May 9, 2021

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The BT Young Scientist event will be virtual again for 2022

Next year’s event will be a virtual, online deal for the second time, with project admission fees left for participating students.

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a worldwide shutdown of most personal events, with many event organizers turning to virtual alternatives.

Now, for the second year in a row, BTYSTE will take place online on 12-14 January 2022.

Last summer, the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) has announced that the event in 2021 will be an all-virtual affair, which took place in January and led to Cork student Greg Tarr being called overall winner for 2021.

The virtual event saw more than 100,000 people from 77 countries accessing the event’s online portal and student projects.

Now in its 58th year, BTYSTE demonstrates the incredible ability of Irish students to create and test potential solutions that will address everything from everyday problems to some of the biggest, global issues of our time.

Last year’s virtual event included social challenges such as TikTok effects during lockdown, potential maintenance solutions such as nettles in response to fast fashion and a number of issues around Pandemic Covid-19.

Students selected to present their projects in the virtual exhibit hall will compete for more than 200 prizes in four categories and age groups.

The overall top prize is a trophy, € 7,500 prize and the chance to represent Ireland in the European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS).

Again, the organizer of the exhibition, BT Ireland, bid on project admission fees for the participating students.

BT Ireland managing director Shay Walsh said the BT Young Scientist event was a staple of the school calendar in Ireland.

“We are excited to give students the opportunity once again to challenge themselves and use their ingenuity to come up with fresh new ideas, solutions and strategies in the world of STEM,” he said.

“It’s very exciting to know that thousands of students across Ireland will be working on the projects in the weeks and months to come.”

BTYSTE 2022 is open to secondary level students aged 12 and 19 years old. The deadline for submissions is Monday, September 27, 2021. More information may be available located here.