The European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) was founded in 1989 to promote the sharing of ideas and improve co-operation between young scientists. The EUCYS gives young scientists the ability to meet others with similar interests and abilities. It’s a showcase of some of the most talented young people alive today and what they can accomplish. Ireland last held the contest 14 years ago and is now set to hold it again in the Royal Dublin Society from the 14th of September to the 19th!
Each country is represented by someone who has won the qualifying national science competition. In Ireland, it’s the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition competition which decides that. It was won by Simon Meehan from Coláiste Choilm, Cork, who will now go on to represent Ireland in the EUCYS! This competition is a lot harder though, as candidates are pitted against the best every European country has to offer. The grand prize is €7,000 and the title of EU Young Scientist of the Year.
But what can one do a project on? There are basically no restrictions. Topics range from biology, mathematics, computer science and a whole lot more. Basically, if it’s scientific then it can be entered. A written project can even be entered, though there are some strict restrictions on entering one as outlined on the EUCYS website linked below.
If you’re looking to go and take a look, tickets are on sale for the Saturday, Sunday and the Monday. They are entirely free, but you will still have to “purchase” them to book your place. There are around 10,000 tickets left on each day, so you’ve got plenty of time to figure out if you’re going or not and which days you want to go and look at. If you’re interested in checking out the event, be sure to follow the link below!