Special awards

The information listed in this section is relevant to the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2019 and will be constantly updated with information.



ABP is one of Europe’s leading privately owned agribusiness companies operating across 4 divisions: Beef, Pet Food (C&D Foods), Proteins and Renewables (Olleco). It has processing facilities in Ireland, UK, Spain, France, Holland, Denmark, Austria and Poland and employs over 10,000 colleagues. ABP has sponsored a farm safety prize at the BTYSE since 2014 and has also been involved in a number of other on-farm and educational farm safety initiatives. Further information is available at https://www.abpsustainabilitystory.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, founded in 1992 by Steven Squinto and Leonard Bell, is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on serving patients and families affected by rare diseases through the discovery, development and commercialization of life-changing therapies. Alexion employs 2,500 people and serves patients in 50 countries worldwide. The company has pioneered the complex field of complement biology and delivered solutions for patients with devastating complement-mediated and metabolic disorders. As well as their expertise in complement biology and metabolic disorders, they have also made progress in the treatment of diseases within the fields of haematology, nephrology and neurology.

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, i.e. 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



BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in 180 countries and employing over 600 people in Ireland over five cities. In Ireland, they operate globally and deliver locally, serving multinational corporations, indigenous exporters and public sector organisations in every segment of the Irish economy, as well as other major communications providers through their wholesale site. They specialise in cloud services, global networking, IT integration, carrier voice and data services, contact centre solutions and professional security expertise. BT has been the proud sponsor and organiser of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition for 19 years.

Criteria: 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. 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 is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in 180 countries and employing over 600 people in Ireland over five cities. In Ireland, they operate globally and deliver locally, serving multinational corporations, indigenous exporters and public sector organisations in every segment of the Irish economy, as well as other major communications providers through their wholesale site. They specialise in cloud services, global networking, IT integration, carrier voice and data services, contact centre solutions and professional security expertise. BT has been the proud sponsor and organiser of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition for 19 years.

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 is the statutory body responsible for the regulation of the electronic communications sector (telecommunications, radio communications, broadcasting transmission and premium rate services) and the postal sector.

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



The department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) is a regulatory body run by the Irish Government, concerned with a variety of activities relating to Agriculture, Food, Fisheries, Forestry and the Rural Environment. It is responsible for carrying out functions such as:

  • Development and implementation of national and EU schemes in support of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries, Forestry and Rural Environment.
  • Monitoring and controlling aspects of Food Safety.
  • Regulation of the agriculture, fisheries, and food industries through national and EU legislation.
  • Monitoring and controlling animal and plant health and animal welfare.

Criteria: DAFM would like to present an award for a science project that has the strongest potential to aid food safety and/or animal and plant health.

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

Age Group: All



Eli Lilly was founded in 1876 by a pharmaceutical chemist of the same name and is now one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. The company focuses its internal research efforts primarily on four core therapeutic areas: specialty care, diabetes, oncology and animal health. Eli Lilly has approximately 40,000 employees worldwide, conducts research in more than 55 countries, runs manufacturing plants in 13 countries and markets their products in 120 countries.

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



The EPA is an independent public body established under the Environmental Protection Agency Act, 1992. They ensure that Ireland’s environment is protected, and monitor changes in environmental trends to detect early warning signs of neglect or deterioration. Some of their primary responsibilities include:

  • Environmental licensing
  • Enforcement of environmental law
  • Monitoring, analysing and reporting on the environment
  • Regulating Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions
  • Environmental research development
  • Waste management

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



The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) was established under the Food Safety Authority of Ireland Act, 1998. The principal function of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland is to protect consumers by leading a collaborative food safety community to continuously raise food standards and create a culture of excellence. The Authority is a statutory, independent and science-based body, dedicated to protecting public health and consumer interests in the area of food safety and hygiene. It comes under the aegis of the Minister for Health and currently has a Board of ten. It also has a 15 member Scientific Committee that assists and advises the Board. Therefore, decisions relating to food safety and hygiene take account of the latest and best scientific advice and information available.

Criteria: The Food Safety Authority of Ireland award will be presented to the project that shows the best potential to protect the health of consumers in the area of food safety.

Category: All

Age Group: All



Founded in 1845, Geological Survey Ireland is the Republic of Ireland’s public earth science knowledge centre. They are a division of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, committed to providing free, open and accurate data and maps on Ireland’s subsurface to landowners, the public, industry, and all other stakeholders, within Ireland and internationally. They deal with a diverse array of topics including bedrock, groundwater, seabed mapping, natural disasters, and public health risks.

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



The Health Research Board (HRB) is a state agency that supports research and provides evidence to prevent illness, improve health and transform patient care and is funded mainly by the Department of Health. The HRB is the lead funding agency for health research in Ireland, overseeing a €45 million investment in health research activity each year. It manages four national health information systems; produces evidence reviews for the Department of Health to inform health policy making; and manages the HRB National Drug Library, a specialist information resource for health practitioners, researchers and policy makers in the drug and alcohol field.

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 is Ireland’s National Education and Research Network, providing Internet connectivity and associated ICT services to education and research organisations throughout Ireland, including all primary and post-primary schools. HEAnet’s e-Infrastructure services underpin academic research and education activity in Ireland with approximately 210,000 students & staff (third-level) and approximately 800,000 students & staff (first and second-level) relying on the HEAnet network each day for their learning and research needs. Established in 1983 by the Irish Universities with the support of the Higher Education Authority, HEAnet now provides essential e-Infrastructure services across all levels of the Irish education system.

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 Company (HPE) is an American multinational enterprise information technology company based in Palo Alto, California, founded on 1st November 2015. HPE is a business-focused organization with two divisions: Enterprise Group, which works in servers, storage, networking, consulting and support; and Financial Services. The company supplies products within the categories of networking, servers and server systems, software and storage and also provide services including IT for data and analytics, security and protection, operational support and education and training.

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 are the registry for .ie internet domain names and maintain the database of .ie registered Internet names. They have been managing the .ie country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) namespace since July 2000. Their work includes protecting, supporting and promoting the online presence of all .ie domain names.

Criteria: 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



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



“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 an individual project that best demonstrates insight in identifying a meaningful problem and proposing an innovative technically viable solution.

Category: All

Age Group: All, individual only



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 : Can best be applied to the teaching and learning of Leaving Certificate Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

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

Age Group : All



The Irish Research Council is a funding body which aims to enable and sustain a vibrant research community in Ireland by supporting researchers across all disciplines and career stages.

The Irish Research Council was established and mandated to:

  • fund excellent research within, and between, all disciplines
  • support the education and skills development of excellent individual early-stage researchers and cultivate agile independent researchers and thinkers
  • enrich the pool of knowledge and expertise available for addressing Ireland’s current and future needs
  • provide policy advice on postgraduate education, and on more general research matters, to the Higher Education Authority and other national and international bodies.

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


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

Met Éireann


Met Éireann, Ireland’s National Meteorological Service is the leading provider of weather information and related services in Ireland. Its mission is to monitor, analyse and predict Ireland’s weather and climate and to provide a range of high quality meteorological and related information to the public and to specific customers in, for example, the aviation and agricultural sectors. As a scientific and technical organisation, it strives to utilise the latest technological and scientific advances in order to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and accuracy of its forecasts.

Criteria: The Met Éireann award will be presented to the student or students who present the best project in fields including meteorology, climatology, hydrology and atmospheric science. Possible themes could include: observations, modelling, instrumentation, data science and IT solutions or mathematical algorithms relevant to the field, scientific communication.

Category: All

Age Group: All



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



The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) was set up to improve the delivery of education services to persons with special educational needs arising from disabilities with particular emphasis on children. The Council was first established as an independent statutory body by order of the Minister for Education and Science in December 2003. Their local service is delivered through their national network of Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENOs) who interact with parents and schools and liaise with the HSE in providing resources to support children with special educational needs.

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 is an industrial research and scientific development company, owned by Finnish company Nokia. Researchers working at Bell Labs are credited with the development of radio astronomy, the transistor, the laser, the charge-coupled device (CCD), information theory, the Unix operating system, and the programming languages C, C++, and S. Eight Nobel Prizes have been awarded for work completed at Bell Laboratories.

Criteria: 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



The aim of the Road Safety Authority (RSA) is to save lives and prevent injuries by reducing the number and severity of collisions on the road by providing a safe environment for all road users and promoting the efficient use of our road network. The RSA aims to improve road safety in Ireland through a variety of ways including: developing and implementing information and education campaigns to increase awareness of road safety, improving vehicle standards, establishing and monitoring a standard for driver instruction, undertaking accident and road safety research in order to develop measures and recommendations to improve road safety and producing road safety strategy documents and monitoring their implementation.

Criteria: 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



Founded in 1784 to train surgeons, today the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) provides extensive education and training in the healthcare professions at undergraduate and postgraduate level. The Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences is home to Ireland’s largest medical school, one of the world’s leading international medical schools, as well as prestigious Schools of Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Nursing & Midwifery, Postgraduate Studies and an Institute of Leadership. RCSI is the professional training body for Surgery in Ireland. Today, under statutory authority, it manages postgraduate residency training, memberships and fellowships and continuous professional development through its Department of Surgical Affairs, Faculties of Radiologists, Dentistry, Sports & Exercise Medicine and Nursing & Midwifery. RCSI also operates the Irish Institute of Pharmacy on behalf of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland.

Criteria: ‘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 the project with the best potential to impact on any area across the spectrum of human health open to all ages and categories.

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

Category: All

Age Group: All

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the world of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI, foundry and LED solutions.


Sponsored by Gorta-Self Help Africa and Irish Aid


Self Help Africa is a leading international development charity with an expertise in small-scale farming and growing family-farm businesses. Self Help Africa currently works in eight core African countries, tackling poverty and improving the lives of local communities. The organisation works both with its own African staff, and through local partners to undertake a range of integrated development programmes amongst rural communities.
Irish Aid is the Irish Government’s programme for overseas development. The programme is managed by the Development Co-operation Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The aim of their aid programme is to reduce poverty, hunger and humanitarian need, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa. By supporting long term development and providing humanitarian assistance in over eighty countries, on behalf of the Irish people, they are helping to build better futures for some of the world’s poorest communities.

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 (SFI) is the national foundation for investment in scientific and engineering research. SFI funds research in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) which promotes and assists the development and competitiveness of industry, enterprise and employment in Ireland. SFI offers a range of funding schemes which support scientists and engineers to deliver both research excellence and economic and societal impact.

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 Ireland1. 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, 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) is Ireland’s national statistical office whose purpose is to impartially collect, analyse and make available statistics about Ireland’s people, society and economy. At national level, CSO official statistics inform decision making across a range of areas including construction, health, welfare, the environment and the economy. At European level they provide an accurate picture of Ireland’s economic and social performance and enable comparisons between Ireland and other countries. The CSO is also responsible for coordinating the official statistics of other public authorities.

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



Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is the top ranked university in Ireland and using the QS methodology, they are ranked 104th in the world. TCD was founded in 1592 and is home to 17,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students across all the major disciplines in the arts and humanities, and in business, law, engineering, science, and health sciences. Their three faculties include Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Engineering, Mathematics and Science; and Health Sciences.

Criteria: Today’s students should be conscious of the fact that they are global citizens. With this in mind, the Science at Trinity Global Challenges Award will be awarded to the project deemed most applicable to addressing a problem of global importance. The winning project is not expected to single-handedly solve Global Problems such as climate change, world poverty or data security, but should contribute some new knowledge or approach to help in meeting these challenges.

Category: All

Age Group: All



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



Williams Lea Tag is a global leader in Marketing and Communications services. They design, produce, manage and distribute brand messages and communications across marketing and communications supply chains of many major brands and companies. Among these services are: creative production, sourcing, customer communications and publishing and document workflow.

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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