Stand E1: Geological Survey Ireland

What’s underneath Ireland’s sea bed? How do I know if I’ve struck gold? What makes the ground shake during an earthquake? Where is the oil and gas offshore Ireland?

The Geological Survey Ireland stand is here to help you discover the world beneath our feet. Let us show you the tools and techniques that Ireland’s geoscientists use to investigate the secrets that lie under the earth’s surface and how they affect our daily lives! Our stand is brought to you by the Geological Survey Ireland and the Petroleum Affairs Division, both divisions of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. We are proudly joined by our partners from the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies and the National Museum of Ireland.

Stand E2: An Garda Síochanna

The Garda Road Safety Unit
The Road Safety Unit’s overall aim is the reduction of road deaths and serious injuries and the improvement of road safety generally. The Unit, based in the Garda National Roads Policing Bureau and established in 2001, delivers presentations on Road Safety to a number of groups in the community including:-

• Schools and colleges
• Youth Clubs
• Local organisations
• Industry groups

The Unit’s presentation, It won’t happen to me, is mainly delivered to Transition Year students but can be adapted to cater for all audiences. It is a stand alone road safety presentation covering all the road safety ingredients including speed, alcohol, seatbelts, fatigue, distractions and consequences. It is delivered in a shock/ humorous manner and is designed to change attitudes and behaviour.

The Unit also provides Road safety information in the “Traffic Watch” segment of the Crimecall programme and at major public exhibitions such as The Young Scientist Exhibition, The National Ploughing Championships and a variety of car and motorcycle shows.

Stand E3: The National Parks & Wildlife Service

The National Parks and Wildlife Service is part of the Dept. of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and has responsibility for the protection and conservation of Ireland’s natural heritage and biodiversity at national government level. Our stand in the EcoZone will have exhibits, information and other materials available, plus a chance to meet our staff to discuss activities and school programmes available within the NPWS.

Education & visitor centres
The NPWS Education & Visitor Centres around the country offer various activities and learning opportunities for teachers and students alike. Our Education Officers have designed school programmes aimed at promoting awareness of, knowledge and an appreciation of our biodiversity.

Our recently published National Biodiversity Action Plan 2017-2021 is to bring biodiversity concerns into the mainstream and to foster an increased awareness of biodiversity across all sectors of society.
Further information on all of the above is available on

Stand E4: Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Agency is at the front line of environmental protection and policing. We ensure that Ireland’s environment is protected from the harmful effects of radiation and pollution. We also monitor changes in environmental trends to detect early warning signs of neglect or deterioration.

We have a wide range of functions to protect the environment, and our primary responsibilities include:

• Environmental licensing
• Enforcement of environmental law
• Environmental planning, education and guidance
• Monitoring, analysing and reporting on the environment
• Regulating Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions
• Environmental research development
• Strategic environmental assessment
• Waste management
• Radiological protection

Part of our role is to monitor water quality of rivers and lakes in Ireland. Visit our stand to find out more about our hovercraft helps us to complete this role. Check out the ‘water bugs display’ and learn what these can tell us about Ireland’s water quality.

Stand E5: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

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.

Stand E6: Petroleum Infrastructure Programme (PIP)

The Petroleum Infrastructure Programme is a government/industry/academic research initiative that addresses Ireland’s energy scarcity by developing Irish expertise in petroleum exploration; funding exploration research in Irish universities and other third level institutions; and encouraging collaboration between the petroleum exploration industry and Irish researchers.

The objective of our participation in the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition is to promote the exciting activities and career opportunities in earth science, in particular in earth science research and the petroleum industry.

At our stand you will find rock samples recovered from 10,000ft below the seabed offshore Ireland; teaching notes and student exercises; seismic sections of Ireland’s offshore geology; plate tectonic animations and inspiration for student projects.

Young earth science graduates will be on the stand to explain why they studied geology and describe a typical day in the life of an exploration geologist.

Stand E7: Young Scientists Tanzania, Young Scientists Kenya, YS UAE

The BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition is the main activity of a charitable trust, Young Scientist & Technology of the Year Limited. The trust has worked with some important entities outside and has granted licensing arrangements to stakeholders in Tanzania, Kenya and the United Arab Emirates to allow them to operate the Young Scientist model in these countries. The first Young Scientist Tanzania took place in 2012, in 2018 Kenya held their first Young Scientist and in a few short weeks the United Arab Emirates version of the exhibition takes place.

Stand E8: Self Help Africa

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.

Stand E9: Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo…. Learn something new!

Dublin Zoo, home to some 400 animals, is an environment where education and conservation combine for an exciting and unforgettable visitor experience. Dublin Zoo’s new state-of-the-art Discovery and Learning Centre offers a range of exciting, interactive and structured educational programmes, workshops and resources, tailored to meet the specific needs of all groups.

Our school programmes and primary outreach sessions are designed to support the curriculum while capturing the curiosity of your students in a stimulating environment. Meet our Discovery and Learning Team at Stand No: E09 for lots of fun and learning including biofacts, details about careers with animals and the chance to enter an exciting competition to win a class trip to Dublin Zoo!

For more information on our education programmes call (01) 474 8932,
email or visit

Stand E10: Order of Malta

The Order of Malta Ambulance Corps is a voluntary ambulance and first aid organisation with over 4,000 volunteers involved in over 80 units across the Island of Ireland. We are a major provider of excellence in first aid training, ambulance cover at large events, patient transport, community care, nursing services and assistance to other charities in most of the major cities and towns across the island of Ireland. Caring for the community The Ambulance Corps is committed to providing caring services in a Christian, caring and non-discriminatory manner, to ‘Our Lords, the Poor and the Sick’. Order of Malta Ambulance Corps, providing excellent standards of first aid training, community care facilities and services, delivered by people who care, with quality assured standards of training. We operate over 165 ambulances, rapid response 4’s, mobile accident and emergency suites, support vehicles, medical bikes and command centres. Our headquarters also houses a command and control centre to coordinate vehicles and personnel in the event of a major incident. We are an entirely voluntary organisation and we receive no state funding. Should you have any queries or would be interested in joining us, come along and visit us at our stand.

Stand E11: Irish Aid

Irish Aid is the Government overseas development programme, which works to reduce poverty, hunger and humanitarian need around the world. By supporting long term development and providing humanitarian assistance in over eighty countries on behalf of the Irish people, we are helping to build better futures for some of the world’s poorest communities. Our focus is on reducing hunger and improving resilience; inclusive and sustainable economic growth; better governance, human rights and accountability.

Ireland is playing its part in addressing poverty, injustice and climate change and achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in these priority areas. The 17 Goals cover a wide range of areas, and address the many causes of poverty, injustice and damage to our planet. Scientific innovation will be critical in achieving all the Goals by 2030, and the Irish Aid Science for Development Award at BTYSTE recognises the important contribution young people can make to solving this challenge. The Goals are universally applicable – meaning they apply to both developed and developing countries, and are as relevant to Ireland as any other country. The final set of negotiations at the UN was co-facilitated by Ireland and Kenya and culminated in the agreement entitled: Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Irish Aid also organises African drumming workshops at the Exhibition to engage students through music in the thriving culture of our African partner countries, and the importance of building sustainable connections with our partners.

Stand E12: 112 ECAS

112, the pan European emergency number to dial across 35 countries when you need an ambulance, fire brigade, police or coastguard. With the increased frequency of travel across the EU, millions of people could be faced with this problem. Fortunately, there is no need to look up and remember the emergency numbers for each EU country you are visiting. Just remember 112! 112 is your pan-European number to access Emergency Services whilst travelling within the EU. In Ireland, 999 and 112 exist equally and run in parallel. Regardless of which number you call in Ireland, the call will be handled in the same manner.

112 is accessible in the following EU countries:
Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and United Kingdom.

Stand E13: The Irish Coast Guard

Road Safety Authority (RSA)

Our mission

Our missionThe aim of the Road Safety Authority is to save lives and prevent injuries by reducing the number and severity of collisions on the road. This is reflected in our maxim, Working to Save Lives.


Providing a safe environment for all road users and promoting the efficient use of our road network are our twin aims.

Key functions

The RSA works to improve road safety in Ireland by:

  • Developing and implementing information and education campaigns to increase awareness of road safety and promote safer driving
  • Improving vehicle standards
  • Establishing and monitoring a standard for driver instruction
  • Overseeing the system of driver licensing and undertaking certain enforcement activities
  • Working with stakeholders to ensure a co-ordinated response and ensure our collective resources are used wisely and efficiently
  • Undertaking accident and road safety research in order to develop measures and recommendations to improve road safety
  • Advising the Minister.

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