First RSC Chemistry at Work Event in the Republic of Ireland

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Secondary school students from all over Dublin and representatives from many of the major employers of science graduates took part in the first Chemistry at Work day in Dublin at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Kevin Street, on Tuesday 13th March 2007. Irish employers showed students how chemistry is applied to support the country's knowledge-based economy and how the chemistry and science studied at school is put into use around us every day.

School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, DIT student Sean Nolan
demonstrating recovery of shoe prints for forensic case

Presentations and demonstrations included a look at how chemicals are used to solve crimes by restoring serial numbers on vehicles and firearms (Garda Technical Bureau), the characteristics compounds require to be effective as pharmaceuticals (Bristol Myers-Squibb), cosmetics (Oriflame), adhesives used to close wounds (Henkel Ireland Ltd.), foods (Jacob Fruitfield) and materials used in breast implants (Allergan Medical) as well as the application of chemistry to monitoring our environment (Marine Institute).

DIT students Elizabeth Walsh and Eddie Crudden perform a chirality demo
during the Bristol-Myers Squibb presentation

The day finished on a high note with an interactive science quiz in the main hall. Students used individual "clicker" remote control units to register their answers and found the experience of answering questions in this way very enjoyable. 

Second year chemistry students from DIT assisted the speakers, prepared information posters relevant to each presentation and, in some cases, performed demonstrations. These students and the presenters put in a great deal of advance preparation and made a fantastic contribution to the success of the event.

Event organiser, Dr Claire McDonnell of DIT, said "the aim of this event is to show students the relevance of the science and chemistry that they are studying at school to industry and to demonstrate the wide range of job opportunities in the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors. DIT is delighted to have been invited by the Royal Society of Chemistry to host the first Chemistry at Work event in the Republic of Ireland and hope to hold many more in the future."

DIT student Sarah Walsh demonstrating how to test copper levels in seawater as
part of the Marine Institute presentation

The event was organised and hosted by the School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences in DIT on behalf of the RSC. It was opened by James Ring, Education/Public Affairs Executive with PharmaChemical Ireland.

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