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Paneuropean Educational Contest on Space Exploration is launched


19 Nov 2012



Students between 14 and 18 years old from 44 European countries have now the chance to compete in an international educational contest on space exploration, funded by the European Commission, within the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) in the Space area.  The Odysseus contest is designed to challenge talented young people on science and at engaging and inspiring the European youth in pushing forward the limits of our knowledge by discovering the answers to fundamental questions about the history of earth, the origin of life, the solar system and the universe.  Students wishing to participate must form a team of 2 to 5 members, with a teacher as a coach and prepare and submit a project on the themes of Solar System, Spaceship global cooperation and Co-evolution of life, using their knowledge, creativity and critical thinking. 

All entries have to be submitted by the 15th of January 2013 and they will be assessed and scored on scientific knowledge, practical implementation and creativity, by highly experienced evaluators, according to predefined evaluation criteria.  Three entries per country – one for each theme category – will be chosen to move forward to the final round of evaluation, where national winners will be evaluated comparatively and the final four winning teams will be selected and win a once-in-a-lifetime educational experience in the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany and in the European Space Research and Technology Center of ESA and the Space Expo the in the Netherlands, where they will receive their prizes.

See the ODYSSEUS Contest in full at

Odysseus is implemented by a Consortium, consisting of the following four partners: 1) SIGNOSIS, Belgium (Coordinator), 2) Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Greece, 3) European Physical Society, France and 4) Space Expo, The Netherlands. The total budget of Odysseus project is € 335,000, with approximately € 300,000 financing by the European Commission.


Notes to editors

Signosis is a Brussels based consultancy specializing on managing research activities and on providing innovative advisory services. Signosis possesses a diverse and in-depth knowhow in management consulting and its advisory areas range from Information and Communication Technologies to social policy and sustainability, as well as to additional disciplines focusing on promoting and implementing innovation in private and public organisations.  Signosis positions itself in the international market, aiming to contribute on the transition from a traditional economy to an economy based on knowledge and innovation.

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