EU Contest for Young Scientists - 2011 winners

Young scientists from Ireland, Switzerland and Lithuania were awarded the highest prizes at the 23rd European Union Contest for Young Scientists, taking place in Helsinki, Finland.

Their prize winning science projects in computing, engineering and medicine were selected by an International jury as the best from among the 87 projects from 37 countries which were presented during a 5-day event.

“Young, talented researchers will help shape our future. We need to find answers to society’s biggest challenges such as climate change, finding sustainable sources of energy, feeding the world or fighting disease. So I encourage young people to follow a career in science and keep Europe world-class in research and innovation” said European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn.

From 23-28 September, the students presented 87 projects to an International Jury chaired by Prof. Maria Ana Viana-Baptista. These projects had already won first prize in their national contests. The topics covered a broad spectrum of scientific areas: biology, chemistry, computing, social sciences, environment, mathematics, materials, engineering and medicine.

The European Union Contest for Young Scientists was set up by the European Commission to facilitate co-operation and interchange between young scientists with similar abilities and interests and to give them an opportunity to be guided by some of the most prominent scientists in Europe. The Contest aims to encourage young people who have an interest in science to embark on scientific careers.

Find out more information about the EU Contest for Young Scientists on:
http://ec.europa.eu/research/youngscientists/index_en.cfm

Find out in full about all winning projects and specially donated prizes on:
http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/11/1082&format=PDF&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en