European young science stars selected
15 promising European and non-European young scientists, aged between 14 and 20, have been rewarded for their scientific project, of the highest quality, at the EU Contest for Young Scientists.
"Science and research needs fresh blood and fresh ideas. Europe needs to encourage the best young talents to take up a career in science and we must make these careers attractive to our future researchers,” says European Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potočnik.
"The high quality of the projects in competition is a positive signal showing that Europe is a real reservoir of talent. This is a strong incentive for us to quickly make the European Research Area, where they will be able to freely circulate, a reality."
The event, organised by the European Commission and the French national host organiser, "Sciences à l'Ecole" and the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) took place 11-16 September 2009 in Paris.
The three first prizes of €7 000 each were awarded to Liam Mc Carthy and John D. O'Callaghan from Ireland for “The Development of a Convenient Test Method for Somatic Cell Count and it's Importance in Milk Production”, Fabian Gafner from Switzerland for “Dikranos – the airplane with reverse gear” and Aleksander Kubica and Wiktor Pilewski from Poland for "Spiral Zone Plates". The three second prizes and third prizes were given to projects from France, Malta, Spain, Hungary, Germany and Israel.
More information about the EU Contest for Young Scientists, including a complete list of winners, photos, success stories, biographical details of the jury and descriptions of all entries can be found at: