History

EUSO is the brainchild of Mr. Michael A. Cotter, Dublin, Ireland. He developed his idea of a science competition for sixteen-year-old EU students following his experience as the Director of the Irish Science Olympiad which he established as the mechanism for selecting Irish students to represent Ireland at the IBO, IChO, IOI and IPhO. He wanted the new science competition to be different from the other Science Olympiads in respect of student age, content, time of year and format. He wanted it to be complimentary to the existing International, Regional and National Science Olympiads and competitions and not in rivalry with them.

In 1998 Mr. Cotter presented an outline of his plans for an EUSO to the Minister for Science and Technology in the Irish Government, Mr. Noel Treacy TD. The Minister who already has a reputation of encouraging novel ideas in Science Education welcomed the idea. Later that year he took the concept to a meeting of EU Education and Science Ministers where it was received enthusiastically.

It was decided to hold the first EUSO in Dublin City University in April 2001 with funding provided by the Irish Government. Letters were sent to all fifteen EU Ministers for Science and Technology inviting them to nominate an EUSO Country Coordinator.

All EU member states nominated a Country Coordinator. However 2001 was the year when the Foot and Mouth disease outbreak occurred and travel between EU countries was restricted. It was decided to postpone the first EUSO until April 2003.

In May 2002 the first meeting of the EUSO Governing Body was held in Dublin. It was attended by Mr. Michael A. Cotter (Ireland; Chairperson), Mr. Gérard Cobut (Belgium), Dr. Eckhard Lucius (Germany), Mr. Kostas Kampouris (Greece), Mr. Edouard Ries (Luxembourg) and Mr. Carlos Romero Aires (Spain). All aspects of EUSO 2003 were agreed upon including the revised EUSO Constitution.

The main elements of the revised EUSO Constitution were:

  • that the week-long EUSO was a team event for EU students who were seventeen years of age or younger
  • that each delegation could consist of a country coordinator, three mentors and nine students
  • that each team consists of a student of biology, chemistry and physics
  • that the two-part competition should be spread over two days with an interval of at least one day
  • that each part should be a practical test, covering the elements of biology, chemistry and physics in approximately equal proportions.

  • EUSO2003
    • The first competition was held in 2003 in Dublin, Ireland. Seven countries took part. Medals were awarded to the following teams:
      Gold medals: United Kingdom T3 & Netherlands T2.
      Silver Medals: Ireland T3, Germany T3, Ireland T2, Netherlands T1 & United Kingdom T1.
      Bronze Medals: (in alphabetical order) Belgium T1, Germany T1, Germany T2, Ireland T1, Spain T1, Sweden T1 & United Kingdom T2.
  • EUSO2004
    • Fifteen EU countries participated in the 2nd EUSO in Groningen, the Netherlands (Director: Dr. Hans Jordens). They were represented by a total of 19 teams (57 students).Medals were awarded as follows:
      Gold medal and EUSO Trophy: Germany T2
      Gold medal: Germany T3.
      Silver Medals: Sweden T3, Netherlands T3, Germany T1, Ireland T1, Belgium T1, United Kingdom T1 & Ireland T3.
      Bronze Medals (in alphabetical order): Belgium T2, Ireland T2, Netherlands T1, Netherlands T2, Spain T1, Spain T2, Spain T3, Sweden T1, Sweden T2, & United Kingdom T2
  • EUSO2005
    • The 3rd EUSO was held in Galway, Ireland (Directors: Michael A. Cotter & Bernard Kirk). The Patron was Mr. Noel Treacy TD, Minister for European Affairs. Countries were represented by a total of 18 teams (54 students).Medals were awarded as follows:
      Gold Medal & EUSO Trophy: Slovakia (Team A)
      Gold Medal: Germany (Team B)
      Silver Medals: Estonia (Team A), Germany (Team A) Belgium, (Team A), Spain (Team A), Ireland (Team B), Netherlands (Team B), Netherlands (Team A)
      Bronze Medals (in alphabetical order): Belgium (Team B), Cyprus (Team A), Cyprus (Team B), Estonia (Team B), Ireland (Team A), Latvia (Team A), Spain (Team B), Sweden (Team A), Sweden (Team B)
  • EUSO2006
    • The 4th EUSO was held in Brussels, Belgium (Director: Mr. Victor Rasquin). The Patron was Her Majesty, Queen Paola of Belgium. Twelve countries were represented by a total of 23 teams (69 students).Medals were awarded as follows:
      EUSO Trophy & Gold Medal: Germany (Team A)
      Gold Medal: Latvia (Team A), Netherlands (Team B)
      Silver Medals: Germany (Team B), Slovakia (Team A), Ireland (Team B), Estonia (Team A), Netherlands (Team A), Estonia (Team B), Belgium, (Team B), Slovakia (Team B), Spain (Team A), Ireland (Team A)
      Bronze Medals (in alphabetical order): Belgium (Team A), Cyprus (Team A), Cyprus (Team B), Greece (Team A.), Greece (Team B), Spain (Team B), Sweden (Team A), Sweden (Team B), United Kingdom (Team A), United Kingdom (Team B)
  • EUSO2007
    • The 5th EUSO was  held in Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany. The Director was Dr. Eckhard R. Lucius. Sixteen EU countries were represented by a total of 29 teams (87 students).Medals were awarded as follows:
      EUSO Trophy & Gold Medal: Germany (Team B)
      Gold Medals: Germany (Team A), Spain (Team A), Estonia (Team A), Netherlands (Team A)
      Silver Medals: Slovakia (Team A), Lithuania (Team A), Latvia (Team A), Ireland (Team B), Slovakia (Team B), Estonia (Team B), Ireland (Team A), United Kingdom (Team A), Spain (Team B), Netherlands (Team B).
      Bronze Medals (in alphabetical order): (Teams A): Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Sweden, (Teams B): Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Luxembourg, Sweden, United Kingdom
  • EUSO2008
    • The 6th EUSO was held in Nicosia, Cyprus (Director: Mr. Mikis Hadjineophytou). Twenty-one EU countries were represented by a total of 33 teams (99 students).Medals were awarded as follows:
      EUSO Trophy & Gold Medal: Estonia (Team B)
      Gold Medals: Netherlands (Team B), Germany (Team A), Slovakia (Team B), Latvia (Team A), Lithuania (Team B), Ireland (Team B) & Cyprus (Team B).
      Silver Medals: Czech Republic (Team A), Lithuania (Team A), Austria (Team A), Czech Republic (Team B), Belgium (Team A), Germany (Team B), Estonia (Team A), Ireland (Team A) & Slovakia (Team A),
      Bronze Medals (in alphabetical order):
      (Teams A): Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, & Sweden. (Teams B): Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Greece, Luxembourg, Spain & Sweden.
  • EUSO2009
    • The 7th EUSO was held in Murcia, Spain (Directors: Prof. Juan Antonio Rodríguez Renuncio and the Coordinator was Dr. Jorge Molero Fernández). The Honorary President was His Majesty the King, D. Juan Carlos I of Spain. Twenty-one EU countries were represented by a total of 40 teams (120 students).Medals were awarded as follows:
      EUSO Trophy & Gold Medal: Czech Republic (Team A)
      Gold Medals: Hungary (Team A), Germany (Team B), Germany (Team A) and Estonia (Team A)
      Silver Medals: Netherlands (Team A), Lithuania (Team A), Czech Republic (Team A), Ireland (Team A), Belgium (Team A), Netherlands (Team B), United Kingdom  (Team B), Austria (Team B), Cyprus (Team B), Lithuania (Team B), Slovakia (Team B) and Greece (Team B)
      Bronze Medals (in alphabetical order):
      (Teams A): Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, Latvia, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom
      (Teams B): Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain and Sweden
  • EUSO2010
    • The 8th EUSO was held in Göteborg, Sweden (Director: Dr. Anne-Sofie Mårtesson). Twenty-one EU countries were represented by a total of 42 teams (126 students). Medals were awarded as follows:
      Gold Medals: Czech Republic (Team B), Germany (Team B), Hungary (Team B), Germany (Team A), Romania (Team B), Hungary (Team A) and Estonia (Team A)
      Silver Medals: Austria (Team A), Romania (Team A), Estonia (Team B), Lithuania (Team B), United Kingdom  (Team A), Netherlands (Team A), Lithuania (Team A), Slovakia (Team A), Austria (Team B), Czech Republic (Team A), Greece (Team B), Ireland (Team B), Slovakia (Team B), Cyprus (Team B), Slovenia (Team B), Belgium (Team B).
      Bronze Medals (in alphabetical order):
      (Teams A): Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden
      (Teams B): Bulgaria, Denmark, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.
  • EUSO2011
    • The 9th EUSO was held in Pardubice, Czech Republic (Director: Jiri Veverka). Twenty EU countries were represented by a total of 42 teams (126 students).Medals were awarded as follows:Gold Medals: Hungary (Team A), Estonia (Team A), Hungary (Team B), Germany (Team A), Slovakia (Team A), Bulgaria (Team A)
      Silver Medals: Czech Republic (Team A), Austria (Team A), Estonia (Team B), Germany (Team B), Slovakia (Team B), Netherlands (Team B), Lithuania (Team A), Romania (Team A), Romania (Team B), Slovenia (Team A), Lithuania (Team B), Czech Republic (Team B), Austria (Team B), Ireland (Team B), Belgium (Team A).
      Bronze Medals (in alphabetical order):
      (Teams A): Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden
      (Teams B): Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden
  • EUSO2012
    • Looking forward to seeing you soon in Lithuania!

The whole list of participating countries can be found here.