Competition Best Idea 2021

Our association celebrates its thirtieth anniversary year from October 2020 to October 2021 and holding a student-led Competition Best Idea 2021 constitutes an important part of these celebrations.

In line with our overall aim for 2020 and 2021 to shape knowledge societies in Europe and beyond for a sustainable future, the theme of the competition is the contribution of Science and Technology (S&T) to ecological, social and economic sustainability by linking Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and emerging technologies.

Sustainability is considered in its broadest sense, under the umbrella of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The competition was launched on 2 September with a public announcement and an information workshop was organised on 15 October during the CESAER Annual Meetings 2020. The deadline for submission of abstracts was 31 January 2021. The Guide for Applicants contained the information that students needed to apply and is still available for reference.

During spring 2021, an independent Evaluation Panel successfully evaluated five teams who were invited to pursue their ideas under the guidance of our Workgroup Best Idea 2021 until summer 2021. During spring and summer 2021, the selected teams pursued their ideas under the guidance of our Workgroup Best Idea 2021 throughout spring and summer 2021, aided by a series of workshops and mentoring sessions.

The abstracts and the designed ideas were evaluated along three dimensions:

  • Scientific excellence
  • Impact and outreach
  • Management and implementation

The selected teams underwent a second assessment. The Evaluation Panel assessed the developed ideas, identified excellent and mature ones and three teams were invited to present their ideas to the CESAER Annual Meetings (CAM) in October 2021 in Lund (Sweden).

The five teams are (with links to articles about their projects):

During CAM 2021, a winner of Best Idea 2021 will be announced winning a prize of €20,000.

Videos made by all the teams are available below:

Below is a video which was used during the launch of the student-led Competition Best Idea 2021.

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