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Competition winners attend INTEGRAL anniversary event

Competition winners attend INTEGRAL anniversary event

22 October 2012

The winners of ESA's 'Explore the high-energy Universe' competition attended the INTEGRAL workshop in Paris last Wednesday, which marked the 10th anniversary of the launch of ESA's gamma-ray observatory, to present their winning entries to the science community.

Secondary school students were invited to choose from four projects relating to INTEGRAL in which they were challenged to Observe, Research, Design, or Build.

The projects were designed to allow students to experience a variety of roles relevant to space science, from engineering to scientific research and astronomical observations. More information regarding the projects can be found by following the links on the right.

The overall winners for each project were:

  Observe: Ábel Ságodi
(The Netherlands)
  Research: Benjamin Fischer
  Design: Rafal Kozik, Jakub Porebski, Lukasz Kordas, Marcin Kordas (Poland)
  Build: Olivia van Herteryck

INTEGRAL spacecraft. Credit: ESA

The students attended the morning science session of the workshop on 17 October and were introduced to the INTEGRAL community and presented with their certificates by Christoph Winkler, the INTEGRAL Project Scientist:

"I am impressed by both the number and the quality of the entries that we received. It is clear that there are many talented young people interested in space science and astronomy."

Afterwards, the students had the opportunity to display their winning entries and discuss their projects with the scientists.

The winners' trip included other science activities such as a visit to the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie museum and planetarium, and a tour of the Paris Observatory. 

The competition winners.
Credit: ESA

Display of the winning entries. Credit: ESA

If this article has inspired you, or your school, to participate in an ESA competition, please check the ESA webpages. Current competitions include the 'Cassini scientist for a day' competition for students and the Odysseus competition for schools.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the competition or want to know more about Science Education at ESA, contact Joanna Holt at

Last Update: 1 September 2019