Stand E1: The Geological Society of Ireland

Underground Wonder 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 Underground Wonder 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! Underground Wonder 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 Siochana

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 Irish Defence Forces

Come and visit the Defence forces stand to find out about all The Roles of the Defence Forces such as:Come and visit the Defence forces stand to find out about all The Roles of the Defence Forces such as:

  • to defend the State against armed aggression; this being a contingency, preparations for its implementation will depend on an ongoing Government assessment of the security and defence environment;
  • to aid the civil power (meaning in practice to assist, when requested, the Garda Síochána, who have primary responsibility for law and order, including the protection of the internal security of the State);
  • to participate in multinational peace support, crisis management and humanitarian relief operations in support the United Nations and under UN mandate including regional security missions authorised by the UN;
  • to provide fishery protection service in accordance with the State’s obligations as a member of the EU; and, to carry out such other duties as may be assigned to them from time to time, e.g. search and rescue, air ambulance service, Ministerial air transport service, assistance on the occasion of natural or other disasters, assistance in connection with the maintenance of essential services, assistance in combating oil pollution at sea.

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Stand E4: Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo…. Learn something new!

Dublin Zoo, home to some 400 animals, is an environment where education and conservation combine for an unforgettable visitor experience. Dublin Zoo’s Discovery and Learning Department offers a range of exciting, interactive and structured educational programmes, workshops and resources, tailored to meet the specific needs of groups. Our school programmes and primary outreach sessions are designed to support the national curriculum while capturing the curiosity of your students in an immersive environment. Meet our Discovery and Learning Team at Stand No: E4 for lots of fun and learning including bio facts, 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 E5: The 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.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. Also, learn more about ‘The Story of Your Stuff’ video competition, launching in 2018.

Stand E6: Tayto Park

Tayto Park offers a variety of packages especially design for School students. Choose from a fun-day all-inclusive package or one of our educational sessions such as ecology, genetics, biodiversity, conservation, business and more! Tayto Park is the only destination where you can combine thrilling park attractions a unique zoo experience and learning outside the classroom in one location.
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Stand E7: Petroleum Infrastructure Programme

The Petroleum Infrastructure Programme is a government/industry/academic research initiative that reduces risk in petroleum exploration and development activities offshore Ireland by developing Irish expertise in exploration; funding petroleum 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 Irish 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 E8: Young Scientists Tanzania

Young Scientists Tanzania (YST) is a unique event in East Africa, providing a platform for young people from across Tanzania to demonstrate their innovation and showcase their scientific talents. Schools participating in YST are supported through an extensive science outreach program. Teachers and students receive mentoring and practical advice on research and scientific methodologies. The centre-piece of YST is an annual exhibition which is modeled on the internationally acclaimed BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in Ireland.

Stand E9: Gorta Self Help Africa

Gorta-Self Help Africa is one of Ireland’s leading international development organisations. Working through agriculture, the organisation is supporting communities across Africa to grow more and earn more, and eradicate poverty in their lives. Gorta-Self Help Africa has a Development Education programme supporting secondary schools with workshops and other activities that are designed to engage and interest young people, and mobilise them as responsible global citizens. For more than a decade, Gorta-Self Help Africa has presented the Irish Aid sponsored ‘Science for Development Award’ at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. The award seeks to encourage young scientists to look at the challenges and come up with solutions that address a challenge faced by people in the Developing World. The winners receive an Irish Aid sponsored travel bursary, to take part in a Gorta-Self Help Africa schools study visit to Africa.

Stand E10: Irish Aid

Irish Aid is the overseas aid programme of the Irish Government, and a leader in the fight against world hunger and poverty. Come and visit us this year in the EcoZone to view our displays, learn about our partner countries and find out more about the Sustainable Development Goals, the world’s vision for a better future. Visitors to the Irish Aid stand can win prizes by taking part in our quiz, and get information about entering our annual Our World Irish Aid Awards, our Africa Day writing competition, and the Science for Development Award. We will be running African Drumming workshops and also have information for teachers on how school groups can follow up on what they learn and get involved with Irish Aid.

Stand E11: 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 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 National Parks & Wildlife Service

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

Our Education & Visitor Centres

The NPWS operate a number of Education & Visitor Centres around the country offering various activities and learning opportunities aimed at teachers and students alike. Our Education Officers have designed a range of school programmes aimed at promoting awareness of, knowledge and an appreciation of our native flora, fauna and their habitats our biodiversity. Further information is available on

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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