BT Young Scientist Exhibition

15 January 2019

A busy week for IOP Ireland at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition where over 50,000 people attended the three-day event, keeping volunteers at the IOP Ireland stand exceptionally busy as they engaged with students and members of the public of all ages.

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Eileen Courtney presents Adam Kelly with his prize.

At the exhibition the Institute of Physics prize for the best project in the physical sciences section of the 2019 BT Young Scientist was awarded to Adam Kelly for his project, Optimizing the simulation of general quantum circuits. He was also the overall winner of the Young Scientist Exhibition. 

17 year old Adam is a 5th year student at Skerries Community College. His project examined state of the art algorithms to analyse, optimize and simulate quantum circuits in the most efficient way.

The award was presented by Eileen Courtney of the University of Limerick who was the winner of the 2018 IOP Ireland Rosse Medal for postgraduate communication.

This year, IOP Ireland sponsored Sue McGrath, aka Scientific Sue, to give her most recently developed show Ireland’s Ingenious Engineers at the exhibition. This highly creative and exciting show explores scientific discoveries and engineering feats endeavoured by some of the most talented Irish Scientists over a period of 350 years. Over the event around 3000 people attended the very interactive shows.

The IOP special diffraction grating glasses proved a big hit at the stand with over 8000 pairs being distributed throughout the event. IOP Ireland also worked closely the Irish Association of Physicists in Medicine who provided volunteers joining IOPI members and students who gave great assistance at the stand, particularly talking about career options from physics.

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