Eucys 2009




Sciences à l'Ecole


Ministère de l'enseignement supérieurMinistère de l'éducation


EUCYS (European Union Contest for Young Scientists) is an annual European competition for young scientists (14 to 20 years old) coming from 40 countries (mainly from Europe but also USA, China and Japan).The 21st edition will be held for the first time in France, at the Palais de la découverte in Paris, from September 11 to 16, 2009. This event is organized by Sciences à l'Ecole and the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA).


Aims and objectives

History of the EU Contest



Aims and objectives

The European Union (EU) Contest for Young Scientists was created to promote the ideals of co-operation and interchange between young scientists. The Contest is an annual showcase of the best of European student scientific achievement, giving students the opportunity to compete with the best of their contemporaries. 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 this way, the European Union Contest for Young Scientists aspires 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 30,000 young scientists who compete annually in their national contests.

The EU Contest for Young Scientists is part of the Science and Society activities managed by the Directorate-General for Research of the European Commission. Within the Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development, and the European Research Area, Science and Society aims to build a more harmonious relationship between scientific endeavour and the European society at large.


History of the EU Contest

The European Commission decided in 1987 to support the Contest and the 1st EU Contest Finals took place in Brussels in 1989. In the following years, the Contest has welcomed contestants from numerous other countries. In 2008, 38 delegations participated in the 20th European Contest  in Copenhagen.

See more about former Contests



Only contestants less than 21 years of age on the last day of the month of the EU Contest (September) but more than 14 years of age on the first day of the month of the EU Contest (September) and who have been designated by their respective national juries can participate in the EU Contest. In each country, the National Organizer is responsible for nominating projects, and therefore the contestants, who are entered for the EU Contest.

Projects may have been desinged by individual participants or by teams of not more than three people. Contestants must have complete their project before entering university. Rules concerning age and education requirements are applicable to all members of a project team.

In the case of team contestants, all members of the team must be represented at the Contest so the Jury can conduct a thorough evaluation of their combined efforts.

Rules and regulations from the EU

More concerning EUCYS procedures on the European Commission website