Two Irish students are among the top three teams in this year’s EU Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS).
Eric Doyle and Mark James Kelly from Synge Street CBS Dublin won with their project entitled “Simulation accuracy in the gravitational many-body problem”. The winners were announced in Bratislava today, where Europe’s best young scientific minds met for the 24th annual awards ceremony for the EUCYS.
All three first prize winning teams were awarded €7,000.
The European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, congratulated Eric and Mark, and said their work could have many practical applications, not least in space exploration.
“Their project builds on the groundbreaking work of Diarmuid Ó Mathúna, a great Irish scientist who has clearly inspired the next generation,” she said.
“I wish both Mark and Eric well in their studies, both having got their first choice to do First Science at UCD and Theoretical Physics at Trinity respectively. Ireland and indeed Europe needs more young scientists to step up and make the important breakthroughs for the future.”
Synge Street CBS has produced a remarkable number of winners of science competitions both at national and European level, and this is down to the dedication of its teachers led by Jim Cooke, as well as the drive and talent of the students.