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Meeting the next generation of scientists: the European Union Contest for Young Scientists
Submitted by sis on 20 February 2013
By Estelle Mossou, ILL
Picking just a few winners from 83 amazing projects in disciplines as varied as engineering, biology, social science and mathematics, all of which had already won first prize in their national contests, was an extremely difficult task.
In addition, there were 19 special prizes, among them visits to research sites, including the eight members of EIROforumw2, the publisher of Science in School. Céline Lay, Fanny Risbourg and Ophélia Bolmin, three 18-year-old French engineers who designed an energy-efficient hexapedal robot, will visit the world’s largest particle physics laboratory, CERNw3, in Geneva, Switzerland. EFDA-JETw4, the European fusion energy experiment in Culham, UK, will welcome Tim Piper (16) from Germany, a young microscope enthusiast who has found ways of improving light microscopy images.
Thomas Glenn Myers (18) from the UK was awarded a visit to the European Southern Observatory (ESO)’sw7 telescopes in Chile. In his search for gravitational lensing systems, this dedicated physicist scanned 10 000 images of galaxies by eye. The European X-ray free-electron laser facility (European XFEL)w8 in Hamburg, Germany, will welcome the Israeli contestant Alfarook Abu Alhassan (18), who studied the kinetics of water crystallisation in porous media.
At the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)w9 in Grenoble, France, where we host the world’s most intense neutron source, we are lucky to host 19-year-old Austrians Lucas Noel Sulzberger and Robert Gautsch, who developed a faster way of detecting Clostridium spores in dairy products. Helen Mary Sheehan (18) from the UK will visit the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)w10, after she impressed the jury by processing and characterising a new steel alloy using selective laser melting.
Originally trained as a physicist, Estelle Mossou developed an interest in self-assembling systems during her PhD. She now works in the deuteration laboratory at the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)w9 on an EU-funded project to develop a common interface for neutron and X-ray structural studies of biological samples.
w1 – Find out all about EUCYS 2012, including all projects and winners.
w2 – EIROforum is a collaboration between eight of Europe’s largest inter-governmental scientific research organisations, which combine their resources, facilities and expertise to support European science in reaching its full potential. As part of its education and outreach activities, EIROforum publishes Science in School.
w3 – Based in Geneva, Switzerland, CERN is the world’s largest particle physics laboratory
w4 – Situated in Culham, UK, JET is Europe’s largest fusion device. Scientific exploitation of JET is undertaken through the European Fusion Development Agreement (EFDA).
w5 – ESA is Europe’s gateway to space, with its headquarters in Paris, France.
w6 – EMBL is Europe’s leading laboratory for basic research in molecular biology, with its headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany.
w7 – ESO is by far the world’s most productive ground-based astronomical observatory, with its headquarters in Garching near Munich, Germany, and its telescopes in Chile.
w8 – European XFEL is a research facility currently under construction in the Hamburg area, Germany. It will generate extremely intense X-ray flashes for use by researchers from all over the world.
w9 – ILL is an international research centre at the leading edge of neutron science and technology, based in Grenoble, France.
w10 – Situated in Grenoble, France, ESRF operates the most powerful synchrotron radiation source in Europe.
w11 – The EUCYS website lists the national organisers of contests for young scientists, the winners of which take part in EUCYS.
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