Science for


Development


Special Award at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition



Self Help Africa and Irish Aid run the ‘Science for Development’ award which is presented annually at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. The award-winner and their teacher receive a travel bursary for a study visit to Africa, and short-listed entrants are invited to attend a student project showcase.

Our programme is funded by Irish Aid.

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Trophy Design Competition




Self Help Africa and Irish Aid are seeking submissions from students to design a new trophy to present to the winners of one of the most prestigious prizes awarded at the annual BTYSTE. A monetary prize of €500 will be awarded to the chosen design, while funds will be provided to enable an artist or craftsperson to make this design a reality.

DEADLINE: Friday 30th September 2022

For enquiries, contact [email protected].

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Award




Since 2006, the ‘Science for Development’ special award encourages students to develop projects for BTYSTE that could address challenges, such as environmental and social justice issues, affecting communities in poorer countries of the world.

A travel bursary, sponsored by Irish Aid, is awarded to the winning project.



Showcase




An annual event showcasing projects from the Young Scientist hosted at Iveagh House in collaboration with Irish Aid.

The exhibition includes contributions from students on their projects, guest speakers, and the opportunity for students to discuss their projects with their peers, science educators, technical experts and development practitioners.



2022 showcase video


Student scientists from Irish schools took part in the recent Science for Development Showcase, hosted by Self Help Africa and Irish Aid.



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Find out more about our 'Science for Development Award'.


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Past Winners


Find the full list of past winners here, along with interviews with a selection of winners about their projects, study visits to Africa, further education and careers.


I really enjoyed the first time we visited a primary school near Lilongwe. They wanted to play football and show us their games and dances.


INTERVIEW WITH BEN CONLON

We owe it to society to encourage young people with ideas because they are going to be the people driving this change.


INTERVIEW WITH RICHIE O’SHEA

The judges really do appreciate you having a well-rounded view of your research, and that will make your project stand out.


INTERVIEW WITH RUAIDHRI JORDAN

There are so many things that they could do, so try lots of them… And you can always change your mind!


INTERVIEW WITH TARA McGRATH

BT gives a great chance to get experience… through my projects I had a great opportunity to experiment on what I really wanted to pursue.


INTERVIEW WITH TIMOTHY McGRATH

Webinars


This series endeavours to inspire students to develop project ideas for future Young Scientist exhibitions which benefit communities in the Global South, promote climate action, and take steps towards realising sustainable practices and policies. It also hopes to highlight pathways to possible careers in science.

Each webinar is themed around a category from the BTYSTE and has a panel featuring an exhibitor from the 'Science for Development' showcase, a past winner of the ‘Science for Development’ award, and guest speakers of science and from Self Help Africa programmes.

2022 Series

Wednesday 27th April, 11am – Biological & Ecological Sciences

Wednesday 18th May, 11am – Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences

Wednesday 28th September, 11am – Social & Behavioural Sciences
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Wednesday 19th October, 11am – Technology
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Biological & Ecological Sciences
19th May 2021

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Physical, Chemical & Mathematical Sciences
2nd June May 2021

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Technology
20th October 2021

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