President Higgins performed the official opening of the EU Contest for Young Scientists, an annual showcase of the best of European student scientific achievement.
Taking place in the Dublin 14-19 September, the contest saw 139 students from 38 different countries showcasing 90 projects.
The EUCYS participants have all previously won first prizes in their home country’s national science competitions; in Ireland, that is the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, which is opened by President Higgins at the start of each year. (Click here for more details about the 2018 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, and here for the 2017 edition)
Click on the 'Audio' tab to listen to the President's speech.