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It-22 Konkors tal-UE għal Xjenzjati Żgħażagħ: l-aħjar imħuħ żgħażagħ ippremjati f'Lisbona

European Commission - IP/10/1201   29/09/2010

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IP/10/1201

Lisbona, 29 ta' Settembru 2010

It-22 Konkors tal-UE għal Xjenzjati Żgħażagħ: l-aħjar imħuħ żgħażagħ ippremjati f'Lisbona

Illum f''Lisbona, xjenzati żgħażagħ mir-Repubblika Ċeka, mill-Polonja u mill-Ungerija ngħataw il-premju għall-ewwel post tal-Konkors tal-Unjoni Ewropea għal Xjenzjati Żgħażagħ 2010. Il-proġetti li analizzaw il-fiżika, il-bijoloġija u x-xjenzi soċjali. kienu magħżula minn Ġurija Internazzjonali fost 85 proġett minn 37 pajjiż. Il-premijiet għat-tieni u t-tielet post u l-Premju Internazzjonali ngħataw lil 7 proġetti oħra mill-Polonja, il-Ġermanja, il-Portugall, il-Latvja, l-Italja u l-Brażil. Is-16-il kontestant rebbieħa li għandhom bejn 14 u 21 sena, ħadu bejniethom total ta' EUR 51 500 f'premijiet għall-proġetti xjentifiċi innovattivi tal-aħjar kwalità tagħhom. Tagħrif dwar ir-rebbieħa u dwar il-proġetti kollha ppreżentati huwa disponibbli fis-sit elettroniku http://ec.europa.eu/research/youngscientists/index_en.cfm.

"Il-Konkors tal-UE għal Xjenzjati Żgħażagħ huwa vetrina għall-aħjar kisbiet xjentifiċi tal-istudenti fl-Ewropa kollha. Nifraħ lir-rebbieħa u lil kull min ipparteċipa: huma ambaxxaturi fantastiċi għall-iskejjel u l-universitajiet tagħhom, għal pajjiżhom u għar-reġjuni tagħhom u għaż-żgħażagħ tal-lum." Qalet il-Kummissarju għar-Riċerka, l-Innovazzjoni u x-Xjenza Máire Geoghegan-Quinn. "Huwa biss permezz tal-investiment fit-talent żagħżugħ b'ideat friski u li dawn iż-żgħażagħ jingħatawlhom l-opportunitajiet ta' karrieri xjentifiċi adattati, li nagħmlu lill-Ewropa attur xjentifiku ta' klassi mondjali u li nibnu Unjoni ta' Innovazzjoni reali. Dawn iż-żgħażagħ se jgħinu fil-formazzjoni tal-futur - u naħseb li ninsabu f'idejn tajbin. Huwa ta' inkoraġġiment partikolari li tara li l-premijiet għall-ewwel tliet postijiet marru kollha għand studenti mill-Istati Membri l-ġodda."

Androulla Vassiliou, il-Kummissarju għall-edukazzjoni, tenniet dan il-fatt u qalet: "Ix-xjenza hija t-test ta' prova [litmus] għas-soċjetajiet li ngħixu fihom: għandha impatt fuq il-ħajjitna u tipprovdilna ikel iktar sikur u abbundanti, saħħa aħjar, trasport iktar ekoloġiku, aċċess għall-informazzjoni, mużika mobbli, SMS, televiżjoni b'definizzjoni għolja – il-lista ma tispiċċa qatt. Ix-xjenza tagħmel differenza u din hija r-raġuni għalfejn il-Kummissjoni Ewropea tappoġġja l-Konkors Ewropew għal Xjenzjati Żgħażagħ u tinvesti miljuni ta' ewro għax-xjenza permezz tal-Programm Qafas għar-Riċerka, il-Fond Marie Curie, Erasmus u skemi oħra. Jeħtieġ li nkomplu ninvestu fl-aħjar imħuħ! "

Il-Mużew tal-Elettriku f'Lisbona (il-Portugall) matul dawn l-aħħar ġranet, ospita 125 parteċipant minn 37 pajjiż fl-Ewropa u lil hinn minnha, inklużi l-Kanada, l-Istati Uniti u l-Brażil. Bejn l-24 sad-29 ta' Settembru, l-istudenti ppreżentaw 85 proġett lil Ġurija Internazzjonali ppreseduta mill-Professur Hagit Messer-Yaron. Dawn il-proġetti kienu diġà rebħu l-ewwel premju fil-konkorsi nazzjonali tagħhom. It-temi koprew firxa wiesgħa ta' oqsma xjentifiċi: il-bijoloġija, il-kimika, l-informatika, iż-xjenzi soċjali, l-ambjent, il-matematika, il-materjali, l-inġinerija u l-mediċina. L-istandard tal-konkors huwa dejjem għoli u bosta parteċipanti preċedenti għamlu suċċess xjentifiċi kbar jew waqqfu negozji sabiex jikkummerċjalizzaw l-ideat żviluppati għall-Konkors.

Sfond:

Il-Konkors tal-Unjoni Ewropea għal Xjenzjati Żgħażagħ kien imwaqqaf mill-Kummissjoni Ewropea biex ikunu ffaċilitati l-kooperazzjoni u l-iskambju bejn xjenzjati żgħażagħ b'kapaċitajiet u interessi simili u biex dawn jingħataw l-opportunità li jkunu ggwidati minn uħud mix-xjenzjati l-iktar prominenti fl-Ewropa.

Il-Konkors għandu l-għan li jinkoraġġixxi liż-żgħażagħ interessati fix-xjenza biex jibdew karrieri xjentifiċi.

Huwa parti mill-programm Xjenza u Soċjetà taħt is-Seba' Programm Qafas għar-Riċerka (FP7).

Din is-sena, il-premijiet tal-UE kienu ppreżentati mis-Sna Anneli Pauli, l-Assistent Direttur Ġenerali tad-DĠ għar-Riċerka tal-Kummissjoni Ewropea, flimkien mal-Professur Hagit Messer-Yaron, il-President tal-Ġurija.

Il-konkors beda fl-1989 bil-parteċipazzjoni ta' 15-il pajjiż. Din is-sena, 37 pajjiż u waħda mill-Iskejjel Ewropej qed jieħdu sehem fit-22 edizzjoni tal-konkors.

Mill-bidu ta' dan l-avveniment internazzjonali, ikkompetew total ta' 2074 parteċipant (627 bniet u 1447 subien). Tqassmu iktar minn 500 premju!

Iktar tagħrif dwar il-Konkors tal-UE għal Xjenzjati Żgħażagħ, inklużi ritratti, stejjer ta' suċċess, dettalji bijografiċi tal-membri tal-ġurija u deskrizzjonijiet tal-proġetti, jinsab fuq is-sit elettroniku:

http://ec.europa.eu/research/youngscientists/index_en.cfm

Annex 1

PRIZE-WINNERS

22nd European Union Contest for Young Scientists

FIRST PRIZES (€ 7.000 per Project)

Country

Czech Republic

Contestants

Miroslav Rapcak ( 19 )

David Pegrimek (19)

Scientific Field

Physics

Project Title

Complete Phase Diagram Of CO2 Nanoclusters

Short Summary

Complete Phase Diagram of CO2 Nanoclusters Miroslav Rapcak, David Pegrimek Nanoclusters (clusters) are aggregates of a few particles. For the past decades it has been accepted that clusters constitute a new and exciting form of matter with exotic properties used in nanotechnology. Nowadays, temperature dependences of properties are being studied. In the future applications of clusters, they will be surrounded by other particles that impact them by pressure. There exist no complex study of cluster properties dependence on the pressure. We have studied carbon dioxide clusters. Knowledge of CO2 clusters properties is much behind the knowledge of properties of other clusters. CO2 clusters become important for the surface erosion methods that provide an arbitrary surface structure or high friction surfaces. Studying of CO2 clusters at high pressures can provide a way to store CO2 into the ocean to avoid greenhouse ect.

Country

Poland

Contestants

Lukasz Sokolowski ( 20 )

Scientific Field

Biology

Project Title

Foraging Strategy Of The Ant Formica Cinerea

Short Summary

The goal of the research was to discover how the ants Formica cinerea search for food. Another aim was to check if F. cinerea are able to share information about the quality of food. Observation of wild F. cinerea colonies showed, that they use a strategy called “mass recruitment”. Ants using this strategy create a column leading from the nest to food. They use pheromones to mark the way. Observation of ant colonies kept in a special terrarium (formicarium) showed that the ants can share information about the quality of food. They can also switch from food of lower quality to the better one, but they do it slowly. The strategy used by F. cinera is not the most effective, but thanks to using it, F. cinerea avoids fights with T. caespitum, another ant living in the same environment. T. caespitum uses a more flexible foraging strategy called “group-mass recruitment“. That’s why ants of these two species do not compete for the same sources of food and do not fight with each other.

Country

Hungary

Contestants

Dávid Horváth ( 20 )

Márton Balassi ( 20 )

Scientific Field

Social Sciences

Project Title

Nature On Your Screen - Computer Based Modeling And Local Area Network In The Education Of Ecology

Short Summary

The crisis in science education gets much public attention these days as natural sciences are amongst the least popular subjects. Our starting point was to examine which programs we and our peers like using the most and which of these are the ones that can be implemented in classroom, so we decided to write a computer model to support ecology education. In our model by choosing external parameters to affect the ecosystem, it is also possible to model natural or anthropogenic effects such as migration, supporting certain trophic levels or spreading pesticides or pollutants. Using the program individually or in network provides an interactive tool for showing the main characteristics of ecosystems while developing mathematical competence, environmental consciousness, problem-based approach and creativity. We have also compiled a teaching aid including some stable configurations, lesson plans and ideas to assist further classroom implementation.

SECOND PRIZES (€ 5.000 per project)

Country

Contestants

Age

Scientific Field

Project Title

Poland

Justyna Slowiak

19

Biology

Biodiversity, Palaeoecology And Taxonomical Position Of Vertebrates In The Middle Triassic Sea Ecosystem In Silesia (sw Poland)

Germany

Simon Schuldt

19

Engineering

Aircraft Of The Future - A Practise-based School Project

Germany

Luca Banszerus

Michael Schmitz

18

19

Physics

Production And Charaterization Of Graphene Devices

THIRD PRIZES (€ 3.500 per Project)

Country

Contestants

Age

Scientific Field

Project Title

Latvia

Aleksejs Sazonovs

18

Computing

Applying Image Recognition Methods For Classification Of Astronomical Images

Italy

Davide Giacinto Lucarelli

Niccolò Pozzi

Stefano Sanfilippo

19

19

19

Mathematics

An Analysis of the Network of Chemists within the City of Monza

Portugal

Inês Alexandra Costa Kristoffer de Sá Høg

18

19

Environment

Rocks Of The Southwest - The Mysteries Written On The Stone

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION PRIZE (€ 5.000 per project)

Country

Contestants

Age

Scientific Field

Project Title

Brazil

William Lopes

20

Biology

Utilization Of The Fungus Aspergillus Niger On Wastewater Treatment Ii

HONORARY AWARDS

Stockholm International Youth Science 2010

Country

Contestants

Age

Scientific Field

Project Title

Czech Republic

Miroslav Rapcak

David Pegrimek

19

Physics

Complete Phase Diagram of CO2 Nanoclusters

Poland

Lukasz Sokolowski

20

Biology

Foraging Strategy Of The Ant Formica Cinerea

London International Youth Science Forum 2011

Country

Contestants

Age

Scientific Field

Project Title

Hungary

Dávid Horváth

Márton Balassi

20

20

Social Sciences

Nature On Your Screen - Computer Based Modeling And Local Area Network In The Education Of Ecology

SPECIAL DONATED PRIZES

There are 25 special donated prizes: a five-day visit of a technical and cultural nature to the

European Patent Office in Munich and a one-week stay at each of the seven members of

EIROforum[1]:

• CERN: The European Laboratory for Particle Physics

• EFDA: The European Fusion Development Agreement

• EMBL: The European Molecular Biology Laboratory

• ESA: The European Space Agency

• ESO: The European Southern Observatory

• ESRF: The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility

• ILL: The Institut Laue-Langevin

The European Patent Office, Munich, Germany

Country

Contestants

Age

Scientific Field

Project Title

Switzerland

Andrea Agazzi

Mauro Salazar

19

20

Chemistry

Nanotechnology From Natural Tissues. Realization Of Catalytic Systems With High Active Surface From Spongy Bone.

Switzerland

Christian Meier

Thomas Vögeli

20

20

Engineering

Mts – Magnetic Transport System

Germany

Simon Schuldt

19

Engineering

Aircraft Of The Future - A Practise-based School Project

EIROForum Prizes

CERN: The European Laboratory for Particle Physics

Country

Contestants

Age

Scientific Field

Project Title

Belarus

Volha Shumskaya

17

Mathematics

Extremal Properties Of L.c.m. And G.c.d. For Sequences

EFDA-JET

Country

Contestants

Age

Scientific Field

Project Title

Latvia

Janis Smits

18

Physics

Optimization Of Synthesis Conditions Of Lithium Iron Phosphate And Development Of A Thin Layer Battery

ESA

Country

Contestants

Age

Scientific Field

Project Title

Slovak Republic

Bejdová Vladimíra

19

Physics

New Binary Star In The Field Of Cn And

EMBL

Country

Contestants

Age

Scientific Field

Project Title

United Kindgom

Raghd Rostom

19

Biology

Embryonic Chick Bones As A Model For Osteogenic And Chondrogenic Differentiation In Stem Cells

ESO

Country

Contestants

Age

Scientific Field

Project Title

Israel

Pavel Fadeev

19

Physics

An Exploration Of Hii Star-forming Regions

ILL

Country

Contestants

Age

Scientific Field

Project Title

Bulgaria

Radko Kotev

18

Mathematics

A New Solution Of The Apollonius Problem

ESRF

Country

Contestants

Age

Scientific Field

Project Title

Italy

Sebastian Cincelli

19

Engineering

Eu.r.ex.- Eusocial Rovers For Exploration

Host Organization Special Donated Prizes

The ADENE – Agency for Energy Special Prize

Country

Contestants

Age

Scientific Field

Project Title

Ireland

Richard O’Shea

19

Engineering

A Biomass Fired Cooking Stove For Developing Countries

France

Rémi Ounadjela

Kaiqiang ZHANG

Victor Mizrahi

17

18

17

Physics

The Musical Plasma

Health Special Prize

Country

Contestants

Age

Scientific Field

Project Title

Israel

Nitay Aspis

18

Biology

The Influence Of Galectin-8 On The Skeletal System

Slovak Republic

Ferenc Jaroslav

17

Biology

The Examination Of Circadian Regulation Of Response On A Herbicide Glyphosate In Common Chickweed (stellaria Media)

Vision-Box Special Prize

Country

Contestants

Age

Scientific Field

Project Title

Germany

Andreas Lang

20

Computing

Face Detection Using Swarm Intelligence


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