ICI Annual Award for Chemistry (Eva Philbin Public Lecture Series)

The Institute of Chemistry of Ireland Annual Award for Chemistry was inaugurated in 2005. Since 2007, the lectures are termed the Eva Philbin Public Lecture Series. The late Professor Eva Philbin was formerly head of the Chemistry Department in University College Dublin and also a former President of the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland. The award is for a practising chemist, who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of chemistry and has considerably raised the profile of chemistry through both the excellence of their work and their ability to communicate in an effective and lucid manner.

The call for nominations for the ICI Annual Award for Chemistry (Eva Philbin Public Lecture Series) 2020 is now open.
Click ICI Call for Nominations for the ICI Annual Award for Chemistry 2020 for further details.
Deadline for receipt of nominations: Friday, 29th January, 2021

Congratulations to Professor Declan McCormack (TU Dublin) on being the 2019 recipient of the ICI Annual Award for Chemistry (Eva Philbin Public Lecture Series). Professor McCormack kindly agreed to having his award lecture recorded for the public to view.

ICI Award Ceremony and AGM – Update

The ICI Annual Award Ceremony and AGM took place on Thursday, 19th November, 2020

This is one of the highlights in the calendar year for the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland.

ICI Boyle Higgins Gold Medal and Lecture Award

Congratulations to Professor A.P. De Silva on winning the ICI Boyle Higgins Gold Medal and Lecture Award 2020.
Professor DeSilva will deliver his award lecture in 2021.

ICI Annual Award for Chemistry (Eva Philbin Public Lecture Award Series) 2019

Congratulations to Professor Declan McCormack, TU Dublin on winning the ICI Annual Award for Chemistry (Eva Philbin Lecture Award Series) 2019.
Professor McCormack delivered an outstanding award lecture during the virtually ICI award ceremony on the 19th November, 2020. A recording of this lecture will be made available shortly for all to view on this ICI website. Pictured below: Professor Eva Philin (top right), Professor McCormack (bottom left) and Professor McCormack receiving his award from the ICI President, Professor Celine Marmion (bottom right).

ICI Postgraduate Award 2020 

The Institute received a number of outstanding nominations for this year’s postgraduate award. All nominations were sent for independent review. The ICI decided to present a joint award this year to Dr Conor Crawford (UCD) and Dr Priyanka Ganguly (IT Sligo). Our warmest congratulations to them both. They were presented with their award during the ICI award ceremony which took place virtually on the 19th November, 2020. Priyanka is currently a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher in the University of Glasgow, Scotland and Conor is a postdoctoral researcher in the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Berlin, Germany. We wish Priyanka and Conor every success in their future endeavours. They are both wonderful ambassadors for chemistry research in Ireland.

ICI Second Level Education Award 2019 

This award is presented to students who achieved the highest grade in higher level Leaving Certificate Chemistry in Ireland in 2019.  Our warmest congratulations to Mr Brian Durkan from St. Muredach’s College, Ballina, Co. Mayo and to Óran O’Sullivan from Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig, Co. Cork. Brian and Óran received their award medals during the virtual award ceremony on the 19th November, 2020. They were joined by their families, their teachers and school principals. Dr Fiona Desmond, the Chief Examiner for Chemistry and Physics and Chemistry from the State Examinations Commission delivered a very informative presentation on the leaving certificate chemistry examination process. It also put into context Brian and Óran’s exceptional achievements on being the top two students in Ireland in leaving certificate higher level chemistry in 2019. Brian is currently studying Chemistry in the University of Oxford, UK and Óran is studying mathematical science in UCC. We wish Brian and Óran continued success.

ICI Annual General Meeting – Thursday, 19th November 2020

The 71st Annual General Meeting of the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland was held virtually on Thursday, 19th November 2020, at 17:45.

ICI Postgraduate Chemistry Research Symposium 2020 – Update

The inaugural ICI Postgraduate Chemistry Research Symposium 2020, the very first virtual ICI event in its history, took place on September 9th 2020 with over 150 registered delegates in attendance throughout the day. A special word of thanks to the Organising Committee for hosting this symposium and for bringing together postgraduate scholars from Institutions across Ireland and beyond, providing them with a unique opportunity to  share their cutting edge research and to build their professional networks, in a year when most physical conferences have been cancelled.

For a comprehensive report on the Symposium, please click ICI Postgraduate Chemistry Research Symposium 2020

Event Rescheduling


Irish Universities Chemistry Colloquium

The 72nd Irish Universities Chemistry Colloquium, due to take place in the University of Limerick in June 2020 has been postponed to 2021. Details to follow.


Institute of Chemistry of Ireland Congress

The 45th Institute of Chemistry of Ireland Congress, which was due to take place in University College Cork in 2020, has been postponed to 2021. Details to follow.


8th EuChemS Chemistry Congress (ECC8)

ECC8 will take place in Lisbon, Portugal  from the 28th August – 1st September, 2022 inclusive. Further details may be found here: https://euchems2022.eu/


9th EuChemS Chemistry Congress (ECC9)

ECC9 will take place in Dublin, Ireland, August/September 2024.

The Congress has a unifying theme of Chemistry as the central science, focusing on the central role of chemistry at the interfaces with biology, material and environmental sciences, both for the progress of humankind and for the solution of fundamental problems of modern societies.