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  • The contest is open to pupils and university students aged between 7 and 22 years. To be eligible to compete contestants must fall within the specified age range on the last day of submissions for the ‘Skywalkers’ category (31st March 2017):
    • Skywalkers: 7 to 13 years old (school pupils born on or between 1st April 2003 and 31st March 2010)
    • Pioneers: 14 to 19 years old (secondary education pupils, born on or between 1st April 1997 and 31st March 2003)
    • Explorers: 17 to 22 years old (university undergraduates, born on or between 1st April 1994 and 31st March 2000)
  • It is free to participate in the contest and travel and accommodation expenses (plane and train tickets, accommodation, set meals and insurance) for participating in regional and European finals will be covered by the Odysseus II Contest, within reasonable limits. Expenses incurred for additional travelling companions, spending money etc., must be met by the contestants or their sponsors.  Non-EU countries’ participants in the regional semi-finals have to provide their own travel expenses to and from the location of the semi-final.
  • Pupils and Students are eligible to participate in the contest if they are resident in a country that is an EU member during the academic year of the contest, namely: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
  • Pupils and students from countries outside the European Union are also eligible to participate (e.g. Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Iceland, Israel, Lichtenstein, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Turkey and Ukraine), but must submit all their material in one of the 24 official EU languages. N.B. The list given here is not exhaustive and entrants from other countries are welcome to participate so long as they meet the other eligibility requirements.
  • Members of the organizers’ families are not eligible to take part in the Odysseus II contest.


  • Registration in the Odysseus II contest can only be done through the official Odysseus II contest website:
  • The registration period is: 1st September 2016 to 31st March 2017
  • By registering to participate on the Odysseus II Contest website, all contestants and their teacher-leaders agree to the rules of the contest as stated in this document and on the Odysseus Contest website.
  • Odysseus II contest participants, or teacher-leaders shall provide the contest organizers with certain registration information, as set forth in the on-line registration form, when registering a team or pupil to participate in the Odysseus II Contest.
  • The organizers will approve teams and set up a secure account for each Skywalker contestant, Pioneer team, Explorer contestant or pair of contestants. Thereafter, each pupil, student, or team will receive a unique user name and password, to access their account (i.e. there will be a single account for each submitted picture or project).
  • The leader-teacher of each pupil or team must have the authority to confirm and ensure the accuracy of all personal information provided, and agree that the organizers may use information they submit to verify such authority. The same responsibility rests with university students, who register themselves as contestants.
  • The organizers may terminate a pupil, team or students’ account, and block the use of the Odysseus II website if their registration is incomplete; if data that has been provided is (or the organizers believe is) untrue, inaccurate, not current, incomplete; or the organizers are unable to verify any of the team’s registration data.
  • The contestants and teacher-leaders are responsible for keeping their account secure and for all activities conducted through their account. The team leader-teacher should immediately notify the Organizers of any unauthorized use of their pupil or team’s account, or any suspected breach of the account’s security.