Richard beat off stiff competition from students representing 37 countries, to win the award and a cheque for €2,500 at an awards ceremony held in Lisbon this evening.Richard’s project entitled, ‘A biomass fired cooking stove for developing countries’ won him the title of BT Young Scientist & Technologist of the year in January.
His project has been praised for his pioneering and innovative work which will prove invaluable to people in the developing world. Following his success at the exhibition, Richard was invited to join a research team in Trinity College over the summer to explore variations of his work.
Graham Sutherland, CEO, BT said, “Richard is an inspirational ambassador for the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, for his county and his country. Ireland has had tremendous success in Europe and Richard’s award follows on from another Irish success last year when John D. O’Callaghan and Liam McCarthy took home the overall EU title from Paris.”
“The aim of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is simple – we are encouraging students to make a smart investment in their future by studying subjects such as science, technology, engineering and maths. History has shown that over the past 46 years the winners have gone on to study these critical subjects in third level education and progressed to excellent careers both in Ireland and abroad.”
Each year the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition winner receives the honour of representing Ireland in the annual EU competition. Over the past 22 years Ireland has taken home the overall title 12 times, second position twice and third position on four occasions.
The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will take place in the RDS, Dublin from 12th January 2011. The closing date for entries is 4th October 2010. Students can now interact with the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition through Facebook, Twitter and Bebo, as well as our websitewww.btyoungscientist.com or by phone on 924 362 or from Northern Ireland 0800 917 1297.