Rules for the competitions

Eligibility requirements

  • All schools in the European Union, candidate and EFTA countries are invited to take part.
  • Participating students must be aged 13-21 years old for competition 1 and 2, and 6-12 years old for competition 3.
  • All entries must be associated with a school or other recognised educational institution.
  • All materials should be submitted by a teacher via the Xperimania website.
  • There is no limit to the number of entries that may be sent by a teacher.
  • Each team can only have maximum 3 students for competitions 1 and 2 and maximum one student in the case of competition 3.
  • Teams cannot submit more than one entry per competition.
  • The competitions will be open from 14 February, closing date for applications will be 30 September 2011.


Only entries in official Xperimania IV languages (English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Polish) are accepted in the competitions.

Evaluation process

The evaluation of the entries will be carried out in two phases and involve experts from all the participating member states. The jurors will be members of European Schoolnet, teachers, representatives of the Ministry of Education (or a corresponding national agency), and experts specialised in subjects relevant to chemistry.

Assessment criteria

All evaluators and judges will score projects according to a number of criteria including (but not limited to):

  • Scientific relevance: Scoring will be partly based on the general scientific depth, relatedness to the topic, and the quality of presentation.
  • Design and outline of the contribution: The contribution should have a strong visual impact, a clear and relevant message, and demonstrate an understanding of the addressed themes.
  • Creativity and originality: Students should demonstrate significant originality and initiative in concept, style, layout and design..

The judges’ selection is final and no discussion will be entered into in relation to this decision.



European Schoolnet and/or Cefic reserve the right to adapt the rules and awards at any time. Notification of changes will be made on the ‘Xperimania’ website and will apply from the date of publishing.

  • Legal and ethical issues
    • All entries must follow European agreements on copyright. Entries may not contain statements, facts, information or quotations that may harm or diminish any person or group of people.
    • Entries may not contain statements, facts, information or quotations that could encourage persecution of people on the grounds of race, opinion, nationality, sex, profession or other persuasion. Nor may entries encourage crime or the breaking of laws.
  • Disqualification of entries
    European Schoolnet or Cefic may decide to disqualify an entry if it has not been submitted in time, partly or as a whole; or if the entry breaks any of the rules mentioned in this document.
  • Reproduction rights
    All entries and submitted material are the property of European Schoolnet and Cefic. They have the right to improve, edit, expand, modify and reproduce the material on the internet, CD-ROM or other media from the date of submission.