Minister Bruton Announces that EU Young Scientists Competition to take place in Ireland in September 2018

26th May, 2017

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, today announced that the European Union Contest for Young Scientist (EUCYS) will be held in Dublin, 14th -19th September 2018, marking the 30th anniversary of the prestigious competition.

A European-wide annual event organised by the European Commission, the EUCYS seeks to promote the ideals of co-operation and interchange between young scientists. A platform for the most promising young scientists across Europe, participants must each qualify from their own countries’ national exhibition, which in Ireland’s case is the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.

Ireland, who last hosted the event in 2004, has enjoyed unparalleled success at the EUCYS, with 14 overall winners in the last 28 years.

Minister Bruton welcomed today’s announcement as a recognition and endorsement of the continued emphasis placed by the Department of Education on STEM education at second level.

Minister Bruton said: “It is a fantastic achievement to be selected to host the 30th EU Contest for Young Scientists. As Minister for Education and Skills, I want Ireland to be a world leader in STEM education.  Initiatives such as this play an important role in raising awareness and engagement around science and technology and the impact it has on every aspect of our lives. This European wide event is highly regarded. Ireland has exceeded all expectations with the level and standard of our past-participants, and I have no doubt this is down to the dedication and commitment of not only our students but also our teachers and parents across the country. I would like to also thank the board members of the charitable trust that is the Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition Ltd who have been instrumental thus far and will be overseeing the running of the event.”

Commenting on the announcement Mari Cahalane, Head of BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, and National Organiser for EUCYS 2018:

“I am delighted Ireland has been chosen to host the 2018 EUCYS. It is a huge honour and something we have been working towards for quite some time. EUCYS is such a significant event for aspiring young scientists and technologists and something that our participants at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition strive to compete at. The international students who will take part are the innovators and scientific leaders of tomorrow, and that is why it is so important that Ireland shows them the welcome they deserve next year”.