The contest Jury is composed of 19 highly qualiﬁed scientists and engineers with worldwide reputations in their chosen ﬁeld. The jury carry out their duties at the contest as independent scientiﬁc experts and not as representatives of any institution, organisation or country. The European Commission appoints the Jury annually, basing its selection on the scienﬁc and technological needs of the contest. They are selected both from academia and industry. The Commission ensures an appropriate geographical and gender balance. Jury members normally remain on the jury for up to 5 years. In exceptional circumstances the EC reserves the right to appoint Jury members for more than 5 terms.
The role of the Jury at EUCYS is of the utmost importance. The jury follow the Jury Rules and Guidelines established by the EC. The Jury assess and score the competing projects based on the written descriptions submitted by the projects and through interviews with the Contestants carried out during the Contest. Based on their assessment of the projects and on lengthy discussions with other jury members, the jury draw up the lists of winners of the core prizes and the special prizes. The decision of the jury is ﬁnal.
This year the Commission is delighted to point out that three members of the jury are previous winners of the contest.