Chemistry at Work: DIT 2008

DIT Kevin St, Tuesday 4th March 2008

160 secondary school students from all over Dublin and representatives from many of the major employers of science graduates will be taking part in the second Chemistry at Work Day at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Kevin St. on Tuesday 4th March 2008.

About the Event

The event shows how the science and chemistry studied at school is put into use around us every day and demonstrates the wide range of job opportunities available to chemistry graduates. It is being organised and hosted by the School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences in DIT on behalf of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). The RSC has been sponsoring such events since 1991 at venues throughout the UK and the first such event to be held the Republic of Ireland was run in DIT last March. Chemistry at Work is intended to show the positive image of chemistry as a rewarding and wealth-creating activity that supports the country's knowledge-based economy and which is central to our way of life. ( )


School pupils will get to take part in demonstrations and interact with industrialists and other people who use chemistry in their work.

  • Presentations will include the importance of chemicals in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals (Wyeth Biotech and Topchem Laboratories)
  • Chemicals in cosmetics (Oriflame), coatings (Centre for Research in Engineering Surface Technology, DIT), adhesives (Henkel) and medical devices (Allergan Medical)

Intended Audience

The event is aimed at 14 to 16 year olds and will take place in the Gleeson Hall and the Chemistry labs at the DIT Faculty of Science, Kevin St.

Photos from First Chemistry at Work, March 2007

Chemistry at Work was held in the Republic of Ireland for the first time in March 2007. Some photographs from the day are shown below and a report on the event is available here

Det Garda Shane Henry, Garda Technical Bureau, describing how to restore serial numbers on firearms and other items in March 2007

Dr John Joyce, Marine Institute, speaking to students from Presentation College Warrenmount about the challenges our marine environment faces in March 2007

DIT student Sean Nolan demonstrating recovery of shoe prints for a forensic case study in March 2007

Further Information

For further information, contact Dr Claire Mc Donnell at the School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, DIT, Kevin St. 

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