The information listed in this section is relevant to the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2019 and will be constantly updated with information.
ABP FOOD GROUP FARM SAFETY AWARDhttp://www.abpfoodgroup.com 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
ALEXIONhttp://alexion.com/ 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.
NORTHERN IRELAND BEST PROJECT AWARD – BThttp://www.btireland.com/ 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.
BT’S BEST PROJECT IN IRISH AWARDhttp://www.btireland.com 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.
THE CENTRAL STATISTICS OFFICE (CSO) OPEN DATA AWARDhttp://www.cso.ie The Central Statistics Office (CSO) is Ireland’s national statistical office whose purpose is to collect, analyse and make available impartial statistics about Ireland’s people, society and economy. At national level, CSO official statistics inform decision making across a range of areas including education, health, welfare, transport & infrastructure, 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 publishes all official statistics on www.cso.ie free of charge. Most of our data is available in an open data format to allow for the widest possible use. 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.
COMREG – COMMISSION FOR COMMUNICATIONS REGULATIONhttp://www.comreg.ie/ 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.
CONTEST UNGE FORSKEREhttps://ungeforskere.dk/ Young Scientists is the largest science competition in Denmark. It is a contest for children and youths in primary school and high school with a passion for science and technology. The winner will receive a 4 day trip to Copenhagen in April to compete at Contest Unge Forskere
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FOOD & THE MARINEhttps://agriculture.gov.ie/ The mission of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is to serve the government and people of Ireland by leading, developing and regulating the agri-food sector, protecting public health and optimising social, economic and environmental beneﬁts. The work of the Department’s Laboratory Service is a key component of the organisation with regard to the provision of scientific advice, ensuring the safety of Irish food and safeguarding public, animal and plant health. Science plays a vital role in underpinning policy making within DAFM and we are delighted to sponsor an award to encourage and recognise the contribution of young scientists.
ELI LILLY SPECIAL AWARDhttp://www.lilly.co.uk Lilly is a global healthcare leader that unites caring with discovery to create medicines that make life better for people around the world. Lilly has been in Ireland since 1978 and employs around 1,300 people. The manufacturing campus in Kinsale employs over 700 people, and uses complex chemical synthesis & biotechnology manufacturing processes to make active ingredients for medicines across therapeutic areas such as oncology, immunology and diabetes. The mission of the Kinsale facility is to support the commercialisation, manufacture and supply of many of the newest medicines in Lilly’s portfolio. Established in 2010, the Global Business Solutions centre in Little Island employs over 600 people and is a centre of excellence in functions such as finance, medical information and clinical trial capabilities. Lilly also employs a sales & marketing team in Ireland, focused on diabetes, immunology and oncology therapeutic areas.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY SPECIAL AWARDhttp://www.epa.ie/ 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
FOOD SAFETY AUTHORITY OF IRELAND (FSAI)https://www.fsai.ie/ 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. Therefore, decisions relating to food safety and hygiene take account of the latest and best scientific advice and information available. In 2019, the FSAI will celebrate 20 years in business.
GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF IRELANDhttp://www.gsi.ie 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.
HEALTH RESEARCH BOARDhttp://www.hrb.ie/ The Health Research Board (HRB) is a state agency that supports research and provides evidence to prevent illness, improve health and transform patient care. 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. The HRB has 66 staff. It has an annual budget in excess of €45m and manages a research investment portfolio of approximately €200m.The agency is funded mainly by the Department of Health, and Board members are appointed by the Minister for Health.
HEANET – IRELAND’S NATIONAL RESEARCH & EDUCATION NETWORKhttp://www.heanet.ie 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.
HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISEhttps://www.hpe.com/us/en/home.html 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.
HOUSING AGENCYhttps://www.housingagency.ie The Housing Agency’s role is to promote the supply of housing to meet current and future needs and demand. It achieves this by being a centre of expert knowledge on housing, supporting housing policy development and implementing effective housing programmes working with others. Our vision is to enable everybody to live in good housing; that is, housing that is secure, high quality, affordable and appropriate, in order to achieve sustainable communities in which people want to live.
INTELLECTUAL VENTUREShttps://www.intellectualventures.com/ “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 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.
IE DOMAIN REGISTRYhttp://www.iedr.ie IE Domain Registry is the national registry for .ie domain names and is responsible for the management and administration of Ireland’s official internet domain, .ie, in the interest of the Irish and global internet communities. It operates the domain name system (DNS) for the .ie namespace, facilitates an independent dispute resolution service with WIPO, and operates a public WHOIS lookup service for .ie domains. The company’s mission is to provide unique, identifiably Irish domain names, along with registry and related services to the local and international internet community. Currently, there are over 250,000 registered .ie domain names. The company is committed to being a digital advocate for the SME community. Through the OPTIMISE Programme and stakeholder engagement initiatives, the company works with and supports SMEs to improve their online presence and e-commerce capabilities. IE Domain Registry produces fact-based research for the business community and policymakers, such as the annual SME Digital Health Index, which provides key insights into the digital heath of SMEs. The company is focused on providing excellence in customer service through its ongoing customer experience (CX) innovation and improvement programmes. Since March 2018, it is now easier and faster to register a .ie domain name. Based in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, IE Domain Registry employs 22 people.
INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS IN IRELAND SPECIAL AWARDhttp://www.iopireland.org/ The Institute of Physics is a leading scientific membership society working to advance physics for the benefit of all. The Institute of Physics in Ireland is one of 13 branches of the Institute of Physics, which has headquarters based in London. We have a worldwide membership from enthusiastic amateurs to those at the top of their fields in academia, business, education and government. Our purpose is to gather, inspire, guide, represent and celebrate all who share a passion for physics. And, in our role as a charity, we’re here to ensure that physics delivers on its exceptional potential to benefit society. Alongside professional support for our members, we engage with policymakers and the public to increase awareness and understanding of the value that physics holds for all of us. Our subsidiary company, IOP Publishing, is a world leader in scientific communications, publishing journals, ebooks, magazines and websites globally.
IRISH RESEARCH COUNCILhttp://www.research.ie 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.