Register to the Odysseus II contest and fill in the registration form and accept the rules of the Contest!
The second step for the contestants is to choose the topic of their project.
The overarching theme of the challenge is Space Utilization and the submitted projects could focus on missions like Galileo, Copernicus, Rosetta and Gaia, which are supported by the EU, ESA and the space industry and pave the way for the provision of services crucial to modern life or open the door to new knowledge about the Universe. University students from all disciplines can compete in the Explorers category and therefore, the responses to the listed topics and examples may include contributions not only from engineering, technology and sciences students, but also from social sciences and humanities students.
Within this framework contestants can choose a topic from the list below:
Galileo is the GPS cousin from Europe. It is better, is faster and has a better name. It generates job and other benefits and will enable greater European Independence. How will it influence our live? How space programs change our lives and what benefits do we have now?
In XVI century Nicolai Copernicus was looking into the sky. Now ESA Copernicus project is watching opposite way, since it looks from the sky at the Earth. How can we observe Earth? How can we use data from earth observations?
The first step on the moon was a giant step for the mankind. Another step in space exploration was made by making Philae land on a comet. What will be the next giant jump in space exploration? What can we find in our Universe and how can we explore it further?
During its five years of observation Gaia will watch the Universe. What will it find there and how can we help her?
This list is not exhaustive and any other development of ideas within the framework of the selected themes could be displayed based on the imagination of the students.
The contestants should choose the type of project they want to work on. This could be an experiment, a video, a prototype, a presentation, or any other set up (View Limitations).
Check the submission template, that is provided by the organisers, which is not obligatory but recommended, can be found here.
 Electronic files uploaded to document each project can include: illustrated essays, PowerPoint presentations, posters, links to videos, links to dedicated project websites, and audio files.
Allowed file formats are:
The maximum limit on the total size of uncompressed files for each entry is: 20 MB
Each project may cost no more than 300 € in materials to produce.
The contestants should conduct research, focusing on the theme of their project and the design of the solution or the production of the final deliverable of their work. In this phase participants are encouraged to consult mentors about the feasibility and scientific validity of their ideas.
Contestants are further advised to develop their project in accordance with the Odysseus II contest requirements, to ensure that they avoid plagiarized material and that they provide all the necessary references for their project.
The final step is the submission of the project through the Odysseus website. Participants can develop and submit their project in any of the twenty-four (24) official EU languages.