Since 2011, research and creative work has been compulsory in both Estonian basic and upper
secondary schools. All students will encounter it at least twice during their time in school,
mainly under the supervision of teachers, but also scientists and other specialists.
The aim of the National Contest of Young Scientists is to motivate and encourage young people to
conduct meaningful and high-quality research already before pursuing higher education. The
contest gives a good opportunity to challenge oneself, gain new knowledge and skills and to
meet others with similar interests from the same age group from all over Estonia, Europe and
other parts of the world.
In addition to Monetary Prizes and a great number of Special Awards provided by different
ministries, companies and other establishments, the best projects will also have the opportunity
to participate in several international science events, to represent Estonia at the European
Union Contest for Young Scientists and the world’s largest international science fair Intel
ISEF in the United States. International contests often open up new and even more thrilling
opportunities for the young people to enter the world of science.
The final judging round of the Contest and Award Ceremony are the main events of Young
The contest has been held since 2002 in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Research.