Project E1 was one of two teams selected by Engineering UK to represent the UK at EUCYS (The European Union Contest for Young Scientists) in Tallinn, Estonia. 146 contestants with 89 projects representing 38 countries and European schools took part in EUCYS. The contest accepts projects in all fields of scientific endeavour that have been carried out before the contestants enter university.
EUCYS took place in Estonia for the first time and was hosted by the Estonian Research Council. It was a unique time to be in Estonia as Estonia currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The host nation put up an excellent itinerary of events for the contestants to enjoy, at spectacular venues during their stay.
These venues and events included; dinner and tour at The Seaplane Harbour; dinner and tour of the Art Museum of Estonia, the award ceremony followed by lunch was held at the grand Estonia Concert Hall with a fabulous farewell party at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds.
Only projects that have won a first prize at a national science competition in their own country are invited to participate at EUCYS. Thus, the contest represents an additional scientific challenge for the contestants.
The jury presiding over the competition were composed of 19 highly qualified scientists and engineers with worldwide reputations in their chosen field. The teams were grilled on all aspects of their projects in 5 rounds of judging over 3 days.
Unfortunately, both UK teams did not quite make it through to win a prize at EUCYS. They have, however, made excellent links with the European Scientific community and fellow contestants and can now take their projects on to the next steps forward.