The European Union (EU) Contest for Young Scientists, an initiative of the European Commission, was set up to promote the ideals of co-operation and interchange between young scientists. EUCYS event was established in 1989. After that it has been in 19 countries and 21 cities. The event is held in a different European city every year. At the end of September 2011 it will take place in Helsinki, Finland.
The young scientists also have the chance to meet others with similar abilities and interests and to be guided by some of the most prominent scientists in Europe. In this way, the Commission seeks to strengthen the efforts made in each participating country to attract young people to careers in science and technology. The Contest is the annual showcase of the best of European student scientific achievement and as such attracts widespread media interest.
The contestants compete on the basis of their work and interviews with the Jury for nine Core Prizes.
Three First Prizes worth €7000 each
Three Second Prizes worth €5000 each
Three Third Prizes worth €3500 each
In addition to this, a limited number of Honorary Awards and Special Donated Prizes are also awarded to the contestants where, in the judgement of the jury, they would benefit from the specific experiences that these prizes offer.
Information from the official website of the Contest