DTU Space er partner i EU-konkurrencen Odysseus for unge ruminteresserede. (Illustration DTU Space/Odysseus)

European space science talents to compete in Denmark

Tuesday 13 Jun 17


Kristian Pedersen
DTU Space
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The Odysseus II Contest

The Odysseus European Youth Space Contest is organized by Odysseus II, a three-year project funded through the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

The project consortium consists of 14 partners and four supporting organizations from 11 European countries.

DTU Space is regional partner for the Nordic countries and event organizer for the United Kingdom and Bulgaria. DTU Space organize the regional semi finals. In 2017 it takes place at the Science Talents centre in Soroe near Copenhagen 15-17 June.

The aim of the contest is to increase interest  of space science an natural science among young Europeans from 7 to 22 years. The contest has three categories: Skywalkers (7-13 years). Pioneers (14-19 years). Explorers (17-22 years). Read more at the Odysseus website.

DTU Space sends 27 talented young people to the Odysseus Space Contest at Maersk Mc-Kinney Moeller Science Centre i Soroe, Denmark. They compete for a ticket to the finals i Toulouse next month in the EU Horizon 2020-sponsored contest.

This week 27 students aged 14 to 19 with an interest in space and science compete in the Odysseus II regional semi-finals at a three day science camp held at ‘Science Talents’ in Soroe near Copenhagen.

There are 11 teams participating from England, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Bulgaria and Denmark in the regional semi-final of the Odysseus-contest co-funded by the EU Horizon 2020 program. They have been selected for the semi finals in competition with other participants from all over Europe after an evaluation by the Odysseus organization in Brussels of the contributions they submitted back in March.

The aim of the competition is to increase interest in space science amongst young people in Europe.

"The competition and the activities around it will help to strengthen interest in space technology and space research among young people and their teachers in Europe. At the same time, we would also like to provide some insight into space activities at European universities," said DTU Space director Kristian Pedersen.

The Danish National Space Institute, DTU Space, at Denmarks Technical University is the regional partner and organizer of the Odysseus II regional contest for England, Bulgaria and the Nordic countries.

Big prize and many science activities

The winning team in Soroe wil go to the grand final in Toulouse France. There the first prize for the winners is an all-inclusive trip to Europe's space port in French Guiana in South America.

Apart from the competition the camp in Soroe provide a number of space-related activities such as rocket-calculations and launch, space movies and a number of speeches by space scientists. Even the sky above Denmark will provide input:

"If the weather allows it we will gaze at the stars with our computerized telescope," said Science Talents teacher and astrophysicist at the camp Steen  Eiler Jorgensen.

So both the studens and accompanying teachers and assisting adults wil hopefully bring home updated and inspiring knowledge og space science.

"The competition and the activities around it will help to strengthen interest in space technology and space research among young people and their teachers in Europe"
Kristian Pedersen, director DTU Space

“There should be doing many more international exchanges like this”, said Guy Dinwiddy, teacher from Hockerill Anglo-European College in England who accompanied last years winning team when DTU Space and Science talents also hoseted the event.

"The programme was really impressive, and the young people have met each other and participated regardless of differences in age and nationality".

All participans at the regional event in Soroe will get a medal and a space science camp participation certificate. But only the winning team here will go to the finals in Toulouse France 6-7 July and receive their prize – a computerized telescope - and have a go for the Guiana trip.