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Countdown is on for Northern Ireland students to enter Europe’s leading science and technology exhibition

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23rd September 2022

Countdown is on for Northern Ireland students to enter Europe’s leading science and technology exhibition

BTYSTE 2023 student project application deadline extended to Monday 3rd October

Students from across Northern Ireland are being urged to submit their creative project entries for the 2023 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) ahead of the fast approaching closing deadline of Monday 3 October at 5pm.

The renowned event, which will take place from 11-14 January 2023, has shone a spotlight on STEM research and innovation for almost 60 years and returns as an in-person event for the first time in three years at the RDS in Dublin. The 2021 and 2022 exhibitions were held virtually due to the Covid-19 restrictions.

As one of the largest and longest running STEM* events in the world, it continues to engage students from across Northern Ireland in the fascinating world of science and technology, challenging students to imagine a big idea and bring it to life through research and development in a practical way.

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. An individual or group must submit a simple, one-page proposal outlining their project idea.

An individual or group must submit a simple, one-page proposal outlining their bright idea. It’s as easy as that!

For over half a century, BTYSTE has provided incredible opportunities for young people who take part, with many going on to have successful careers in STEM. BTYSTE alumni have become global trailblazers, showing the exhibition as an effective launchpad for the brightest young minds. Past participants have become successful scientists, academics, researchers and high-tech entrepreneurs, making a positive impact in their own way around the world.

Dr Steve Aiken OBE MLA, Chairperson of the Northern Ireland Assembly’s All Party Group on STEM, said: “This unique exhibition, which is available to all Northern Ireland students, provides a great opportunity to really develop the imaginations of our young people and their interest in important STEM subjects. It is a great way to really nurture and highlight the wide pool of talent that we have in our schools here.

“I would like to encourage all Northern Ireland teachers and students to consider entering projects ahead of the extended closing deadline on 3rd October. I’m sure that there will be some great entries!”

In January, thousands of visitors are set to walk through the doors of the RDS in Dublin where the brightest minds from across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will be showcasing their brilliant projects. Spectacular STEM acts will also provide entertainment and interactive installations will allow you to immerse yourself in the world of STEM – get your entries in before the deadline to be a part of this!

As well as offering young minds a fun and exciting way to share their ideas with an international audience, there are also 200 prizes worth over £30,000 (€35,000) to be won by schools who enter the competition.

Paul Murnaghan, Regional Director for BT’s Enterprise business in Northern Ireland, said: “We are delighted to see the return of the BTYSTE 2023 to an in-person exhibition this coming January.

“There is so much talent locally, and I’d encourage as many Northern Ireland schools as possible to participate, and for their students, to get their entries in ahead of the deadline to ensure they don’t miss out on the excitement of the 2023 exhibition, which will be in person for the first time in three years. I am always in awe of the talent within our local schools and I’m looking forward to seeing the innovative and creative proposals submitted by our young people here.”

Entries must be submitted by students aged between 12 and 19 years old. For more information on the BTYSTE 2023, please visit