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European Union Contest for Young Scientists

The European Union (EU) Contest for Young Scientists is an initiative of the European Commission and it is part of the Science with and for Society activities managed by the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission. The Contest takes place each year in September in a different European country.
The EU Contest accepts project entries from all fields of scientific endeavour; however, only projects that have been nominated by the National Organiser in each participating country are admissible.

The 28th European Union Contest for young scientists takes place in Brussels, Belgium, from 15 to 20 September 2016.

How does it work
Only National Organisers can put in entries, i.e. the winners of Contests organised at national level. Each project consists of a technical written report and display materials, models, etc. Each country may submit up to 3 projects, with a maximum of 6 contestants (aged between 14 and 20 at the date of the contest). At the Contest, the contestants set up their project in a display stand in the Science Exhibition Hall and are required to answer questions from members of the scientific jury. The Science Exhibition is open to the public and contestants are encouraged to explain their projects.

Who can participate
Young scientists who have won first prize in their national science competition and who have been designated by their respective national jury. In each country, the National Organiser is responsible for nominating the projects, and therefore the contestants, who are entered for the EU Contest.
- Projects may have been worked on by individual participants or by teams of not more than three people. The rules concerning age and education requirements are applicable to all members of a project team. Where a team is involved all members of the team must be represented at the Contest so the Jury can conduct a thorough evaluation of their combined efforts.
- The National Organisers are responsible for selecting projects, submitting applications, and for all communication with the Commission.

How to present a project
The EU Contest for Young Scientists accepts project entries from all fields of scientific endeavour. Only projects that have been nominated by the National Organiser in each participating country are admissible. Contestants shall provide a written project, and a project suitable for display in a public exhibition.

Contestants will set up their project for display. The project must both conform to the strictest safety requirements and be suitable for public display. A project that in any way can be construed to be a threat to either animal or human health will be withdrawn from the Contest. In particular experiments that involve radioactive substances, dangerous equipment, toxic and carcinogenic materials are all excluded from public display. Projects that involve experiments with living animals shall only be accepted on non-human vertebrate and invertebrate animals when non-invasive experimentation has been conducted.


  • three first prizes worth 7000 EUR each,
  • three second prizes worth 5000 EUR each,
  • three third prizes worth 3500 EUR each.
  • Honorary Awards, including  all-expenses-paid trips to the London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) and the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar (SIYSS). The prize to Stockholm also includes tickets to the Nobel Prize Ceremony.
  • Special Donated Prizes

    Deadline to register:  1 June 2016.

    Contact details from the National Organisers in each participating country can be found here: http://ec.europa.eu/research/youngscientists/index_en.cfm?pg=organiser


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