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Two silver medals for young Swiss researchers

Two silver medals for young Swiss researchers

Sophie Wiseman from Basel and Ofili Riviere from Zurich took second place in the “European Union Competition for Young Scientists”. The Swiss Youth Research Foundation announced on Tuesday.

Sophie Wiseman from Basel and Ofili Riviere from Zurich took second place in the “European Union Competition for Young Scientists”. The Swiss Youth Research Foundation announced on Tuesday.

19-year-old Sophie Wiseman won the jurors in the biology department with her work on the flowers of toxic cyanobacteria, which are becoming increasingly common in the context of global warming. In experiments, the young researcher from Bottmingen BL discovered that cyanobacterial toxins inhibit the growth of a green algae called Scenedesmus acuminatus.

Ofili Rivier, also 19, used physical experiments to investigate the rise and fall of air bubbles in oil and water. The young physicist from Binz ZH has identified a new mathematical equation to calculate the movement of bubbles.

The two silver medalists received a prize money of 5,000 euros each.

And Andre Modry, a resident of Aargau, was also happy to receive a special award. He was interested in improving group testing in times of pandemic in a mathematical way.

Young researchers from 35 countries participated in the competition and submitted a total of 114 projects from ten scientific categories to the jury.

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