Special Donated Prizes
The Special Donated Prizes are offered to contestants who, according to the EUCYS Jury, would benefit from the specific experience that these prizes offer. They are mostly study visits to leading scientific organisations:
EIROforum members each kindly award individual prizes as follows:
• European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) – offers a project prize (for up to 3 people) of a week's visit to their Geneva site
• EUROfusion (JET) – home of plasma physics and fusion research, offers one project a one week stay (for up to 3 people) at their Culham, Oxfordshire, UK site
• The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) – offers a project prize (for up to 3 people) of a week’s placement at their premises in Heidelberg
• The European Space Agency (ESA) - offers a single prize winner the opportunity to attend a major space science conference in Europe or to spend a week at ESA's main technical centre, ESTEC, in The Netherlands.
• European Southern Observatory (ESO) – offers the winner of a single-student project, a visit to their facilities in Chile including trips to the Paranal Observatory and ESO's Scientific Centre in Santiago
• European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) – operator of Europe's most powerful synchrotron radiation source, offers the leader of a winning project a one week visit to their site in Grenoble
• The Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) – operator of the world's most intense neutron source, offers the leader of a winning project a one week visit to their Grenoble site
• European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser Facility GmbH (XFEL.EU) – offers one winner a one week placement at European XFEL Schenefeld (Hamburg metropole)
EIROforum is a partnership of Europe’s eight largest intergovernmental research organisations. As world leaders within their respective fields of science, the member organisations of EIROforum constitute the vanguard of European science. Operating some of the largest research infrastructures in Europe devoted to the exploration of key questions on the origin and the evolution of matter and biological life in our Universe, they enable European scientists to engage in truly cutting-edge research, and be competitive on a global scale.
In support of the EUCYS initiative, EIROforum members are pleased to offer one-week visits/placements to their organisations.
To ensure optimum value of the experience to the prize winner, these will be offered on the basis of the relevance of the activities of the organisation to the field of interest of the nominated student. (For safety and sometimes security reasons, age restrictions may apply.)
EIROforum also send experienced scientists to give a key note address to the contestants. As a curtesy to EIROforum, those students who would like to be considered for the EIROforum prizes, and their National Organiser, should endeavour to attend the EIROforum lecture during the contest.
The EIROforum organisations are:
European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva, Switzerland, was founded in 1954. CERN’s main research area is particle physics.
Complex machines such as particle accelerators and detectors are developed and used to study the basic constituents of matter. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 27-kilometre underground circular machine, began colliding particles at very high energy in 2010 giving new insights into the origin of the Universe. CERN is also famous for the invention of the World Wide Web, which was originally developed to give scientists access to data irrespective of their location. In 2012, LHC experiments discovered a new particle consistent with long-sought Higgs boson.
CERN offers a prize of a week’s visit for up to three students involved in the selected project. Topics should to be related to a scientific or engineering field of relevance to CERN to include a large spectrum of projects, especially on the engineering side. Minimum age: 18 years.
EUROfusion (JET), Culham Laboratory, Oxfordshire, UK. EUROfusion is a framework between EURATOM and various fusion research programmes in many EU countries. Its aim is to provide an infrastructure for fusion research. JET, the largest tokamak fusion reactor in the world, investigates the potential of fusion power as a safe, clean and virtually limitless energy source for future generations. It is paving the way for ITER, an engineering project currently being constructed in southern France, which is designed to be the first fusion reactor to release more energy than is needed to power it.
EUROfusion will award a one week stay at the JET facilities for up to three persons. Topics include: plasma wall interaction, real time control of plasmas, computer modelling of plasmas, magneto hydrodynamics, engineering related topics to build tailored diagnostics. Minimum age: 16 years.
The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is Europe’s flagship laboratory for the life sciences. Established in 1974 as an intergovernmental organisation, EMBL is supported by over 20 member states. EMBL performs fundamental research in molecular biology, studying the story of life. The institute offers services to the scientific community; trains the next generation of scientists and strives to integrate the life sciences across Europe.
EMBL is international, innovative and interdisciplinary. Its more than 1600 staff, from over 80 countries, operate across six sites in Barcelona (Spain), Grenoble (France), Hamburg (Germany), Heidelberg (Germany), Hinxton (UK) and Rome (Italy). EMBL scientists work in independent groups and conduct research and offer services in all areas of molecular biology.
EMBL research drives the development of new technology and methods in the life sciences. The institute works to transfer this knowledge for the benefit of society.
EMBL offers a prize of a week’s visit to its Heidelberg headquarters for up to three students involved in the selected project. Eligible topics should be in the field of molecular biology. Minimum age: 18 years.
The European Space Agency (ESA) Paris, France. ESA’s mission is to provide cooperation in space science and to ensure that this science benefits citizens in Europe and world wide. Research programmes concern, among others, Earth Observation, Human Spaceflight, Launchers, Navigation, Space Science and Engineering as well as Telecommunications. Their focus is the Solar System and the Universe in general. The development of satellite technologies serves to achieve high-level research goals and to promote European industries at the same time.
ESA offers a single prize winner the opportunity to attend a major space science conference in Europe (usually either the European Geosciences Union General Assembly or the European Week of Astronomy & Space Sciences) or to spend a week at ESA's main technical centre, ESTEC, in The Netherlands.
The winner must be at least 18 at the time of taking up the prize.
The European Southern Observatory (ESO), Garching, near Munich, Germany, and Chile. ESO is the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organisation in Europe and the world’s most productive ground-based astronomical observatory by far. It is supported by 15 countries, and carries out an ambitious programme focused on the design, construction and operation of powerful ground-based observing facilities enabling astronomers to make important scientific discoveries. ESO also plays a leading role in promoting and organising cooperation in astronomical research. ESO operates three unique world-class observing sites in Chile – La Silla, Paranal and Chajnantor – and is planning a 40-metre-class European Extremely Large optical/near-infrared Telescopethe E-ELT, which will become “the world’s biggest eye on the sky”.
Only single-student projects are eligible for ESO’s prize. The Laureate is offered a trip to ESO’s facilities in Chile with visits planned to the Paranal Observatory and ESO’s Scientific Centre in Santiago. Minimum age: 18 years.
European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) Grenoble, France, is supported and shared by 22 countries. The ESRF is the most powerful synchrotron radiation source in Europe; it is a stadium-sized machine producing many beams of bright X-ray light. These are guided through a set of lenses and instruments called beamlines where the X-rays illuminate and interact with samples of material being studied. Here, at more than 40 specialized experimental stations, physicists work side by side with chemists and materials scientists. Biologists, medical doctors, geophysicists and archaeologists have become regular users. Companies also send researchers, notably in the fields of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, petrochemicals and microelectronics. Each year approximately 7,000 researchers travel to Grenoble where they work in a first-class scientific environment to conduct exciting experiments at the cutting edge of modern science.
ESRF will award the prize of a one week visit to the EPN Science Campus in Grenoble, for the leader of a project in a topic related to the structural and dynamical study of condensed matter, materials and living matter using synchrotron radiation X-rays to achieve sub-nanometric resolution in both fundamental and applied research. This could be in the fields of biology, chemistry, cultural heritage, engineering, environmental sciences, materials research, medicine or physics. The visit will be undertaken in parallel with that of the winner of the ILL prize. Minimum age: 18 years.
The Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL), Grenoble, France, operates the most intense neutron source in the world. It is used to examine conventional and newly created materials. The applications include the analysis of the structure of new materials for future electronic tools, the measurement of stresses in mechanical materials, and examination of the behaviour of complex molecular assemblies, particularly in a biological environment. The ILL also tackles questions relating to the fundamental properties of matter. Recent research includes the world’s first magnetic soap, great developments on gamma-ray optics and potential Alzheimer treatments.
ILL will award a prize of a one week visit to the epn Science Campus in Grenoble, for the leader of a project in a topic related to a scientific or engineering field of relevance to ILL. The visit could include witnessing technical developments being made in connection with the neutron beams, such as detectors and optical devices, or taking part in an experimental session. Areas covered include: neutron research and technology in the disciplines of chemistry, nuclear physics, chemistry, biology, crystallography and magnetics.
The visit will be undertaken in parallel with that of the winner of the ESRF prize. Students must be at least 18 at the time of taking up the prize.
European XFEL (XFEL.EU), Schenefeld Hamburg metropole, Germany. European XFEL is a X-ray laser based on a linear accelerator with unique characteristics., It’s operation started in September 2017. The facility will open up new research opportunities for a whole range of scientific fields, such as medicine, pharmacy, biology, chemistry, physics, materials science and nanotechnology.
European XFEL will award a one week placement at their site in Schenefeld for one person presenting a physics project. The visit will provide insights into the process of operating a new, cutting edge international research facility. Students must be at least 18 at the time of taking up the prize.
The EIROforum organisations constitute a success story for Europe. They:
• were created by their member states as part of a long-term strategy for the future of European research;
• attract some of the best scientists and researchers from across the world, thanks to their scientific excellence and cutting-edge facilities;
• have implemented the European Research Area (ERA) concept and contribute significantly to structuring European research in their specific scientific fields;
• link European scientific communities with the rest of the world;
• develop new technologies, instrumentation and electronic infrastructures and support innovation and technology transfer for the benefit of society at large.
The EIROforum organisations have world-class research infrastructures. They:
• operate major research infrastructures – unique in Europe and in some cases in the world;
• are funded by their member states, with a combined annual budget for science of around 1500 million Euros;
• are crucial to the competitiveness of European research, providing up-to-date and continually improved facilities for European scientists;
• serve more than 25 000 scientists every year (in astronomy, particle physics, fusion, space sciences, condensed matter physics, chemistry and the life sciences);
• are active in international, often global, research for the benefit of Europe;
• possess unique experience in building and operating research infrastructures of great value for the further development of the European Research Area.
EIROforum is also committed to promoting and supporting innovative science education in Europe, as demonstrated by science education projects.
Science in School
A quarterly journal to inspire and inform European science teachers, Science in School is:
• Free in print and online (www.scienceinschool.org);
• Written mostly by teachers and scientists;
• Printed in English, with articles online in over 25 European languages;
• Distributed throughout Europe (20 000 copies per issue).
Articles, many of which can be used directly in the classroom, include:
• Cutting-edge science articles;
• Experiments to use in the classroom;
• Innovative science teaching projects;
• Reviews of teaching resources.
Topics include biology, physics and chemistry and also maths, earth sciences, engineering and medicine.
Special Donated Prizes