Young Scientists Contest


The 17th European Union Contest for Young Scientists

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First Prize - GERMANY First Prize - SPAIN First Prize - SWITZERLAND
1st prize - Igor Gotlobovitch and Renate Landig - Germany 1st prize - Javier López Martínez-Fortún, Eliecer Pérez Robaina and Carlos Machado Carvajal - Spain 1st Prize - Silvana Konermann - Switzerland

Project title: Corners in water – unexpected symmetry breaking in fluid dynamics
Field: Physics

City/Region: München
School: Maria-Theresia-Gymnasium
Career intention:Physicist
Hobbies: Aikido, fitness, swimming

Age: 19
City/Region: Bad Saulgau
School: Störck-Gymnasium
Career intention: Physicist
Hobbies: Playing the piano, fitness, riding, swimming

Every day, when we run the kitchen tap, we see a hydraulic jump" - where the water hits the basin it spreads out thinly, but a little further out the water level suddenly jumps" and becomes much deeper. This project investigated the phenomenon under laboratory conditions, and found that under certain conditions the border between the shallow and the deep water was not circular but polygonal: the water had corners.

Project title: Sonchus leptacaulis: a new species consolidation in Gran Canaria
Field: Biology

Age: 18
City/Region: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
School: Garoé School
Career intention: medicine doctor
Hobbies: padel, play guitar, football

Age: 18
City/Region: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
School: Garoé School
Career intention: psychology
Hobbies: basketball, music, messenger

Age: 18
City/Region: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
School: Garoé School
Career intention: aeronautic engineer Hobbies: radio, control cars, racquet sports, DIY, table games

The purpose of this research was to find out whether some plants discovered in 1998 belonged to a new category that had not yet been described. It also investigated whether similar specimens were to be found in other places around the Canary Islands.

Project title: Development of a system for the local prevention of catheter associated urinary tract infection
Field: Medical

Age: 17
City/Region: Zurich
School: Saechsisches Landesgymnasium Sankt Afra
Career intention: neuroscientist
Hobbies: cello, dancing, painting

When Silvana's grandmother went to hospital with a urinary tract infection, Silvana resolved to prevent it from happening again. Post-operative urinary tract infections are caused by the use of catheters, but the standard treatment (oral antibiotics) is often ineffective because a film develops on the catheter's surface, protecting the bacteria. Silvana's solution was to use a high-tech polymer to impregnate the catheter itself with antibiotics, which is also better for the patient.


Second Prize - GERMANY

Second Prize - IRELAND
2nd prize - Zdenek Janovsky - Czech Republic

2nd Prize - Stephen Schulz - Germany

2nd prize - Patrick Collison

Project title: Vegetation dynamics of the small forest and open-landscape ponds and its historical causes
Field: Environment


When cultivation forces out certain varieties of plantlife, they can sometimes find a refuge beside ponds in small forests. This project combined historical and botanical approaches, reconstructing the development of vegetation and looking at eutrophication. As a result, Zdenek identified some steps for maintaining biodiversity, and conservation groups have already shown an interest.

Project: Lab on the chip – new perspectives with electrons as universal reagent
Field: Chemistry

Stephen SCHULZ

This project could enable some pharmaceuticals to be researched and produced more simply, and without using dangerous compounds as catalysts. Using miniaturisation and a method called anodic polarisation, organomagnesium and organolithium compounds can be synthesised more easily and in greater quantities. This has made it possible for the first time to deposit magnesium by electrolysis using inorganic salts.

Project:Croma: a new dialect of lisp
Field: Computer science

Age: 17

Writing sophisticated programmes that run on the web is notoriously difficult and complex. Croma is a new programming language, based on Lisp, designed to make web programming easier. It uses an integrated web-server, and its programmes are much shorter than ones written in other languages, making them cheaper to develop.

Third Prize - DENMARK

Third Prize - ESTONIA

Third Prize - LUXEMBOURG
3rd prize - Gitte Ahlquist Jonsson - Denmark 3rd prize - Margus Niitsoo - Estonia 3rd prize - Eric Dele and Pierre Haas - Luxembourg

Project:Aid for putting on and taking off stockings for handicapped persons
Field: Medical

Gitte Ahlquist JONSSON
Age: 19

Every day, many elderly and handicapped people are hospitalised by falls while taking off or putting on socks or stockings - a task they often find difficult and arduous. This project presents a device that allows socks or stockings to be put on or taken off while sitting down - so lessening the danger of falling.

Project: Generalizations of the Fibonacci sequence
Field: Mathematics

Age: 18

This project analyses the generalisations of the Fibonacci sequence with the recurrence relation Un = pUn-1 + qUn-2. It finds they have much in common with the original sequence, and proves two formulae that allow many others known for Fibonacci numbers to be applied to these sequences too. It also investigates the connection between these sequences and Lindenmayer systems.

Project: Cartography of galls
Field: Biology


Pierre HAAS
Age: 16

Galls are proliferations of cell tissue in plants, and they are often very organised structures. This project investigated galls found in the autumn in two areas of Luxembourg. It asked what caused galls in these areas and what species of animal are encouraged by the galls produced by Diplolepis rosae wasps.