The winner of the Millennium Esat Telecom Young Scientist of the Year is Thomas Gernon, a 16-year-old student from Dundalk in County Louth. The Colaiste Ris student's winning project, The Geography and Mathematics of Europe's Urban Centres, devised mathematical models to predict future patterns of European urbanisation. This is the first time in the competition's 36-year history that a social and behavioural sciences project has taken the top award.