It has been announced that President Michael D. Higgins will officially open the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition at a special online ceremony tomorrow, Wednesday, 6th January at 1pm. 

The opening ceremony will be available to view on the BTYSTE portal and Facebook and will be recorded and streamed from the Mansion House in Dublin, the location of the first ever BTYSTE in 1965.

The exhibition will be held online for the first time, running from Wednesday 6th – Friday 8th January. At the heart of the annual event are over 1,000 students representing over 200 schools from across the island of Ireland competing for the coveted title of the BT Young Scientist & Technologist(s) of the Year 2021

This year's projects cover a wide variety of topics, from COVID-19, the prevalence of social media and technology in our daily lives, ethnicity, gender studies, sports science, climate change, agricultural science, nutrition, solar power and biological diversity.

Judging begins tomorrow morning and each project will be judged a minimum of three times, with over 80 judges volunteering their time to take part.

This year’s winner(s) will be announced online at 1pm Friday 8th January, and will be presented with a cheque for €7,500 and the newly designed BTYSTE perpetual trophy.

During the three-day exhibition, the public can enjoy some very special interviews, discussions and shows including: Professor Luke O’Neill on making vaccines in a global pandemic; The Climate Emergency; How to Become an Astronaut; and 'Our Amazing Universe: A journey of discovery'. 

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