50 years of Young Scientists

A special report celebrating the 50th anniversary of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.

50 years of young scientists

Celebrating Ireland's contribution to science

The word science comes from the Latin ‘scientia’ meaning ‘knowledge’. Scientists strive to understand nature, from sub-atomic particles to the structure of the universe, from the origins of life to saving lives.


Horizon 2020 cuts red tape around science

Dr Tony Scott: Not averse to dreaming the Young Scientist Exhibition concept may someday blast off for the Red Planet. Pic: Fennells

Tony Scott embodies the history of the Young Scientist project

IF AFTER the first Young Scientist Exhibition, you told Tony Scott that in 2013 he would be talking about its migration and expansion in Africa, you might as well have told him it was on its way to Mars.

Sarah Flannery: Would encourage any young person to take part

Sarah Flannery on how the Young Scientist changed her life

SOME aspects of the Young Scientist competition have faded but not many because it changed my life forever. !I absolutely loved it. I went there thanks to a teacher at my school who was always encouraging people to attend. I had all the fears that someone might have about what this thing was going to be like, whether I was going to make any projects that would be worthwhile for it.


Rule of 3: Winners of Young Scientist 2013 had an 'awesome year'

FIRSTLY, well done on your huge year. Can you tell me the differences between the competitions in Dublin and in Prague? This story is enriched with multi-media content


The history of Irish science

1) Newgrange - 3200BC


Why we need to invest in our youth for 'Great Challenges' ahead

The importance we place on science today will dictate much about the Ireland of tomorrow warns broadcaster and founding chairman of Discover Science and Engineering, Leo Enright. This story is enriched with multi-media content

Teacher Shaun Holly performs a striking experiment with his pupils

Kinsale Community School: Leading the science charge

CABINETS jammed with trophies and plaques greet visitors to the school, displaying the talents of the pupils. Just like in any other school across the country, the shelves feature bronze statues of golfers, ribboned medals for basketball, and honours for GAA. There are also Young Enterprise awards and even a framed picture of a student receiving his Meitheal prize from then-President Mary McAleese. This story is enriched with multi-media content

John Monahan: Won the first Young Scientist in 1965

After an explosive incident, entry for fun left the first YS winner in total shock

HE hesitates on the phone from California, before revealing an explosive fact about his exploration of science as a child: “At one point I nearly blew myself up after I started to experiment with gunpowder, TNT and nitroglycerine, which I made on a very small scale. It’s best not to go into that too much, though, as I wouldn’t want to encourage youngsters to do likewise.”


2013: A breakthrough year for science

UNSEATING 2012 from its throne as one of the most remarkable years for science in the 21st century would require a truly brilliant discovery or breakthrough.


The top women in science

Some successful EU-funded Irish female scientists:


Campaign proves science isn’t just for boys

SINCE 2013, the European Commission campaign, “Science it’s a girl thing!” has teamed up with other European initiatives, such as the European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) and the EU-funded project “SCIENTIX“, the European Platform for Science teachers.

The 2013 Young Scientist winners

Previous Young Scientist winners: where are they now?

Ever wondered what became of all those bright young minds who collected the Young Scientist title over the years? Well wonder no more. This story is enriched with multi-media content


Special report: Time for some 'girl power' in science

In the week of the 50th Young Scientist Exhibition, Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin reflects on the importance of science and reveals how her love of science prompted a curiosity and understanding which has guided her through life. This story is enriched with multi-media content


EU survey: Public attitudes to science

With our young people showing top marks internationally for science, as a nation we regard a scientific education with the utmost regard.

Dr Ronan McNulty

Ronan McNulty's incredible science journey

FROM the RDS to CERN, from playing ‘a musical typewriter’ to playing with the most powerful machine ever built. This story is enriched with multi-media content


The Irish Examiner Science Quiz

Test your knowledge of science and nature with our tricky multiple choice quiz. Then find out how bright you are. (Answers are at the bottom — but no peeking!


How Irish kids rate in world science

IT looks like Ireland’s reputation for producing brilliant scientists is set to continue after a study on the abilities of schoolchildren across the developed world.

Jowita Rogalska of Southern Regional College, Lurgan, Armagh, with her winning design for the new Young Scientist trophy.

How the Young Scientist winner is selected

STUDENTS have been making an exhibition of themselves for 50 years at the Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.

Seán Sherlock

Looking toward the next 50 years of science

I AM delighted that we are now at the point where we can mark the 50th anniversary of the BT Young Scientist this year.