She is only 16, but already a prodigy in the scientific community. She has proven it yet again. On 20 May, Camilla Hurst won the 4th prize in her category with her project entitled The Role of Materials and Surfaces in the Transmission of Bacteria in Public Places at the International Science and Engineering Fair, the most prestigious pre-university competition in the world, held from 13 to 20 May 2017 in Los Angeles. This year, the Luxembourg delegation was made up of three young girls: Camilla Hurst, Ines Bahlawane and Lavinia Kadar.
2,000 budding scientists, between 15 and 18 years old, took part in this high-level competition. Young Camilla, born in Luxembourg, of Italian and British origin, a pupil at the European school, finished in 4th place. This is a one-time event in the Luxembourgish world of science. No scientist from the Grand Duchy has ever been awarded a prize in the entire 68 years of existence of the competition.
An accomplished scientist already
Camilla Hurst nurtures a real passion for science, especially when it comes to combating bacteria or preventing the spreading thereof. This is the reason why she spent several years of research trying to develop a self-cleaning door handle to limit the transmission of bacteria. But above all in 2015 she discovered what was probably a new species of bacteria by finding the DNA of a previously unknown microbe.
The 16-year-old already has substantial experience at the international level, and the many awards she has already won prove that she is already an accomplished scientist. In 2015 and 2016 she won Luxembourg's national Jonk Fuerscher competition, and first prize in the CASTIC international science competition in Shanghai. And in July 2016 she was awarded the Georges Charpak Medal at Expo Sciences Europe in Toulouse.
(Article written by the editorial team of the portal at 'luxembourg.lu'.)