BT Young Scientist entries countdown

Sisters and students, Ali and Clodagh Funge, with Mari Cahalane, Head of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) who were on hand to announce that BT Ireland is calling on students to channel their creativity by entering the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2021 (BTYSTE), before the deadline of midnight Tuesday, 22nd September. (Picture: Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography)

As students prepare to return to school, BT Ireland is calling on them to channel their creativity by entering the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2021 (BTYSTE), before the deadline of midnight, Tuesday, 22nd September.

For the first time in its 57 year history, the exhibition will be going virtual in 2021 and will be broadcast across the world from 6th – 8th January 2021. 

Renowned for launching the successful careers of some of Ireland’s most innovative change-makers, technologists, scientists and entrepreneurs, the BTYSTE is the perfect start for anyone with big ambitions to make a difference in the world. 

And in a changed society, where innovation in science and technology is more important than ever before, it’s time for students to go beyond limits by putting forward new solutions to world problems.

In January 2021, on the new virtual platform, qualifying BTYSTE students will exhibit their projects online and will be judged across digital platforms.

The public will be able to enjoy the excitement of the BTYSTE from the comfort of their home or school in Ireland or from across the globe, and audiences can expect an exciting line-up of international special acts, in addition to the Primary Science Fair, and of course the talented exhibiting students themselves.

Online entry is now open, with the added bonus that it will be free to enter for students this year as project entry fees have been waived.

Entries can now be submitted online at and students are encouraged to get their one page project idea submitted before midnight on Tuesday, 22nd September.

The overall prize is one of over 200, and comes with a prize fund of €7,500 and the prestigious title of BT Young Scientist and Technologist(s) of the Year 2021. 

The winner(s) will also go on to represent Ireland in the European Union Contest for Young Scientists in September 2021.

To enter, an individual or group must submit a simple, online one-page proposal outlining their project idea.

Entries can be made in any one of four categories: technology; social and behavioural science; biological and ecological science and chemical, physical and mathematical science.

The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) will be broadcast online from Wednesday 6th to Friday 8th January, 2021.

The Primary Science Fair will also return to the BTYSTE in a virtual format on the same dates.

Open to primary-level students from 3rd -6th class, the Primary Science Fair (PSF) has become an integral part of the overall BTYSTE festival of science and technology for over 20 years.