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Ottawa Students Bound for Bulgaria to Represent Canada at EUCYS 2019

After coming out on top at the 2019 Canada-Wide Science Fair this past May, Bhavya Mohan (left in photo) and Manning Whitby (right in photo) have been selected to represent the country at the 31st EU Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS), an international science fair being held from September 13 to 18 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Bhavya will be competing with his impressive project which aims, through a new platform, to improve the body’s ability to naturally detect cancer cells and eliminate them. This platform, along with having the potential to save lives, will also be more affordable compared to the immunotherapies currently available.

Manning will be competing with an innovative project of his own. The University of Ottawa student developed an aid that can be worn by blind or visually impaired individuals to provide them with greater spatial perception through tactile feedback.

This year, EUCYS will feature 100 student projects from around the world with an estimated 3,000 people expected to visit the science fair. While there, students will present their projects to a panel of judges – all prominent and successful scientists from across the continent.

Team Canada-EUCYS is generously sponsored by Youth Can Innovate, a program of the Gwyn Morgan and Patricia Trottier Foundation and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Young Innovators program.

About Youth Science Canada
Established in 1962, Youth Science Canada fuels the curiosity of Canadian youth through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects. We work to ensure that Canadian youth have the capacity and skills to generate and answer questions and identify and solve problems. The not-for-profit also engages leading public and private sector organizations in the development of a national STEM network of Canadian youth. For more information, please visit

Beginning in 1989, the competition is part of the Science with and for Society activities managed by the Directorate-General for Research and the European Commission. It seeks to support national efforts to attract young people to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), with the goal of encouraging them to pursue careers in science and research. Each year, it brings together brilliant students from more than 40 countries in a different European city. The number of participants has grown from 53 in the first competition to an average of 150 per year and counting. For more information, please visit


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