I was fortunate enough to be a judge for the DSI All-Ireland Finals 2014 in the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin last week and want to say how impressed I was with the whole event. The standard of the students' knowledge, skills and understanding went way beyond my expectations and I was exceptionally impressed by the structure and set up of how the whole competition worked. It is well-organised, thorough, interesting and, in Ireland at least, seems to be one of a kind. Besides promoting high standards in public engagement and debate, this type of event is excellent in raising educational standards in Ireland, particularly in the fields of biological science, philosophy and sociology. I just want to congratulate all the finalists and teachers from the schools for a job well done and also Debating Science Issues for an excellent initiative!