1000th participant of the Contest's history. This year's international jury will assess 64 high quality projects covering a wide range of scientific fields, from magnetic liquid crystals to malaria parasite and life in the Universe (see list attached). 4 Nobel laureates will interact with the young scientists in Vienna during the Contest: Ivar Giaever (USA), Sir Harry Kroto (UK), Erwin Neher (DE) and Carlo Rubbia (IT).

A press conference is scheduled in Vienna on 27 September 2002 at 10:30.

During this well-known annual event, young scientists will exhibit their prize-winning entries from their national contests and compete to obtain an award of international level. 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.

An international Jury of twelve eminent scientists will interview the contestants and evaluate their projects. The three first prizes are worth EUR 5000, with the three second prizes worth EUR 3000 and three third prizes worth EUR 1500. Through this Contest the European Commission wants to encourage and highlight young people's interest in science by inviting them to play an active part in the great research adventure of today.

Journalists wishing to attend should notify Michel Claessens so that practical arrangements can be made.

For additional information:

http://ec.europa.eu/research/youngscientists/;

http://www.2002youngscientists.org/

Michel Claessens, Press Officer in the Information and Communication Unit, Research DG
Tel : +32-2-2959971; Fax: +32-2-2958220;
E-mail: michel.claessens@ec.europa.eu

Manuel Carmona Yebra, Science and Society Directorate, Research DG
Tel:+32-2-2951256, Fax:+32-2-2967024,
E-mail: manuel.carmona-yebra@ec.europa.eu

 


ANNEX:


14th European Union Contest for Young Scientists List of projects presented in Vienna

 
Country Title
1
AUSTRIA Optimisation of an Artificial Urethra Compressor
2
AUSTRIA Measuring the Dielectric Properties of Paper
3
AUSTRIA The Germ Free Humidifier
4
BELARUS The magnetic liquid crystals medium : synthesis and application
5
BELARUS The Automatic Management for MS Windows Processes
6
BELGIUM Morphological Diversity of Cladoceran Resting Eggs in Shallow Lakes
7
BULGARIA The living universe
8
BULGARIA Noble Metals on the Photocatalytic Efficiency
9
CZECH REPUBLIC Possibility of substitution of nuclear energy by solar energy
10
DENMARK Life in Space ?
11
ESTONIA Regeneration of vegetation in Tika gravel quarry 
12
EUR SCHOOLS Chloroplast Number and Cytoplasmic Volume in Primordial Elodea Cells
13
FINLAND Drainage of a peatland - how it affects methane emissions ? 
14
FINLAND Comparing the O/F ratio and heat released in rocket fuel 
15
FRANCE Meta Interpreters for GNU Prolog 
16
FRANCE Are there any germs in the highest layers of the atmosphere 
17
GEORGIA The role of Ground beetles in preservation of ecosystems sustainability 
18
GEORGIA Differentiation of plant species by photoluminescence method 
19
GERMANY Lift of special wings in the ground effect 
20
GERMANY The slime mold Physarum as a model organism for biotesting 
21
GERMANY Gravitation rules 
22
HUNGARY Investigation of adverse health effects of residual oil fly ash 
23
HUNGARY Less animal required for programmable simulator for biological experiment 
24
HUNGARY Expression of the Wilm's tumour 1 gene in human melanoma cell lines
25
IRELAND The Distribution of the Primes
26
ISRAEL Vitamin E- a preventive of heart disease caused by arteriosclerosis
27
ISRAEL Butterfly-fishes of Genus Chaetodon - indicator species monitoring changes in Eilat's reef  
28
ITALY Appliance for the vertebral column functional traction : design and production
29
ITALY Time standard signals reception and use
30
JAPAN The studies of Megaphones 
31
KOREA Research on Manufacture of Wave Height Meter 
32
LATVIA The determination of the maximal offset of blocks
33
LATVIA Research on the Spectral Type of Stars in the Constellation Cygnus
34
LATVIA New azobenzene derivatives for molecular electronics
35
LITHUANIA Footsteps of solar activity inside trees 
36
LITHUANIA Astronomical Circumstances for Life in the Solar Vicinity
37
LUXEMBOURG CERAMBIX
38
MALTA LCD Wireless Pager - receive only
39
NORWAY The physics of a rolling soda can
40
NORWAY A full-latency, non sequential, probabilistic, lossless data compression algorithm
41
POLAND New three methods of visual cryptography 
42
POLAND Natural method for removing seston from the water bodies 
43
POLAND Influence of direction and intensity of gravity on plant growth 
44
PORTUGAL Microtus cabrerae in Odemira 
45
RUSSIA How to get together by means of light chaotically distributed small particles  
46
RUSSIA The influence of th eoil spills the water organisms 
47
SLOVENIA Chemiluminescence
48
SLOVENIA Laminar and Turbulent Flow 
49
SPAIN European adolescents eating habits and recommended diets 
50
SPAIN Hexapod : An introduction to artificial intelligence
51
SWEDEN Diagnosis of Cystinuria - inherited kidney stone
52
SWEDEN Investigation of a Swedish lake, plants, animals and the water
53
SWEDEN The sampler that takes a jolly bottom bite
54
SWITZERLAND Postprandial blood glucose of a type 1 diabetic
55
SWITZERLAND Construction of an Autonomous Mobile Robot
56
SWITZERLAND Electric Fields on Point Charges Visualized by their Field Lines
57
THE NETHERLANDS The nature of SS 433
58
TURKEY A general approach to the Proof of Inequalities
59
TURKEY Handwritten Character Recognition Line by Line
60
UKRAINE Electromagnetic field and external piezoconverters stimulate ultarsonic waves in LiNBO3 plates 
61
UNITED KINGDOM Rusty Willows
62
UNITED KINGDOM How toxins produced in lactose intolerance effect cell calcium concentrations
63
UNITED KINGDOM DNA vectors and the genetic modification of the malaria parasite
64
USA Increasing Crop Yields through the characterization of ct2 and QTL analysis

              

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