29 September 2010
At the 22nd European Union Contest of Young Scientists in Lisbon this week, the EPO Prize for Originality 2010 was awarded to:
Simon Schuldt (Germany) for his project "Aircraft of the Future - A Practise-based School Project",
Andrea Agazzi and Mauro Salazar (Switzerland) for their project "Nanotechnology from Natural Tissues. Realisation of Catalytic Systems with High Active Surface from Spongy Bone", and
Christian Meier and Thomas Vögeli (Switzerland) for their project "MTS - Magnetic Transport System".
Presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday evening, the prize consists of an invitation to spend five days in Munich in November 2011, including visits to the EPO and companies active in their scientific fields. The winners will also have the opportunity to experience Munich's cultural heritage.
The European Contest for Young Scientists
The European Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS), managed by the Directorate-General for science, research and development of the European Commission, was established in 1989, to promote the ideals of co-operation and interchange between young scientists. The EUCYS builds on the efforts made in each participating country to attract young people to careers in science and technology.
Since 1997 the EPO has been involved in the contest, offering advice to national organisers and promoting awareness of patent issues to contestants. In 1999, former Vice-President Pantelis Kyriakides, was appointed to the jury and at the same time, as a special award, the EPO prize for originality was established
This year's EPO representative on the jury is Ms Milena Lonati, Principal Director for Quality Management.
The EPO Prize for Originality
This a special award by the EPO and is intended to encourage the development of qualities that distinguish successful inventors. The judging criteria for the prize are:
the application of original (i.e. self-generated) ideas in solving a problem or set of problems;
the logical exploitation of scientific/technical theories or principles in order to achieve a practical solution to a problem or set of problems, and;
quality and clarity of the written report.
The winners of last year's EPO Prize for Originality will present their winning projects at the EPO in Munich on 10 November 2010.
All pictures courtesy of the European Commission