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EUCYS 2012 — Result In Brief

Project ID: 316492
Funded under: FP7-SIS
Country: Slovakia

Supporting innovation among young scientists

The EUCYS 2012 project helped to increase public awareness of and interest in science and technology. It also provided support for the most promising of Europe's young scientists, and enhanced communication of science matters to the public.
Supporting innovation among young scientists
Established in 1989, the European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) promotes the ideals of cooperation and interchange between young scientists. An annual showcase of the best of European student scientific achievements, the event attracts widespread media interest. Part of the Science in Society activities managed by the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, EUCYS strengthens efforts made by participating countries to attract young people to careers in science and technology (S&T).

EUCYS gives young scientists the chance to compete with the best of their European contemporaries, and to meet with others of similar abilities and interests. The event also brings them into contact with some of Europe's most prominent scientists.

In September 2012, the 24th EUCYS was held in Bratislava, Slovakia. Young Scientists of Slovakia took on the role of host organiser, in close cooperation with the European Commission and the country's Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport.

The project 'European Union Contest for Young Scientists 2012' (EUCYS 2012) was set up to help raise public interest in S&T. To this end, project members developed several initiatives, including a media strategy.

Work focused mainly on support for young European talent in science, stimulating new innovative initiatives among young European scientists, and creating a strong and powerful network for the target group. Project activities were also carried out with a view to enhancing entrepreneurship and creativity.

With a primary target of increasing interest in scientific and technical education, one of the project's main goals was efficient and effective communication with the public. As such, EUCYS 2012 elaborated a specific communication plan promoting the impact of EUCYS at national and international levels. A number of events were held in parallel with the event, attracting schools, students, teachers, professionals, EUCYS organisers and the wider public.

Project activities enjoyed extensive media coverage and its results were presented through a wide range of media for full impact. EUCYS 2012 also successfully invigorated cooperation with a range of partners at national and European levels, and with partner research institutions. The latter group include EIROforum, the Joint Research Centre and the European Patent Office.

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