19. February 2018

Young Scientists come third in Europe

balbriggan-oct Ireland’s Young Scientist Winners come third overall in Europe

Two students from Loreto Secondary School Balbriggan, Maria Louise Fufezan and Diana Bura winners of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition have come third in the European Union Contest for Young Scientists in Brussels. The fifth-year students represented Ireland at the European competition with their award-winning project, entitled:

An Investigation into the Effects of Enzymes used in Animal Feed Additives on the Lifespan of Caenorhabditis Elegans.

They received prize money of €3,500 and also won a trip to DuPont’s science and engineering plants in Denmark.  The project looks at the effect of animal feeds on soil fertility, and won them top prize at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in Dublin last January.  The project provides new evidence of potentially detrimental effects on the environment, a significant finding with implications for the food industry.

Speaking in Brussels, Maria-Louise and Diana said: ‘We are proud to be recognised on an international stage alongside so many talented young scientists and entrepreneurs from across Europe.  This experience, on the back of our win at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in January, has given us a platform to share our ideas with the industry, build on our original research and potentially make a real difference to the environment’.