Two Upcoming Science Webinars For Students

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This term the Development Education team’s webinar series continues with a further two webinars endeavouring to inspire students to develop project ideas for the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. Each year at the BTYSTE, a project addressing a challenge affecting poorer communities in the world earns the ‘Science for Development’ award and travel bursary sponsored by Irish Aid.

Both panels will feature students who exhibited at the BTYSTE in 2022, along with a guest scientist and a staff member from one of Self Help Africa’s programme countries. Students, science teachers and scientists are invited to join these events and teachers are welcome to present the webinar in their classrooms via projector.

Wednesday 28th September @ 11 am – Social & Behavioural Sciences

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Wednesday 19th October @ 11 am – Technology

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On Wednesday 28th September, students Aisling Browne and Sarah Humphreys from Coláiste Treasa in Kanturk will speak about their research on adopting anaerobic digestion for energy production on farms, and the willingness of farmers towards the use of insect protein in animal feed. Following this on 19th October, Weichen Huang from St. Andrew’s College in Dublin will present his Met Éireann-awarded project on predicting extreme weather events using deep learning architectures.

Weichen showcasing his project at Iveagh House.

Students who have contributed to past webinars have included Emma Burgess from Wesley College in Dublin for using artificial intelligence to identify whether an insect could potentially be a vector carrier of diseases, and the 2022 winners of the ‘Science for Development’ award from St. Louis Secondary School in Dundalk Jona Garcia, Claudine Mulihano and Iman Shittu for their power-free way to preserve food.

The 2021 series is available to view in full here.

For more on the ‘Science for Development’ award sponsored by Irish Aid, you can visit: