- Success stories - Luxembourg 1994
Prize in Luxembourg 1994. His project was titled "Flood Prevention
in the River Otra in Southern Norway " and displayed a method
for minimising or even avoiding critical flooding during periods
of high precipitation in regulated rivers. During the Award
Ceremony he remembers they were all "very nervous and felt
that we were experiencing a special moment in our life". He
remained friend to Gerda Haisma (Dutch member of the organisation
team of the Contest) and to contestants such as Jorgen Carling
(Third prize in Luxembourg 1994 for "Examining voting patterns"
N) and Magnus Vistroem (Magnus Vistroem - Pontus Forslund
- Robert Hagglund: Third prize in Luxembourg 1994 for "A car
hand brake: a potential life saver?" S). "Concerning the others,
I have met some of them on later contests and personal meetings.
They have contributed to a very vital network of friends and
acquaintances throughout Europe".
The Second Prize at the EU Contest has been vital to his career:
"I felt a deep thankfulness, I felt that all the months, weeks,
and hours I had spent on my project had finally paid off".
Besides, the EU Contest "has been relevant in giving me self-confidence
both personally and in business".
his project, he took lectures on that field at some Water
Control Offices in Southern Germany. He worked with hydrologists
in Trier (Germany), on the application of his model to the
The model he reviewed in his project has been applied in river
Otra (Norway) since 1993 and has led to stronger and more
effective flood protection in Mosby, his home village, and
the region nearby.
a last year student at the University of Munich and I have
been running my own company, Naviolab Media Solutions, since
15th April 1999. I do some business consulting and developing
Internet/Intranet solutions in Germany and Norway. I have
mainly had projects on database/driven web sites. This takes
a large amount of my time at the moment, yet I do not think
I will base my career on it. I have planned to start my PhD
in Communications next year".
still has some spare time to employ as a tutor in on-line
publishing and as a system operator at the network office
of his university.
a Third Prize with a project titled: "A car hand brake: a
potential lifesaver?" alongside with Pontus Forslund and Robert
about to finish his Masters Degree in industrial engineering
and management in Link÷ping.
be said that he has not detached himself from the EU Contest
atmosphere. He has been the director of the Swedish Exhibition
for Young Scientists for two years, and he is currently working
part-time as project leader for the Royal Swedish Academy
of Engineering Sciences and the Swedish Federation of Young
Scientists. These organisations are fighting hard to implement
regional science fairs in Sweden.
Prize and Travel Award to the ISEF in Hamilton (Ontario-Canada)
for his project on "TBS. Telephone Break-In Security". The
device was successfully patented and a company called Guldager
Electronic A/S bought it and started manufacturing and marketing
it with the name of "LineProtector".
after he won the First Prize in 1994, many firms started to
show their interest in manufacturing his idea. He negotiated
with some of them and finally he chose Guldager Electronic.
He actually worked for them between 1995 and 1996 on a freelance
basis in order to assist them in getting his invention ready
for production. The new TBS design was presented in March
1996 at a press conference attended by the Danish Minister
of Trade and Commerce. The economic agreement between Christian
and Guldager Electronic gave the former the possibility to
invest money in new ideas and equipment.
is he up to now? He is fascinated by the idea of "putting
together a lot of people in a place and make them forget everything
around them by means of a massive bombardment of sound and
light effects". He decided to try and he invested a considerable
amount of money in renting a huge hall and some equipment,
as well as recruiting some volunteers to help him out. He
then designed a massive net of lights that was put up in the
hall, all controlled by computers, and marketed the show.
1,500 people attended.
From then on, Christian has been designing and creating audiovisual
effects for many festivals and Rock Bands as far away as Singapore
he was invited by the European Patent Office (EPO) to participate
at the Hanover Industrial Fair, where he had the opportunity
of explain the developments of his TBS system, as well as
concluding some export deals of it to South America. He then
joined the Erasmus program for a year at the Universidad PolitÚcnica
de Valencia (Spain), in order to finish his engineering degree
and acquire fluency in Spanish.
project has been an electronic power supply for a Philips
MSR575 metal discharge lamp, which is a special kind of lamp
used mainly in the entertainment industry. These lamps are
very efficient, but very difficult to control because light
originates from an arc consisting of two electrodes. The idea
he had is "to make an electronic power controller with an
onboard microcomputer to make the colour, temperature, and
frequency of the light constant. A very important thing when
it comes to cinema and television industry".
he is working in the Research and Development department of
the world's biggest producer of robotic lights: Martin Professional.
Based now in Denmark, Christian Krause is glad to have kept
in touch with some of the people he met at the Contest in
that "winning the EU Contest was far beyond my dreams and
I will never forget that day, I remember that although we
were competing against each other, the atmosphere was quite
friendly. We were interested in each other's projects, we
made jokes and we exchanged experiences. It was all very well
organised". He thinks it was the best starting point to his
professional life he could have possibly had.
won a Second Prize at Luxembourg 1994, with a project titled
"The Two-To-One Rotation Converter".
A project that was actually patented, although never manufactured
now studying Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications
at the Technical University of Aachen (Germany). He explains
that he is currently in the seventh semester and "I plan to
get my diploma in about four semesters, after which I may
doctorate in electronics. I am right now finishing a project
in parallel to the lectures. It entails the development and
construction of a starter destined to a special titanium-sapphire
laser. It is an electronic circuit with a detector and two
external electric-mechanical devices.
"the Prize in Luxembourg enhanced my curriculum vitae. During
the EU Contest I became interested in electronic constructions.
It was firstly a hobby, but it influenced my career decisions.
I believe such contests provide excellent opportunities to
broaden one's horizons. Therefore I would like to thank once
more the people who organised the Luxembourg one".
van Oort (NL)
won a Second Prize at Luxembourg 1994 with a project about
"A computer controlled flute". Gijs remembers well a boat
trip that they made while they were having dinner down the
a third year student in electrical engineering at the University
of Twente (The Netherlands). One of his passions is music,
and the other is robotics. Concerning the latter, he has very
recently taken part in the National Finals of Createch, a
robot building contest. 9 teams from the 3 existing technical
universities in the Netherlands had to design a remote controlled
vehicle that should be able to pick up helium balloons from
a specific point and deposit them in a basket. Gijs' team
won the competition.
other projects have been developed by this intrepid Dutch,
amongst them an electromagnetic cannon, a stunt kite simulator
(by means of which one could fly up to 4 stunt kites simultaneously
on the screen) and, last but not least, a research on vortices
that focused on those normally generated by stirring devices
used in the mixing up process of chemical solutions.
Prize winner in Luxembourg 1994. She was awarded the trip
to the Nobel Prize Ceremony in Stockholm. Jane produced a
thorough report on the life and adventures of an insect, "The
that extensive piece of work, she believes that "if I did
it all again there is very little that I would change, and
I still think that the project's findings are interesting
and important. Looking back on it now, I am impressed with
the amount of work that I put in. At the time, though, it
was more of a hobby to me than work. Without that, and without
all that I gained from participation in the Irish Young Scientist
Exhibition and the EU Contest, I probably would be doing something
totally different today, maybe music or something else.
very good personal recollections from the Contest: "we would
talk about one another's country, and laugh about national
stereotypes, and how they often contain a grain of truth!
The diversity of backgrounds and experiences made us a very
varied bunch, and yet we all had plenty in common too. In
particular, of course, we had science in common. Being a part
of the Contest and meeting all these people got me thinking
about what it means to be European, and that it is an important
part of my identity. I saw that I have a lot to gain, and
also that I have a contribution to make".
has somehow returned to the Commission's scientific programmes:
she is now working as stagiaire (in-house trainee) in the
Agricultural and Environmental sector within DG Environment
of the European Commission. She sees for the integration of
environmental concerns into agriculture: "I help with day-to-day
work in the unit, but in particular I work on Irish issues,
and on the impact of agriculture on bio-diversity". The stage
in DG Environment is part of a PhD on the effects of Ireland's
agri-environmental scheme on bio-diversity, which is called
Rural Environment Protection Scheme or REPS. She has completed
one year of her research at Trinity College in Dublin; there
are still two to go.
She hopes, when she qualifies, "to continue working within
the sphere of European agri-environment, because I see the
major impacts -both positive and negative- that farming has
on Europe's landscape and environment. I think that the agri-environment
movement is extremely important in reducing the detrimental
effects of farming, and in supporting those farming practices
which maintain some of the valued habitat types that make
our landscape what it is".
in the EU Contest for Young Scientists has been pivotal in
helping her to decide what she wanted to do for two reasons:
"firstly, it was a great confidence-booster to see my work
meet with such success, and that confirmed my decision to
pursue biology. Secondly, I really enjoyed being with a group
of young people from all over the EU (and beyond)".
Besides, the Contest started off her Euro-enthusiasm, and
that is certainly one of the reasons that she decided to apply
for a stage .