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Lizbona, 29. septembra 2010

22. tekmovanje EU za mlade znanstvenike: najboljši mladi možgani se pomerijo v Lizboni

Danes so v Lizboni na tekmovanju EU za mlade znanstvenike 2010 razglasili dobitnike prvih nagrad s Češke, Poljske in Madžarske. Mednarodna žirija je med 85 projekti iz 37 držav izbrala projekte, ki analizirajo fiziko, biologijo in družboslovne znanosti. Druga, tretja in mednarodna nagrada so bile podeljene sedmim drugim projektom iz Poljske, Nemčije, Portugalske, Latvije, Italije in Brazilije. 16 zmagovalcev, starih od 14 do 21 let, si je za svoje inovativne znanstvene projekte vrhunske kakovosti razdelilo nagrade v skupni vrednosti 51 500 EUR. Podatki o zmagovalcih in vseh predstavljenih projektih so na voljo na spletni strani http://ec.europa.eu/research/youngscientists/index_en.cfm.

„Tekmovanje EU za mlade znanstvenike je predstavitev najboljših študentskih znanstvenih dosežkov v Evropi. Iskreno čestitam zmagovalcem in vsem, ki so sodelovali: so fantastični ambasadorji svojih šol in univerz, držav in regij ter današnje mladine,“ je povedala evropska komisarka za raziskave, inovacije in znanost Máire Geoghegan-Quinn. „Z vlaganjem v mlade talente s svežimi idejami in zagotavljanjem pravih priložnosti za znanstveno kariero bo Evropa postala pomembna sila na področju znanosti v svetu in prava Unija inovacij. Ti mladi ljudje bodo pomagali oblikovati prihodnost in mislim, da smo v dobrih rokah. Zlasti je spodbudno, da so vse tri prve nagrade prejeli študentje iz novih držav članic.“

Androulla Vassiliou, komisarka, odgovorna za izobraževanje, je to ponovila z besedami: „Znanost je preizkus za družbo, v kateri živimo. Vpliva na vse naše življenje in nas oskrbuje z varnejšo in izdatno prehrano, omogoča boljše zdravje, okolju prijaznejši promet, dostop do informacij, mobilno glasbo, SMS, televizijo z visoko ločljivostjo – seznam je neskončen. Znanost je pomembna, zato Evropska komisija podpira tekmovanje EU za mlade znanstvenike ter vlaga milijone evrov v znanost z okvirnim programom za raziskave, skladom Marie Curie, Erasmusom in drugimi programi. Nadaljevati moramo z naložbami v najboljše! "

Muzej o elektriki v Lizboni (Portugalska) je v zadnjih nekaj dneh gostil 125 tekmovalcev iz 37 evropskih držav in od drugod, tudi iz Kanade, ZDA, Kitajske in Brazilije. Študentje so od 24.–29. septembra mednarodni žiriji, ki ji je predsedovala prof. Hagit Messer-Yaron, predstavili 85 projektov. S temi projekti so že prejeli prvo nagrado na nacionalnih tekmovanjih. Teme projektov so zajemale širok spekter znanstvenih področij, kot so biologija, kemija, računalništvo, družboslovne znanosti, okolje, matematika, materiali, inženirstvo in medicina. Prijavljeni projekti so ves čas visoke kakovosti in mnogi nekdanji udeleženci so dosegli pomembne znanstvene dosežke ali ustanovili podjetja za trženje idej, ki so jih razvili za tekmovanje.

Ozadje:

Evropska komisija je tekmovanje EU za mlade znanstvenike začela, da bi spodbudila sodelovanje in izmenjavo med mladimi znanstveniki s podobnimi sposobnostmi in interesi ter jim omogočila delo pod vodstvom nekaterih najbolj priznanih znanstvenikov v Evropi.

Cilj tekmovanja je spodbuditi mlade ljudi, ki jih zanima znanost, da začnejo znanstveno kariero.

Je del programa Znanost v družbi v okviru sedmega okvirnega programa za raziskave (FP7).

Letos je nagrade EU podelila Anneli Pauli, namestnica generalnega direktorja na GD za raziskave Evropske komisije, skupaj s prof. Hagit Messer-Yaron, predsednico žirije.

Tekmovanje se je začelo leta 1989 s sodelovanjem 15 držav. Letos se je 22. tekmovanja udeležilo 37 držav in ena evropska šola.

Od začetka tega mednarodnega dogodka se je na njem pomerilo skupno 2 074 udeležencev (627 deklet in 1 447 dečkov). Podeljenih je bilo več kot 500 nagrad.

Več informacij o tekmovanju EU za mlade znanstvenike, vključno s fotografijami, zgodbami o uspehu, biografskih podatkih žirije in opisom vseh projektov, najdete na naslednji spletni strani:

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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