European Union Contest for Young Scientists: BBI JU awards Bioeconomy non-food prize

08 September 2016

The European Union (EU) organises every wear the EUCYS Prize, a Contest for Young Scientists, which was set up to promote the ideals of co-operation and interchange between young scientists. This Contest serves as an annual showcase of the best of European student scientific achievement, giving students the opportunity to compete with the best of their contemporaries at European level. This EU Contest for Young Scientists is part of the Science and Society activities managed by the Directorate-General for Research of the European Commission.

From September 15th to 20th the European’s brightest young scientists will be showcasing the results of their work in Brussels, the heart of Belgium and Europe, after having been selected in affiliated events all around Europe.

This year Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) joins this relevant contest by sponsoring a new category of EUCYS, the Bioeconomy non-food prize, awarding projects related with the conversion of biomass into non-food value-added products. The Bioeconomy prize in the food area will be sponsored by the Food and Drink Association. 

The winning Bioeconomy non-food project should reflect three key principals of the bio-based economy in using raw material of a biological origin, for example whole or parts of plants, trees, algae, marine organisms, micro-organisms, animal in a way which is:

  • sustainable
  • renewable
  • innovative

The winning project will also meet a fourth criteria based on the effectiveness of its overall communicability to the scientific community and the general public. The winning project should promote scientific studies, while raising environmental awareness, and promote the bioeconomy.

The prize will be awarded by BBI who will provide a paid 4-day trip to Brussels for the winning project to include travel to/from and accommodation in Brussels and to participate in a tailor-made experience related to the science behind the BBI programme.

The prize awarded will comprise:  

  • a visit and introduction to the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking programme office 
  • a visit to some of the key public institutions shaping European bio-based policy, including the European Parliament’s visitor centre and a look behind the scenes at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for research and innovation
  • three one-day visits to the bio-based biorefineries and laboratory facilities based in:
    • Gent (Belgium)
    • Reims Pomacle Bazancourt (France)
    • Biotech Pilot Plant in Delft (The Netherlands)
  • the possibility to visit local tourist sites in the relevant locations, where the itinerary permits.  

During each one-day excursion, a range of age-appropriate supervised activities will be organised, along with an opportunity to meet and talk to the scientists working there about their research and a career in science. There may also be an opportunity to visit a few tourist attractions during the stay.

The prize will be awarded to the winning project (up to a maximum of three participants) and one teacher/lecturer (who has made a significant & demonstrable contribution to the wining project), to be nominated by winners to accompany them. Where no teacher/lecturer is nominated, an accompanying responsible adult must be nominated by the winning project. The winning person or persons will remain under the responsibility & supervision of this person during their travel, activities and visits. 

See here more information about EUCYS.