Irish student wins EU science prize


Ireland has once again claimed a major prize at the annual EU Young Scientist Competition.

Alexander Amini, who won the Irish young scientist accolade last January, went on to take a top award in the EU event for his project which uses computers to analyse a person’s tennis swing.

Alexander described himself as “extremely excited” shortly after his win was announced at the event, taking place this year in Helsinki.

The competition was much tougher than at last January’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition at the RDS, the 16-year-old student at Dublin's Castlenock College said.

Even so, he had an inkling he was in line for some sort of prize.

He captured the top computing/engineering award, with similar first prizes in the maths and the chemistry categories going to student projects from Switzerland and Lithuania. Overall there were 87 entries from 37 countries assembled in Helsinki.

His win in January entitled him to participate as the Irish entry to the EU competition, with travel costs covered by the European Commission.

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