Stamp of approval for the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition
7 January 2015
Ireland’smost talented young scientists and technologists have gathered in Dublin for the official opening of the 51st BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE).
In a major acknowledgment of the success of the exhibition, An Post today unveiled two new stamps celebrating Ireland’s significant contribution to science, one of which has been inspired by the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.
The stamp, designed by Detail, represents both the origins of the exhibition and the role of education in pushing the boundaries of science. It features a rocket illustration to mark the inspirational story behind the exhibition, which began in 1965 when two UCD researchers, Fr. Tom Burke and Dr Tony Scott became inspired on a trip to the USA, after encountering a boy testing a rocket for an upcoming science fair. Both recognised immediately the benefits of bringing science out of the classroom and set about organising a similar event in Ireland.
Speaking at this morning’s announcement, Colm O’Neill, CEO, BT Ireland said; “We are delighted that An Post has recognised the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition for its success in driving Ireland’s enviable reputation in science and for its continued growth over the past 50 years.
“Now in its 51st year and BT’s proud fifteenth year as organiser, the exhibition has never been more successful. This year we’ve aimed to raise the bar again by adding new technologies such as our smartphone app and expanding our line-up of acts and entertainment. It’s going to be a great week and I’m looking forward to meeting the many young talented people who are exhibiting here over the coming days.”
Also attending this morning’s announcement, Donal Connell, CEO of An Post, said that the stamp marked the success of a remarkable event founded by two dedicated individuals. “This stamp is testament to the strides Ireland is making in the international science sphere and is also a mark of respect to Fr. Tom Burke and Dr Tony Scott, founders of this exhibition, whose contribution to Irish science has been so significant. It’s also a fitting tribute to all those students who have participated over the years and to the teachers and parents who encouraged them,” he added.
The exhibition will open to the public from Thursday 8th – Saturday 10th January 2015, with TG4’s Roisin Ni Thomain and broadcaster Aidan Power returning to compere the opening and award ceremonies. Tickets are available at the door costing €6 for students, €12 for adults and €25 for a family pass. In addition to the 550 student projects on display, the venue will be packed full of science and technology exhibits and exciting shows making it a must-see event.