In a major acknowledgment of the success of the exhibition, An Post today unveiled two new stamps celebrating Ireland’s significant contribution to science, one of which has been inspired by the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.
The stamp, designed by Detail, represents both the origins of the exhibition and the role of education in pushing the boundaries of science. It features a rocket illustration to mark the inspirational story behind the exhibition, which began in 1965 when two UCD researchers, Fr. Tom Burke and Dr Tony Scott became inspired on a trip to the USA, after encountering a boy testing a rocket for an upcoming science fair. Both recognised immediately the benefits of bringing science out of the
classroom and set about organising a similar event in Ireland.
Speaking at this morning’s announcement, Colm O’Neill, CEO, BT Ireland said; “We are delighted
that An Post has recognised the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition
for its success in driving Ireland’s enviable reputation in science and for its
continued growth over the past 50 years.
Now in its 51st year and BT’s proud fifteenth year as organiser, the exhibition has never been more successful. This year we’ve aimed to raise the bar again by adding new technologies such as our smartphone app and expanding our line-up of acts and entertainment. It’s going to be a great week and I’m looking forward to meeting the many young talented people who are exhibiting here over the coming days.”
Also attending this morning’s announcement, Donal Connell, CEO of An Post, said that the stamp marked the success of a remarkable event founded by two dedicated individuals. “This stamp is testament to the strides Ireland is making in the international science sphere and is also a mark of respect to Fr.Tom Burke and Dr Tony Scott, founders of this exhibition, whose contribution to Irish science has been so significant. It’s also a fitting tribute to all those students who have participated over the years and to the teachers and parents who encouraged them,” he added.
The exhibition will open to the public from Thursday 8th – Saturday 10th January 2015, with TG4’s
Roisin Ni Thomain and broadcaster Aidan Power returning to compere the opening and award ceremonies. Tickets are available at the door costing €6 for students, €12 for adults and €25 for a family pass. In addition to the 550 student projects on display, the venue will be packed full of science and technology exhibits and exciting shows making it a must-see event.
For information, an exhibition map and schedule of events, visitors can download the FREE BT Young Scientist & TechnologyExhibition app now. Alternatively, log onto www.btyoungscientist.com,
check out http://www.facebook.com/BTYSTE, follow on twitter at http://twitter.com/btyste or call 1800 924 362 or from Northern Ireland call 0800 917 1297.
Open for visitors: January 8th – 10th 2015
Location: RDS, Dublin 4
Tickets: student €6 /
adult €12 / family pass €25
For further information: log on to www.btyoungscientist.com or call 1800 924 362 or from
Northern Ireland 048 800 917 1297
The new stamps and special First Day Cover envelopes may be viewed and purchased at all main post offices, online at irishstamps.ie and at the Irish Stamps Shop in Dublin’s GPO.