President Michael D. Higgins officially opens BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2023

Day one of the BT Exhibition kicked off with a whirlwind of eagerness and excitement. The afternoon was full of laughs and smiles from our amazing students, who were overjoyed to welcome President Michael D Higgins to the exhibition. We think this photo captures the mood well. Enjoy!   


President Michael D. Higgins officially opens BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2023

The 59th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) burst into life today as over 1,100 students from across the country descended on Dublin’s RDS, to set up and showcase their projects. The event, which has celebrated STEM research and innovation for almost 60 years, returned in-person for the first time since 2020.  

President Michael D. Higgins officially opens BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2023

President Michael D. Higgins officially opened the 2023 exhibition this afternoon, before touring the exhibition to meet this year’s competitors and see first-hand the many inspiring and innovative projects on display by Ireland’s young scientists.  


The first round of judging also kicked off with the panel of more than 80 judges meeting students to talk through their projects.   


Speaking at today’s opening ceremony, President Michael D. Higgins said “May I offer my best wishes and good luck to all of the students participating in this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, and may I pay a special tribute to all those teachers and parents who have been such an essential source of encouragement and, of course, to all those who have played a role in organising this year’s event.’’ 


Speaking directly to young scientists, the President said, “I have faith in your ability, our young Irish scientists, to locate your gifts, your brilliance, in a moral context, to be willing to work for the benefit of all humanity beyond any well-earned personal reward.” 


Speaking on the president’s visit, Head Organiser of the BTYSTE, Mari Cahalane said: “We are delighted to back in person in 2023 and for the students to be able to showcase their wonderful projects to the public. It’s a special opportunity for them to be able to meet President Higgins and to let him know of all the great work the young people of Ireland are doing in the science and technology space. We hope that his speech will continue to inspire young people to keep innovating and exploring.’’  


She added, “The students should be incredibly proud of the hard work they have put in this year, the projects are fantastic. We are looking forward to welcoming visitors tomorrow for day two of the exhibition!” 


For more information on this fantastic family event, visit, or follow @BTYSTE on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube or Snapchat (username: BTYSTE).  


What’s On – Day 2 @ BTYSTE 


Thursday 12th January 2023 


·       Opening to the public 

·       Primary Science Fair  

·       Strong Women Science 

·       The Superhero Scientist 

·       Freestyle Physics  

·       The judging continues! 


Tickets available at BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition Ticketing 


BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 

The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is much more than a competition – it is the experience of a lifetime for the students and teachers who take part. Designed to raise schools’ engagement in the critical subjects of science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM), the Exhibition calls upon students aged 12-19 years from all over the island of Ireland to showcase innovative science and technology project. In 2022, the Exhibition reached almost 8 million visitors around the world through its virtual portal. The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is supported by several valued partners including the Department of Education, Analog Devices, Horizon, Stripe, and RTE. Learn more at 

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