Winners of the 2022 EU Contest for Young Scientists and first-ever EU TalentOn

The winners of the 33rd edition of the EU Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) and of the first-ever edition of EU TalentOn were announced in Leiden, Netherlands on Saturday 17 September.

Leiden is also the European City of Science 2022. The projects that won the first prize of the EUCYS, which receive EUR 7000 each, come from Denmark, Ireland, Lithuania and Austria and covered disciplines such as mathematics, chemistry, biology and engineering. The EU TalentOn winning teams that receive EUR 8000 each came up with scientific solutions to societal challenges linked to the five EU Missions.

Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, said: “Congratulations to all winners of EUCYS and EU TalentOn 2022. The work of young researchers is crucial to shape the future of science and to move forward with confidence in a post-pandemic era. These contests celebrate our brightest young minds and show, once again, the importance of investing in excellent science, research and innovation. I am proud of our youth’s inspiring work!”

More information on the EUCYS winners is available here and on the EU TalentOn winners is available here. Launched by the European Commission in 1989, the EU Contest for Young Scientists encourages young people from 14 to 20 years old to study Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and to pursue a career in science.

This year, EUCYS welcomed 132 young scientists, who presented projects covering a broad spectrum of scientific areas, from biology to mathematics and social sciences. The EU TalentOn is a new event for early career researchers from 21 to 35 years, aimed at supporting them in bringing their research career forward. This year 104 participants competed in teams of four in a pressure cooker environment to develop projects based on the five EU Missions covering Climate Change, Cancer, Ocean, Cities and Soil. Both events are part of the European Year of Youth.