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EU Contest for Young Scientists
Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
Sustainable World Project Olympiad, Houston (I-SWEEEP)
Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar
London International Youth Science Forum
International Wildlife Research Week, Switzerland
Swiss Talent Forum
China Adolescent Science & Technology Innovation Contest
Sci-preneurship 24 Hour Student Contest

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. The Contest is the annual showcase of the best of European student scientific achievement and as such attracts widespread media interest.

The EU Contest gives students the opportunity to compete with the best of their contemporaries at European level. 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.
Only projects which have won a top prize at a national young scientist competition, can participate in the EU Contest. Thus, it represents the ultimate goal for more than 25000 young scientists (from more than 35 countries) who compete annually in their national contests.

The following awards are available to projects entered from any European country.
Monetary Prizes
Three first prizes worth € 7000
Three second prizes worth € 5000
Three third prizes worth € 3500

Additionally, the Jury can select deserving prize winners to join distinguished research scientists and engineers to work on projects organized by:
The European Patent Office in Munich, Germany,
The European Space Research and Technology Centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands,
The Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar,
The London International Youth Science Forum,
The Norwegian Polar Institute.

In the last 14 years the Hungarian contestants got several prizes on the EU finals. They won six times 3rd prizes, four times 2nd prizes and four times 1st prizes and sixteen times special prizes as well. In the ranking based on the awards given since 1995, Hungary is in the third place.

1995 | New Castle | III., III.
1996 | Helsinki | II.
1997 | Milan | III.
1998 | Porto | I.
1999 | Thessaloniki | -
2000 | Amsterdam | III. + 2 special prizes
2001 | Bergen | II. + 2 special prizes
2002 | Vienna | 1 special prize
2003 | Budapest | I., II. + 2 special prizes
2004 | Dublin | 1 special prize
2005 | Moscow | 1 special prize
2006 | Stockholm | II. + 2 special prizes
2007 | Valencia | I. + 2 special prizes
2008 | Copenhagen | -
2009 | Paris | III. + 1 special prize
2010 | Lisbon | I.
2011 | Helsinki | -
2012 | Bratislava | 1 special prize
2013 | Prague | III. + 1 special prize
2014 | Warsaw | 1 special prize
2015 | Milan | 1 special prize
2016 | Brussels | 1 special prize
2017 | Tallinn | 2 special prizes

  Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) is the world's largest pre-college celebration of science. Held annually in May, the Intel ISEF brings together over 1,200 students to compete for scholarships, tuition grants, internships, scientific field trips and scholarship. Science Service founded the ISEF in 1950 and is very proud to have Intel as the title sponsor of this prestigious, international competition.

Before the final, a max. 15 pages, English project description is needed by the Jury from the contestants. Then during the final, which is connected to an exhibition, the jury members check the contestants' knowledge via personal interviews and form the final scores.

Students that compete in Intel ISEF emerge from a worldwide field of several million science fair participants during the academic year. There are Intel ISEF affiliated fairs in approximately 40 countries - in Hungary, the Innovation Contest for Youth organized by the Association - and territories.

There are 15 different categories: Behavioral and Social Sciences, Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Medicine & Health, Microbiology, Physics, Space Science, Team Projects, and Zoology.

In the past years the Hungarian contestants, generally one in a year, got several prizes on the ISEF.

1995 | HAMILTON | I., + special prize
1996 | TUCSON | I.
1997 | LOUISVILLE | special prizes
1998 | FORTH WORTH | special prize
1999 | PHILADELPHIA | 4 times I.
2000 | CHICAGO | -
2001 | SAN JOSE | I.
2002 | LOUISVILLE | -
2003 | CLEVELAND | -
2004 | PORTLAND | IV.
2005 | PHOENIX | 6 times I.
2007 | ALBUQUERQUE | -
2008 | ATLANTA | III.
2009 | RENO | II.
2010 | SAN JOSE | II.
2011 | LOS ANGELES | -
2012 | Pittsburgh | IV.
2013 | Phoenix | III.
2014 | Los Angeles | II.
2015 | Pittsburgh | -
2016 | Phoenix | special prize
2017 | Los Angeles | IV.
2018 | Pittsburgh | IV.

  Sustainable World Project Olympiad, Houston

I-SWEEP was held for the first time in 2008, in Houston. It aims to stimulate interest in our planet's problems, to find practical solutions to these challenges, and to accelerate the progress towards a sustainable world by engaging young minds early on.

The contest is for 9-12th class high school students. There are three main categories in both Junior and Senior Division: Energy, Engineering and Environment. In every category and every division, a gold, a silver amd a bronze medal is given.

Hungarian awards:
2008 | István Timári | bronze medal
2009 | Csaba Leél-Őssy | special prize
2010 | Máté Kajtár | gold medal
2011 | Zoltán Böröczki | bronze medal
2012 | Ákos Kormányos | Honorable Mention
2013 | Csaba Szalóki | bronze medal
2015 | Norbert Wesely | bronze medal
2017 | Simon József Nagy | special prize

  China Adolescent Science & Technology Innovation Contest

The China Adolescent Science & Technology Innovation Contest (CASTIC) is organized since 1985, in a different Chinese town every year. It aims to encourage creative thinking and learning among young students.

Every year, more than 500 students from China's mainland as well as Hong Kong and Macao win the qualification to take part in national level contest of CASTIC. Adolescents from other countries and regions can join the contest as guests to display their projects and exchange their experiences with Chinese students. Students at the age of 9 to 18 are divide into three age groups (primary school students, junior middle school students and high school students) to take part in the contest. Medals are presented to the best projects of international participants.

The Hungarian Association for Innovation was invited for the first time in 2007 to CASTIC.

Hungarian awards:
2007 | Gergely Sik (special prize) | András Gilyén
2008 | Péter Szvoboda (special prize) | Dániel Buza
2009 | Péter Rőmer (special prize) | Balázs Sarkadi-Nagy
2010 | Áron Hunyadi | Krisztina Sugár
          | Dávid Szabolcs Simon
2011 | Ádám Lipécz and Soma Erdélyi (special prize)
2017 | Hangzhou (Zhejiang) | Melinda Szegedi (gold medal)
2018 | Chongqing | Tamás Jónás Laufer (bronze medal)

  Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar

The Hungarian Association for Innovation could delegate one excellent young researcher to the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar (SIYSS) every year.

The Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar is a weeklong seminar for young scientists, arranged in connection to the Nobel Festivities. Since 1976 highly gifted students have gathered in Stockholm each December, they were introduced to Swedish science and research. The program brings together young people from all over the world with similar interests and aims to promote international understanding and friendship.

The participants in SIYSS are selected in different ways, some of them are winners of the National Science Fairs which are held in many of the participating countries, others are representing the organizations corresponding to the Swedish Federation of Young Scientists. Every year there are about 25 participants in the ages between 18 and 25 from around 18 different countries all over the world who come and visit the Seminar in December.

2001 | Bálint Pató
2002 | Lívia Mészáros
2003 | Ágnes Tóth
2004 | Bálint Bártfai
2005 | Dániel Rátai, Eszter Végh
2006 | Zsófia Sólyom
2007 | András Gilyén, Márton Spohn
2008 | Balázs Laki
2009 | Áron Hunyadi
2010 | Márton István Balassi
2011 | Enikő Bíro
2012 | Gábor Galgóczi
2013 | Balázs Zsombori
2014 | Réka Tóth
2015 | Ákos Marton
2016 | Péter Udvari
2017 | Áron Molnár

  London International Youth Science Forum

The London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) each year brings together some 400 students of the sciences, from almost 60 countries in the 5 continents. The Hungarian Association for Innovation could delegate one or two excellent young researchers to the LIYSF, every year.

Participants join in a programme of:
Lectures and demonstrations from leading scientists,
Seminars, debates and discussions on scientific topics of world concern,
Visits to industrial sites and research facilities,
Visits to academic research centers in London, Oxford and Cambridge,
Visits to the Science Museum, and the Natural History Museum,
Social activities, including Discos, inter-hall competitions, a light-hearted International Cabaret, and an evening of Songs of Home,
Optional sightseeing tours of London, Stonehenge and Salisbury, Windsor and Hampton Court,
Optional visits to some of the best shows in the London Theatre.

For two weeks, the participants living together as an international community, can exchange their ideas and experiences of the world to fulfil the aim of the Science Forum: to give a greater insight into science and its application for the benefit of all mankind.

2003 | Gábor Miklós Csiky
2004 | Bálint Bártfai, Zoltán Rátkai
2005 | Márton Siklós, Anna Sótér
2006 | Tünde Burus, Károly Szili
2007 | Tamás Benke, Zoltán Tarjányi, Csaba Vass
2008 | Áron Hunyadi
2009 | Ákos Schulcz
2010 | Soma Erdélyi
2011 | Dorottya Juhász, Márton István Balassi,
            Dávid Horváth
2012 | Egon Kecsenovity
2014 | Andor Körmöczi, Tamás Kopasz
2015 | Karola Bálint
2016 | Gergő Kormányos
2017 | Viktor Szvoreny
2018 | Gabriella Szabó

  International Wildlife Research Week, Switzerland

The Schweizer Jugend Forscht has organized the International Wildlife Research Week in the Swiss Alps since 1989. In every year, 24 young researchers take place in a camp from Switzerland and from all over the world.

During one week, the participants choose a research object either on the ecology or behavior of the selected animal or plant species. They observe and collect data, organize and analyze them. Finally, they publish their results in a scientific study and in a presentation.

1998 | Tibor Bukovinszky
2005 | László Nagy
2008 | Márton Spohn
2009 | Erik Gleszer
2010 | Laura Bérdi
2011 | László Zoltán
2014 | Kata Antónia Bódi
2015 | Áron Rozgonyi
2016 | Gréta Rácz
2017 | Lóránt Sztranyovszky
2018 | Rita Szalai

  Swiss Talent Forum

The Swiss Talent Forum (STF) is an exciting event organised by the foundation "Swiss Youth in Science", an independent non-profit organisation. It is officially recognised and supervised by the Swiss federal government. "Swiss Youth in Science" aimes to promoting the best talents from Switzerland and the whole of Europe. At the Forum, talented and motivated young adults will discuss with high-profile personalities from business, science, society and politics the pressing issues of our time and will work together with a view to developing new solutions.

4 exciting days
70 motivated young people
1000 new ideas
Countless new insights

2011 | Enikő Biró, Soma Erdélyi és Ádám Lipécz
2014 | Lóránt Zsolt Szabó
2015 | Áron Ricardo Perez-Lopez
2016 | Janka Sára Molnár
2017 | János Varga
2018 | Laura Őri

  Sci-preneurship 24 Hour Student Contest

Since 2011 Intel has been organizing the Sci-preneurship 24 Hour Contest for the former participants of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) and Junior Achievement-Young Enterprise (JA-YE) Europe's, inviting students from 20 European countries.

The four-members teams, setting up randomly from two-two students participated in the Intel ISEF and JA-YE respectively, need to identify a real problem of a specific topic, affecting their environment, and elaborate a workable, economically viable solution, exerting a positive impact on the society, in the form of a business plan using natural sciences. Mentors help the young participants.

2011 | Brussels | Márton Spohn, Róbert Varga
2012 | Barcelona | Gergő Köpenczei
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