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Young Scientist Competition

The young scientist competition of the year is an initiative of the FP7 projects: INNO INDIGO and INDIGO POLICY. It was initiated in 2014 with the aim of giving young researchers from India and Europe a suitable podium to promote their research projects and ideas for cooperation (between India and Europe). Through such a competition, young scientists gain enormous exposure not only from their peers on social media platforms, but also from the scientific community as the final decision on the winner is taken by the audience of EU-India STI Days which gathers annually since 2009 to promote scientific cooperation between the two scientific hubs, after presentations of projects and project ideas by the finalists.

The 3. young Scientist Competition of the Year 2016

The YSC 2016 launched at June 3, 2016! Please find below the link to the application mask, a promotional video and the most important info at one glance!

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The YSC competition 2016 is currently running. Selection of finalists and awarding of winners will happen in September 2016. A festive ceremony for presenting the winners of the YSC takes place during this year's EU-India STI Days from September 21-22.

What? The INDIGO young scientist competition gives young researchers from India and the EU the opportunity to promote their research projects and ideas for cooperation by introducing them to the EU-India STI cooperation network at the 2016 EU-India cooperation days in Goa, India on the 21st and 22nd of September.

For whom? The competition is open for all India and EU based PhD students and early career researchers, who work on the field of bio-economy, biotechnology and bio-based energy.

Which fields? The applicants are invited to submit their ideas for scientific and/or innovative projects or their existing projects, which aim to address a global or societal challenge pertinent to research cooperation between EU and India in the field of bio-economy, biotechnology or bio-based energy. These projects or project ideas need to be innovative, showing an open-mindedness and refined approach to solving societal challenges.

What is in for me? Based on a selection by a scientific evaluation panel, 6 young scientists will be invited to participate in the EU-India STI cooperation days 2016. From these shortlisted applicants, the INDIGO Facebook fans will select four finalists who will vie for the title of the young scientist of the year 2016 by presenting their ideas in front of the EU-India STI days audience. The winner will be awarded a fully covered trip to a scientific conference of their choice in Europe or in India. Their travel, accommodation and registration costs will be covered.

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The 2. young Scientist Competition of the Year 2015

9 young scientists  from India and Europe submitted their videos in a bid to be crowned the Young Scientist of the Year 2015. The 3 finalists who made it past the Facebook voting and the panel of experts, presented their videos at the EU-India STI Cooperation Days on the 15th and 16th of October 2015 in Rome, Italy. Sreemoyee Ghosh Ray emerged the winner of the competition after being voted by the conference's audience, bagging a fully paid trip to a conference of her choice in Europe. View her winning video below!

You can view all the videos from this year's competition as well as those from the previous year here.

Interested to know the details of this year's competition? Find out in just 2 minutes below! The terms of references are on the dowloads section of this page.

The 1. young Scientist Competition of the Year 2014

For the first round of the competition in  2014, scientists from the fourth New INDIGO Partnership Programme (NPP) on energy research nominated young researchers to take part in the competition. The 11 nominated young scientists, six from India and 5 from Europe, were asked to present their ideas for scientific and/or innovative projects or existing projects in the form of short videos which were then uploaded on Facebook (view them here) and four finalists, two from India and two from Europe, were chosen based on the most  Facebook “likes”. All entrants were invited to the 5th edition of the EU-India STI Days in Chennai and Mr. Santosh Bothe a researcher from India emerged the winner after being selected by the audience, winning a fully paid trip to a conference in Europe.

View Santosh's winning video below!


This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological
development and demonstration.

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