With Ireland being one of the most emerging tech industries and countries in the world, it makes sense that the nation has been chosen as the host country for the 30th annual European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) in September. This contest is held to showcase and recognise the best of the best in European international student achievements in the field of science and technology. The contest also hopes to promote knowledge sharing and collaboration in the field as well. The Directorate General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission manages the competition and it is endorsed by several other local organisations who support and exemplify the values and the concepts of the field.
Ireland has hosted the event twice now, which lasts for a total of six days with 139 competitors from over 35 countries. There are ten categories in total and Irish competitors have won the first prize 14 out of 29 times, which is an impressive yet not surprising feat for the country. Tickets are free to encourage the interest and participation of youth and of young scientists in the field. The exposure allows great opportunities for scholarships, job opportunities and further development in the industry.
The categories vary and showcase different elements from the most obvious to the most niche of the science and tech community. Winners receive generous prizes from various sponsors in addition to vital exposure.
Some of the participating countries include: Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. The representatives from each country are vetted and a set of rules is in place to ensure an even playing field for all.