What is EUCYS

The 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 Contest is the annual showcase of the best projects developed by young scientists in many different fields and from many countries. In fact, the EU Contest gives students the opportunity to compete with the best of their contemporaries at European level, to compare ideas, to meet other contestants with similar abilities and interests, as well as to be guided by some of the most prominent scientists in Europe.

The Contest is co-funded under Horizon 2020, the current EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, and is part of a broader initiative to reinforce the links between science and society, responsible research and innovation, and to further the emergence of a European Research Area. This year marks the 27th edition of the contest!

More details on the European Union Research and Innovation website

How does it work?

Each admitted 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 21). At the event, 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.
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 the public exhibition.

A good display is essential so that the Jury can appreciate the quality of the project. The projects are presented on a stand with side walls and must non exceed the foreseen dimensions (see Practical info). The display is part of the contestant's project and is used to exhibit the essential parts of the work. The display may include, for example, working models, a video, and other demonstration material. The project must conform to the Contest regulations.

* Only for this year Milan edition, it is possible for each country to send an extra project reflecting the EXPO2015 theme “Feeding the planet. Energy for life".

who can partecipate

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 can participate in the EU Contest. 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.

regulations EUCYS 2015



Aims and objectives

Article 1

The European Union (EU) Contest for Young Scientists, (hereinafter “the Contest”) was established in 1989, to promote the ideals of co-operation and interchange between young scientists. Through the contest the EC supports the process of formal and informal science education in schools and it reinforces links between science education and science careers.

The Contest builds on the efforts made in each participating country to attract young people to careers in science and technology.

Legal status

Article 2

The Contest is co-funded under Horizon 2020: The EU Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development and is part of a broader initiative to reinforce the links between science and society, responsible research and innovation and to further the emergence of a European Research Area. It is managed by the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission (hereinafter referred to as the 'the Commission').

Participating countries

Article 3

Participating countries are:

  • Member States of the European Union
  • Countries associated to Horizon 2020
  • Neighbourhood Countries
  • Countries that have a Science and Technology agreement with the EU but are not Neighbourhood Countries
An updated list of eligible countries will be published, by the European Commission, at the beginning of each year.

Participating countries

Article 4

Special guest status can be extended by decision of the European Commission to allow the participation of contestants from other countries, but these countries must have bilateral Science and Technology agreements with the EC.

Participating countries

Article 5

Projects and participants from the European Schools are also permitted to participate provided that they have not competed in the national contest of the country where the respective school is located.

Participating countries

Article 6

All participating countries are entitled to nominate up to 3 projects involving a total of no more than 6 contestants.

The European schools are entitled to nominate 1 project involving no more than 3 contestants.

Location and timing

Article 7

The Contest will be organised each year in a different country. The countries eligible to host the Contest are:

Member States of the European Union
Countries associated to Horizon 2020

Countries from Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and the New Independent States can also apply to host the Contest but preference will normally be given to a Member State of the European Union or one of the Associated States.

Applications to host the event can only be submitted by the approved National Organisers in eligible participating countries and must be endorsed by the appropriate national government ministry.

Location and timing

Article 8

The Contest normally takes place at the end of September. It consists of:

  • An Exhibition where contestants display their projects;
  • Opening Ceremony, Awards Ceremony, Press Conference, and Official Reception.


Article 9

Contestants will be admitted only if they have:

  1. won a first prize in their national competition; and
  2. been designated by the Jury of the respective national contest to present their project at the EU Contest in accordance with these rules.
  3. not previously participated in the EU Contest, even if the project intended for presentation is different.


Article 10

Contestants must conform to all of the following age and education requirements:

  1. be less than 21 years of age on the last day of the month of the EU Contest (September) but more than 14 years of age on the first day of the month of the EU Contest (September);
  2. have not yet completed the first year of higher education studies at the time of the Contest;
  3. have completed their project before entering higher education.


Article 11

Contestants can present individual projects or team projects of not more than three individuals per project (see article 6). Rules concerning age and education requirements are applicable to all members of a project team.


Article 12

In case of a team project, all members of the team must be present at the Contest. If one or more members of the team are absent, other than on the grounds of ill health, the Commission will decide, on a case by case basis, whether the remaining team members will be admitted to present the project. Normally the EC would require a letter from the contestant giving permission for the project to be included without that contestant or withdrawing from the contest.


Article 13

Contestants shall be available for interviews at the times requested by the Jury, be prepared to explain their projects to visitors and join in all the events that are organised.


Article 14

Contestants shall disclose to interviewing Jury members all material and information sources they have used in carrying out their projects and shall identify individuals or organisations that have supported or guided their work.


Article 15

Where a project has led to publications, patents, trademarks or similar, the relevant documents have to be made available to the Jury. Appropriate steps should be taken before the Contest to protect intellectual property rights, etc.


Article 16

Where, in the opinion of the Jury, contestants:

  1. are estimated to have received undue assistance from experts;
  2. have benefited from undue privileged access to resources;
  3. have clearly plagiarised ideas from others without indicating the source;
  4. are withholding information about the project or themselves;
  5. have not acknowledged the use of certain software.
they will be excluded from the competition by the Commission.


Article 17

Contestants must behave in a manner that is appropriate to someone representing their country abroad at an international event.


Article 18

Projects are accepted from all fields of scientific endeavour, including the social and economic sciences.

Projects that in any way are deemed to represent a risk to public health and safety shall however not be accepted at the exhibition. In particular experiments that involve radioactive substances, dangerous equipment, toxic and carcinogenic materials are all excluded from public display.


Article 19

Projects must respect the prevailing codes of ethics (including experimentation on invertebrates and non-invertebrates) in the country of origin as well as any considerations agreed to at the European or international level.


Article 20

Projects consist of a written report and suitable material for display in a public exhibition.


Article 21

Projects submitted must be supported by a written affidavit from the President of the Jury of the national young scientist competition to certify that the project has won first prize in the national competition.


Article 22

The written project report has up to seven sections (minimum five sections):

  1. A typewritten presentation (or essay). Hand written presentations are not admissible. The presentation should describe the project. It may be accompanied by original illustrations (graphs, drawings and photographs).
    • It may consist of up to a maximum of 10 pages of written text (A4 format; single sided; double spaced and unbound in a minimum font size of 10);
    • It may be accompanied by up to a further 10 pages of illustrations (A4 format; single sided and unbound);
    • No extra materials such as video tapes and diskettes can be accepted as part of the typewritten presentation;
    • The presentation can be written in any of the official Community languages.
    • Contestants are reminded, however, that the working language of the Jury is English.
  2. A one page scientific summary in English containing the most important points of the project (aim of project, materials and methods, observations and conclusions).
  3. A clear concise project title in English for the Contest Catalogue. This may be accompanied, if required, by the full scientific title.
  4. The full original scientific title, in the original language.
  5. A straightforward description of the project of not more than ten lines in simple English for publication in the Contest Catalogue. Contestants, through their National Organiser, must ensure that this brief project description is readily understandable by the reporting press, other media, and interested members of the wider public.


Article 23

The Project Display is an essential element of the project for the Jury and public to appreciate the quality of the work. It requires:

  1. Project displays to be set up by contestants at the Science Exhibition;
  2. Projects to be suitable for public display and conform to the strictest safety requirements;
  3. Projects shall be presented on a stand, respecting the dimensions as described in the information posted on the EUCYS host organiser's official website. The display is part of the contestant's project and must exhibit the essential parts of the work. The display may consist of working models, DVDs and other demonstration material. However, a project display that exceeds the stand dimensions will not be admitted.
  4. Exceptions can only be admitted under conditions specified in the Contest’s annual application brochure. The Commission reserves the right to refuse the public displays of any material which may present a risk to health and safety or which is judged by the Commission to be otherwise unacceptable for public display.
  5. Contestants are expected to conform to the Host country electricity supply and should find out about this in advance.
  6. No commercial logos will be allowed on the Stands used by the Contestants to display their project.
  7. Contestants are responsible for bringing and setting up their own equipment. They should ensure that their equipment is insured or in the case of hired equipment, check that insurance cover is included. Neither the Commission nor the Host Organiser will accept any responsibility for loss or damage.

The National Organisers

Article 24

National Organisers represent the body/institution that is responsible for the organisation of the national contest in the respective country.

The National Organisers

Article 25

National Organisers are responsible for submitting projects selected by the respective national Jury and for all subsequent communication with the Commission and the Host organiser. They ensure that the rules concerning the number of projects per country and the eligibility criteria for their contestants are fully respected.

If, following submission to the Commission, a project is withdrawn, National Organisers shall inform the Commission immediately.

The National Organisers

Article 26

National Organisers ensure that all applications from their contestants arrive by the specified deadline: the first Tuesday in June of the year concerned. Late entries will not be admitted.

The National Organisers

Article 27

National Organisers should ensure that when their contestants are aged between 14-17 years old that they are accompanied throughout the duration of the Contest.

The National Organisers

Article 28

National Organisers may delegate responsibility to accompany contestants under 18 years old (see article 29) to an escort. The escort shall not be less than 21 years old. His or her duties shall be the same as those of the responsible National Organiser.
In all cases National Organisers must ensure that all Contestants are accompanied by a responsible adult from the moment they leave home until their return. No Contestant should attend the Contest unaccompanied by an adult.

The National Organisers

Article 29

In the case where contestants are under 18 years old, National Organisers shall arrange that contestants will travel as a group under supervision both from and back to their country of origin.

The National Organisers

Article 30

National Organisers select one international train station or airport from which their contestants will depart and return to their country. The departure point shall be chosen so that it will provide the easiest and most convenient direct routing to the Contest venue.

The National Organisers

Article 31

National Organisers or escort(s) assigned by them constitute together with their contestants the respective country’s official delegation and are the only ones that can enjoy access to all public and private events associated with the Contest.

The National Organisers

Article 32

National Organisers shall, through their organisation, meet the costs of any travel to and from the point of international departure in the given country from where the respective delegation travels to the Contest.

The National Organisers

Article 33

National Organisers shall keep their contestants informed as to the travel arrangements, on the basis of information provided by the host National Organiser of the Contest.

The National Organisers

Article 34

National Organisers shall advise their contestants about all travel documentation that may be required and shall request the assistance of the Commission at the time of the deadline for applications if such assistance is needed.

The National Organisers

Article 35

National Organisers undertake:

  1. to deal with any import/export procedures that may be required for material that is needed for the display of their projects;
  2. to ensure that all display material arrives on time for the Contest and that it is duly exported back to their own country at the end of the Contest;
  3. to cover all expenses related to the transport of any extra material that may be needed for the display of projects;
  4. to send to the Commission, as soon as possible after the Contest, details of any media coverage that their contestants have received.

The National Organisers

Article 36

National Organisers assume responsibility for the well-being and the behaviour of their delegation. This requires them:

  1. to ensure that their delegation travels with adequate health, accident and travel insurance that covers them for the travel and the duration of the Contest.
  2. to handle any linguistic or other problems that may arise during the Contest or in relation to associated activities.
  3. to ensure that they have their own measures in place to assure their delegation’s behaviour remains beyond reproach.

The National Organisers

Article 37

Where there are grounds to believe that a National Organiser or its nominated escort is failing in their duties in respect of the Contest, the Commission reserves the right to inform the appropriate authorities and ask for remedial action. If no satisfactory solution is then forthcoming, the Commission may cancel its association with the body in question and ask the country concerned to review arrangements at national level.

The National Organisers

Article 38

The National Organisers must ensure that only one team is entered into the contest per subject discipline for any country thus guaranteeing the legitimacy of the contest as an event where only first prize-winners compete against each other. If any NO is found to have entered 2 teams from the same subject discipline, one of the teams will be eliminated or moved to another discipline.

The Host National Organiser

Article 39

The Host National Organiser, in association with the Commission, selects the venue for the Contest where all projects can be displayed in an equitable fashion.

The Host National Organiser

Article 40

The Host National Organiser takes care of local sponsoring which would be expected to cover at least 25 % of the total budget.

The Host National Organiser

Article 41

The Host National Organiser draws up with the Commission the Contest programme and arranges for the event to be open and attractive to the members of the public such as schools, teachers, the media, etc. In doing so, the Host National Organiser takes the necessary precautions to ensure that the work of the Jury will not be impeded. Thus, the Host National Organiser will make sure that nobody else but the members of the EU Contest Jury and European Commission staff are present during the interviewing. National Organisers and Escorts will be asked to leave during interviews.

The Host National Organiser

Article 42

The Host National Organiser’s responsibilities include:

  1. Setting up a local web site that will be used solely for the contest.
  2. The preparation of the Application forms in conjunction with the EC
  3. The printing and distribution of all Contest literature (catalogue, prize certificates, posters etc.).
  4. The travel arrangements of all official parties, identified during the negotiation of the grant agreement (article 48), whose expenses will be covered by the European Commission.
  5. The accommodation arrangements of all official parties as identified during the negotiation of the grant agreement (article 48).
  6. The provision of suitable rooms at the venue for the Jury, Commission staff, Press and National Organisers/Escorts.
  7. The briefing of the host country’s media about the Contest.
  8. The payment of prize money into bank accounts of contestant, their parents or guardians within 30 days of the event.
  9. Paying the Jury within 30 days of the event.

The Host National Organiser

Article 43

The host National Organiser shall appoint at least 20 local student helpers to assist with the Contest or care for similar arrangements. In selecting student helpers, age and experience of candidates will be taken into consideration.

The European Commission

Article 44

Under its overall policy and managerial responsibilities referred to in Article 2 above, the Commission will work towards the future development of the Contest and the promotion of youth science.

The European Commission

Article 45

The Commission will call an annual meeting of National Organisers, during the contest, to discuss with them issues of general importance or practical matters in relation to the Contest.

The European Commission

Article 46

The Commission will convene an annual Steering Group meeting comprising past, present and future contest hosts to discuss important matters between the past, present and future contests.

The European Commission

Article 47

Under the rules of the respective research programme, the European Commission will provide the essential funding for the organisation of the Contest. To this end the Commission will sign a grant agreement with the host National Organiser.

The European Commission

Article 48

On the basis of the grant agreement with the Host National Organiser the Commission shall cover the following expenses:

  • The renting of the venue for the Science exhibition including suitable rooms for the Jury, Commission staff and Press.
  • Production of printed material.
  • Travel and accommodation expenses of contestants as specified in Article 6.
  • Travel and accommodation expenses of one adult escorting person per country (either the national organiser or a nominated escort).
  • Prizes and awards
  • Facilities for the Commission, Host National Organiser and Jury.
  • Conception, assembly and dismantling of the stands for contestants including electrical connections, internet connections, etc.
  • Further expenses related to organisational arrangements such as student helpers, souvenirs, badges, etc.

The European Commission

Article 49

The Commission may decide to cover other expenses insofar as they contribute to the quality of the organisation of the event or to its media impact.

The European Commission

Article 50

Under the grant agreement mentioned in Article 47 the Commission will not accept to cover expenses incurred by any of the participants that are not referred to in Articles 48 and 49.

The jury

Article 51

The Jury is composed of scientists from the different participating countries and covers the broadest spectrum of scientific disciplines. Jury members carry out their duties as individuals and not as representatives of an institution or country. Their ways of working are laid down in separate rules and regulations similar to those of other Commission evaluation panels.


Article 52

Following evaluation of all competing projects the Jury shall select outstanding projects to receive prizes. The decision of the Jury is final.


Article 53

Prizes can take the form of monetary awards or non-monetary awards. The level and description of prizes will be publicised by the European Commission well in advance before every Contest.


Article 54

Monetary prizes will be paid into the bank account of the contestant/prize winner(s) or by cheque. Where a prize-winner has no bank account, the Commission will only authorise payment into the bank account of the contestants' parents or guardians.


Article 55

All participating countries are eligible for all core prizes.

National organizers

National Organisers

The National Organizers play an important role in the European Union Contest for Young Scientists. They are responsible for selecting the best projects and students in their own country to compete at the European Contest, submitting applications on behalf of their contestants and accompanying them to the event.

Over the years, interest in the Contest has grown so much that neighboring European countries as well as non-European countries are also eager to send their contestants to the European Contest.

The national contests may not be quite the same from one country to another due to the historical development of their national programmes, but all of them have in common the desire to promote interest in science among young boys and girls.


Milena Makriševiç

Austria Wirtschaftsservice / Jugend Innovativ
Walcherstraße 11 A
Vienna 1020
Phone: +43150175562
Email: m.makrisevic@awsg.at


Alena Nikolaevna Senchanka

Ministry of Education
9, Sovetskaya St.
Minsk 220010
Phone: +375172009839
Email: selena-05@tut.by


Antoine van Ruymbeke

Jeunesses Scientifiques de Belgique
Avenue Latérale 17
Brussels 1180
Phone: +32479343548
Email: antoinevr@jsb.be


Marieta Ivanova Rashkova - Popova

Ministry of Education and Science
2A, Dondukov Blvd.
Sofia 1000
Phone: +35929217546
Email: mpopova@mon.bg


Jingyi Jiang

Children & Youth Science Center,CAST
Rm 219 Bld C, China Science Hall Beijing
Beijing 100863
Phone: +860168515419
Email: jiangjingyi@cast.org.cn


Olympia Orfanidou

Cyprus Contest for Young Scientists
Nikokleous 9A
Limassol 3027
Phone: +35799547441
Email: cycys.foundation@gmail.com

Czech Republic

Jana Sevcova

National Institute for Futher Education
Senovazne namestí 25
Prague 1 110 00
Phone: +420603860963
Email: sevcova@nidv.cz


Estrid Brandorff

Danish Science Factory
Øster Voldgade 3
København K 1350
Phone: +4570208620
Email: eb@danishsciencefactory.dk


Yasser Tawfik Eltantawy

6 Makky Street, Saba Basha, Apart. 3
Alexandria 21411
Phone: +201224447767
Email: yasser@ideasgym.com


Terje Tuisk

Estonian Research Council
5th Floor, Soola 8
Tartu 51013
Phone: +3725110356
Email: terje.tuisk@etag.ee

European Schools

Wulf Schlabe

European Schools
Drève Ste Anne 86
Brussels 1020
Phone: +3223401391
Email: wulf.schlabe@eursc.org


Pekka Pellinen

Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland - TEK
Ratavartijankatu 2
Helsinki 910
Phone: +358405219424
Email: pekka.pellinen@tek.fi


Gilles Camus

Sciences a l'Ecole
Observatoire de Paris, Bâtiment Perrault bureau 226, 61 avenue de l'Observatoire
Paris 75014
Phone: +33614201998
Email: gilles.camus@upmc.fr


Tamar Khulordava

International Education Programs Foundation
7 Gia Abesadze Street
Tbilisi 150
Phone: +995577406409
Email: tkhulordava@yahoo.com


Sven Baszio

Stiftung Jugend forscht e. V.
Baumwall 5
Hamburg 20459
Phone: +49403747090
Email: sven.baszio@jugend-forscht.de


János Pakucs

Hungarian Association for Innovation
Lajos St. 103
Budapest 1036 Budapest
Phone: +3614303330
Email: innovacio@innovacio.hu


Gudrun Jonsdottir Bachmann

University of Iceland
Saemundargata 2
Reykjavik 101
Phone: +3548640124
Email: gudrunba@hi.is


Mari Cahalane

BT Young Scientist & technology Exhibition
Grand Canal Plaza
Upper rand Canal Street Dublin 4
Phone: +353868343006
Email: mari.cahalane@bt.com


Maya Sara Halevi

Bloomfield Science Museum Jerusalem
Hebrew University, Givat Ram
Jerusalem 9270100
Phone: +97226544888
Email: mayah@mada.org.il


Alberto Pietro Pieri

Piazzale R. Morandi 2
Milano 20121
Phone: +390277790303
Email: alberto.pieri@fast.mi.it


Mudite Kalnina

National Centre for Education
Strugu 4
Riga 1003
Phone: +37122048771
Email: mudite.kalnina@visc.gov.lv


Emilija Bugailiškiené

Ministry Of Education and Science Of The Republic Of Lithuania
A. Volano str. 2/7
Vilnius 01516
Phone: +37052191167
Email: emilija.bugailiskiene@smm.lt


Carlo Joseph Martin Hansen

Fondation Jeunes Scientifiques Luxembourg
BP 1387
Luxembourg 1013
Phone: +352661562732
Email: marie.deneux@jonk-fuerscher.lu


Zach Cassar

220 St. Paul Street
Valletta VLT 1217
Phone: +35625588241
Email: cassar.zach@gmail.com

New Zealand

Debbie Tracy Woodhall

Royal Society of New Zealand
PO Box 598
Wellington 6011
Phone: +6444705762
Email: debbie.woodhall@royalsociety.org.nz


Sissel Marie Holmern

The Research Council of Norway
Pb. 564
Lysaker 1327
Phone: +4799226344
Email: smh@forskningsradet.no


Jan Ryszard Madey

Krajowy Fundusz na rzecz Dzieci - Polish Children's Fund
ul. Pasteura 5A
Warszawa 02-093
Phone: +48602243302
Email: fundusz@fundusz.org


Ricardo Carvalho

Fundação da Juventude
Rua das Flores, 69
Porto 4050-265
Phone: +351223393530
Email: rcarvalho@fjuventude.pt


Alexander Olegovich Karpov

Russian Youth Engineering Society (RYES)
5, 2-nd Baumanskaya ul.
Moscow 105005
Phone: +74952675552
Email: apfn@step-into-the-future.ru


Jozef Ristvej

AMAVET - Association for Youth, Science and Technology, Slovakia
Hagarova 4
Bratislava 831 52
Phone: +421244872331
Email: j.ristvej@amavet.sk


Marija Osredkar

Association for Technical Culture of Slovenia
Zaloška 65
Ljubljana 1000
Phone: +38631361345
Email: marija.osredkar@vegova.si

South Korea

Youngmi Kim

Korea Science Service
303-1201 Parkrio Jamsil 4dong, Songpa Gu
Seoul 138-932
Phone: +821099173944
Email: drkatekim@hotmail.com


Alejandro Cremades Rodríguez

Dirección General de Política Universitaria
Subdirección General de Formación y Movilidad del Profesorado e Innovación
Madrid 28002
Phone: +34917459228
Email: arquimedes@mecd.es


Karl Erik Gustaf Larsson

Förbundet Unga Forskare
Lilla Frescativägen 4c
Stockholm 11418
Phone: +46733808485
Email: karl.larsson@ungaforskare.org


Oliver Berger

Swiss Youth in Science
Gebäude 59G Stauffacherstrasse 65
Bern 3014
Phone: +41313777102
Email: oliver.berger@sjf.ch


Mustafa Çufali

Akay Cad. No:6 Bakanliklar
Ankara Turkey 6420
Phone: +3122989666
Email: mustafa.cufali@tubitak.gov.tr


Olexander Romanenko

National Medical University
Pobedy avenue, 34
Kiev 03680
Phone: +380444544992
Email: alexrom@i.com.ua

United Kingdom

Alexis Hunter-Craig

British Science Association
165 Queen's Gate
London SW7 5HD
Phone: +442070194965
Email: alexis.hunter-craig@britishscienceassociation.org


Sharon B Snyder

Society for Science & the Public
1719 N Street, NW
Washington 20036
Phone: +12027852255
Email: ssnyder@societyforscience.org


EUCYS History

The competition started in 1989 after the then European Commission President Jacques Delors decided to take over a Europe-wide science fair that Dutch electronics firm Royal Philips had been running since 1968. The European Commission launched the contest in Brussels with the aim of promoting cooperation and exchange between young researchers, and giving them the chance to discuss their work with some of t he world’s leading scientists. Since then, the event has been continuously implemented giving a generation of young researchers the confidence to pursue careers in science.




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