Older boffins get chance to enter Young Scientist competition
Science boffins who dreamed of winning the BT Young Scientist of the Year in their youth are being given another shot at the competition in their adult years.
The BT Masters has now been launched for people aged 20 and over and the organisers say it will appeal to everyone who wishes they had entered the exhibition when they had the chance or may want to revisit the great experience they had when they were involved.
As well the prestige of a trophy, the overall winner will receive a prize fund of €1,000.
RTE presenter Rick O'Shea launched the new Masters competition which will take place at this year's BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.
"This is everyone's chance to literally take a step back in time. I am a huge fan of the exhibition having attended it for the past six years and the idea of the BT Masters drums up all sorts of nostalgia and trips down memory lane," said Rick.
"I hear it every year I'm there, from the parents - and even the teachers - who regret not entering when they were in school and there are some others who remember it as the highlight of the school calendar.
"This is a great opportunity for all these people to get involved in 2016 and submitting an entry is really simple, so get those thinking caps on," he said.
Entries will be short-listed prior to Christmas and the selected candidates will be invited to present their idea at the RDS in January to the expert judging panel.
The BT Masters will run as an entirely separate competition, but the winner will also be announced at the major exhibition.
Entrants must submit a one-page proposal into one of the four designated categories; Technology; Biological and Ecological Sciences; Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences; or Social and Behavioural Sciences, by Friday November 27 to firstname.lastname@example.org.