This year's European Schools Science Symposium (ESSS) was held in Luxembourg between 26th March and 29th March 2017. This competition was hosted by the local European School Luxembourg I. About 150 pupils from 16 European schools presented a total number of 55 projects.
3 Secondary School pupils from the German and Italian language sections from our school participated this time.
They presented the following projects:
(1) Cosimo Gardella (s3it): "What knowledge can be gained from measurements of UV radiation?"
(2) Tanja Fritz, Nicolai Plenk (s6de): "The relationship between Groceries and Caries Bacteria"
The symposium began on Sunday evening with the official opening ceremony. The participants were welcomed by the director of the secondary school, Mr Arben Lufi and by the inspector of biology, Mr Max Wolff. We then listened to a scientific presentation entitled "The innate immune system: from insects to humans", by professor Jules Hoffmann (Nobel laureate for medicine, 2011). The Luxembourg I school choir and Jazz band provided the musical programme. Thereafter, we were taken by bus to the youth hostel, where we moved into our rooms and had the dinner.
Monday started off with a bus trip to school in the morning rush hour. In the morning all the students presented their posters and gave a presentation about their projects to the panel of judges and answered various questions about their projects. The panel of then had to decide which projects would be shortlisted. In the afternoon, the juniors (s2 - s4) went on an excursion to the "Minettpark", an industrial park for ore mining. The students of the years s5 to s7 took part in a guided tour around the city of Luxembourg. After dinner at the school, the finalists, five projects of the juniors and the seniors, were announced. The ESM students were very happy as one of their projects was among the nominated ones. The evening was rounded off with a science quiz. For Cosimo, however, this meant preparing the presentation for the next day.
On the morning of the following day, the finalists presented their projects in front of the entire panel of judges as well as all the participants from the other European Schools.In the afternoon, there was a visit to the "Science Center Luxembourg", a new facility for pupils who have just starting to learn about natural sciences. We were the very first guests and the students had the opportunity to carry out various physical experiments themselves, but also to actively participate in demonstration experiments. In the late evening, there was a show, in which we experienced pure physics in a fun way for an hour and a half. It was a very successful event for all participants; students, teachers and parents alike.
On the last day of the symposium, the closing ceremony was held. A few short speeches were given, including the one from the General Secretary, Giancarlo Marcheggiano. The speakers thanked and congratulated all organisers and participants for their achievements and for making this event a successful one. This was followed by the highly anticipated awards ceremony. There were five prizes for junior and senior projects as well as one poster prize. Cosimo Gardella won the 4th prize for his project on UV rays. Congratulations! In the afternoon we returned to Munich with plenty of new and interesting impressions.