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 FOOD GROUP FARM SAFETY AWARD

http://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

ALEXION

http://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 – BT

http://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 AWARD

http://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 AWARD

http://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 REGULATION

http://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 FORSKERE

https://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 MARINE

https://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 AWARD

http://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 AWARD

http://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 IRELAND

http://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 BOARD

http://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 NETWORK

http://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 ENTERPRISE

https://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 AGENCY

https://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 VENTURES

https://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 REGISTRY

http://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 AWARD

http://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 COUNCIL

http://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.

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.

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.

MAXIM INTEGRATED

http://www.maximintegrated.com/en.html At Maxim Integrated, we’re solving engineering problems and empowering design innovation, enabling our customers to create products that shape our world. Our innovative, award-winning analog and mixed-signal technologies are found in cars, data centers, mobile and wearable devices, among many other areas. They make systems smaller, smarter, more secure and energy efficient. Since our founding in 1983, we’ve built a rich history and culture of innovation that rewards bold thinking, teamwork, personal growth and community involvement. With offices and manufacturing sites worldwide, we are a $2.48 billion semiconductor company headquartered in San Jose, California with over 7,000 employees.

MENTAL HEALTH IRELAND

http://www.mentalhealthireland.ie Mental Health Ireland is a national voluntary organisation which was established in 1966. Mental Health Ireland’s aim is to promote positive mental health and wellbeing to all individuals and communities, and through our network of Mental Health Associations, we support people who experience mental health difficulties on their journey of recovery. Our vision is for an Ireland where mental health is valued as being an essential part of personal wellbeing and the health of the nation. Our latest strategy launched in November 2018, ‘Empowerment – From Ideas to Actions’, focuses our work for the next three years on three complementary objectives; Promoting Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing, creating the conditions that people with a significant mental health need for Living Life Well, and underpinning our work is sustaining and developing our Organisational Fitness at all levels.

MET ÉIREANN

http://www.met.ie 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.

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.

NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION

http://www.ncse.ie 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.

NOKIA BELL LABS

https://www.bell-labs.com Nokia Bell Labs is an industrial research and innovation organisation, and is the research arm of the 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. Nine Nobel Prizes have been awarded for work completed at Bell Laboratories.

PORTWEST

https://www.portwest.com Portwest is a global manufacturer and distributor of workwear, safety wear and PPE. Established in 1904, Portwest is the fastest growing workwear company in the world with a global distribution network and customer service staff in over 130 countries. Employing over 3000 people worldwide, Portwest has a team of world class designers who specialise in flame-resistant and high-visibility, workwear, hand and foot protection, Personal Protective Equipment and wearable technology. Market leaders in safety, Portwest’s award winning team is constantly researching the latest trends and innovations which influence new collections and products.

ROAD SAFETY AUTHORITY (RSA)

http://www.rsa.ie/ 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.

ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS IN IRELAND

http://www.rcsi.ie Located in the heart of Dublin as well as in four campuses overseas, RCSI is an independent, world leading international health sciences education and research institution. Our Mission is to Educate, Nurture and Discover for the benefit of human health. Our roots as a college of surgeons, going back to 1784, shapes our approach to education, training and research, calling for professionalism, precision and a relentless pursuit of excellence in all that we do. We have an international perspective, welcoming students from more than 60 nationalities into programs of academic excellence as well as a lifelong community of professional colleagues. A deep professional responsibility sits at the heart of all that we do to fulfil society’s greatest need – the advancement of its health and well being. RCSI is ranked among the top 2% (top 250) of universities worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2019).

SCIENCE FOR DEVELOPMENT AWARD

Sponsored by Self Help Africa and Irish Aid

https://selfhelpafrica.org/ie https://www.irishaid.ie 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 and Vietnam. 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.

SCIENCE FOUNDATION IRELAND

http://www.sfi.ie/ 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.

SAMSUNG

www.samsung.com/ie/ 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.

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.

TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN Science at Trinity

https://www.tcd.ie We live in a scientific world, where science and technology have a growing impact in all aspects of our lives. A scientific education is your passport to that world. Our science courses span four broad domains: – TR060 Biological and Biomedical Sciences – TR061 Chemical Sciences – TR062 Geography and Geoscience – TR063 Physical Sciences Each has a customised curriculum for the first two years, leading to diverse degree subject options in third and fourth year, from Astrophysics to Zoology, and from Neuroscience to Nanoscience. To ensure a broad learning experience, students can take elective modules in languages and the arts and humanities, and also have the opportunity to study modules in Science Education and Communication and the History, Philosophy and Ethics of Science. Students will learn from scientists at the very forefront of their fields, and in their final year will carry out an individual capstone research project in the laboratory of one of our faculty members. The result is a rigorous and internationally recognised training in your chosen field, along with demonstrated transferable skills and graduate attributes sought after in all careers. Future-proof yourself at Trinity! See more at: www.tcd.ie/Science.

UCD COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES & LAW AWARD

https://www.ucd.ie/socialsciences UCD leads the way with the broadest and most diverse Social Sciences programmes in Ireland offering innovative social sciences education and research to address the critical social, political, cultural and economic concerns of our time. A diverse range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees are offered in Archaeology, Economics, Education, Geography, Information & Communication Studies, Philosophy, Politics & International Relations, Psychology, Sociology, Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice.

WILLIAMS LEA TAG

http://www.wlt.com/ 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.
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