Wednesday, September 17, 2014

EUCYS2014: The European Union Contest for Young Scientists

"Researchers should follow their hearts, not fashion" 

Martin Hairer - Fields Medal winner

"The EUCYS – European Union Contest for Young Scientists is an initiative of the European Commission that was set up in 1989 with the goal of promoting cooperation and interchange between young scientists and guiding them towards a future career in science and technology."

The 26th edition of the European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) will take place at University of Warsow, Polland, from 19 until 24 September 2014.

The event is an annual contest and exhibition of the finest work developed in many scientific fields; the best young minds of different countries can compare ideas and admire each other's work.

Watch the official presentation of the 26th edition of the European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS): 


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.

Projects 2014:

EUCYS 2014 has approved 85 projects, 119 young innovators from 37 countries. You can find the complete list here


  • Biology
Social Sciences

There are three projects from Portugal selected by the National Organizer - Fundação da Juventude:
  • Mariana Pinho Garcia, Matilde Gonçalves Moreira Silva : Smart Snails (Biology)
The development of a chronic mollusc toxicity test is currently a work item on the agenda of the OECD. We report the improvement and standardization of a toxicity bioassay using eggs of the great pond water snail Lymnaea stagnalis L., which have a biological indicator of water pollutantsRead more here 
  • João Pedro Estácio Gaspar Gonçalves Araújo : A natural Ccharacterization of Semilattices of Rectangular Bands and Groups of Exponent Two (Mathematics)
In a recent paper, R.A.R. Monzo characterized semilattices of rectangular bands and groups of exponent 2. However, his characterization does not point directly to the properties of rectangular bands and groups of exponent 2 (namely, idempotency and commutativity). Read more here
  • Anna Lena Hormann, Cândida Pimentel Medeiros, Tânia Patrícia Santos : Iodine Availability and Thyroid Morphological Alterations (Medicine)
Iodine is a fundamental micronutrient for the thyroid gland activity and consequentially for the good development of the organism, starting from the pre-natal phase. The Azores are the region of the country that present the lowest iodine levels among the population despite the fact of being privileged in geographical terms, regarding the main source of iodine, the sea. Read more here

Read on a Portuguese digital newspaper about all these young Portuguese scientists.


The contest Jury is composed of 18 highly qualified scientists and engineers with worldwide reputations in their chosen field. The jury carry out their duties at the contest as independent scientific experts and not as representatives of any institution, organisation or country. The European Commission appoints the Jury annually, basing its selection on the scientific and technological needs of the contest.
The jury are selected both from academia and industry. The Commission ensures an appropriate geographical and gender balance. Jury members can remain on the jury for up to 5 years.
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 know the Jury here


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 donatedprizes are also awarded by the Jury, which offer some winners the opportunity to benefit from scientific experiences. It is up to the Jury to decide whether a prize-winner can receive both a core prize and a special donated prize. 
Find the complete list here.

University of Warsaw

Host organiser:

The Host organiser of the 26th EUCYS are University of Warsaw, Polish Children's Fund, Copernicus Science Center, Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Republic of Poland.

Warsow amazing city, the capital of Poland. Full of surprises. This city will inspire and excite you. It is located on the Vistula river, population is estimated at 1.7 million residents within a major metropolitan area of 2.7 million residents, making Warsaw the 9th most populous city in the European Union.

Award Ceremony: 

The Award ceremony & reception will taks place on Tuesday, September 23th 2014.

Some thoughts:

Contests are always important activities in the curriculum. Students are encouraged to demonstrate their inner creativity and develop competences as young innovators. Research and innovation is the big goal.

Of course an internationqal contest, in this case European contest (with young scientists from Europe and other countries in the world) is a unique oportunity to these young students/young researchers to reach an interesting prestige in their own countries. It's fhe big moment to share new ideas, common interests and gain experience at a contest that involves some of the most foremost young scientists.


Let's following #EUCYS next days on Facebook and Twitter to know the new young scientists 2014.

And hoping the Portuguese young scientists could get a award as their colleagues in Prague, 2013.

Jéssica Marques, Jéssica Santos e Soraia Gaspar receberam o prémio de originalidade European Patent Office (EPO), em Praga, República Checa. «SmartKit» foi o projecto que lhes permitiu ganhar a importante distinção, um projecto na área das Ciências Médicas. 

“Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is simply passing the time. Action with Vision is making a positive difference.” 

Joel Barker


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