Project Evaluation

Judging takes place in six phases.

(1) pre-selection of projects
Conducted in Brussels by members of the jury to decide on which projects may go forward to the EU Contest.

(2) preliminary assessment
Members of the Jury assess each project against the criteria specified below. Members of the Jury do not consult other Jury Members during the preliminary assessment stage. Where a project lies outside the field of the Jury member's scientific expertise he or she may consult and seek advice from appropriate experts of their choice. In applying all these criteria allowance shall be made for the age and educational level of the contestants. Each Jury member awards each project a preliminary mark in the following categories:
a: excellent project
b: very good project - which could be improved in certain minor respects
c: generally good project - which could be improved in certain areas
d: average or poor project - which contains definite weaknesses

(3) drawing up of the preliminary assessment list
At the beginning of the EU Contest, the President will contact each of the other Members of the Jury, who notify the President of the preliminary marks they have awarded to each project. The President draws up a preliminary assessment.

(4) interviews and discussions at the Science Exhibition
At the EU Contest, the Members of the Jury have a first meeting to review the preliminary assessment list marks. After discussion, the President of the Jury decides which Members of the Jury should visit which projects at the Science Exhibition. The Jury ensures that each project exhibit is visited by at least 3 members of the Jury for interviews. Based on the results of these interviews the Jury may amend the preliminary assessment list.

(5) final decision
The Jury reaches its decisions based on consensus. The decision of the Jury is final.

(6) announcement of the list of winners at the Award Ceremony
The list of prize winners and recipients of the Honorary Awards and Special Awards (if any) is drawn up and signed by the President on behalf of the Jury. The President of the Jury gives an overview of the Contest at the Award Ceremony.

The criteria used to assess projects shall be the following:
- originality and creativity in the identification of and the approach to the basic problem;
- skill, care and thoroughness in designing and carrying out the study;
- following through of the study from conception to conclusion;
- reasoning and clarity in the interpretation of the results;
- quality of written report (within the confines of the specified limits);
- presentation and ability to discuss the project with the Member of the Jury.

The President of the Jury may at any time inform the Commission where, in the opinion of the Jury, any of the following is apparent:
(i) contestants are estimated to have received undue assistance from experts;
(ii) contestants have had undue privileged access to resources; or
(iii) the contestants have clearly plagiarized ideas from others.
In such a case, the Commission will withdraw the project from the competition and, even after the event, demand the return of any prize monies, if necessary.