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The Hungarian Minister of Education wrote for the participants:

Dear Participants,

I am glad that Hungary has hosted the EU’s Young Scientists Competition this year, because on the one hand, our young European friends could get acquainted with the scientific life and culture of Hungary, on the other hand, we have demonstrated that Hungary (as the first accession country in which this competition has been organised) can be considered as one of the leading countries in the field of sciences and research.

It is of specific pleasure for me that Hungary has been represented by 4 excellent young scientists, and I am also sure that their European friends have gained a lot of new experiences from which they can benefit later in their scientific work. This competition is especially superb because it demonstrates that knowledge is the only source that can ensure our good position in the competition in the long run. In the knowledge-based society, young people – building on their traditions – may realise numerous creative forms of the development of new and modern knowledge contents, and can successfully acquire globally accessible knowledge and use it productively.

For all these reasons, I regret that I cannot celebrate together with the participants in this closing ceremony, but I am compensated by the fact that we hosted a successful, pleasant and memorable event again. I wish you success for your work and scientific career.

Dr. Bálint Magyar



On 14th September, 2003, the organising committee of the 15th EU Contest for Young Scientists held the rehearsal of the official opening ceremony in the Theatre Hall of the Millenary Park. Besides the organising committee, Dr Péter Závodszky (professional host of the programs), Viktória Szilasi (hostess of the Contest), the student helpers and the Rajkó-orchestra with the dancers took part in the rehearsal.



On 5th September, 2003 the last Steering Committee meeting of the 15th European Union Contest for Young Scientists was held with the presidency of Prof. József Hámori.
Dr. Norbert Kroó
relayed the UNESCO request for the steering committee in his speech before the agenda. At the World Science Forum the World Academy of Young Scientists will be established and it may be possible that the three first prize winners of the 15th EU Contest for Young Scientists and the two best Hungarian contestants could also join to 11 young scientists chosen by an international committee.
Dr. János Pakucs reviewed from point to point the programs and events for September 20-25 mailed before. The program was approved by the steering committee with some amendments. József Hámori, (Vice-president of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences), declared the work of the steering committee of the 15th EU Contest for Young Scientists successful.



The meeting of the Hungarian Organising Committee of the 15th EU Contest for Young Scientists was held on 27th August 2003. Dr. János Pakucs, Head of the Hungarian Organising Committee, dr. Péter Závodszky, professional host of the programs, Viktória Szilasi, hostess of the six-days programme, Alexandra Szabó, jury assistant, dr. László Antos, managing director, Gábor Ivánka, art director, János Garay-Tóth, PR-director, Péter Prim, marketing manager Szabolcs Szlovák, project manager, and Szabolcs Pécsi logistics manager took part at the meeting.
The Organising Committee summarized the work done and analyzed the remaining tasks for the beginning of the contest. Gábor Ivánka, art director demonstrated the ready posters and brochures.
Dr. János Pakucs initiated the next meeting of the Steering Committee for 5th September. The last meeting of the Organising Committee with the student helpers will be held on 16th September.



The meeting of the Hungarian Organising Committee of the 15th EU Contest for Young Scientists was held on 26th June 2003. Under the leadership of Dr. János Pakucs, Head of the Hungarian Organizing Committee, Dr. László Antos, managing director, Szabolcs Szlovák, project manager, Péter Prim, marketing manager and Szabolcs Pécsi logistics manager took part at the meeting.
The Organising Committee summarized the performed job and analyzed the remaining tasks for the beginning of the contest.
In June, Dr. Bálint Magyar, Minister for Education and Dr. József Hámori, President of the Hungarian Steering Committee invited Mr. Philippe Busquin, R&D high commissioner of European Union to the final of EU Contest for Young Scientists.
The Organising Committee also confirmed the list of student helpers. According to it Gábor Bernáth, Zoltán Dévai, Balázs Guta, Ramón Hegedus, Lívia Mészáros, Bálint Pató, who all have already participated at former EU-Contests and Dávid Parázs, István Bakk, Zita Tupcsia and Dóra Závodszky will take part as student helpers. The Organizing Committee counts on Gábor Guta and László Papp as substitutes at the EU Contest.



The last meeting of the student helper candidates was held on 12th June 2003 in the Millenary Park, the venue of the 15th EU Contest, where the Hungarian Association for Innovation was represented by Dr. László Antos, managing director, Szabolcs Szlovák, project manager, Péter Prim, marketing manager. Most of the candidates assisted at the exhibition of the National Contest.
At the meeting the candidates met the logistics manager of the EU Contest, Szabolcs Pécsi. Even the pathway that the contestants are to take from the hotel to the exhibition site was selected, and there were suggestions for the open music programmes of the EU Contest. The next student helper meeting will be held at Hotel Budapest mid July. The selection of the student helpers from the candidates will be done by the end of June.



The Organising Commitee has chosen the hostess of the European Union Contest for Young Scientists, who will present all the important events of the contest. She is Viktória Szilasi, a reporter of the main private television channel in the country, RTL Klub, and presenter of the only news radio of Hungary, InfoRadio. She has two diploms, as economist in foreign economy and the other one as television director and presenter. She is studying as a system programmer now at an American-Hungarian private school. She speaks four languages: english, german, french and spanish. (Her hobby is playing gomoku and renju on professional level.)



On the 30th April, 2003 the first student-helper meeting of the 15th European Union Contest for Young Scientists was held at the seat of the Hungarian Association for Innovation.
After the candidates introduced themselves in few minutes, Dr. János Pakucs, president of the Organising Committee introduced the details of the program of the contest, finalized by the Steering Committee. Dr. László Antos, member of the Organising Committee informed the student helpers about the organising work and the process that have been made until then.
There was also an agreement, that the student helpers are going to take an active part on the National Scientific and Innovation Contest for Youth, that will be held on 12th and 13th of June, 2003. Afterwards of the final 10 student helpers are going to be selected.

 

On the 24th April, 2003 the next session of the 15th European Union Contest for Young Scientists Steering Committee was held with the presidency of Dr. József Hámori (Vice-president of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences). Dr. János Pakucs, president of the Organising Committee reviewed the most emphasized item of the agenda: the finalizing of the program of the contest that is going to be held from 20th to the 26th September 2003. It was accepted after few add-ins. Among the refinements ceremonial events, the alternatives for the study tour, and the personal questions were discussed.

Furthermore the task-scheme of brochures for the program was also accepted. Gábor Ivánka art director presented the layout of the exhibition on an extremely spectacular scale-model. As the last item on the agenda, few questions about the financing were discussed. The next Steering Committee meeting will be held in September.



On the 21st of March, 2003, the next meeting of the Organising Committee of the 15th European Union Contest for Young Scientists was held at the seat of the Hungarian Association for Innovation. During the meeting the one-week preliminary program of the contest, the following tasks of the Organising Committee, as well as the preparation of the next meeting of the Steering Committee was discussed in details. Moreover:
- a decision was made to prepare a brochure that contains the daily events of the contest,
- the opening and awards ceremony came up for discussion.
At the seat, the president, Dr. János Pakucs, and the members of Organizing Committee took part: Dr. László Antos managing director, Gábor Ivánka art director, Péter Prim marketing manager, Szabolcs Szlovák project manager.



After preliminary conciliations, on Monday, the 17th of February, 2003, the Hungarian Association for Innovation handed in officially the grant application in Brussels concerning the 15th European Union Contest for Young Scientists. Among others the detailed program of the contest, the budget, the list of Steering Committee members, etc. had to be enclosed to the application. After the official acceptation of the grant application (is in process) will the contract concerning the EU Contest be signed.



The Organising Committee of the 15th European Union Contest for Young Scientists held a meeting at the seat of the Hungarian Association for Innovation on the 10th of January, 2003. At the meeting, with the lead of the president of the Organising Committee, Dr. János Pakucs the following members took part: Dr. László Antos managing director, Gábor Ivánka art director, Péter Prim marketing manager, Szabolcs Szlovák project manager. The main subject of the meeting was the detailed review and completion of the weekly program of 15th European Union Contest for Young Scientists, that is going to be held in Budapest on the 20-26th of September, 2003. The Organizing Committee delegated Gábor Ivánka to plan the location of the exhibition, and the preparation of the information package for the contestants and escorts, and the invited guests. Szabolcs Szlovák composes the schedule of the program for the organisers.