It is 56 years since the first Young Scientist Exhibition was first held in Dublin and the signs are that it will continue for another 56.
Thanks to the vision of the founders of the exhibition back in 1965, the annual event has become a showcase for young Irish talent.
BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition has been a huge success with as many as 75,000 young people from all of the 32 counties entering the competition since it started.
The exhibition has proved to be a springboard for global recognition and success.
Adam Kelly, a student from Skerries in Dublin, was last year’s overall winner who then went on to triumph at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists, held last September in Bulgaria.
Adam, who developed a series of digital tools for use in quantum computing, also had an asteroid named in his honour in the US as a result of his scientific achievements.
In these dark evenings, the exhibition also serves as a bright and joyful reflection of youthful endeavour.
We wish all those taking part every success.