The objective of the Young Scientists Association (Lion Award 2011) is to arouse and create a taste for research among young people between 12 and 21 years of age. The main ambition of the association is to encourage young people to carry out extracurricular scientific or technical activities which will prove both their scientific curiosity and their perseverance. To achieve this, the association organises yearly since 1971 the national Young Scientists competition, which gives the young participants the opportunity to win awards and present their work at an international competition.
The laureates of the national competition can thus participate in the largest scientific competition in Europe organised by the European Commission, EUCYS, which takes place every year in the capital of a European Union Member State. A few examples to be mentioned among the international competitions and internships include LIYSF (London International Youth Science Forum), the International Wildlife Research Week, ESI (International Scientific Expo) and ESE (European Science Expo).
The Young Scientists Association aims to encourage young people to get involved in research and to be creative and innovative. The association thus wishes to contribute to the training of scientists which is necessary for the evolution of the country, since the training of more scientists is a key challenge for the future. It works in cooperation with the National Youth Service, Mérite Jeunesse, the University of Luxembourg, the National Museum of Natural History and many others. At international level, it is a funding member of Milset, the International Movement for Leisure Activities in Science and Technology.
The association currently has around a hundred members, young people and adults. It promotes the competition in schools, searchers for tutors for the young people, organises the national competition, registers the laureates of the competition for internships and international competitions and provides them with support.