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Seventh Annual European DNA Day Essay Contest
for High School Students

The Winners have been selected!

The European Society of Human Genetics was delighted that students from 17 European countries submitted 163 essays this year. The evaluation was made involving 35 experts in the field, who selected the following 4 winners and 13 honourable mentions.

The names of the winners (and those who received honourable mention) will be announced in front of almost 3.000 international scientists and doctors attending the European Human Genetics Conference in Milan on June 3, 2014.

Winners, as well as honourable mentions will receive a diploma within the next weeks. Acknowledgements will be sent to all submitters.

The "Downloads"-section of website will be updated shortly with memorable quotes.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 DNA Day Essay contest!
1st Place
Glielmo Finotti,
Teacher: Manuela Granella
IIS Ferrari, Este, Italy.

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2nd Place
Rebecca Nunn,
Teacher: Jonathan Avon
The North Halifax Grammar School, Halifax, United Kingdom

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3rd Place - ex aequo

Margot C.M. Legal,
Teacher: Paule Bernaud

Lycée Sainte Marie, Cholet, France

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Diana Vojevodina,
Teacher: Julija Baniukevic
Lithuanian Centre of Non-formal Youth Education, Vilnius, Lithuania.

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Honourable Mentions (in alphabetical order)

Karlo Akrap
Zdravstveno Učilište, Zagreb, Croatia

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Pedro Constantino
Externato Cooperativo da Benedita, Alcobaça, Portugal

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Daniela Costa
Teacher: M. Azevedo
Agrupamento de Escolas Cidade do Entroncamento, Entroncamento, Portugal

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Daniel Davidov
Teacher: N. Džamić-Šepa
Gimnazija Inđija, Inđija, Serbia

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Ester Gherzi
Liceo Classico Andrea D' Oria, Genova, Italy

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Kayleigh Herber
Teacher: F. Dirkx
St Gregorius College, Utrecht, Netherlands

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Seemal Maqsood
Teacher: J. Marie Williams
The British School of Bahrain, Hamala, Bahrain

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Silvia Ottaviani
Teacher: E. Lucifredi
Liceo Andrea D'Oria, Genova, Italy

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Marta Pasławska
III Liceum Ogólnokształcące im. K.K. Baczyńskiego w Białymstoku, Białystok, Poland

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Margaret Senturk
Teacher: E. Yemisen
Enka Schools, Istanbul, Turkey

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Demetra Stavrou
Teacher: A. Kleanthous
Idalion High Schoo, l Nicosia, Cyprus

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Živilė Vėbraitė
Teacher: A. Daulenskiene
Vilnius lyceum, Vilnius, Lithuania

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Alice Vicente
Teacher: P. Castelhano
Externato Cooperativo da Benedita, Benedita, Portugal

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Online Premiere


In celebration of National DNA Day, we present the online premiere of "The Animated Genome."


Question 2014

Complex traits, such as blood pressure, height, cardiovascular disease, or autism, are the combined result of multiple genes and the environment. For ONE complex human trait of your choosing, identify and explain the contributions of at least one genetic factor AND one environmental factor. How does this interplay lead to a phenotype? Keep in mind that the environment may include nutrition, psychological elements, and other non-genetic factors.


First Place Winner: EUR 300.-
In addition, sponsoring teachers of first place students will receive EUR 1.000.- to organise a science project or to purchase classroom equipment.

Second Place Winner: EUR 200.-
In addition, sponsoring teachers of first place students will receive EUR 800.- to organise a science project or to purchase classroom equipment

Third Place Winner: EUR 100.-
In addition, sponsoring teachers of first place students will receive EUR 500.- to organise a science project or to purchase classroom equipment

All participants will receive a certificate of appreciation for their participation in the contest.


Italian Society rewards best national submissions
The Italian Society of Human Genetics (SIGU) will, as in previous years, award additional prizes and diplomas to Italian students having participated in the ESHG Contest. The winners will be announced at the Annual Meeting of the SIGU.


Special Dates
December 6   Submissions opens
March 15   Deadline for the submission to the European Society of Human Genetics
April 25   DNA DAY
April 25   Essay contest winners are announced


Updated April 25, 2014
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