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National Science Competition; the quest for the nation’s top young scientist and technologist

07 Oct 2008

Britain’s most outstanding young science and engineering talent will soon be able to battle it out for one of two new national awards in an exciting new competition. The National Science Competition is seeking the UK Young Scientist of the Year and the UK Young Technologist of the Year. Each winner will receive an array of substantial prizes including a large cash prize and chances to represent the UK at renowned international science conferences and fairs or other once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.


Building on existing competitions in science and engineering, this new competition is open to all young people aged 13-19 who have shown exceptional achievement in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The award in science will be given for achievements focused on discovery, exploration and explanation in the sciences (natural, medical and social) and mathematics. The award in technology will be given for achievements focused on design and production in the fields of technology and engineering.

 A panel of experts will judge the finalists at the UK Young Scientists’ and Engineers’ Fair on 4-6 March 2009 at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London. The Fair celebrates and raises the profile of young people’s innovation and achievement in science and engineering, and leads into National Science and Engineering Week, making it the ideal backdrop for the National Science Competition.

Ian Pearson MP, Minister for Science and Innovation, says: ‘The new National Science Competition is a brilliant way to showcase the enormous talent of the UK’s young scientists and engineers. We would like all young people to become more engaged with science, technology, engineering and maths, and this competition will not only allow those already interested in science to test their abilities but will also inspire others to see the fun of hands-on science and have a go themselves.

 The National Science Competition is an initiative of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills as a response to a recommendation in Lord Sainsbury’s report ‘The Race for the Top’.  It is being coordinated by the British Association for the Advancement of Science (the BA) with support from Young Engineers and the broad science and engineering community. Further information about the National Science Competition (including how to enter) can be found at

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