On Sunday 18 September, some 126 young people from 35
countries – the cream of Europe’s young scientists plus
guests from the USA, Japan and China – will meet in
Moscow at the Bauman University to compete in the 17th
European Union Young Scientist Contest. The contest
will be opened by the Vice-Premier of the Russian Government,
Alexander Zhukov. Over the next two days the 79 innovative
projects exhibited there will be judged by a distinguished
jury headed by Dr Ulf Merbold, the first European Space
Agency astronaut to go into space. On 21 September the
prizes, worth €28,500, will be awarded in the Council
Hall of Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour complex.
This annual event is to encourage young people to pursue
their interest in science and embark on scientific careers.
for Research, Janez Potocnik says about the event “In
today's world it is more important than ever to foster
an environment in which truly excellent science is not
only put to use through technology but is also recognised
for its contribution to society and culture in general.
Events like the EU Young Scientist Contest help to stimulate
the natural curiosity and innovation of our young people.”
The 79 projects competing
in the contest cover a wide range of scientific disciplines
– from engineering and the environment to medicine,
chemistry, biology, earth sciences, mathematics and
the social sciences. The standard of entrants is always
high and several past projects have led to scientific
breakthroughs or the setting up of new businesses. Only
projects that have won a top prize at a national young
scientist competition can participate in the EU Contest.
Thus the Contest represents a real scientific challenge
for more than 30 000 young scientists who compete annually
in their national contests.
Because of the diversity
of disciplines represented at the contest, it is impossible
to determine one overall winner. So there is not just
one first prize but three, along with three second prizes
and three third prizes. In addition there are several
special prizes: for example, expenses-paid visits to
the London International Youth Science Forum in 2006
and Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar (2005).
The award ceremony will
be held on 21 September at 11am Moscow time in the Council
Hall of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour complex.
Prizes will be presented by Achilleas Mitsos, the European
Commission’s Director-General for Research, together
with Ulf Merbold, the President of the Jury, Alexander
Fursenko, Minister of Education and Science of the Russian
Federation and Igor Fedorov, Rector of the Bauman University.
The EU Young Scientist
Contest has been held annually since 1989. It is supported
by the Science and Society Programme of the Sixth Framework
Programme for Research.
Details of the winners
will be announced on 21 September. A 13 minute documentary
of the event, with free broadcasting rights will be
available on application
For further details of
the 79 participating projects and members of the Jury,
further details on the jury members (PDF 83 KB)