Host Organiser


the Federation of scientific and technical Associations was founded in june 1897 by a group of Milan Polytechnic professors and local industrial stakeholders. Their names are linked with major achievements in the technological development of Milan: Giuseppe Colombo was the project designer of the first power station in europe, which opened in Milan in 1883. Giovanni Battista Pirelli was the founder of the leading chemistry and rubber industry in Italy, while Cesare Saldini, dean of Milan Polytechnic, played a key role in the renovation and modernisation of manufacturing plants.

The aim of the Federation was to bring together various scientific associations in order to promote debate, dissemination and collaboration in the name of progress, without prejudice or political bias. during the first fifty years, membership and activity increased greatly. Technology weeks, seminars and press conferences regularly took place at Fast premises and the Federation became a reference point for the dissemination of scientific knowledge. in the 1950s Fast was already a world landmark thanks to its international nuclear energy days, which were the main opportunity for debating and getting an update on technology and safety issues, featuring the participation of experts from foreign countries. Fast was strengthening its role beyond national borders. In 1961, the President of the Federation, Luigi Morandi, delivered a “visionary” speech, the words of which are still relevant today: “If Europe aims at getting back the prestige it once had, we must become convinced that today not one of our small nations is capable of making, alone, the scientific and technical efforts required to make progress...Through our activity we would like to encourage the creation of a european scientific and technical organisation. that’s why we are going to carry on with our recently started initiative by cooperating in the research field

with institutions from other countries on some of the big issues in which we are jointly and, at the same time, individually interested”. After 118 years we may say that Fast has stayed faithful to the principles inspiring its original mission and the new way paved by Luigi Morandi in the 1960s has led to the current structure and activities of the Federation. today, Fast gathers 32 italian scientific and technical associations covering the most important industrial sectors, with more than 45,000 members. it is still a place for scientific updating and debate, hosting about 700 events a year and distributing 34 magazines. Fast expanded its outreach through membership in important European associations and networks, such as the Enterprise Europe Network, Milset, EuroCASE or Fedarene, to mention a few. Today, the activity of the Federation is focused on supporting innovation and research, training and education, including through participation in EU funded projects. Research and innovation, energy and environment, chemistry and materials remain the key sectors of expertise of the Federation. One of the most important activities for Fast is supporting and assisting companies in implementing technology transfers and successfully participating in European projects. Fast strongly believes that the attitude of innovation and research should be fostered and nourished beginning from school age and is strongly committed to the promotion of scientific careers among young talents. Fast has established relationships with the most prestigious international organisations that promote student events and since 1989 has organised the national Contest for Young Scientists. An old institution with a young heart!


Alberto Pieri

National Organisers Host Director

Rosaria Gandolfi

Project Manager

Gisella Armonio

Manuela Bergami

Paola Gabaldi

Muriel Geroli

Giulia Ispano

Roberta Panzeri

Angela Pulvirenti

Cinzia Boschiero

Press Office

Luca Secchi

Communication Office


Karen Slavin

Nathalie Perault

Vera Fehnle



Stefania Giannini

Minister of Education, University and Research

Giuliano Pisapia

Mayor of Milan

Roberto Maroni

President of the Lombardy Regional Government

Patrizia Toia

Member of the European Parliament, Vice-Chair ITRE-Industry Research and Energy

Luigi Nicolais

President of CNR-Italian National Research Council

Stefano Paleari

President of CRUI-Conference of Italian University Rectors


Franco Anelli

Rector of the Catholic University of Milan

Giovanni Azzone

Rector of the Milan Polytechnics

Delia Campanelli

Director General school office for the Lombardy Region

Mario Melazzini

Councillor Productive activities, Research and Innovation, Lombardy Regional Government

Cristina Messa

Rector of the Milan Bicocca University

Francesco Profumo

President FBK-Bruno Kessler Foundation Trento

Stefano Rossini

President Fast- Federation of scientific and Technical Associations

Andrea Sironi

Rector of the Bocconi University

Cristina Tajani

Councillor Employment policies, Economic development, University and Research, City of Milan

Gianluca Vago

Rector of the State University of Milan

Roberto Cingolani

scientific director IIT-Italian Institute of Technology

projects EUCYS 2015



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Bio-energy production from organic wastes (Egypt)

The effects of Chimney ash fertilizer on the growth and yield of 4 kinds of maize (China)

Herbal Extracts to Control Granary Weevil (Sitophilus granarius L.) (Lithuania)

The effects of volcanic ash on vegetation (Iceland)

Do electrostatic fields influence organisms? (Luxembourg)

The structure of the large ribosomal subunit of Deinococcus radiodurans in complex with different antibiotics (Israel)

An in vitro study to measure the antioxidant activity of complex phytonutrients (Malta)

Bright and oil-producing plants for a better future (Sweden)

Food Additives: (cyto)toxicity in Drosophila melanogaster (Portugal)

Alternative method for Silk Sheath Production Developed from Observation of Spinning Behavior of Silkworms (USA – Intel ISEF)


Methane Recovery from manure biogas by amine absorption for hydrogen synthesis (Egypt)

Corrosion on metallic alloys in a sodium chloride solution (Spain)

Development and application of the reaction system based on chemiluminiscence for forensic applications (Slovenia)

Metals - Catchers: "A banana a day keeps the heavy metals away" (Italy)

Synthesis and biochemical characterization of covalent fluorescent probes targeting mitotic protein kinase Aurora A (Estonia)

The Effect of Cholesterol on Biological Membranes (Czech Republic)

Stereoselective synthesis of 2`-Deoxy-ß-ribonucleosides (Latvia)

Removal of Cell Receptor Specific Precursor B-cell Lymphoblasts from Whole Blood through Electromagnetic Filtration Therapy by Metalloprotein Cell Surface Attachment (Malta)

Power to gas - an alternative approach (Germany)

Decrease in chromium concentration as a result of the bioadsorption by Sacharomices cerevisiae (Portugal)

Development of a Novel Radiation Shielding Material (Turkey)


A new genetic algorithm for the 3-dimensional matching problem (Bulgaria)

Gyromouse (Hungary)

Effectiveness of different anti-cheat methods used in games (Estonia)

Controlling a swarm of robots by sight using electroencephalography (Switzerland)

ImproApp – an Application that Transforms Live Music into Sheet Music (Israel)

Sound Glasses (Georgia)

Statistical modeling of volume-scattered light (Germany)

LigoDrive: portable wireless NAS (Russia)


Creation of the multifunctional UAV and research of its main physical characteristics (Belarus)

Programmable Human-Computer Interaction Puppet (China)

Increasing the efficiency of wind turbines (Egypt)

BOpHIS - Buoy for the measurement of pH by ISFET technology (Italy)

Inhibition of mould growth by environmentally friendly factors (Lithuania)

Farmclean (Belgium)

Multiclimatizator and Quadcopter (Georgia)

Study of the dynamics of physical parameters defining the degree of watermelon ripeness (Ukraine)

CubeControl (Austria)

Distrib Médic (France)


Influence of water contamination on the environment and the biodiversity of cross-border Struma river (Bulgaria)

To Graze or Not to Graze? (New Zealand)

Research of the relationship between temperature anomaly on Earth and chosen parameters of solar activity (Poland)

iBin: a "smart" bin to separate waste collection (Italy)

Scented pelargonium against horse-chestnut leaf miners (Lithuania)

School Waste: A source for energy production (Cyprus)

Pyrolysis of organic waste materials (Slovenia)

The Härjapea Riverbed on Tallinn City Map and the Importance of the River in the Temporal Development of the City (Estonia)

Successions of vegetation and recultivation of the anthropogenically changed landscapes in neighborhoods of the Krasnoye settlement and in the Nenets state nature reserve, 2013-2014 (Russia)

Food - EXPO 2015

A new energy efficient method for optimizing the environment of cultivated plants in the greenhouse (Hungary)

Injury Increasing Crop Yields (Ireland)

The influence of essential oils on selected bacteria and fungi microorganisms as to verify their potential as plant and food protection specificities (Poland)

Falsification of food (Czech Republic)

Photosynthesized sugar partition and improvement in the plant production quality: use of a fluorescent tracer (Italy)

Determination of neutral sugars from different honeys by capillary electrophoresis (Estonia)

Winter Rape Germination and Growth Control Using Sound (Lithuania)

Jerusalem artichoke juice fermentation by non-conventional yeasts (Latvia)

Milk in glass bottles (Iceland)

How Toothpastes Affect Coffee Stained Teeth (Finland)

Natural arsenic poisoning? Decontamination of spring waters using superparamagnetic particles! (Switzerland)

Renewables to green olefins (Germany)

Reducing Acrylamide Content in Wheat Using Genetic Modification (United Kingdom)

LebensMittel (Austria)

Lipids on the run! (Portugal)

Contamination of a corn field by another (France)

The usage of the faeces of household-waste-fed snails as fertilizer and for vegetation efficiency (Turkey)


Biomimetic Bulletproof Suit (European Schools)

Basic study for applications and physical properties change by surface treatment of the magnesium alloy (AZ31) (South Korea)

Fatigue Limit Test Stand (Austria)


Functional equations over finite sets (Belarus)

A Robust Log-Optimal Strategy and its Application in NYSE (China)

Creating two dimensional manifolds by gluing the edges of 2n-gons (Bulgaria)

Asymptotic properties of the additive nonbase (South Korea)

Groups and polyomino tilings (Latvia)

Counting Horizontally Convex Polyhexes and Polyamonds (Israel)

On the Stability and Algebraicity of Algebraic K-theory (USA – Intel ISEF)

Rearranging Rectangles (Denmark)

From the Fibonacci to the Lucas (Turkey)


Occurrence and prevention of Trichinella spp. In the Prešov region (Slovakia)

Building blood vessel-like structures using stem cell derived endothelial cells (Hungary)

Origami BioBandage - mathematically described multipotential bioimplant based on polymeric nanomaterial modified by hydroxyapatite and stem cells (Poland)

More Efficient Cancer Treatment Using Novel Ferrocene and Titanocene Derivatives (Czech Republic)

Effect of protease inhibitors from apples to prevent asthma in affected patients (Malta)

The Effect of Selenite and Selenium-Methylselenocyste on T-lymphocytes (Sweden)

Understanding Lubiprostone's mechanism of action to examine whether it can be prescribed to cystic fibrosis patients (United Kingdom)

Tendon Tissue Engineering - Development of a Novel Tissue Bioreactor for Culturing Tendons (Austria)


Increasing wing lift for safer landing (Belarus)

Detecting particles with TPC detector (Hungary)

The studies of behaviour of single and coupled on-off type oscillators on the example of bottle oscillators (Poland)

The Way to the Space (Georgia)

A man flight in wingsuit (Belgium)

Hydrogen storage and ion-exchange capability unmodified NaA, NaX, clinoptilolite zeolites (Latvia)

Modelling Coupled Metronome Systems; an Application of the Kuramoto Model (Norway)

Analysis and visualisation of space-time models (Switzerland)

Monopod - Physics at the tipping point (Germany)

Muon telescope (Russia)

Calefaction at low temperatures (France)

Supernova type 1a (Denmark)

Generation of Artificial Gravity by Using Electrostatic Force for Prevention of Muscle Atrophy and Osteoporosis Occurring in Gravity-Free Environment (Turkey)

Social sciences

Am I happy? A research about stated happiness or subjective well-being of young people in Molina de Segura (Murcia, Spain): Who is happier, boys or girls? (Spain)

Alcohol consumption: does the apple fall far from the tree? (Ireland)

How far were the conditions of female prisons in Spain a result of Franco's political aims or the ideological influence by the Catholic Church in 1940-50? (Norway)

Optimizing Mobile Blood Collection with a Computational Tool (Finland)

The tinfoil crackled: how students in Mussolini's Italy were indoctrinated. Organisation, methods, content (Switzerland)

Stand Specification

Stand EUCYS 2015

Each stand (2 m² = 1 m x 2 m x 2,5 mh) will be equipped with:

  • front branding frame (0,5 m x 2 m)
  • one fixed table with storage (height: 100 cm, surface 100 cm x 100 cm)
  • chairs
  • one multiple power socket;
  • two overhead spotlights (100W)
  • WiFi connection

Map of the Exhibition Area

Stand EUCYS 2015



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 members 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. In exceptional circumstances the EC reserves the right to appoint jury members for more than 5 terms. The role of the jury at EUCYS is of the utmost importance. The jury follow the jury Rules and Guidelines established by the EC. The jury assess and score the competing projects based on the written descriptions submitted by the projects and through interviews with the Contestants carried out during the Contest. Based on their assessment of the projects and on lengthy discussions with other jury members, the jury draw up the lists of winners of the core prizes and the special prizes. the decision of the jury is final. This year the Commission is delighted to point out that two members of the jury are previous first prize winners of the contest. Furthermore, the president of this year’s jury, dr. lina tomasella, won first prize at the first european Union contest for Young scientists in Brussels in 1989.

Since the European Commission took over the running of the European Union Contest for Young Scientists in 1989, the position of President of the jury has been held by:

• Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer, Trinity College Cambridge, 1989-1991
• Professor Galo Ramirez, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, 1992-1994
• Professor Gisela Anton, Universitat Nurnberg, 1995-1996
• Professor Sue Kingsman, Trinity College Oxford, 1997
• Professor Pedro Guerreiro, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 1998-1999
• Professor Pauline Slosse, Université Libre de Bruxelles, 2000-2002
• Dr. Ulf Merbold, ESA/ESTEC Noordwijk, 2003-2005
• Professor Jane Grimson, Trinity College Dublin, 2006 and 2008
• Professor Hansen Vagn Lundsgaarg, Technical University of Denmark, 2007
• Professor Chris Phillips, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom, 2009
• Professor Hagit Messer-Yaron, The Open University of Israel, Israel, 2010
• Professor Maria Ana Viana-Baptista, Lisbon Engineering Institute, 2011
• Professor Maria Ana Viana-Baptista, Lisbon Engineering Institute, 2012
• Dr. Henrik Aronsson, University of Gothenburg, 2013-2014

Lina Tomasella

President of the jury

Astronomical Observatory

Lina Tomasella is an astronomer at INAF OAPd (Italian National Institute for Astrophysics – Astronomical Observatory of Padova). She has a degree in physics and a PhD in astronomy from the University of Padova. Her research interests are devoted to the physical properties of explosive astrophysical objects, supernovae and optical transients, in collaboration with Padova-Asiago sN Group. the whole scientific production is summarized in about fifty refereed papers and in over 550 between IAU Astronomical circulars and Atel (the Astronomer’s telegram). she was member of the Time Allocation Committee for TNG (Galileo National Telescope, La Palma) and LBT (Large Binocular Telescope, Arizona) from 2012 to 2014. She lives and works mainly in Asiago, where there are the telescopes and instruments operated by the Astronomical Observatory of Padova. In Asiago she is also the Institute based coordinator and head of outreach activities. Lina won a top prize in the 1st EUCYS, Bruxelles 1989.

Henrik Aronsson

Members of the jury

University of Gothenburg

He pursued his PhD degree in Plant Physiology at the University of Gothenburg. He graduated in 2001 and spent the following year and a half as a postdoctoral student at Leicester University. The next year he spent at Gotland University and Skövde University as a senior lecturer. He then returned to the University of Gothenburg in 2004, where he attained Associate Professorship in 2007. As a graduate student, he studied protein targeting of a chlorophyll related protein to the envelope and the thylakoid membrane. He then switched during his postdoctoral period to study the chloroplast protein import machinery with a focus on the components that make up the machinery. His research group has in recent years started to study vesicle transport inside chloroplasts between the envelope and the thylakoid in the plant model system of Arabidopsis, interestingly, similar systems in the mammalian system have shown immense importance for having links to different human diseases. He has several international collaborations e.g. a project in Bangladesh with the aim to produce salt tolerant non-GM wheat to increase the crop yield and thereby the daily food intake for the people of that country. He is one of the vice prefects at his department, and founder of a small plant biotech company.

Katrin Auel

Members of the jury

Institute for Advanced Studies

Katrin Auel is associate professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna. After completing her studies in public administration at the University of Konstanz, she received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Hagen. She has held positions at the University of Halle- Wittenberg and the European University Viadrina and spent several years at Mansfield college / the Department of Politics and international Relations of the University of Oxford. She has also held visiting posts at Waseda University, Tokyo, the University of Halle- Wittenberg, Stanford University (in Oxford) and at the centre d’études européennes at sciences Po Paris. Her research focuses on Europeanisation, legislative studies, and the democratic legitimacy of governance in multilevel systems, especially the European Union. Her current research analyses the role of national parliaments in the EU, and she has published widely on legislative behaviour in European affairs. She also regularly advises national parliaments on scrutiny provisions in EU affairs.

Derek Bell

Members of the jury

College of Teachers
United Kingdom

Derek Bell is a teacher, researcher, advisor and advocate for improving and enriching education for all. He worked in schools and universities before becoming Chief Executive of the Association for Science Education (ASE) and Head of Education at the Wellcome Trust. Throughout his career Derek has maintained a strong and active interest in the enhancement of teaching and learning in science and helping children develop their understanding of the world around them. He was a member of the SPACE (Science Processes and Concept Exploration) Project team based at the University of liverpool and co-ordinated the Nuffield Primary Science Project. Derek remains very active in education, nationally and internationally, through his consultancy (Campanula Consulting), committee and advisory work and has a wide range of publications. Derek is keen to enhance the links between science, technology, engineering and mathematics through partnerships across the education, industrial and business sectors. He is currently a trustee of the IBM Trust UK, Understanding Animal Research and Centre of the Cell in the UK, a member of the Inter Academies Panel Global Education Committee and on the judging panel for the European Union Contest for Young Scientists. Derek is Director of LEARNUS, Professor of Education in the College of Teachers and a visiting research associate at the Institute of Education, University of London. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Education by Manchester Metropolitan University in 2011.

Attila Borics

Members of the jury

Institute of Biochemistry of Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Dr. Attila Borics received his PhD degree in 2005 from Creighton University (USA) for his contribution to the field of chiroptical spectroscopy and conformational studies of peptides. Then he joined the ranks of the Biological Research Center of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Szeged (Hungary) as a research associate. His research focuses on biomolecular structure, more specifically protein and peptide structure and interactions, conformational analysis and structure-activity studies. This includes the investigation of the three dimensional structural determinants of the biological activity of various neuropeptides, structural explanation of the mechanism of action of enzymes and receptors, location of interaction sites of proteins and the study of the interactions between semi-synthetic proteins and cell membrane.

Maria Cordina

Members of the jury

University of Malta

Prof. Maria Cordina graduated in Pharmacy from the University of Malta in 1992. She was awarded a scholarship to read for a Phd at the Queen’s University of Belfast in Northern Ireland and graduated 1998. Her research focused on pharmaceutical care of asthma patients. She has since followed various courses and additionally holds a diploma in Health Outcomes Research. She has published extensively in the fields related to therapeutic management of respiratory disease, professional practice and pharmacy practice, mainly delivery of pharmaceutical care, medicines use incorporating also gender issues and social pharmacy. She has been a guest speaker at numerous national and international conferences in addition to organising and chairing multiple conferences. In addition to supervising students at the University of Malta, she has supervised/co-supervised various students reading for MSc and PhDs at The University of Helsinki and Robert Gordon University. She has also acted as external examiner for PhD for the University of Sydney, the University of Helsinki and the University of Lisbon. Prof. Cordina founded the Malta College of Pharmacy Practice in 1996. She has been president since and she is also the editor of the journal of the Malta College of Pharmacy Practice. Prof. Cordina also acts as temporary advisor to WHO in relation to pharmaceutical matters and as expert evaluator for the european commission’s research framework programme (DG Research).

Evelyne Cottereau

Members of the jury

Institut de Physique Nucléaire, Université Orsay

Evelyne Cottereau has an engineering degree from the Ecole Supérieure de Physique et Chimie Industrielles of Paris (France) and received a M.S. degree from Berkeley (USA). She has been working in different laboratories since 1982 in the field of ion implantation and radioactive beams. In 1997 she designed the on line isotope separator PARRNe at the ALTO facility at Institut de Physique Nucléaire at Orsay. In 2003 she set up a national radiocarbon facility based on a 3 MV electrostatic tandem. She is currently in charge of the project Andromede for surface analysis designed around a 4 MV electrostatic single ended electrostatic accelerator to accelerate cluster beams.

Tony Fagan

Members of the jury

University College Dublin

Professor Anthony Fagan received his PhD in Electronic Engineering from University College Dublin (UCD) in 1978. He then spent two years working on advance modem design at Marconi Research laboratories in England. On his return to UCD in 1980 he established the DSP research group there. Through this group he has helped establish a strong signal processing industry in Ireland with many companies being founded by his research graduates, especially in the area of physical-layer communications design. Well over 100 research graduates have been produced by the group. Co-operation with industry has been a distinguishing feature of his academic career with much of his funding coming directly from these contacts. On a number of occasions, in order to expedite product development, he has temporarily taken direct charge of industrial signal processing design groups and given them their day-to-day direction while still tending to his academic duties in UCD. Several spin-off companies have emerged from his research group. He was a founding director of Decawave, a pioneering fabless semiconductor company that designs ultrawideband communications devices with a built in ranging capability. He was also a co-founder and director of WirelessLab, a Centre of Excellence designed to provide a collaborative environment for ireland’s wireless industries. He is an associate professor at Ucd and was the first Director of the Communications and Optoelectronics Research Centre.

Mella Frewen

Members of the jury

Food Drink Europe

Director General of FoodDrinkEurope, representing Europe’s largest manufacturing industry, since July 2007. Mella Frewen’s previous positions include Director for Government Affairs EMEA at Monsanto, dealing with agricultural biotechnology, conventional agriculture and agri-chemistry. Prior to that, she was Director, International Relations for Cerestar, then Europe’s biggest starch producer. Thanks to this role and her earlier ones in the Ferruzzi and Eridania Bégin- Say Groups stationed in Brussels, she has a wide experience of relations with relevant International institutions, with the Institutions of the European Union and trade associations within the food chain, as well as with the agricultural and chemical sectors. Ms. Frewen has represented the Food Industry in the EU Commission’s Advisory Committee on Arable Crops, in the Commission’s Standing Committee on Renewable Energy and in the Commission’s Advisory Committee on Non-Food and Textile crops. She is currently member of the EU Commission’s High Level Steering Board for the European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability, and of the EU Commission’s Scientific Steering Committee for EXPO2015. She is also member of several food industry- related Boards. Ms. Frewen is Chair of the ACEI (the Alliance for a Competitive European Industry) and Vice President of the OECD's Advisory Group for Responsible Business Conduct along Agricultural Supply Chains. She is Co- chair of the Supply Chain Initiative for fair business practices across the food chain. She has worked in the Agri-food sector in Europe for 25 years. She has a Master of Science degree from the National University of Ireland, and completed a post-graduate course at the University of Brussels (ULB). She also holds a Harvard certificate on Agribusiness and an INSEAD certificate on International Operations Management.

Milena Horvat

Members of the jury

Institut Jožef Stefan

Prof. dr. Milena Horvat is a Head of the Department of Environmental Sciences of the Jožef Stefan Institute and a Head of the Ecotechnology programme of the International Postgraduate School Jožef Stefan. Her main expertise is in the area of environmental analytical chemistry with a focus on trace metals analysis and speciation. She has been an author and co-author of over 170 SCI journal articles and several book chapters related to the development of analytical methods in areas of characterization and identification of mercury contaminates sites, biogeochemical cycling of mercury in terrestrial and aquatic environment, mercury in industry and biomonitoring as part of the exposure assessment of humans and ecosystems.

Morten Lennholm

Members of the jury

EUROfusion (JET), Culham Science Centre
United Kingdom

Morten Lennholm has worked in the field of Nuclear Fusion Research for the last 25 year. From a microwave and control engineering education, he developed his knowledge of plasma physics and much of his work has involved a combination of engineering and plasma physics. He has published in journals such as ‘Physical Review Letters’ and ‘Nuclear Fusion’ on the control of fusion plasma, plus in ‘Nature Communications’ to describe the potential for control of certain plasma instabilities through ‘phase space engineering’. He received his PhD degree from Eindhoven University of Technology in 2014 for his work on ‘Real Time Control of the Sawtooth Instability in Fusion Plasmas with Large Fast Ion Populations’. Based at the Culham laboratories in Abingdon, England, Morten conducts, manages and coordinates work involved in the operation of the JET Tokamak (Joint European Torus), including engineering and physics studies associated with this projects. His main areas of interest include: radio frequency heating employed in Tokamak fusion experiments; plus, plasma control systems, which allow the control of a number of plasma parameters including the location of the plasma itself inside the Tokamak vacuum vessel.

Mariya Lyubenova

Members of the jury

Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, University of Groningen

Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, University of Groningen, the Netherlands Mariya Lyubenova holds a doctorate in astronomy from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet after pursuing 3 years of research at the European Southern Observatory in Munich, Germany. In her work she observes and uses the motions and chemical properties of stars in galaxies as fossil records to unravel the buildup and evolution of galaxies. Well before she started her university studies in her home country Bulgaria, she was already an active astronomy club member and editor of an astronomy magazine and a newspaper. After the completion of her PhD in 2009, Mariya took a leading role in publishing the book “An Expanded View of the Universe - Science with the European Extremely Large Telescope” where the key science cases for the E-ELT are summarised. Next, she worked for several years at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany, in parallel as a researcher and an equal opportunity officer. In addition, she became a parent of a daughter who (at her current stage of research) is equally passionate about the fossil record of past times, but with emphasis on dinosaurs and all the like. Currently, Mariya is a researcher at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute of the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

Milan Macek

Members of the jury

Charles University, Prague
Czech Republic

Professor Milan Macek jr. MD, DSc is the chairman of the largest academic medical molecular genetics institution in the Czech Republic, which also comprises a research/diagnostics reproductive genetics centre /ublg.lf2.cuni.cz/. He is also the past President of the European Society of Human Genetics (www.eshg,org), ex-board member of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE.com) and of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society (ECFS.eu). His institute is a “clearing centre” for dissemination of knowledge in genetics gathered within various international European projects, such as CF Thematic Network, EuroGentest, EuroCareCF, Techgene or RD-Connect to Central and Eastern Europe. Prof. Macek did his first postdoc at the institut of Human Genetics in Berlin, continued as a postdoctoral fellow at the McKusick-Nathans Centre for Genetic Medicine, johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and during that time he was also a fellow at Harvard School of Medicine in Boston. He was the local host of the 1995 HUGO Mutation Detection Course in Brno, the 2005 European Society of Human Genetics conference and of the 2008 European Cystic Fibrosis Conference, both held in Prague. Prof. Macek is national coordinator of Orphanet (www. orpha.net), active member of Eurogentest (www. eurogentest.org), has been the chief advisor of the Czech EU Council Presidency under which the “EU council recommendation on an action in the field of rare diseases“was adopted in june 2009. Prof. Macek is a medical molecular geneticist whose main interest is in rare diseases (H-index 29), medical student education and promotion of rare disease awareness amongst the professional and lay public.

Sergej Makovejev

Members of the jury


Sergej Makovejev holds a PhD from the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Newcastle University, UK. In 2012 he joined the electrical engineering department at Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium as post-doctoral researcher. He was working on design, fabrication, experimental characterisation, simulations and modelling of state-of-the-art silicon devices for microelectronics, communications and medical applications. His scientific interests are focused on wide frequency range and thermal characterisation of devices and materials in silicon-on-insulator, FinFET and nanowire technologies. In 2015 he made the transition to industry by joining Incize, a spin-off from Université Catholique de Louvain. in a senior engineer position. Currently he is working on semiconductor characterisation for digital, analogue and radio frequency applications. At Incize he is in charge of a long-term research project on radiation effects on electronic systems for space applications.

Lidja Matija

Members of the jury

University of Belgrade

Lidija Matija is an associate professor at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Mechanical Engineering where she received her PhD in Control Engineering in 1997. She has been working in the Institute for Chemical Power sources, Belgrade, serbia, in the field of fullerenes based materials, its production and application for battery production. in 2002 she has changed her field of research and moved to the Institute of Technical Sciences, Serbian Academy of Science and Arts, where she investigated fullerene and carbon based materials for biomedical applications. In 2005 professor Lidija Matija moved back to the University of Belgrade Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, where she joined the group for Biomedical Engineering within the department for control engineering and became the Chair of NanoLaboratory. In the period from 2008 - 2010 she was appointed as Seconded National expert (SNE) in European Commission, DG RTD, Marie Currie Networks, FP7 Framework Programme, Brussels, where she worked as scientific officer. Her main fields of research are: Control Systems, Early Detection of Skin Cancer and Melanoma, Intelligent Materials, Fullerenes and Carbon Nanotubes, STM/AFM, Nanotechnology, Nanomedicine. Professor’s Matija fields of teaching are: control Systems, Biomedical Engineering, Nanotechnology, Nanomedicine. She was several times awarded in her country for her research achievements in the field of nanotechnology and she was the coordinator of several national research projects of which more than half had industry involvement.

Estelle Mossou

Members of the jury

Institute Laue-Langevin

Half Gabonese, half Belgian, Estelle Mossou grew up in Gabon (central Africa). She obtained a scholarship from Shell in 2001 to study in the U.K., where she attended Bath University and graduated with a Master of Physics in 2006. She then moved to Grenoble (France) to carry out her PhD (completed in 2010) at the Institut Laue-Langevin, which operates the brightest neutron source in the world. Her research interest lies in the study of self-assembling filamentous systems having biomedical and biotechnological interest (especially amyloid type systems). These are of particular interest because of their link to diseases like Alzheimer’s, type ii diabetes and Creutzfeldt-jakob disease amongst others. As a postdoctoral researcher in the Partnership for Structural Biology Life sciences group, she worked on developing common interfaces for neutron and X-ray structural studies of biological samples. She is now an instrument scientist on a single crystal diffractometer at the Institut Laue-Langevin. Their main aim is to provide support to users during their experiments, develop the instrument as well as their own research programme.

Margus Niitsoo

Members of the jury

Music Education LLC, Tartu

Margus Niitsoo was a competitor at EUCYS 2005 where he learned that the ability to communicate his findings is at least as important a skill as actually doing research. While studying for his degrees in mathematics and computer science in University of Tartu, he actively sought ways to also improve his skills in communication, becoming a teaching assistant in university, joining a science popularization initiative and also taking as many psychology courses as he could fit into his timetable among his own courses. However, his love of mathematics did not fade, and despite the new interests, he still managed to finish his BSc and MSc together in just 3 years instead of the usual 5, which was followed by another 3 years of PhD studies in theoretical cryptography. this briefly made him famous, as he was the youngest person to get a PhD in Estonia at just 24 years of age. obsessed with teaching and finding ways to improve it, he was then offered the job of curriculum manager which allowed him to work not only on his own teaching but also to find better ways of organizing the curriculum and finding means to support both students and lecturers in their pursuits. He thoroughly enjoyed the work, but felt that he needed to see the world outside the academia as well and so headed for the industry. Currently, Margus is the CTO of a small music education startup that is developing a tool for automatic assessment and feedback of musical performance, which again allows him to combine his twin passions of teaching and computer science.

Yann Ollivier

Members of the jury

Ecole Normale Supérieure

Yann Ollivier is a research scientist at the CNRS, the French national research center, specializing in mathematics and computer science, and currently working at Paris-Sud university in Orsay. He is also a former participant in the European Union contest for Young scientists, having won a first prize in Helsinki in 1996. After obtaining his PhD in Mathematics in 2003, he worked for several years in various areas of pure mathematics, especially group theory, differential geometry and probability theory. In 2011 he was awarded the bronze medal of the CNRS. He is currently exploring practical applications of mathematics to the problem of artificial intelligence.

Luisa Pereira

Members of the jury

Institute of Molecular Pathology and Immunology, University of Porto

Luísa Pereira has a degree in Biology and a PhD in Human Population Genetics. She is a senior researcher and group leader at IPATIMUP (Institute of Molecular Pathology and Immunology of the University of Porto), being interested in using genetics to infer the past and evolution of human populations as well as on disentangling between neutral and pathological diversities. She has been working on the genetic diversity of European, African, Near Eastern and Arabian Peninsula human populations. She is co-author of 80 peer-reviewed papers in international journals and a book on popular science. She has been engaged in presenting her work to the general public, including young students in high schools, and regularly collaborates with local media.

Claudia Sorlini

Members of the jury

University of Milan

Claudia Sorlini is a past full professor of Agricultural Microbiology, Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences, University of Milan until October 2013 where she has been Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture (2004-2010) and chief of department (2002-2004). since 2013 she is the President of the scientific Committee for EXPO set up by the Municipality of Milan. She is editor in chief of the peer-reviewed, impact factor-rated, scientific journal “Annals of Microbiology” and member of the Steering Committee of the EU scientific Programme for eXPo 2015. Author of several publications on agricultural and environmental microbiology, she has coordinated national and international projects. Awarded by the President of the Republic of Italy with the honour of Commendatore (March 2015).

Jürgen Stolz

Members of the jury

Technical University Munich

Jürgen Stolz is a biologist who did his studies at the University of Regensburg, Germany. He is an expert in the field of plasma-membrane transport proteins and has worked on plant transporters for glucose and sucrose, bacterial and yeast transporters for water- soluble vitamins and most recently also on transporters for amino acids and peptides from mammals. Besides being deeply involved in the teaching activities of two study programs at TUM, his research focuses on transport processes, vitamins and vitamin- derived coenzymes, metabolism and metabolomics and biochemistry in its broadest sense. Another interest lies on protein modification in the secretory pathway.

Zuzanna Szymańska

Members of the jury

University of Warsaw

Zuzanna Szymańska, PhD graduated in mathematics and computer science from the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Mechanics University of Warsaw. In 2010, at the Polish Academy of Sciences she obtained her PhD degree with distinction in biology with a specialization in biophysics. She is an Assistant Professor at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling (ICM) at the University of Warsaw. Her main area of research involves developing multiscale mathematical models for the growth and spread of cancer.


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 donated prizes are awarded by the Jury to offer some winners the opportunity to benefit from the specific experiences linked to these prizes. It is up to the Jury to decide whether a prize-winner can receive both a core prize and a special donated prize.


The Core Prizes are the principal prizes awarded at the contest. These are cash prizes. In the case of a team winning such a prize, the amount is shared equally between the members of the team. There are three categories of Core Prizes:

  • three First Prizes worth € 7.000 each;
  • three Second Prizes worth € 5.000 each;
  • three Third Prizes worth € 3.500 each.


There are two Honorary Prizes associated with the first prizes.


Up to three contestants receive an all-expenses paid trip to London to attend the London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF). The prize covers the travel costs from the country of origin, accommodation, meals, registration and participation in full a programme of activities. LIYSF brings together 300 science students from around 60 countries worldwide. The programme, which includes visits to industrial sites and world class research laboratories and facilities, lectures, demonstrations and seminars from leading scientists, highlights the links between individual fields of study and introduces all participants to the latest thinking across a broad range of science.
Participants are able to interact with the eminent speakers, to debate on current issues and to explore the way in which their chosen subject relates to other studies and has an impact on the world at large. Each year LIYSF becomes a multicultural community, and, with its busy social activities programme, provides a unique opportunity to meet and develop friendships and contacts across the world. The participants attending LIYSF are usually between the age of 17 and 21 years old.

For further information, please contact: London International Youth Science Forum,
Royal Parade Mews, Chislehurst,
Kent, BR7 6TN, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 8295 8395
Fax: +44 (0)20 8295 8650
Email: enquiries@liysf.org.uk
Web: www.liysf.org.uk
Conference Director: Richard Myhill


The Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar (SIYSS) is an annual weeklong event for international young scientists, arranged in connection with the Nobel festivities by the SIYSS Committee of the Swedish Federation of Young Scientist in collaboration with the Nobel Foundation.
The history of SI YSS dates back to 1976 when the first seminar was organized by the Swedish Federation of Young Scientists together with the Nobel Foundation, with inspiration from Society for Science & the Public in USA. Turning into a great success, the SIYSS program has continued to combine Swedish science with the Nobel Prize Awarding Ceremonies with an intense social program.
The programme aims to promote international understanding and friendship, bringing together young people from all over the world with similar interests. The participants are selected in different ways; some are winners of national science fairs, others represent organizations for young scientists or are selected by merit at their home universities. Whatever their background, they all have two things in common: a great interest in natural sciences and a curiosity for other cultures and people.
The programme of the week comprises scientific activities and lectures as well as unique occasions to meet the Nobel Laureates. Furthermore, the students are introduced to Swedish science and research as well as Swedish culture and customs. However, the main event of the week is a big seminar where the participants present their research to each other and to Swedish students.
The week culminates with the Nobel festivities where the SIYSS participants attend both the Nobel Reception at Nordiska Museet and the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall, followed by the Nobel Banquet at the Stockholm City Hall as well as the Nobel Night C ap, the final festivity after the banquet.
With its connection to the Nobel Prizes, SIYSS is widely considered the most prestigious youth science event in the world. Former participants often witness how the programme has inspired them to continue doing research and that the week in Stockholm was a truly unique experience.

For further information, please contact: The SIYSS Organizing Committee
Förbundet Unga Forskare
Lilla Frescativägen 4C
S-104 05 Stockholm, Sweden
Tel: +46 (0) 700 176 309
Email: siyss.international@ungaforskare.org
Web: www.siyss.org
International coodinator: Anna Asratian


The Special Donated Prizes are offered to contestants who, according to the E UCYS J ury, would benefit from the specific experience that these prizes offer. T hey are mostly study visits to leading scientific organisations:
EIROforum members each kindly award individual prizes as follows:

  • European O rganization for Nuclear R esearch (CERN) – offers a project prize (for up to 3 people) of a week’s visit to their Geneva site
  • EURO fusion (JET ) – home of plasma physics and fusion research, offers one contestant a one week stay at their Culham, Oxfordshire, UK site
  • The E uropean Molecular Biology L aboratory (EMBL) – offers one winner a one week placement at their centre for molecular biology in Heidelberg
  • European S outhern O bservatory (ESO ) – offers the winner of a single-student project, a visit to their facilities in Chile including trips to the Paranal Observatory and ESO ’s S cientific C entre in Santiago
  • European S ynchrotron R adiation Facility (ESR F) – operator of Europe’s most powerful synchrotron radiation source, offers the leader of a winning project a one week visit to their site in Grenoble
  • The I nstitut L aue-Langevin (ILL ) – operator of the world’s most intense neutron source, offers the leader of a winning project a one week visit to their Grenoble site
  • European X-Ray Free-Elevctron L aser Facility GmbH (XFEL.EU) – offers one winner a one week placement at European XFEL in Hamburg.

The Joint Research Centre: kindly offers a two day stay at its Ispra site in Italy for 3 projects (up to nine students).

INTEL ISEF: kindly awards prizes for three projects (up to nine students) offering the winners the opportunity to take part at INTEL ISEF 2016 in Phoenix, AZ, USA.

EuCheMS: The European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences is pleased to offer a prize of €1000 to the best C hemistry project.

WOLFRAM: are pleased to offer all contestants submitting projects in Mathematics a free one year licence to Mathematica and WolframAlphaPro.

EXPO Milan 2015:: EUCYS 2015 coincides with the Universal Exhibition EXPO which runs from 1 May to 31 October in Milan on the theme “Feeding the Planet. Energy for Life”. 147 countries and international organisations have already confirmed their participation and the EXPO organisers are expecting over 20 million visitors. The theme of EXPO addresses one of the most pressing global challenges of our time and at the same time cuts across several EU policies from agriculture to development, from food safety to environmental protection, from industry to research and innovation. The S teering C ommittee for the E U scientific programme for EXPO 2015 will kindly award EUCYS 2015 three prizes for projects reflecting the E xpo theme “Feeding the Planet “. The projects should be related to the food value chain and focus on sustainability for a better tomorrow.

The European Commission is very grateful to the organisations that offer these special prizes to the contestants.


EIROforum is a partnership of Europe’s eight largest intergovernmental research organisations. As world leaders within their respective fields of science, the member organisations of EIROforum constitute the vanguard of European science. Operating some of the largest research infrastructures in Europe devoted to the exploration of key questions on the origin and the evolution of matter and biological life in our Universe, they enable European scientists to engage in truly cutting-edge research, and be competitive on a global scale.
In support of the EUCYS initiative, EIROforum members are pleased to offer one-week visits/placements to their organisations. To ensure optimum value of the experience to the prize winner, these will be offered on the basis of the relevance of the activities of the organisation to the field of interest of the nominated student. (For safety and sometimes security reasons, age restrictions may apply.) EIROforum also send experienced scientists to give a key note address to the contestants. As a curtesy to EIROforum, those students who would like to be considered for the EIROforum prizes, and their National Organiser, should endeavour to attend the EIROforum lecture during the contest.

The EIROforum organisations are:

European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva, Switzerland, was founded in 1954. CERN’s main research area is in particle physics. Complex machines such as particle accelerators and detectors are developed and used to study the basic constituents of matter. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 27-kilometre underground circular machine, began colliding particles at very high energy in 2010 giving new insights into the origin of the Universe. CERN is also famous for the invention of the World Wide Web, which was originally developed to give scientists access to data irrespective of their location. In 2012, LHC experiments discovered a new particle consistent with long-sought Higgs boson. www.cern.ch CERN offers a prize of a week’s visit for up to three students involved in the selected project. Topics should to be related to a scientific or engineering field of relevance to CERN to include a large spectrum of projects, especially on the engineering side. Minimum age: 18 years.

EUROfusion (JET), Culham Laboratory, Oxfordshire, UK. EUROfusion is a framework between EURATOM and various fusion research programmes in many EU countries. Its aim is to provide an infrastructure for fusion research. JET, the largest tokamak fusion reactor in the world, investigates the potential of fusion power as a safe, clean and virtually limitless energy source for future generations. It is paving the way for ITER, an engineering project currently being constructed in southern France, which is designed to be the first fusion reactor to release more energy than is needed to power it. www.efda.org EUROfusion will award a one week stay at the JET facilities for one person. Topics include: plasma wall interaction, real time control of plasmas, computer modelling of plasmas, magneto hydrodynamics, engineering related topics to build tailored diagnostics. Minimum age: 16 years.

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) has its headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany and has four other sites in Europe. It was founded in 1974 and is the flagship of molecular life sciences in E urope. I t encompasses a broad spectrum of molecular biology research, from the smallest units at the level of proteins and genes via cells and organisms up to structural biology operating beam lines. Bioinformatic services are invaluable for researchers all over the world who may use the biological databases developed and maintained by EMBL’s outstation, the European Bioinformatics Institute in the UK. In 2010, the EMBL Advanced Training Centre (ATC), a building in the form of a double helix was inaugurated at the main site in Heidelberg. It hosts world-class conferences and provides state-of-the-art training opportunities. www.embl.org EMBL will award a one week placement at their Heidelberg laboratories for one person. Eligible topics should be in the field of molecular biology. Minimum age: 18 years.

The European Space Agency (ESA) Paris, France. ESA’s mission is to provide cooperation in space science and to ensure that this science benefits citizens in Europe and world wide. Research programmes concern, among others, Earth Observation, Human Spaceflight, L aunchers, Navigation, S pace S cience and Engineering as well as Telecommunications. Their focus is the Solar System and the Universe in general. The development of satellite technologies serves to achieve high-level research goals and to promote European industries at the same time. www.esa.int ESA offer a single prize winner the opportunity to take part at a Space conference or a visit to ESA’s technical facility in the Netherlands. Students must be at least 18 and have started a related discipline at university.

The European Southern Observatory (ESO), Garching, near Munich, Germany and Chile. ESO is the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organisation in Europe and the world’s most productive ground-based astronomical observatory by far. It is supported by 15 countries, and carries out an ambitious programme focused on the design, construction and operation of powerful groundbased observing facilities enabling astronomers to make important scientific discoveries. ESO also plays a leading role in promoting and organising cooperation in astronomical research. ESO operates three unique world-class observing sites in Chile – La Silla, Paranal and Chajnantor – and is planning a 40-metre-class European Extremely Large optical/near-infrared Telescopethe E-ELT, which will become “the world’s biggest eye on the sky”. www.eso.org Only single-student projects are eligible for ESO’s prize. The Laureate is offered a trip to ESO’s facilities in Chile with visits planned to the Paranal Observatory and ESO ’s S cientific C entre in S antiago. Minimum age: 18 years.

European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) Grenoble, France, is supported and shared by 19 European countries. The ESRF is the most powerful synchrotron radiation source in Europe; it is a stadiumsized machine producing many beams of bright X-ray light. These are guided through a set of lenses and instruments called beamlines where the X-rays illuminate and interact with samples of material being studied. Here, at more than 40 specialized experimental stations, physicists work side by side with chemists and materials scientists. Biologists, medical doctors, geophysicists and archaeologists have become regular users. Companies also send researchers, notably in the fields of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, petrochemicals and microelectronics. Each year 6,000 researchers travel to Grenoble where they work in a first-class scientific environment to conduct exciting experiments at the cutting edge of modern science. www.esrf.eu ESRF will award the prize of a one week visit to the epn Science Campus in Grenoble, for the leader of a project in a topic related to the structural and dynamical study of condensed matter, materials and living matter using synchrotron radiation X-rays to achieve sub-nanometric resolution in both fundamental and applied research. This could be in the fields of biology, chemistry, cultural heritage, engineering, environmental sciences, materials research, medicine or physics. The visit will be undertaken in parallel with that of the winner of the ILL prize. Minimum age: 18 years.

The Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL), Grenoble, France, operates the most intense neutron source in the world. It is used to examine conventional and newly created materials. The applications include the analysis of the structure of new materials for future electronic tools, the measurement of stresses in mechanical materials, and examination of the behaviour of complex molecular assemblies, particularly in a biological environment. The ILL also tackles questions relating to the fundamental properties of matter. Recent research includes the world’s first magnetic soap, great developments on gamma-ray optics and potential Alzheimer treatments. www.ill.eu ILL will award a prize of a one week visit to the epn Science Campus in Grenoble, for the leader of a project in a topic related to a scientific or engineering field of relevance to ILL . The visit could include witnessing technical developments being made in connection with the neutron beams, such as detectors and optical devices, or taking part in an experimental session. Areas covered include: neutron research and technology in the disciplines of chemistry, nuclear physics, chemistry, biology, crystallography and magnetics. The visit will be undertaken in parallel with that of the winner of the ESRF prize. Minimum age: 18 years.

European XFEL (XFEL.EU), Hamburg, Germany. European XFEL is a linear X-ray laser with unique characteristics. Currently under construction, it is due to start operation in 2016. The facility will open up new research opportunities for a whole range of scientific fields, such as medicine, pharmacy, biology, chemistry, physics, materials science and nanotechnology. www.xfel.eu European XFEL will award a one week placement at their site in Hamburg for one person presenting a physics project. The visit will provide insights into the process of building a new, cutting edge international research facility. The EIROforum organisations constitute a success story for Europe. They:

  • were created by their member states as part of a long-term strategy for the future of European research;
  • attract some of the best scientists and researchers from across the world, thanks to their scientific excellence and cutting-edge facilities;
  • have implemented the E uropean R esearch Area (ER A) concept and contribute significantly to structuring E uropean research in their specific scientific fields;
  • link E uropean scientific communities with the rest of the world;
  • develop new technologies, instrumentation and electronic infrastructures and support innovation and technology transfer for the benefit of society at large.

The EIROforum organisations have world-class research infrastructures. They:

  • operate major research infrastructures – unique in Europe and in some cases in the world;
  • are funded by their member states, with a combined annual budget for science of around 1500 million Euros;
  • are crucial to the competitiveness of E uropean research, providing up-to-date and continually improved facilities for European scientists;
  • serve more than 25 000 scientists every year (in astronomy, particle physics, fusion, space sciences, condensed matter physics, chemistry and the life sciences);
  • are active in international, often global, research for the benefit of E urope;
  • possess unique experience in building and operating research infrastructures of great value for the further development of the European Research Area.

EIROforum is also committed to promoting and supporting innovative science education in Europe, as demonstrated by two major science education projects.

Science on Stage (formerly Physics on Stage)

Science on Stage has built strong national networks throughout Europe – many of which are still active today. The international science teaching festival has:

  • been organised five times since 2000;
  • brought together over 400 science teachers at each event;
  • involved 30 000 teachers in 29 countries in the preceding national events;
  • helped teachers from throughout E urope to exchange ideas and experience via a vibrant teaching fair, workshops and presentations;
  • inspired teachers to start national and international collaborations to share ideas and materials after the festivals;
  • encouraged national initiatives.

Science in School

A quarterly journal to inspire and inform European science teachers, Science in School is:

  • Free in print and online (www.scienceinschool. org);
  • Written mostly by teachers and scientists;
  • Printed in E nglish, with articles online in over 25 European languages;
  • Distributed throughout E urope (20 000 copies per issue).

Articles, many of which can be used directly in the classroom, include:

  • Cutting-edge science articles;
  • Experiments to use in the classroom;
  • Innovative science teaching projects;
  • Reviews of teaching resources.

Topics include biology, physics and chemistry and also maths, earth sciences, engineering and medicine.


The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission’s in-house science service. It performs direct scientific research and provides evidencebased and independent scientific advice to E uropean policy makers helping them to make informed decisions. EU policies that address global and societal challenges - such as financial stability, climate change, food security, water availability or the ageing society - need to be based more and more on a solid scientific understanding. I n close cooperation with international partners, the JRC elaborates models and scenarios to assess policy options while stimulating innovation through developing new methods, tools and standards.
Its work has a direct impact on the lives of European citizens. It promotes a healthy and safe environment, secure energy supplies, sustainable mobility and consumer safety, and helps improve preparedness and response to natural and man-made disasters. Serving society, stimulating innovation, supporting legislation The JRC’s headquarters are in Brussels and its seven scientific institutes, which host specialist and unique laboratories, are located on sites in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain.

The JRC award will allow the participants from three successful projects to spend two days at its facilities in Ispra, Italy shadowing scientists from all over Europe according to the interests of the prize winners.

The JRC Institutes at Ispra:

Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citzen (IPSC) in Ispra, Italy Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) in Ispra, Italy Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP) in Ispra, Italy Institute for Energy and Transport (IET) in Ispra, Italy and at Petten, the Netherlands.

Other JRC Institutes:

Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) in Geel, Belgium Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU) in Karlsruhe, Germany Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) in Sevilla, Spain.


The European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS) brings together over 40 chemical societies which together represent more than 160,000 chemists in academia, industry, government and professional organisations in 32 countries across Europe. Founded in 1970, EuCheMS aims to provide a single voice on key science and policy issues, based on expert scientific knowledge and to promote chemistry as a provider of solutions in a changing world. EuCheMS Divisions cover all areas of chemistry, the central science, underpinning a wide range of other disciplines, and everyone is welcome to participate in our scientific events, such as E uCheMS C hemistry Congress. EuCheMS is pleased to present a prize of € 1000 for the best chemistry entry in the EU Young Scientists Contest. For more information on EuCheMS please see www.euchems.eu


WOLFRAM Research is donating a one-year Mathematica Student Edition license plus a free one-year subscription to WolframAlpha Pro for all contestants submitting projects in the field of mathematics. www.wolfram.com


The University of Milano-Bicocca is a young, dynamic, innovative and multidisciplinary university which trains professionals in various fields: economics and statistics, law, science, medicine, social science, psychology and pedagogy. On the occasion of EUCYS 2015, the University is pleased to offer 3 science internships of one month (November 3rd - December 3rd) to a single contestant or a team of up to three contestants, that the jury deems would benefit most from this experience.

The selected fields are the following:

  • argeting metabolism in cancer, D epartment of Biotechnology, Field: Systems Biology
  • Synthesis of biologically relevant compounds, Department of Biotechnology, Field: Organic Chemistry
  • Smart upgrading of Biogas to Bio-methane, Department of Material Sciences, Field: Chemistry, Environment.

The University of Milano-Bicocca will pay the transportation and accommodation costs, excluding meals. Only projects from EU countries are eligible for this prize. Minimum age 18 years. www.unimib.it

AICA, the Italian Association for Information and Communication Technologies is pleased to donate a financial award worth €1.500 to be shared equally between team members if the winning project is presented by more than one contestant. The prize will be awarded to a project promoting the development of digital knowledge. Projects from all countries are eligible for this award.

A2A, the multiutility of Milan and Brescia, one of the most important players in the environment and energy sectors in I taly, announces a financial award of €2.000 to be shared equally between team members if the winning project is presented by more than one team member. The prize will be awarded to a study which proposes practical solutions for sustainable environment, energy efficiency and renewable energies. Projects from all countries are eligible for this award.

FAST, the I talian Federation of S cientific and T echnical Association and FOIST, the Foundation for the Development and the Promotion of the Education and the S cientific and T echnical C ulture, are proud to announce the donation of a financial award of €1.000 to a project aimed at promoting science to the general public. The award will be shared equally between team members if the winning project is presented by more than one student. Projects from all countries are eligible for this award.

FBK, Bruno Kessler Foundation is based in Trento and is involved in bringing together natural and human sciences, a sign of recognition of the challenges faced by the knowledge society. With this philosophy FBK offers an internship of one week in their laboratories in Trento to an individual or a team from an EU country. The prize will be awarded to an interesting proposal for the application of science in high technology fields. Minimum age 18 years.

IIT, the Italian Institute of Technology promotes Italy’s technological development and advanced education. On the occasion of EUCYS 2015, the Foundation offers an internship of one week in their laboratories in Genoa to the young scientists from an EU country with a worthy project that uses high technologies, with special attention to nanotechnologies, health, robotics. Minimum age 18 years.

Salvetti Foundation contributes to bringing young maintenance professionals together in order to retain this group professionally and motivate them in their careers. With this aim, the Foundation is pleased to donate a financial award worth €1.000 to the best project related to maintenance technology. The prize will be shared equally between team members in case the project is presented by more than one team member. Projects from all countries are eligible for this award.

SOL Group, a producer of technical, pure and medical gases for industry, research and healthcare, donates a financial award of €2.000, to be shared equally between team members in case of more than one author. The awarded project will be preferably related to technical gas, health, or environment. Projects from all countries are eligible for this award.

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