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27 September 2011
At the 23rd European Union Contest for Young Scientists in Helsinki, Finland this week, the EPO Prize for Originality 2011 was awarded to:
Presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, the prize consists of an invitation to the winners to spend five days in Munich in November 2012, including visits to the EPO and companies active in their scientific fields. They will also have the opportunity to explore the city.
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, the EPO prize for originality was established
This year's EPO representative on the jury is Victor Kaas, Director in Biotechnology.
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 winners of last year's EPO Prize for Originality will present their winning projects at the EPO in Munich in November.
All pictures courtesy of the European Commission