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Thrilling line up of Science, Technology and Inspiration unveiled for the first ever virtual BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition – and it’s all free!

By December 15, 2020No Comments

Free registration opens for the virtual exhibition

Fun family entertainment across three days including projects showcase, thrilling science shows and interactive discussions 

15 December 2020: BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) has today unveiled the line-up for the first ever online version of the exhibition giving free access to guests, from around the world, to the very best of science and technology in a virtual setting.

The public will be able to access students whose projects aim to explore diverse topics ranging from COVID-19, the prevalence of social media and technology in our daily lives, ethnicity, gender studies, domestic abuse, sexual assault, sports science, and socio-economic challenges. Free registration is open at

The virtual exhibition will showcase 550 qualified projects from over 1,300 entries, representing all corners of the island of Ireland from Wednesday 6th January to Friday 8th January from 9am to 5.30pm.  The virtual opening ceremony will start at 1pm on Wednesday 6th January, and the awards ceremony will be held at 1pm on Friday 8th January.

This year, BT has waived fees for the public to access the unique exhibition portal for the 2021 exhibition, where they can view the 550 projects, enjoy STEM-focused shows and talks, visit exhibitor stands, and watch the opening and awards ceremonies live, for free on the BTYSTE website and on Facebook live.

During the three-day exhibition, guests will learn about the students’ projects, hear from some very special guests, and watch live entertainment acts including the Science of Sport, How to Become an Astronaut, ‘Our Amazing Universe: A journey of discovery’ and teachers will have access to a myriad of workshops at the dedicated Teachers’ Area.  

Also featuring at the exhibition will be break out star Danielle Wilcox, winner of the first ever BTYSTE ‘Irish Scientists Have Talent’ competition held by BTYSTE earlier this year. Danielle, a telescope operator, and resident astronomer at the Blackrock Castle Observatory in Cork, will showcase the different types of telescopes used at Blackrock Castle including “Big Bertha” a large telescope used for imaging super massive black holes.

Speaking today Mari Cahalane, Head of BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition said: “After months of hard work and commitment to ensuring the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition could happen in 2021 we are delighted to reveal the first look at our exciting line up which will be housed on our amazing portal.  The virtual exhibition will be free to guests from all around the world, allowing attendees of all ages to immerse themselves in the inspiring work of our students and hear from an array of exciting guest speakers – all from the comfort of their home or classroom, wherever in the world that may be!”.

This is a new experience for all involved and we are looking forward to welcoming everyone to it when the exhibition begins in a little over three weeks’ time.”

BT will host a number of fringe events in 2021, including the Connecting Women in Technology TechStarter event, to encourage more young people to pursue an education and career in technology, and Nextipedia, for businesses audiences will feature Aron Ralston, whose harrowing experience trapped in a southeast Utah canyon was made into the 2010 movie “127 Hours, a true-life story of innovating during a crisis.

BT and the Young Scientist charitable trust is delighted to have many organisations supporting this 2021 exhibition, including the Department of Education & Skills, Analog Devices, Cisco, Perrigo, and RTE.


Notes to media: Media Accreditation 

All journalists planning to attend the exhibition and hoping to arrange interviews must have registered via the Media Accreditation link below. Once registered, journalists will receive an individual login and password.

Contact Details:

Hanover Communications for BTYSTE

Sinead Reilly  085 842 1970
Catherine Dunne 086 400 2985 

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 projects to approx. 50,000 visitors each year. The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is supported by several valued partners including the Department of Education & Skills, Analog Devices, CISCO, Perrigo, and RTE. Learn more at

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The Primary Science Fair: The Primary Science Fair, founded in 2003, will take place at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition from the 6th – 8thJanuary 2021. Bringing together inquiring minds from primary schools across the country, The Primary Science Fair will give young students the chance to discover and learn about the possibilities of science, technology, engineering and maths by working on their own projects in a non-competitive environment. The Primary Science Fair supports the curriculum and gives these students a platform to learn more about the scientific method and showcase their hard work on a national stage. The aim of the event is to foster a love of science early, and help students develop their math and science skills.

About BT: BT Group is the UK’s leading telecommunications and network provider and a leading provider of global communications services and solutions, serving customers in 180 countries. Its principal activities in the UK include the provision of fixed voice, mobile, broadband and TV (including Sport) and a range of products and services over converged fixed and mobile networks to consumer, business and public sector customers. For its global customers, BT provides managed services, security and network and IT infrastructure services to support their operations all over the world. BT consists of four customer-facing units: Consumer, Enterprise, Global and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Openreach, which provides access network services to over 650 communications provider customers who sell phone, broadband and Ethernet services to homes and businesses across the UK.

For the year ended 31 March 2020, BT Group’s reported revenue was £22,905m with reported profit before taxation of £2,353m.

British Telecommunications plc is a wholly owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group.  BT Group plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

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