BT's Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is going virtual with free entry and an online showcase

  • The 57th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will take place next January as a huge virtual showcase, with entry fees for students now completely waived.

    The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition has become a key event in the European tech calendar, showcasing the impressive R&D achievements of the next generation of engineers. Young inventors from across Europe are invited to compete in the event, with prizes on offer for the most innovative ideas.

    The latest event saw some impressive projects from Northern Ireland, with Benjamin Gibson and Jamal Donald from South Eastern Regional College (pictured) taking home the Best Northern Ireland project award for their project "The Effect of Cigarette Smoke Extract on the Inflammatory Response in Human Bronchial Epithelial Cells."

    The 57th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is set to take place next January, and the organisers have now announced that it will become a fully virtual exhibition in light of the ongoing uncertainty with the Covid-19 pandemic. Entry is open now for students with ambitious tech inventions and research ideas, and all project entry fees are to be waived to encourage students in Northern Ireland to participate.

    The event will take place from Wednesday 6th January to Friday 8th January 2021, with students exhibiting their projects virtually and judging taking place on a new digital platform. There are only 550 places in the exhibition and the deadline for entry is 22nd September, so students are advised to start working on their projects now.

    Entry is open to individuals or groups of students, and all entrants must provide a one-page project proposal for an idea in one of the four competition categories: "Technology," "Social and Behavioural Science," "Biological and Ecological Science," and "Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Science." For more details or to enter online, head over to and register your interest.

    Paul Murnaghan, Regional Director for BT’s Enterprise division in Northern Ireland, commented on the announcement: "The virtual event gives all schools in Northern Ireland the opportunity to become involved in something truly special without any barriers of distance or cost, so I would encourage every student, teacher and school to get working on your entries."

    Source: Written based on press release

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