EventsEUCYS - Sep 26, 2013

Perttu Pölönen from Finland won the grand prize of EUCYS 2013

According to Perttu Pölönen, winner of European Contest for Young Scientists, the secret behind successful innovation is that when you are interested in solving a problem, you shouldn’t be too self-critical and you might just end up creating something unique.

Perttu Pölönen at the finals of Finnish Contest for Young Scientists. Photo: Sakari Tolppanen.

The jury of EUCYS 2013 in Prague were in awe about Perttu Pölönen’s innovation that will help people of all ages learn musical theory.

“This brilliant project demonstrates a deep understanding of music theory, and manages to translate that into a sophisticated low-tech device for teaching music intuitively… The versatility of the tool that Perttu developed is impressive.”

Beside the technical expertise, the jury was also impressed by Perttu’s enthusiasm and engagement in developing his innovation Music A’Clock.

Along with two other projects by young scientists from Ireland and the UK, 18-year-old Perttu was awarded with the 1st Prize of European Contest for Young Scientists that consists of 7000 euros and an invitation to celebrate the Nobel award ceremony.

This year, 126 youth from 37 countries competed in EUCYS with 85 science projects that had been qualified for the European-wide contest in national science competitions.

Perttu, who won the Finnish Contest for Young Scientists is the second Finn to win EUCYS during the contest’s 25-year history. The first winner was Lauri Kauppila in 2002 with his rocket fuel research.

More information on EUCYS 2013 at:

Read more about Finnish representatives at EUCYS 2013: Music theory innovation and research on four-colour problem will represent Finnish talent at EUCYS 2013.

Elisa Lautala works as web editor for University of Helsinki's Faculty of Science. Elisa likes all kinds of cultural events, good books, warm weather, and aqua-jogging.