Young scientist Adam is Europe's brightest and best
Dublin 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 this year's BT Young Scientist Exhibition, 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 four second prizes and four third prizes were awarded to projects from Georgia, Spain, Finland, South Korea, Switzerland, Belarus, Austria and Poland.
The winners at this year's contest were among 155 young scientists aged between 14 to 20 from 39 countries who competed at the contest in Sofia.
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 & 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 today."
After winning the Young Scientist last January, Adam said he never knew he was going to win.
"The first thing I'm going to buy with my winning money is an iPad for one of my friends who I made a bet with," he added.