Ireland’s budding scientists are showing off their hard work at the 47th annual BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, which begins today at the RDS in Dublin.
President Mary McAleese will formally open the exhibition which runs until Saturday. The public may attend the exhibition from tomorrow afternoon until Saturday evening.
This year’s competition has again set records for the largest number of student entries. An initial 1,735 projects submitted for inclusion to the exhibition have been reduced to 520 projects, which have gone forward for judging.
Judging will begin this afternoon, with the top prize being the title of ‘Young Scientist of the Year.’ The winning student or group will receive a trophy and a cheque for €5,000.
Tánaiste Mary Coughlan will announce the top prizes at an awards ceremony Friday evening.
The competition features projects from students all across Ireland, in the categories of technology; social and behavioural sciences; biological and ecological sciences; and chemical, physical and mathematical sciences.