IFIA YOUTH, a brainchild of the International Federation of
Inventors' Associations, was created in
June 1995. Before launching this project, a comprehensive study was made. A
questionnaire was sent to all member associations; a survey was undertaken; a meeting of
experts was held in Warsaw; discussions took place within the framework of IFIA General
Assembly, as well as during two meetings of the Executive Committee.
MAIN OBJECTIVE: To encourage national and local
inventor associations to contribute to the promotion of creativity and inventiveness among
girls and boys.
National Invention Contests: IFIA encourages inventor associations and its other members to organize or
participate in such events.
certificates, books, used stamps from all over the world, and a one-year free membership
in IFIA, are offered on the request of IFIA members, in the framework of the national
contests. Similar awards are offered in the framework of regional and/or
international contests or exhibitions.
From a Newsletter to a Web page.
Six (6) issues of a 4-page bi-annual newsletter, IFIA-YOUTH,
were published from December 1995 to June 1999. Since early 2000, it was decided to
cease the publication of the newsletter and to develop, instead, a substantial Web
presence on Youth, which now includes inter alia the relevant basic information previously
published. The role of this Web page remains, above all, that of a catalyst in
support of IFIA-YOUTH main objective.