BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition promoted by An Post with a new issue

January 13th, 2015

According to info received by An Post has issued a commemorative stamp to honour the annual BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. The philatelic release consisting of one stamp has been already released and put into circulation.

Now in its 51st year, the event in Dublin will see almost 1,200 students and up to 50,000 visitors come through the doors of the RDS. There will be 550 projects on display this year, with the students' research findings covering an amazing a range of scientific and social subjects.

The event also includes a line-up of live shows including the Roney & Joe Science Show, Stellar adventures and the Belfast-based W5's Light Fantastic Show, all aiming to illustrate the lighter side of science.

The stamp shows a picture of a rocket, something which reflects the scientific side of the Young Scientist but also points to the history of the event.

The exhibition began in 1965 after two UCD scientists, Fr Tom Burke and Dr Tony Scott, watched a rocket launch at a science fair in New Mexico in the US. They brought the idea of a fair home with them, and so the exhibition was born and has continued without interruption for 51 years. It is now one of the largest events of its kind in the world given the numbers of students involved and the thousands of visitors.