Science in Europe
Publication date: 07/10/2018
As one of the world’s leading centres for science and research, Europe offers a range of great opportunities if you want to study, work or build your career here.

There are many different initiatives funded by the European Commission which aim to encourage more STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) students, mobilise researchers and promote science in society.

Whether you’re an undergraduate or postgraduate student, if you have an interest in one of the STEM subjects, then there are lots of competitions, workshops and opportunities for international students to get involved.

Here are just a few examples of competitions and initiatives available across Europe.

The European Union Contest for young scientists

The European Union Contest for Young Scientists was created to promote the ideals of co-operation and interchange between young scientists. An annual event, the Contest provides a platform to highlight some of the best of European student scientific achievements, whilst enabling the students to compete with their contemporaries at a European level.


FameLab is the world’s leading science communication competition. Participants have to win over the judges and crowd by talking about an engaging scientific concept…in just three minutes!

The competition takes place every year across 30 countries, with winners from these national contests travelling to the UK for the FameLab International final.

Top Sector Chemistry Student Competition

Taking place in the Netherlands, this competition invited chemistry undergraduate and postgraduate students from national universities to submit ideas for creative research projects. The aim is to inspire students to seek solutions to societal and/or industrial chemistry-related challenges. Applications are made by teams of no more than three students, and interdisciplinary projects are highly encouraged.

‘Make our planet great again’

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has urged scientists, teachers, entrepreneurs, associations and NGOs, students and civil society across the world to join the country in their fight against global warming – in the “Make our Planet Great Again” initiative.

Backed by various government organisations, funding will be allocated to 50 different researcher projects over five years and other schemes will be released soon. This will be open to high-level scientists living abroad (including young scientists), working across a wide range of topics. This program will allow scientists from all over the world to benefit from these assets. Germany is also associated to the French initiative with a specific call for proposal.

If you’re interested in pursuing a career in Science, or one of the other STEM subjects, then browse through these country profiles to discover what each country has to offer.

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