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The European Young Scientists Contest

Among the Commission’s initiatives to spark scientific interest among young people, the EU Contest for Young Scientists rewards and celebrates Europe’s best young scientific talent.
The Contest is an annual competition which gives students between 14 and 20 years of age the opportunity to compete with the best of their peers at European level.

Winners of national Young Scientist Contests are eligible to represent their country at the EU competition. Those who are selected are invited to display their projects at the Contest, where they have the opportunity to discuss them with members of the jury.

Entries compete for a number of prizes which are divided into two categories:

  • Core Prizes: these are of a monetary nature
  • Honorary Awards and Special Donated Prizes: these prizes are study visits or equivalent to leading science organisations

The Contest not only raises science’s profile among young people, it also reflects science’s diversity, with entrants from a wide range of fields, such as medicine, engineering, electronics, social sciences, etc.

Every year, the European Contest takes place in a different country, giving it a pan-European dimension.
The 16th European Union Contest for Young Scientists took place in Dublin. The event attracted some 100 contestants from 34 countries presenting 73 projects.

This year, from 17-22 September 2005, Russia will host the 17th annual EU Contest for Young Scientists. The exhibition of the students’ entries will be set up at the Bauman Moscow State Technical University (BMSTU), where a selection of Europe’s most brilliant young scientific minds will be competing. Some 126 young people from 35 countries will be exhibiting 79 innovative projects.

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