The SciFest 2018 National Final will take place on 9th November 2018 in the Marino Conference Centre in Dublin. At the final, the SFI Best Project Award winners from each of the 16 regional SciFest@College 2018 STEM fairs will compete alongside a selection of the Abbott Best Project Award winners for the opportunity to represent Ireland at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix Arizona in May 2019. The runner/s-up on the day will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the Long Night of Science in Berlin in June 2019. This award is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The mentoring teachers will accompany the student/s in both cases.
A competition for the Boston Scientific Medical Devices Grand Award will also take place at the national final. The winner/s of this award will be presented with a trophy and an award to the value of €500. Several other awards will be presented at the event including the prestigious ISTA award.
The projects will be evaluated by a panel of judges from academia, business and government, including inspectors from the DES. Each of the exhibitors will be presented with an Excellence in STEM award in recognition of their success at the regional fairs.