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Press Release No. 40 | 19 September 2018
DFG Europa-Preis Winners Successful in EU Contest for Young Scientists in Dublin

Three young researchers awarded one first prize and three special prizes / Preparation through mentoring programme

Three recipients of the Europa-Preis presented by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) have also enjoyed international success at the 2018 European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS), held from 14 - 19 September in Dublin. One of the €7,000 first prizes was awarded to Anna Fleck (16) and Adrian Fleck (19) from Fulda. As a special prize, Adrian Fleck received an invitation to the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar 2018, during which he will attend this year’s Nobel Prize ceremony. Anna Fleck also won an honorary award: an invitation to the London International Youth Science Forum 2019. A special prize was also awarded to Max von Wolff (18) from Mayen, who will visit an international conference sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA).

The winners of the first prize, Anna Fleck and Adrian Fleck, developed a special joint protector made of starch. This innovative protector can be used, for example, in motorcycling. The two researchers tested it for energy absorption and durability using a procedure they designed themselves. Special award winner Max von Wolff built a device that accurately measures the size of raindrops. This equipment can gather important basic information, for example to better predict the course of a hurricane.

The three young researchers accepted their prizes at Dublin Castle. They had previously been successful in presenting their projects to an international jury during the German Jugend forscht competition. To help them prepare for their presentations in English, the DFG provided the six Europa-Preis winners with scientific mentors. DFG-funded researchers, for example from the Emmy Noether Programme, gave the young scientists one-to-one advice to help them with their preparation. The DFG also funded a coaching session for the Europa-Preis recipients in Bonn.

Since 2010, the DFG has awarded the Europa-Preis annually to winners of the national science competition Jugend forscht. In addition to the prize money of €1,000, each winner is given the opportunity to prepare for EUCYS.

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