„Innovating Minds“ - Czech Awards for Young Europeans

It is estimated that Europe will be short of up to one million scientists and researchers in years to come. According to all forecasts, this deficit is expected to grow, while the technology gap will go on widening not only between Europe and the US or Japan, but also between Europe and some fast emerging Asian economies.

The situation is especially alarming among young people. Technology subjects attract too few students, young people are not interested in scientific careers, and half of all postgraduate students going to the US for research fellowships do not come back to Europe. More than 70% of all Nobel Prizes are either American or have worked in the USA.

It is thus surprising that there is no prestigious award for young and talented high-school teenagers - young people who are just deciding on the field in which they will develop their potential - in Europe. Therefore, by creating European awards for high-school students „Innovating Minds“ - Czech Awards for Young Europeans, we seek to fill in this empty space and thereby to contribute to developing young people‘s interest in scientific and research careers.

Te Award is made in five categories:

a) ICT
b) Health and Quality of Life
c) Environment, (Veolia Voda a.s.' Foundation Award)
d) Product and Technology Innovations,
    (Aero Vodochody a.s. Award)
e) Design and Architecture

Nominations (i.e. entry form, synopsis and review) may only be submitted in English language. Nomination must be submitted in electronic form, either by post on a CD at organizers' address: Èeská hlava s.r.o., Vinohradská 100, 130 00 Praha 3, Czech Republic, or to e-mail address: , The submission deadline is 10 September 2008.

More detailed information can be found on the Award's website:

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