Thursday, September 20, 2012

The European Union Contest for Young Scientists





The 24th edition of the European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) will take place in Bratislava, Slovakia, from 21 until 26 September 2012.

The EUCYS – European Union Contest for Young Scientists is an initiative created by the European Commission in 1989.

Goal:

Promoting the science interchange between young scientists and guiding them to a future in science and technology.


The event is an annually held exhibition of the finest work developed in many scientific fields, and given its nature as a competition.





The best young minds of different countries can compare ideas and admire each other’s work, thus bringing great interest upon the contest by the international and local communities and press.


The EUCYS is, yet, an opportunity for the young students, who have reached a prestige position in their home countries, to exchange new ideas, share common interests and gain experience from an event which involves some of the most foremost european scientists. 


The outcome is a significant endorsement by the European Commission, of the work and development achieved in each participant country, to guide and promote more and more young people to careers in science and technology.

Being an international contest, the EUCYS integrates in the activities of Science and Society managed by the Directorate General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission


Within the Framework Programmes for the Research and Technological Development and in the European Development Area, Science and Society strives to build a solid link between scientific endeavour and the general european community.


For EUCYS 2012 have been approved 83 projects from 37 countries. You can find the complete list here

Projects :

From Portugal there are two projects selected by the National Organizer:

1. Armindo Picão Fernandes, Mariana Azevedo dos Santos, Ricardo Picão Fernandes:

"Flies on the phone (Biology)"

The potential adverse effects of radio frequency radiation (RF) emitted by mobile phone use on male reproductive function are widely reported in the literature. Read all the details here 

2. Daniel Ricardo Lucas da Silva, Lúcia Filipa Ribeiro Martins, Marlieke Anne Maria Pronk: 

"Impact of invasive flora in riparian ecosystems in Odemira (Environment)"

The goal of this project was to study the influence of the Acacia invasion on the biodiversity of riparian ecosystems in Odemira. We selected as biodiversity indicators two groups of living beings: plants and arthropods.  Read all the details here

Jury

The role of the Jury of the European Union Contest for Young Scientists is of utmost importance. The Jury assesses and scores the competing projects based on their written description (before the Contest) and through interviews with the Contestants carried out at the exhibition during the Contest. 

You can find the Jury here

Prizes:

The participants compete for a number of 'core' prizes on the basis of a written description of their work, their exhibited material and the interviews with the Contest Jury. 
In addition to this, a limited number of 'special donated' prizes are also awarded by the Jury, to offer some winners the opportunity to benefit from the specific experiences linked to these prizes. It is up to the Jury to decide whether a prize-winner can receive both a core prize and a special donated prize.

Find here the complete list.


Host organiser

The Host organiser of the 24th EUCYS is The Young Scientists of Slovakia in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic.



The 2012 Intel® Educator Academy EMEA meeting will be held in Bratislava, Slovakia, on September 23-26, along the "European Contest for Young Scientists" (EUCYS). 

The strategic partners of his year's edition are: EUCYSEuropean Schoolnet and the Young Scientists of Slovakia. 

Award Ceremony: 

The Award ceremony & reception takes place on Tuesday, September 25th 2012.

My thoughts: 

Contests are always important activities in the curriculum. Students are encouraged to demonstrate the inner creativity to develop their competences as innovators.

Of course an internationqal contest, in this case an European contest, is an opportunity for the young students, who have reached a prestige position in their home countries, to exchange new ideas, share common interests and gain experience from an event which involves some of the most foremost european scientists. 

Let's stay attentive to the young scientists winners.


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Joel Barker

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20.09.2012
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