Young Scientist 2012
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Introduction BT Young Scientist Exhibition 2012 Mayo Earthquake Safe Cities Conference Volvo Ocean Race Minerals Research Initiative GSI Awards 2011 Dingle Peninsula Landslide Tellus Border Project Geoscience 2012 Dublin Surge Project Geoscience Ireland OneGeology Geological Photography Challenge Burren awarded Geopark Status Staff News New Publications

BT Young Scientist Exhibition 2012
Mary Carter

The Geological Survey of Ireland has had a stand at this exhibition since January 2009. It was then a part of the outreach and education associated with the International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE), which was organised by a National Committee, spearheaded by the Geological Survey of Ireland. IYPE aimed to ensure greater and more effective use by society of the knowledge accumulated by the world’s 400,000 Earth scientists. The Year’s ultimate goal of helping to build safer, healthier and wealthier societies around the globe is expressed in the Year’s subtitle ‘Earth science for Society’.

The stand was set up incorporating personnel and exhibits from different organisations and became a central feature of the Exhibition’s Eco Zone. This exhibition attended by c. 30,000, communicated to students, teachers and parents the varied nature of geology in an interesting and engaging way. A special award was also presented at the Exhibition to commemorate IYPE.

In 2010 and 2011 the stand also included staff and exhibits from a number of organisations including the National Museum, which contributed the Minerals display, and Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies who promoted the Seismology in Schools project. In 2012 the GSNI provided the gold panning exhibit for the Tellus Border Project. Exhibits from GSI included leaflets detailing the geology of Ireland by county, an interesting display of marine geology and equipment from the INFOMAR Project. Groundwater added two displays, one on Karst and the other on the workings of aquifers. Apart from enthusiastic staff from all these organisations we were grateful to receive support from the IGI and IGA, whose members helped out during the exhibition.

Young Scientist Exhibition 2012

In 2013 we hope to have another special award and to continue the theme of Earth Science for Society and also highlighting the most exiting projects in Irish Geoscience.