Award ceremony for European Union Contest for Young Scientists held in Milan
169 young researchers from 39 countries, aged between 14 and 20, presented their 103 science projects to an international jury at the EXPO 2015 in Milan, competing for the the 27th annual European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS).
At the awards ceremony on 21 September 2015, The three first prizes of €7,000 each were awarded to Sanath Kumar Devalapurkar from the USA for "On the Stability and Algebraicity of Algebraic K-theory", Michał Bączyk and Paweł Piotr Czyż from Poland for "The studies of behaviour of single and coupled on-off type oscillators on the example of bottle oscillators" and Lukas Stockner from Germany for "Statistical modeling of volume-scattered light".
One of the three second prizes of € 5,000 each went to Michael Bayrhammer and Florian Thaller from Austria, for their project "Tendon Tissue Engineering - Development of a Novel Tissue Bioreactor for Culturing Tendons" (medicine). The other two second prizes went to Russia and Poland, and the three third prizes to projects from New Zealand, Germany and Estonia. Since EXPO2015 focuses on the theme of “Feeding the planet, Energy for life”, three Food Prizes were also awarded. They were won by Ireland, Lithuania and Poland.
Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, congratulated the winners, saying "It's good to see so much young talent will enrich science generations to come and help us find new answers to challenges of the future."
This year's edition of the Contest for Young Scientists was the largest in its history spanning over three decades. All entries had previously won first prize in their home country's respective national science competitions in their specific field.
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