The European Union (EU) Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) is the most important student science fair in the EU, showcasing the best of student scientific achievement in the EU and beyond. Each year, the event brings together promising, talented students & bright young minds (14-20 years old) from all over Europe and beyond, to present their projects to a panel of international judges.  
The EU Contest is hosted annually in a different European country. Every year a new local host organization co-operates with the European Commission to organize the event. This year marks the 33rd edition of EUCYS. EUCYS2022 is part of Leiden European City of Science, hereinafter referred to as Leiden2022, and is therefore part of a larger whole. 

Over the years some astonishing inventions and creative ways of using science in everyday life have been presented. Be prepared to be amazed! Past participants have often expressed the positive impact of this aspect of the Contest. They believe that it has opened up the gateway to Europe and further afield for their careers, and has also fostered a strong interest in learning other European languages. The Contest is also a useful tool in the development of a pan-European scientific community. It has contributed significantly to popularizing science among young people. This year marks the 33rd edition of the Contest and will be a contest like no other! 

EUCYS unites the efforts of each participating country to encourage more young people to dedicate their lives to careers in science and technology. The competition serves as both a scientific forum and a networking event and as such receives a great deal of media attention. 

It also holds strong ties with sponsoring companies and organizations that create long-term opportunities for the participants to proceed with their academic and professional paths. In these ways, EUCYS is a major event that empowers students from all over Europe to pursue answers to some of the most important contemporary questions and advance the world through science and technology. 

The Contest is part of Widening Participation and Spreading Excellence actions funded under Horizon Europe: the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation. It is part of a broader initiative to reinforce the links between science and society, responsible research and innovation, and to further the emergence of a European Research Area and the Innovation Union. 

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