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Saturday 27 February 2021
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Ireland's Young Scientist winners come third overall in Europe

Maria Louise Fufezan and Diana Bura received €3,500 for their efforts, and also won a trip to DuPont’s science and engineering plants in Denmark.

Maria Louise Fufezan and Diana Bura of Loreto Balbriggan.
Maria Louise Fufezan and Diana Bura of Loreto Balbriggan.
Image: Rollingnews.ie

THE WINNERS OF the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition have come third in the European Union Contest for Young Scientists in Brussels.

Maria Louise Fufezan and Diana Bura received €3,500 for their efforts, and also won a trip to DuPont’s science and engineering plants in Denmark.

The fifth-year students from Loreto Secondary School, Balbriggan, 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.

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.

Scientist Maria Louise Fufezan and Diana Bura celebrate last January with Shay Walsh, managing director of BT Ireland and Minister for Education and Skills Jan O'Sullivan. Source: Rollingnews.ie

European Commission

Since the European Contest began in 1989, Irish students have performed at the highest level at the EUCYS, winning 39 prizes overall and earning the top spot on 14 occasions.

In 2015, all three Irish students that attended the EUCYS in Milan claimed prestigious prizes.

There are nine days left to enter the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2017.

The winning entrants each year are given the opportunity to attend EUCYS and represent Ireland internationally.

The European Union Contest for Young Scientists, run by the European Commission, was created in 1989 as an annual showcase of the best projects developed by young scientists across the continent.

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