BT Young Scientist of the Year 2010 Richard O’Shea was awarded the Adene Special Prize for his work in the field of energy at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists in Portugal last night.
Richard, from Blarney, Co Cork, beat off stiff competition from students representing 37 countries, to win the award and a cheque for €2,500 at an awards ceremony held in Lisbon last night.
Richard’s project entitled ‘A biomass fired cooking stove for developing countries’ won him the title of BT Young Scientist & Technologist of the Year in January.
His project has been praised for his pioneering and innovative work which will prove invaluable to people in the developing world. Following his success at the exhibition, Richard was invited to join a research team in Trinity College over the summer to explore variations of his work.
BT chief executive Graham Sutherland said: “Richard is an inspirational ambassador for the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, for his county and his country. Ireland has had tremendous success in Europe and Richard’s award follows on from another Irish success last year when John D O’Callaghan and Liam McCarthy took home the overall EU title from Paris,” he said.
The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will take place in the RDS, Dublin from January 12, 2011. The closing date for entries is October 4.
Students can check out the &exhibition through Facebook, Twitter and Bebo, as well as btyoungscientist.com.
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