Embracing diversity was the message of An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, TD, as he opened Inspirefest 2017.

“There’s much creativity and wonder to be found in the study of science. The problem is, sometimes we close our eyes to imagination and wonder.”

That’s according to An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, TD, who officially opened Inspirefest 2017 in Dublin earlier this month.

Discussing everything from the gender make-up of attendees, to the influence William Rowan Hamilton’s genius 19th-century graffiti has had on modern technology, Varadkar called for more acceptance and diversity.

“We can’t assume progress is inevitable. Diversity is a strength, it makes us stronger,” said Varadkar, as he emphasised its importance in education as well as industry.

Words by Gordon Hunt