Adam (17) flies flag for Ireland with top prize and €7,000 at EU science awards
Irish student Adam Kelly has taken home the top prize at this year's European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) in Bulgaria.
Adam, who won the BT Young Scientist Exhibition earlier this year, scooped the accolade and €7,000 in prize money for his project 'Optimising The Simulation of General Quantum Circuits'.
The 17-year-old sixth-year pupil at Skerries Community College "developed a tool to select the optimum algorithm for the simulation of particular quantum circuits, which may inform the development of a practical quantum computer".
Quantum physics deals with the nature and behaviour of matter at the sub-atomic level.
The winners at this year's EU contest were among 155 young scientists aged between 14 and 20 from 39 countries who competed at the contest in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The winners shared a total of €57,500 in prize money, as well as other prizes such as science trips.
Head of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition Mari Cahalane said: "I want to congratulate Adam for his success here at the EUCYS.
"As one of the most highly regarded international student science competitions, it is a fantastic demonstration of student Stem achievement.
"Ireland has consistently done very well at the competition, and Adam has continued this strong record with his achievement here," she added.
After winning the BT Young Scientist award last January, Adam said he never knew he was going to win.
"What inspired me was all of my teachers and the people who helped me along the way," he said.