Luxembourg's Ministry of Education, Children and Youth has announced that the Grand Duchy will host the 2024 European Olympiad of Experimental Science (EOES) next week.

A total of 138 students and 92 mentors from 25 countries will gather in Luxembourg from Sunday 7 to Sunday 14 April 2024 to participate in the EOES.

This is a multidisciplinary, experimental science competition for EU students aged seventeen and under. Students compete in teams of three, working together to solve tasks in the fields of biology, chemistry and physics. Two teams are set to represent Luxembourg in the upcoming competition.

The main objective of EOES is to challenge and stimulate gifted science students, helping them to develop their talents and promoting their future scientific careers. EOES allows top young science students from across the European Union to meet; it also aims to promote a positive and high-profile image of science and scientists among the wider community.

The tasks will take place over two days (Tuesday 9 and Thursday 11 April, from 08:00-12:00 and 14:00-18:00) at the Limpertsberg Campus of the University of Luxembourg.

The tasks have been developed by a scientific jury, formed by the host country. The syllabi will be translated by mentors in each country, so that students can work in their native language.

According to the Education Ministry, the competition week is also an opportunity to "cultivate a healthy mind in a healthy body", as well as to promote Luxembourg and its culture. To encourage exchanges, young people will be housed together at the Pfaffenthal youth hostel. The planned cultural and social programme includes opening and closing ceremonies, rallies on the Belval Campus of the University of Luxembourg and across Luxembourg City, company visits, dance workshops, djembes, improvisation theatre, juggling, pottery, swimming pool outings, quiz evenings and sightseeing tours, among other activities.

EOES is organised each year in a different EU country. Luxembourg is hosting the competition for the second time, following that of 2013. EOES 2024 is being organised by local non-profit organisation Olympiades Luxembourgeoises des Sciences Naturelles asbl (OLSN), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth and the SCRIPT department, as well as the University of Luxembourg.

The two Luxembourg teams are as follows:

Team A: Max Brimmeyer (Athénée de Luxembourg), Jan Panuska (European School Mamer) and Jonas Baltramaitis (European School Kirchberg)
Team B: Anna Landers (Lycée Classique Diekirch), Théodore Harf Wilwers (Lycée Aline Mayrisch Luxembourg) and Nicolas Bourg Rodrigues (Lycée Aline Mayrisch Luxembourg)

Their mentors are Jacques Pir (Lycée Josy Barthel Mamer), Gilles Backes (Lycée de Garçons de Luxembourg) and Frank Thillen (Lycée Classique Diekirch).