Two college-students, Vífill Harðarson and Herdís Ágústa Linnet, both studying at Menntaskólinn við Hamrahlíð took part in the National Competion for Young Scientsts held in Reykjavík, Iceland. Vífill took first place with his project “Can Icelandic cod oil be as efficiently saponified as coconut oil ?”. In second place was Herdís with her project “Children in search of protection - The Icelandic asylum system in light of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child”.
Both Vifill and Herdís will represent Iceland at the European Contest for Young Scientists in Tallinn in September, and this is the 29th time the competition is held.
The European Union (EU) Contest for Young Scientists, an initiative of the European Commission, was set up to promote the ideals of co-operation and interchange between young scientists. The Contest is the annual showcase of the best of European students' scientific achievement and as such attracts widespread media interest. The University of Iceland is the National Organiser of the competition in Iceland.