The 16th European Union Science Olympiad (EUSO) will be held in Ljubljana from April 28 to May 5, welcoming 156 young scientists who will compete in solving interdisciplinary problems in the field of natural sciences - biology, chemistry and physics. 52 teams from 25 EU countries have entered the competition, and will be accompanied by approximately 100 mentors and observers.
This year’s 16th European Union Science Olympiad EUSO is hosted by Slovenia and organised by The Association for Technical Culture of Slovenia (ZOTKS), a non-governmental and non-profit organisation with over 65-year-long tradition of working with children and young adults in the fields of science and technology.
“The motto of this year’s European Science Olympiad, hosted by Slovenia for the first time, is Connecting Science, in line with ZOTKS role of joining different scientific fields under its wing,” said Jožef Školč, general secretary at ZOTKS. “ZOTKS works to popularize science and technology among children and young adults, as well as encourage and develop their creative, innovative and investigative spirit, so we are eagerly looking forward for the EUSO competition to start.”
Encouraging the Young to Pursue Their Careers in Natural Sciences
52 teams from 25 EU countries will compete in the Olympiad. To solve scientific problems presented to them, the teams will have to successfully complete experiments in laboratories provided by the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Contestants are expected to excel in lab as well as team work.
“The EUSO’s goal is to challenge and encourage young adults, talented students to develop their scientific skills and further pursue their careers in natural sciences. The competition is also a way to bring the importance of natural sciences to the community at large,” Katja Stopar, MSc, the national preparations’ coordinator for the EUSO in Slovenia, commented in view of the impending Olympiad.
Each participating country will be represented by two teams. As host, Slovenia has the right to two additional teams, which will participate outside the competition. The two official Slovenian teams consist of the top six contestants in the national competition in natural sciences.
Slovenian Students with a Great Record So Far
The EUSO competition has been organised annually since 2003, and Slovenia received a special invitation in 2007 and has been participating ever since. From 2012, the best contestants in the national competition in natural sciences, organised annually by ZOTKS, have been chosen for the participating Slovenian teams. This is the 12th Olympiad for Slovenia and its chosen contestants. So far, Slovenian teams have won 12 bronze, seven silver and one gold medal at the European Scientific Olympiads:
The 16th European Scientific Olympiad is financially supported by The Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia, chief sponsored by Krka Company, and sponsored by ELES and COSYLAB.
The European Scientific Olympiad (EUSO) is a team competition for high-school students aged 16 or under. Students compete in solving interdisciplinary problems in the field of natural sciences - biology, chemistry and physics. The competition was founded and started by Dr Michael Cotter in 2003 and has been successfully organised ever since, each year in a different EU city.
About The Association for Technical Culture of Slovenia
The Association for Technical Culture of Slovenia (ZOTKS) is a non-governmental and non-profit organisation with over 65-year-long tradition of working with children and young adults in the fields of science and technology. The association has played a pioneering role in introduction of modern information technology to different segments of Slovenian society. Its activities span over various technical fields, such as electronics, robotics, construction and technologies in processing of materials, as well as over the fields of chemistry, biology, model-making and agriculture. It strives to popularize science and technology among children and young adults, as well as encourage and develop their creative, innovative and inquisitive spirit.
The ZOTKS programme is partly financed by the Slovenian Research Agency, the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, the Office of the Republic of Slovenia for Youth, and others. Additional information on organisation is available at: www.zotks.si.Share on Twitter Share on Facebook