20 Sep 2021
EC announces winners of 2020-2021 EU Contest for Young Scientists
On 19 September 2021, the European Commission (EC) announced the winners of the EU Contest for Young Scientists 2020-2021. The top prizes were awarded to six projects from Bulgaria, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine. The winners will receive €7,000 for each of their outstanding projects in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), as well as in social sciences. Among the many research topics were quantum computing, innovative solar cells and a statistical investigation into gender stereotyping in 5-7 year olds. The second and third prizes were granted to projects from Bulgaria, Czechia, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland, Turkey, Belarus, and Canada.
The EU Contest for Young Scientists was set up by the European Commission in 1989 to encourage cooperation and exchange between young scientists and to give them the opportunity to be guided by some of Europe's most prominent researchers. It also seeks to encourage young people to study STEM and to pursue a career in science. This year, 158 promising young scientists, aged between 14 and 20 years old and coming from 34 countries, participated. The students presented 114 different projects to an international jury of renowned scientists, chaired by Dr Attila Borics from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The winners shared a total of €93,000 in prize money, divided between the 18 core prizes, as well as other prizes, such as visits to some of the most innovative organisations and companies in Europe. They were announced during a ceremony in the University of Salamanca, Spain, following a two-day virtual competition.
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