2020 press releases

Mental Health & Climate Change dominate project trends at 2020 BTYSTE

Mental Health & Climate Change dominate project trends at the 2020 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition Over 1,800 projects entered in total 550 finalists for the 2020 Exhibition announced 244 schools spanning 31 counties will represent their community at the Exhibition Projects titles show increasing awareness of major social issues Technology company BT marks 20 years as organiser of the Exhibition Tuesday 5th November 2019: The 550 finalists who will represent their school and community at the 2020 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) have been announced. Selected from over 1,800 entries, these projects represent 244 schools across 31 counties. As BT, the organiser of the event, delivered the good news over the past week, students have already begun preparing to exhibit their projects and meet the judges at the 56th annual Exhibition on 8th January, 2020. A significant number of the projects this year delve into pressing social issues such as mental health, transgender rights and the effects that social media has on young people. Topics such as these are prevalent in the Social & Behavioural Science category but are also increasingly prevalent in the remaining three categories – Technology, Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences and Biological & Ecological Sciences. Shay Walsh, Managing Director at BT Ireland said, “It is a trend in itself globally that it is our young people who are now leading the charge when it comes to taking action on issues such as climate change and mental health. I am personally encouraged and positive about Ireland’s future when I see this same passion and concern coming from our own young people as...

IRELAND’S ADAM KELLY TRIUMPHS AT THE 31st EUCYS

IRELAND’S ADAM KELLY TRIUMPHS AT THE 31st EUROPEAN UNION CONTEST FOR YOUNG SCIENTISTS (Kelly becomes Ireland’s 15th winner in the competitions’ history) Tuesday, 17th September 2019: Winner of the 2019 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition Adam Kelly has taken home the top prize at this year’s European Union Contest for Young Scientists in Bulgaria for his project titled “Optimising The Simulation of General Quantum Circuits”. Magnus Quaade Oddershede from Denmark for “The wingtip’s influence on the efficiency of airplane wings” also won first place at the EUCYS alongside Alex Korocenev and Felix Christian Sewing from Germany for “Hoverboard – a Magnetically Levitated Vehicle”, and Leo Li Takemaru and Poojan Pandya from the United States for their project “Investigating the Role of the Novel ESCRT-III Recruiter CCDC11 in HIV Budding: Identifying a Potential Target for Antiviral Therapy”. The winning young scientists will receive €7,000 each for their outstanding projects. The four second prizes and four third prizes were awarded to projects from Georgia, Spain, Finland, South Korea, Switzerland, Belarus, Austria and Poland. Adam Kelly from Co. Dublin took home the top prize accolade at BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in January 2019 with a project that developed a tool to select the optimum algorithm for the simulation of particular quantum circuits, which may inform the development of a practical quantum computer. As the overall winner, Adam got the opportunity to represent Ireland at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists 2019 in Bulgaria. The winners at this year’s European Union Contest were among 155 young scientists aged between 14 to 20 from 39 countries who competed at the...

REMINDER: Deadline for entries to the 56th BT YSTE is fast approaching

Students invited to join Ireland’s most extensive STEM alumni network by entering a project today #CreateTodayShapeTomorrow Monday 2nd September: Students across Ireland are today being invited to submit their entries to the 56th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) before the deadline date of 24th September, 2019. BT Ireland, organisers of the Exhibition are calling on students aged 12-19 to submit their one page proposal to be in with a chance to represent their school and county at national level in the RDS, Dublin from 8-11th January, 2020. With over 200 prizes to be won, including the coveted title of BT Young Scientist & Technologist (s) of the Year, qualifying students will also be given a public spotlight on which to showcase their projects at the main Exhibition, a platform which has launched the careers of many of Ireland’s most successful entrepreneurs and academics including Stripe founders Patrick and John Collison (Stripe), Kate and Annie Madden (Fenu Health), and Rhona Togher and Eimear O’Carroll (Restored Hearing). What began in 1965 as a simple fair designed to inspire a love of science is today the country’s national celebration of science and technology at school level, and a critical component of the government’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) skills programme. The Exhibition is designed to inspire young people to better understand the opportunities that a career in a STEM related field can offer. And in this rapidly changing world where 60% of children entering primary school today will work in jobs that do not yet exist (Ibec, 2018), there is an increasing need to have the skills and knowledge...

Future is bright for science and technology

The 56th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition to take place from 8-11th January 2020 Survey reveals that nearly two in three of 12- 24 year olds would like to see science and technology tackle major societal and climate issues Minister for Education calls on students to get involved in the 2020 BTYSTE BT Ireland celebrates 20 years as organisers of the longest running science and technology event in Europe Students across Ireland are today being encouraged to get involved in the 2020 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE), Ireland’s most inspiring celebration of science and technology. The Exhibition will take place from the 8th – 11th January 2020, and students are being urged to start working on their projects today. To mark its 20th year as both organiser and lead sponsor of the BTYSTE, BT Ireland asked 1,200 people across Ireland, ranging in age from 12 to 55, their perceptions on science and technology to determine the generational views on science and technology today. One of the questions posed was what progress they would like to see in the future through science and technology. Interestingly, the survey revealed that the majority of 12-18 and 19-24 year olds – Generation Z – would like to see science and technology tackle social and climate issues. In contrast, 25 – 39 year olds and 40 – 59 year olds choose more functional advancements, with over one in three saying they would like to see greater use of AI in transport in the next 20-years. The survey also found that young people aged between 12-24 years old are those most interested...
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