Commissioner for Research
future of Europe relies on the knowledge, curiosity and
creativity of our young people. It depends on their
willingness and possibilities to explore new and unknown
avenues. The ideas of the young can then be transformed into
new products, processes and services. Our quality of life,
health and the environment all depend greatly on the
advancement of knowledge. I want our young citizens to fully
participate in this, because I believe that they have an
important contribution to make.
Europe needs more researchers and scientists, and the European Contest for
Young Scientists is one way in which we encourage young people
to get involved and interested in science. Curiosity and
creativity are in our genes and with the Contest we want to
awaken and stimulate this passion.
The Contest is an excellent
way of bringing together young, promising scientific talents
from all over Europe and also from many non-European
countries. It gives students the opportunity to compete at an
international level and to meet other young and aspiring
discoverers as well as some of the most prominent scientists
The European Contest for Young Scientists is not only a
competition between the best scientific projects. It also
encourages more innovative thinking and doing. This is so
essential if we are to have the capacity to take up the
challenges that our society is facing today.
Commissioner responsible for Research.