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Minister of State Helen McEntee, T.D. presents Science for Development Award

International relations, Irish Aid, MoS McEntee, Press Releases, Ireland, 2018

Minister of State Helen McEntee, T.D.  presents Science for Development Award

at BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2018

 

Killorglin Community College Win Award for an investigation into the use of genetic engineering to target bacteria that cause cholera.

 

 

Minister of State for European Affairs, Helen McEntee, TD, has this evening presented the Irish Aid-sponsored ‘Science for Development’ Award to Timothy McGrath of Killorglin Community College at this year’s BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. Timothy McGrath won the Award for their project on an investigation into the use of genetic engineering to target bacteria that cause cholera. 

 

Speaking in the RDS, Minister of State McEntee commented:

 

I congratulate Timothy McGrath on his excellent project, which deservedly won the Science for Development Award this year. I also congratulate all the other students who have produced really impressive projects on global development-related themes.”

 

For over 50 years the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition has played an integral role in encouraging Ireland’s young people to realise their full scientific potential. The Science for Development Award encourages teachers and students to develop ideas, using appropriate scientific technology that may prove useful at local community level in the developing world.

The Minister said:

I was really inspired by the students I met at the Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition today.  I am delighted to support an award which encourages young people to use their time and scientific expertise to question, explore and examine how to improve the lives of the most vulnerable.

I see real value here in harnessing the technological innovation and creativity of our young people to support sustainable development.

 

I was also delighted to meet participants and organisers from Young Scientists Tanzania and Young Scientists Kenya, both of which have been inspired by the Irish Young Scientists Exhibition.”

 

 

ENDS

Press Office

12 January 2018

 

Notes for Editors

 

 

Young Scientists Tanzania and Young Scientists Kenya

Young Scientists Kenya was launched in 2017, with Dr. Vincent O’Neill, Irish Ambassador to Kenya, and Dr Tony Scott, Founder of Young Science and Technology Exhibition (Ireland) in attendance. YSK has been supported by funding from Irish Aid and is also supported by the Government of Kenya and by private sector sponsorship. This year Ambassador O’Neill will attend the BTYSTE along with Michael Waiyaki of the Young Scientists Kenya Board and Eric Nyamwaro, Young Scientists Kenya Partnerships and Programme Director.