More than 1,100 students will take part in this year's BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition at the RDS in Dublin, which was officially opened by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar this afternoon.

About 60% of the projects on show this year relate to climate change and the environment.

The exhibition will be open to the public from tomorrow afternoon until Saturday evening.

The organisers are advising those planning to visit the event to book their tickets soon as some of the days are already almost sold out.

Mari Cahalane, Head of BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, said that around 50,000 people are expected to attend this year's exhibition.

"If people want to get tickets, I’d advise to get them soon because we are almost sold out on a few of the days. Saturday is always a wonderful day for families - that is one of our favourite days as well for all of the people involved."

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It is 56 years since the very first young scientist exhibition was held in Dublin's Mansion House in 1965.

In the years since then, about 75,000 students from all over the country have taken part.

Around 1,850 science projects were submitted for consideration this year, but that was whittled down before today to the 550 projects involving 1,100 students from 244 schools that will go on display.

The topics this year range from climate change to gender diversity to the effects of social media and everything in between.

Shay Walsh, Managing Director of BT Ireland, said that a lot of the projects this year looks at climate change.

"67% of our projects this year are about climate change, and not just addressing them in terms of technical solutions to it, but also social behaviour issues like how to change people's attitudes towards it," he said.

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A total of 79 judges have the difficult job of picking one overall winner before Friday to be crowned the BT Young Scientist of the Year 2020.


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