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Prizes - The Archimedes Prize

Archimedes Prize

The Archimedes Prize


EU Archimedes Prize 2001/2002 awarded to 20 projects carried out by young European scientists

Background and objectives

The Archimedes Prize is one of the European Commission's science prizes (see also the Descartes Prize for collaborative teams of experienced researchers, and the EU Young Scientists' Contest for the 15 - 20 age group). These prizes aim to increase the visibility of research in Europe, as well as encouraging young people to look to science and research as potential careers.

What is the Archimedes Prize?

The Archimedes Prize is the European Commission's top prize for undergraduate students. Each year several scientific themes or challenges are set for the prize. For this call there are six specific themes:

  • Structure and function in macromolecules
  • Energy devices
  • Water resources modelling and management
  • Societal and economic implications of demographic change in the EU
  • Acquaculture
  • Implications of tourism on natural and human ecosystems

As well as an honorary distinction, the Commission is able to award up to three monetary prizes (3 first prizes of €60,000, 3 second prizes of €50,000 and 3 third prizes of €40,000). These awards aim to give young researchers a kick-start to their scientific career. The award will not only brighten any C.V., but should also be used to support scientific careers, e.g. this monies could be put towards postgraduate/doctoral courses.

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