Special awards

The information listed in this section is relevant to the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2017 and will be constantly updated with information.

ABBOTT

Criteria: The Abbott “Life to the Fullest” Award is to be presented to a project that illustrates a comprehensive insight into factors influencing human quality of life. The project should demonstrate investigative research into the area of healthcare improvement and how it was utilised with prior scientific knowledge to create an innovative technology focused on improving healthcare.

Category: All

Age Group: All

ABP FOOD GROUP FARM SAFETY AWARD

http://www.abpfoodgroup.com

Criteria: This award is for Farm Safety and will be made to the project that has practical use on a farm which is innovative and is proven by testing.  The project could be one to have a direct impact on one of the following areas: slurry gases, fall prevention, protection from cattle or machinery.  Use of SMART technology could also be taken in consideration.

Category: Chemical Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Biological & Ecological Sciences or Technology

Group: All

ALEXION

Criteria: Alexion would like to award a Young Scientist who has conducted research into the most innovative ways in which technologies and the data they capture can have a beneficial impact on patients managing chronic conditions. Ie This could be: a wearable/sensor/device/app which provides new insights on how chronic conditions can be better managed in the future.

Category: All
Age Group: All

BORD BIA ORIGIN GREEN SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

www.origingreen.ie

Origin Green is the national sustainability programme for the Irish food and drink industry. It is the only sustainability programme in the world which operates on a national scale, uniting government, the private sector and food producers, through Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board. Independently verified at every stage, Origin Green enables Ireland’s farmers and food producers to set and achieve measurable sustainability targets, reduce environmental impact and serve local communities more effectively. Criteria: The Bord Bia Origin Green Special Award will be given to a project that shows best how to accelerate the sustainable development of the Irish agri-food industry. Strong consideration will be given to a project with practical application and a potential to scale, and which demonstrates Ireland’s sustainability credentials, building our food and drink industry’s reputation abroad.

Category: All

Age Group: All

BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB

Criteria: Bristol-Myers Squibb would like to award a BTYSTE participant(s) who have discovered, developed or delivered innovation in their project to show the best use of science and technology in advancing human health and welfare.

Category: All

Age Group: All

 

NORTHERN IRELAND BEST PROJECT AWARD – BT

This special award will be presented to the project that is deemed the best by the judges from all the Northern Ireland entries across all categories and age groups.

Criteria: Best project from a Northern Ireland School – awarded by BT. BT is delighted to award the project that best demonstrates excellence through:

  • Thorough investigation of the initial problem.
  • Innovative and creative problem solving.

Potential to impact positively on the local economy in term of commercial viability, and yet has been developed for its environmental impact.

Category : All

Age group : All

BT’S BEST PROJECT IN IRISH AWARD

http://www.btireland.com

Criteria: This award will be presented to the project deemed best in the Irish language. This will be presented by BT.

Category: All

Age Group: All

COMREG – COMMISSION FOR COMMUNICATIONS REGULATION

http://www.comreg.ie/

Criteria – The ComReg award will be presented to the project which provides the most innovative application of technology in radio communications.

Category: Technology

Age Group: All

EI ELECTRONICS

http://www.eielectronics.com/

Criteria – The project which investigates or shows the most practical and innovative use of safety technology.

Category: All

Age Group: All

ELI LILLY SPECIAL AWARD

http://www.lilly.co.uk

Criteria – The Eli Lilly prize will be awarded to the best overall project for its Chemistry or Biotechnology content.

Category: Chemical, Physical & Mathematical

Age Group: All

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY SPECIAL AWARD

http://www.epa.ie/

Criteria: The EPA award is for the best environmental project. The project’s results should demonstrate a contribution to the protection and improvement of the environment

Category: All

Age Group: All

GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF IRELAND

http://www.gsi.ie/

Criteria – The award will be given to the project that best demonstrates the use of geological data. Collecting and interpreting geological data should form the substantive part of the project, which can have a geographical or a technological context. The candidate will be expected to reference geological maps and texts to support their arguments. The candidate should demonstrate some of the following:
• An understanding of the geological basis of landscape.
• An understanding of geological processes.
• A holistic view of the environment, particularly in the context of geoscience heritage and/or resource issues.

Note that Geological maps and information are available over the web via GSI’s website, http://www.gsi.ie.

Category: General

Age Group: All

HEALTH PRODUCTS REGULATORY AUTHORITY

http://www.hpra.ie/

Criteria – The HPRA award will be presented to the project that most effectively promotes the safe and correct use of medicines and/or medical devices to the benefit of human or animal health.

The project can employ research, analysis, or investigation as required, to support the goal of increased public awareness and understanding of the need to use and access healthcare products safely and appropriately.

Category: All

Age Group: All   

HEALTH RESEARCH BOARD

http://www.hrb.ie/

Criteria – The HRB would like to award a Young Scientist who has conducted research that is innovative and can have a direct impact on people’s health or increase our understanding of human health. This could be: – a new device or technology – an advance in our medical understanding – new evidence about how certain behaviours (e.g. lack of exercise) impact on our health – a new approach to patient care

Category: All

Age Group:  Intermediate/Senior

HEANET – IRELAND’S NATIONAL RESEARCH & EDUCATION NETWORK

http://www.heanet.ie

Criteria – The project which shows the most practical and innovative use of network technology in performing background research for the project and/or collaborating with other team members, teachers etc.

Category: All

Age Group: All

HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE

http://www8.hp.com/ie/en/home.html

HP “Innovation4Good” Award Criteria: To identify a specific societal / community need in health, education, the environment or other sectors and either adapt an existing commercial solution or create an entirely new solution to address the societal challenge. Be able to demonstrate how technology is part of the solution.

Category: All

Age Group: All

IE DOMAIN REGISTRY

http://www.iedr.ie/

The IE Domain Registry Award will be presented to the project that has provided insight into an area of key importance to the Irish Online Community. These areas include topics such as search engines, on-line privacy issues, social media or on-line education.

Category: All

Age Group: All

INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS IN IRELAND SPECIAL AWARD

http://www.iopireland.org/

The Institute of Physics in Ireland is the learned society and professional body for the advancement of physics and physics education on the island of Ireland. It has over 1700 members. The Institute of Physics in Ireland aims to promote the role of physics in education, health, the environment, technology and scientific literacy. To these ends, the membership is wide-ranging and multidisciplinary, including the educational, industrial, medical, and general public sectors. The Institute will seek common purpose with other learned societies to promote science and science-based learning and to influence science policy in the two jurisdictions on the island. Special emphasis is placed on supporting physics teachers by promoting, in our schools, the value, joy and benefits of knowledge of physics and its applications. The Institute of Physics in Ireland is one of 13 regional branches of the Institute of Physics, which has headquarters based in London.

Criteria : The Institute of Physics Award is to be presented to the project with the best physics content, which can be in areas as diverse as energy, astronomy, environment, atmospheric science and materials.

Category : Chemical, Physical & Mathematical

Age Group : All

INTELLECTUAL VENTURES SPECIAL AWARD

http://www.intellectualventures.com/ireland

“The IV Insightful Invention Award” Intellectual Ventures is in the business of invention. Intellectual Ventures is proud to support the BT Young Scientist, as it is one of the proven ways to foster a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) among second level students in Ireland. By cultivating the interest of young Irish people in STEM Intellectual Ventures hopes to secure a future for invention worldwide.

The student or team with the winning project will have the opportunity to travel to Seattle to visit our lab and meet with some of our inventors. They will be offered ongoing mentorship, support and advice on taking ideas further.

Criteria: Intellectual Ventures is delighted to award the project that best demonstrates insight in identifying a meaningful problem and proposing an innovative technically viable solution.

Category : All

Age Group : All

IRISH ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION / DEPARTMENT OF ARTS, HERITAGE, REGIONAL, RURAL AND GAELTACHT AFFAIRS

Award Name: Sustainable Design and Innovation in the Built Environment

The Special Award for ‘Sustainable Design and Innovation in the Built Environment’ is presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation and the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and is funded by the Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015. 

The Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) is a vibrant and passionate not-for-profit organisation founded in 2005 that excites people about the cultural value of architecture. We truly believe that architecture transforms lives. It influences our everyday experience, from the interiors of our houses to our landscape, our cities and our towns. We believe that the impact of our awareness and education initiatives will create a better-built environment, and we do everything within our power to make that happen.

The promotion and protection of Ireland’s heritage falls under the remit of the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (DAHRRGA). Built Heritage, Architectural Policy and Strategic Infrastructure section within the Department works to develop, promote and implement policies and legislation for the protection of architectural heritage and to promote best practice in modern architecture & urban design.

Co-funded by the DAHRRGA, The Arts Council and the Department of Education and Skills, the IAF’s National Architects in Schools Initiative is a nationwide youth programme that engages Transition Year students in architectural education through project-based learning. Bringing architecture specialists together with teachers and principals, this collaborative programme invites interdisciplinary participation from Design and Communication Graphics, Technology, Science and Art, and aims to bridge these disciplines with the study and practice of architecture. The IAF is thrilled to launch a special award with the DAHRRGA that will raise awareness of the importance of architecture, sustainable design and STEM at second level.

Criteria: This special award will be presented to the project that best exemplifies a practical application to sustainable design and/or innovation in the built environment. The project can be inter/multidisciplinary and can include an apparatus, methodology or product that can be used in the architectural design, planning or sustainable construction of the built environment.

Category: All

Group: All

IRISH PATENTS OFFICE SPECIAL AWARD

https://www.patentsoffice.ie

Criteria – The Irish Patents Office Award will be made to the student or group of students whose project best exhibits the innovative use or application of technology by the demonstration of either a physical product or process.

Category: Technology; Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences; Biological & Ecological Sciences.

Age Group: All

IRISH RESEARCH COUNCIL

http://www.research.ie

Criteria – The Irish Research Council Award is to be presented to the project that best combines two or more branches of science, or a branch of science with branches of the social sciences and humanities.

Category: All

Age Group: All

IRISH SCIENCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION SPECIAL AWARD

http://www.ista.ie/

The Irish Science Teachers’ Association (ISTA) is the largest subject association in the country. It was founded in 1961 and has 1200 members from all sectors of education. The ISTA functions as a body dedicated to the professional development of its members and the advancement of science teaching. The ISTA maintains links with other bodies involved in science education in Ireland and associations for science education in other countries. ISTA representatives on each of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) subject course committees are involved in the development of new curricula. Members may join the association online via its website at www.ista.ie. The website provides members with details of local branch meetings and national events as well as allowing communication between members via the forum facility. All members receive three issues of the ISTA journal Science during the year. Pharmachemical Ireland sponsors the ISTA annual science quiz for senior science students, which is held during science week. Further details of ISTA activities may be obtained from the ISTA desk or at www.ista.ie.

Criteria : This will be awarded to the project that best stimulates scientific interest or awareness within the school community.

Category : All

Age Group : All

JACK RESTAN DISPLAYS SPECIAL AWARD

http://www.jrdisplays.ie/

Jack Restan Displays was founded in 1955 and has had a long association providing display services to the BT Young Scientist Exhibition. JRD design and build exhibition stands, special exhibits and interiors in Ireland and across the globe using the most innovative techniques. They are pleased to present a special award this year to recognise their long standing relationship with this incredible project.

Criteria : This Award is for the project which presents the concepts, details, images, research findings etc. in the most clear, interesting and professional manner. All presentation methods, whether printed, screen-based or other, will be considered equally.

Category : All

Age Group : All

MATRIX

http://www.mrfcj.org

Award : Best Northern Ireland School overall
Criteria : This year MATRIX are sponsoring an award for the best Northern Ireland school overall – this is calculated on a points system based on the numbers and types of awards an individual school wins.

Category : All

Age Group : All

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PRINCIPALS AND DEPUTY PRINCIPALS

http://www.napd.ie/

The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) represents Principals and Deputy Principals at post-primary level. The Association aims to provide a united voice nationally for Principals and Deputy Principals on issues of common concern.

Criteria : This year NAPD are sponsoring an award for the best school overall. This is calculated on a points system, based on the numbers and types of awards an individual school wins.

Category : All

Age Group : All

NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION

http://www.ncse.ie

Criteria – The NCSE is delighted to sponsor an award for the best project that promotes an awareness and understanding of children and young people with special educational needs and /or has a direct impact on their lives. The best project will promote the inclusion of students with special educational needs in the education system. This award can be made across all age groups and all categories.

Category: All

Age Group: All

NOKIA BELL LABS

Nokia Bell Labs will present an award for the best project that highlights benefits or issues of having a world where almost everyone and everything is connected. Projects can be about the technical, societal, economic or environmental aspects of living in a connected world and should demonstrate either solutions to the identified issues or potential global impact of the project’s area of investigation.

Category: All
Age Group: All

ROAD SAFETY AUTHORITY (RSA)

http://www.rsa.ie/

The RSA Special Award project winner will have demonstrated that they have researched their project thoroughly and that they have shown that their invention/research initiative can be shown to make a difference and also that it could have the potential to reduce road fatalities on Irish roads. Any entry to the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in any category that covers a road safety topic or related topic that has the potential to reduce Irish road fatalities.

Category: All

Age Group: All

ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS IN IRELAND

http://www.rcsi.ie

Best impact on Human Health’ Project – which fits with RCSI’s role of developing healthcare leaders who make a difference worldwide and our mission to educate, nurture and discover for the benefit of human health.

The award is for a the project with the best potential to impact on any area across the spectrum of human health open to all ages and categories.

Award

In addition to the Prize and cert supplied by BTYSTE;

  • Invitation to come and present the project to key Health Sciences Staff in RCSI
  • Photo call and inclusion in RCSI communications
  • Tour of RCSI

SCIENCE FOR DEVELOPMENT AWARD

Sponsored by WorldWise Global Schools, Gorta-Self Help Africa and Irish Aid

Criteria: The winning project of the Science for Development award should:

  1. Show a clear understanding of the causes of poverty, injustice and inequality in a Global South context and a willingness to learn more [Issues could include: Food and livelihood security; climate change and the environment (e.g. deforestation, clean water and sanitation, fertile soil, soil erosion, fishery, energy, air quality, pollution); gender equality; appropriate technology; access to education; health issues e.g. HIV/AIDS, TB, maternal/child health, etc.]
  2. Use appropriate and sustainable technology, solutions and/or materials that can be adopted and implemented at local community level in the Global South.
  3. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the local context, target audience and needs, which the project is designed for.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the connections between the local (Ireland) and the global level in relation to the chosen development issue and project, as well as an understanding of a partnership approach to development.

Category: All Age Group: Intermediate & Senior

SCIENCE FOUNDATION IRELAND

http://www.sfi.ie/

Criteria – Science Foundation Ireland would like this award to be made to the students that have best described (through both their poster and their discussions with judges) how the outcomes of their project would have significant impacts and benefits for people in Ireland. The winners will have:

  1. Identified an issue or problem that is of critical importance to some or all of the people of Ireland
  2. Visualised a clear strategy for how their project will tackle this issue or problem
  3. Demonstrated that they understand the challenges that would be faced in order for their project to succeed and have significant impacts
  4. Presented convincing data and results to show that their strategy has the potential to succeed

Category:  Biological & Ecological, Technology, Chemical, Physical & Mathematical

Age Group:  All

TEAGASC SPECIAL AWARD

http://www.teagasc.ie/

Teagasc, the Agriculture and Food Development Authority in Ireland, was established in September 1988 and is the national body providing integrated research, advisory and training services to the agriculture and food industry and rural communities. Teagasc is also the main provider of further education in agriculture, food, horticulture, forestry and equine studies in Ireland. Their mission is to support science-based innovation in the agri-food sector and the broader bioeconomy that will underpin profitability, competitiveness and sustainability in Ireland.

Criteria : The Teagasc prize will be awarded to the project that best demonstrates a thorough understanding of the science of agricultural or food production, or the use of science to improve technologies available to agricultural or food production.

Category : All

Age Group : All

THE CENTRAL STATISTICS OFFICE (CSO) OPEN
DATA AWARD

http://www.cso.ie/

Criteria – The Central Statistics Office is delighted to sponsor an award that will encourage young people to use open data. This award is for the most innovative use, or potential use, of CSO data. Be it in statistical analyses, statistical processes or statistical outputs, be they scientific or mathematical, a piece of research, a visualisation or a data map, the development of a device, a software application or the use of CSO data in any other innovative way. Whatever way students use our data, the CSO is excited to see your open data projects.

Category: All

Age Group: All

 

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK – GEORGE BOOLE PRIZE

http://www.ucc.ie

As part of the BT Young Scientists Award, 2017, UCC kindly supported by ARUP, would like to recognise an individual or group that demonstrates the best use of Mathematics in their project.

The UCC Boole Award for Excellence in Mathematics

Overview: Long celebrated for his contribution to Mathematics, George Boole is now regarded as a pioneer and founding father of computer science. The full potential of his innovative discoveries were only applied in the 20th century and Boolean algebra has paved the way for digital technology in the modern world.

Criteria: The George Boole Award recognises a project that displays creativity and innovation, while making mathematics accessible and understandable to all. The project should be able to demonstrate how mathematics is used to create solutions to the problems of tomorrow.

Category: All

UCD COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES & LAW AWARD

http://www.ucd.ie/socscilaw/ 

UCD College of Social Sciences and Law is the leading centre for education and research in the social sciences and related disciplines in Ireland. The college offers a wide and diverse range of undergraduate degrees in Archaeology, Economics, Education, Geography, Information & Communication Studies, Law, Philosophy, Politics & International Relations, Psychology, Sociology, Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice. It also provides graduate degrees and professional qualifications for careers such as solicitor, barrister, social worker, teacher, or clinical psychologist.

Criteria: The UCD College of Social Sciences and Law would like to award a Young Scientist who has conducted the most innovative research that could have a direct impact on society. The successful candidate should demonstrate the following:
• Sound background research of the problem or issue.
• Excellent or innovative techniques.
• An understanding of the wider implications of this particular project.

Category: Social and Behavioural Sciences

Age Group: All

VETERINARY COUNCIL OF IRELAND

http://www.vci.ie

Criteria: The Award will be made to a project which demonstrates the best use of science and technology in advancing animal health and welfare.

The award is available to any age group and may apply to either an individual or a group project.

Category: Biological and Ecological Science

Age Group: All

WILLIAMS LEA TAG

http://www.wlt.com/

Criteria: Williams Lea Tag, part of the Williams Lea Group, is proud to sponsor the special award for the project that demonstrates the best use of graphic design in both the display presentation and the project report book.

Category: All

Age Group: All

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