Culture Past Culture Future
European Youth Competition
Terms and Conditions
1. The British Council Greece, being, for the purpose of this competition, the representative of the Goethe Institute, the Danish Institute, the Cervantes Institute, the House of Cyprus, the Swedish Institute and the Hellenic Foundation of Culture (all members of the Association of the European Cultural Institutes in Greece [EUNIC Greece]) is organising a European Youth Competition on the legacy of Greek thinking and culture as one of the foundations of contemporary thought in collaboration with the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (henceforth referred to as the “Organisers”) within the framework of The Athens Dialogues, An International Conference on
Culture & Civilisation to be held in Athens from 24–27 November 2010.
2. The competition refers to the writing of a paper or an essay of up to 3,000 words addressing one of the six themes of the above international conference. The format of the paper/essay is open, which means that candidates may opt for a formal academic paper or an essay, according to their field of research and interest [e.g. Α young researcher may opt for an academic paper with footnotes etc while a young journalist or writer may prefer to submit an essay]. The six themes are:
a. Identity and Difference
b. Stories and Histories
c. Word and Art
d. Democracy and Governance
e. Science and Ethics
f. Quality of Life
A full description of each of the themes is provided in the attached Annex.
The competition supports political, philosophical, artistic and scientific discourse/dialogue, and aims to give young scientists, researchers, journalists, writers, artists, theorists and aspirant academics a platform so as to encourage interdisciplinary approaches and engage them in a discussion of the Greek cultural legacy in confronting the issues and challenges of the twenty-first century and exploring the role of Greek culture in modern society. At the same time, the competition aims to provide young people from all over Europe with a web-based platform for expression and interaction with each other as well as with acclaimed thinkers and academics from all over the world.
3. All legal residents of European Union Member States, European Economic Area (EEA) countries (Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway), candidate countries for EU membership (Croatia, Turkey, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) and also other European countries – as generally regarded by
the EU – (Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Switzerland, Ukraine, Vatican City State) within the 21-30 age group, are eligible to enter the competition. Scientists, researchers, journalists, writers, artists, theorists and scholars are all eligible to enter. Participants are obliged to prove their place of residence. The employees of the above-mentioned Organisers along with their relatives of up to second degree of kinship are excluded from the competition.
4. The Competition commences on 10 March 2010 and ends on 30 May 2010. The Organisers freely reserve the right to cancel the competition for a good reason or to alter the dates of the competition for any reason or to alter the way the competition is conducted after publishing this alteration appropriately to the best of their knowledge.
5. The projects (paper/essay) must be submitted via e-mail by end of 30 May 2010 (23:59 Greenwich time) at the latest. Projects submitted after 30 May 2010 will be deemed invalid. Submissions exceeding 3,000 words will be excluded from the competition. The paper/essay can
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be submitted in any of the official languages of the above conference, that is in the Greek, English or French language.
The projects (paper/essay) will be assessed on the following criteria:
- Academic and/or overall quality of submitted paper/essay
- Innovation and originality of thought
- Interdisciplinary and diachronic approach
- Relevance to the scope and objectives of the conference as described here and on the conference’s website www.athensdialogues.org
- Relevance to the description of the specific session.
6. Applications will be accepted by competition deadline as specified above with the submission of an application on a special entry form along with a project (paper/essay) of up to 3,000 words in an MS Word Document. Both the entry form and the project (paper/essay) should be sent electronically to the following e-mail address:
7. The name of the entrant should be written only on the special entry form which can be downloaded from the following websites:
The name of the entrant should NOT be written on the submitted project (paper/essay). Any project (paper/essay) bearing the name of the entrant will be deemed invalid. The competition’s
special entry form includes the following personal information: Surname, First name, Father’s
name, Mother’s name, Gender/Sex, Date of birth, ID/Passport/Residence Permit number, Issuing
Authority and Date of Issue, Citizenship, Full address, Valid e-mail address, Phone number, City and Postal Code. Participants bear the full responsibility for the complete and correct submission of their personal information on the special entry form. Absence or partial omission of the personal information data will lead to immediate disqualification from the competition.
8. Hand-written submissions will not be accepted. The projects (papers/essays) must be submitted in Arial size 12 font in double spacing. The projects (papers/essays) must be original works that have not been published in any way or submitted in any other competitions and must constitute the exclusive work of the entrant. Submissions will be disqualified if plagiarism is detected. All submissions received after 30 May 2010 will be deemed invalid. Each entrant is eligible to make only one submission.
9. Submitted projects (papers/essays) will be subject to the free judgement of up to a five-member Panel of Judges/Experts, who will be duly appointed by the Organisers.
10. The results of the competition will be published within a period of three months from the competition deadline by means of an announcement on the Organiser’s website
(www.britishcouncil.org/greece) as well as on the Athens Dialogues Conference website
(www.athensdialogues.org). The winners will be notified in writing via registered mail at the address provided in their application and via the e-mail address submitted. The winners must accept or decline the prize by replying within seven days of being notified and at the same time they need to prove their place of residence and grant all economic intellectual property rights to these projects (papers/essays) exclusively to the Organisers, indicatively the rights of presentation to the public, usage, copying, regulation, publication, circulation, reproduction, distribution of the submitted projects with respect to their contribution, without any remuneration or indemnity.
11. There will be up to four (4) winning entries per theme.
12. Winners will have their projects (papers/essays) published on the Athens Dialogues website and will be invited to attend the Conference on 24–27th November 2010 gratis. As a learning
opportunity, winners will also be invited to be actively involved as interns in the administration/running of the Conference. Interns will be provided with a volunteer plan and they will have the opportunity to opt for the activities they find most relevant to their background/field of study/interests. The Organisers will meet part or all of the costs of the winners’ trip to Athens up to
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a maximum amount of 1,000 Euros, either in the form of a travel grant or by contributing to or
covering directly the costs of flights, accommodation and per diem. Winning projects
(papers/essays) will be published on the Athens Dialogues Conference website in the language in
which they were submitted and will not be translated, unless entrants wish to do so on their own
initiative and at their own expense.
13. The prize cannot be exchanged for money. The Organisers bear no responsibility in the case of
unsuccessful attempts to notify the winner which are due to the submission of inaccurate personal
information data or a malfunctioning of their e-mail account.
14. The winners consent to appear in any relevant advertisement of the competition and to have
his/her name and photo or video used for the purposes of promotion by the Organisers, without
receiving any remuneration or indemnity. Winners will ensure that they are available to attend any
associated events including press launches, receptions and interviews during their stay in Athens. 15. The winners undertake to provide the Organisers with a written report of their visit within four
weeks of returning to their place of residence in order to help with the evaluation of the
competition and the visit. The report will consist of approximately two paragraphs of 100-150
words each: a) informal thoughts and quotes for public display on the Organisers’ website and b)
on learning points and feedback about the structure or logistics of the competition/conference/visit,
for internal use only.
16. The Organisers bear no responsibility for any possible infringement of intellectual property rights
of third persons arising from the projects (papers/essays) submitted to the Organisers within the
context of the present competition. The participants consent by their entering into the present
competition to the publication of the projects (paper/essay) they submit and transfer exclusively to
the Organisers, for a period of one year after the end of the Conference, all economic intellectual
property rights to these projects (papers/essays), indicatively the rights of presentation to the
public, usage, copying, regulation, publication, circulation, reproduction, distribution of the
submitted projects with respect to their contribution, without any remuneration or indemnity. 17. The Organisers have no other responsibilities than those set out here. In particular, the
Organisers will not be liable, except as required by law, for any personal injury (including death),
loss or damage arising out of or in connection with the visit, except to the extent that it has been
caused or contributed to by some negligence or breach of duty on the Organisers’ part.
18. If you do not wish to grant the Organisers any of the above rights, please do not enter the
19. Participation in the competition presupposes and entails unreserved acceptance of all the present
terms and conditions.
20. Participation in the competition entails the provision of the explicit and unreserved consent of the
participants towards the Organisers for their personal information to be registered in a file, which
will be kept in accordance with the Data Protection Laws effective in Greece (L. 2472/1997 & L.
3471/2006) as well as the Decisions and Directives of the independent Hellenic Data Protection
Authority. The participants have the right to ask for a copy of the information the Organisers holds
on him/her, for which the Organisers may charge a fee, and the right to object to, modify or delete
his/her personal information, according to the specific provisions of the relevant legislation, by
sending an e-mail to: Katy.Yakoumaki@britishcouncil.gr. The above information received may be
used for statistical purposes as well as for the forwarding of the prize to the winner. Please note
that all participants’ information will be deleted after a period of one year after the end of the
21. The terms and conditions for participation have been submitted to Stamatis S. Katapodis, Athens
Notary Public, 3 Nikitara Street, Athens. Any participant or third party who wishes to obtain a true
copy of the terms from the aforementioned notary public can do so at his/her own expense. 22. This text is available in English and Greek. In the event of differences of interpretation, the English
text supersedes all others.
23. This Competition will be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of Greece and any
dispute possibly arising will be governed by the courts of Athens.
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