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The 58th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition Officially Opens

Exhibition kicks off with address from President Michael D Higgins

First Round of Judging Completed and much more in Day 1 Exhibition Round Up

Exciting line-up and round 2 of judging planned for Day 2 @ The BTYSTE

The 58th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) burst into life today as over 1,000 students showcased their projects as the virtual platform officially opened to the public. Members of the global STEM community and fans of the exhibition alike were able to access this year’s event, for free, from all over the world via the virtual portal.

Day 1 of the BTYSTE 2022 was a hub of activity as audiences logged on to witness President Michael D Higgins deliver an inspiring address to open the exhibition, followed by an array of fascinating conversations and insightful shows including:

  • An interview with BTYSTE 2019 winner and founder of Inferex, Greg Tarr
  • A Day in the Life with Mark the Science Guy
  • the Strong Women Science Workshop from Circus 250
  • First round of judging kicked off for over 1,000 students with qualified projects
  • The day will be topped off with a techstarter panel event with BTYSTE and Connecting Women in Technology (CWIT) on bright futures in tech

Ahead of tonight’s event, Minister for Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris said, “I would like to thank both the organisers of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition and Connecting Women in Technology for placing such emphasis on STEM both in education and work.

In order to continue to innovate and evolve we need to ensure that there is a steady supply of Science, Engineering, Maths and Technology graduates coming from further and higher education. In order to do this we need to nurture STEM in our learners from a young age.

Our research shows the group that remains the most disconnected from Science, Maths and Technology are girls from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. But exclusion is not just an issue for women; we must also remember that there are many under-represented groups in our society that are fighting to be given an equal opportunity to have a career in STEM – those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, people of colour, those with disabilities, migrants, and the LGBTQ+ community are all under-represented.

We need to work together to open the doors to all groups and insist that change happens. We need to ensure that all members of our society can contribute ideas – inclusive thinking means that we are far more likely to find good solutions to the challenges we face now and indeed the challenges we will need to address in the future.

Head Organiser of the BTYSTE, Mari Cahalane congratulated all students on their participation in the exhibition and wishes them luck throughout the judging process.

Speaking today, Mari Cahalane said: “Congratulations to all of the students taking part in this year’s virtual exhibition, with the first two rounds of judging well underway we’re eager to get stuck into day two of this three-day event. We’ve a fantastic line-up of special guests tomorrow, including the physics of rollercoasters by Tayto Park Adventure, an interview series with BTYSTE 2021 winners Cormac Harris and Alan O’Sullivan, as well as a segment on the Metaverse and Augmented reality.

The standard of projects this year remain high as ever and we look forward to welcoming visitors from across the globe back to the virtual exhibition hall tomorrow.”

Picture of the Day

Day one of the BT Exhibition kicked off with a whirlwind of eagerness and excitement. The afternoon was full of laughs and smiles from our amazing students. We think this photo captures the mood well. Enjoy!

Students Rory Jacob, Rudi Galvin and Lennon Galvin from De La Salle College, Waterford with their project titled ‘Build an anaerobic digester (AD) suitable for domestic use’

What’s On- Day 2 @ BTYSTE

Thursday 13th January 2022

  • 10am: Sustainable Outerspace – This highly visual presentation will explore sustainability in space topics and how humanity is beginning to address this problem in order for us to continue our open exploration and access to space for generations to come.
  • 10:30: Climate Self-Help Africa – BTYSTE explores the impact of Climate Change on the African continent and what the solutions might be.
  • 14:00: Psychologi-Science Magic with David Meade – Join BBC’s David Meade for a roller coaster ride through the mind-blowing ways your brain works.
  • 14:00: Nextipedia – The BTYSTE business and innovation event Nextipedia returns showing guest how to unlock the answers to personal development and accomplishment.
  • 16:00: Vaccines, From Molecules to Medicine – A journey through how medicines are made in a global pandemic.
  • 17:00: Metaverse and Augmented Reality – Step into the Metaverse with this fascinating segment on the future of augmented reality.

And throughout the day, students can look forward to presenting their projects once again as judging continues with the more than 90 judges involved in the BTYSTE.

For more information on this fantastic family event, visit, or follow @BTYSTE on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube or Snapchat (username: BTYSTE).


If you have any further queries, require information or would like to coordinate any interviews, please don’t hesitate to contact the following:

Hanover Communications for BTYSTE:

Sinead Reilly: / 085 8421970

Conor McCrave: / 087 7650970


BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is much more than a competition – it is the experience of a lifetime for the students and teachers who take part. Designed to raise schools’ engagement in the critical subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), the Exhibition calls upon students aged 12-19 years from all over the island of Ireland to showcase innovative science and technology project. In 2021, visitors from 77 countries accessed the students projects and the on-line portal. The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is supported by several valued partners including the Department of Education, Analog Devices, Stripe, Perrigo, and RTE. Learn more at

About BT

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For the year ended 31 March 2021, BT Group’s reported revenue was £21,331m with reported profit before taxation of £1,804m.

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