SSPC News & Events

SSPC at the National Ploughing Festival 2018

SSPC, were delighted to be part of Europe’s largest outdoor event, The National Ploughing Championships once again this year in the Science Foundation Ireland tent. The team showed the many visitors how to use a tablet press as it compresses powder into tablets of uniform size and weight. The press shows how tablets are manufactured from a wide variety of materials that then fuse the materials together. In contrast, an antique counter pill maker was also on display, demonstrating older techniques for making pills. This rolling machine made individual pills from paste.

SSPC at the EU Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS)

This year, the EU contest for young scientists took place from September 14-19 at the RDS in Dublin. A contest that aims to build a more harmonious relationship between scientific endeavour and the European society at large. 139 competitors from 38 countries around the world showcased their amazing work through 90 different projects across ten categories.

Prof. Anne Marie Healy, TCD, talks to the Sunday Business Post on academic innovation and partnerships with pharma industry

Cutting-edge Research, Development & Innovation (RDI) might be popularly thought of as the preserve of the biggest multi-nationals, an expensive pursuit, open only to those who can hire entire laboratories full of world-class minds. But in an increasingly fast-paced global economy, RDI can no longer be left to the giants of the tech, pharma (or any other) sectors, operating in traditional global hubs such as Silicon Valley. SSPC Principal Investigator, Prof. Anne Marie Healy, SSPC Co-Princiapl Investigator based in Trinity talks to the Sunday Business Post about how Ireland’s future success in RDI will depend on fostering this new talent, continuing close collaboration between academic research centres and industry and giving companies strong support and incentives to invest in vital innovation.

SSPC shortlisted for Pharma Research Centre of Year 2018

SSPC, the SFI Pharmaceutical Research Centre has been shortlisted for the category of Pharma Research Centre of the Year for the upcoming Pharma Industry Awards 2018. An event will take place on Tuesday, October 23rd at the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin. Since 2016 the Centre has been involved with this event and are very pleased to be shortlisted among a very high calibre of finalists and particularly our colleagues at NIBRT, PMBRC, WIT and PMTC in this category. We would like to extend the best of luck to all and many of our industry partners.

SSPC Director features on €1 Irish Scientific Discoveries stamps

An Post recently unveiled four €1 stamps titled Irish Scientific Discoveries at the international Schrodinger at 75 Conference organised by Trinity College Dublin. The series of stamps highlight recent scientific discoveries made by scientists who work in pioneering research and development in Ireland, around new forms of light, fighting superbugs, emissions absorption and predicting neonatal seizures. The stamps were unveiled by former president and climate justice campaigner Mary Robinson, Professor Luke O'Neill from Trinity College Dublin and the Director General of Science Foundation Ireland, Professor Mark Ferguson.

PhD opportunity in collaboration with Regeneron and SSPC

Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre, the Science Foundation Ireland Pharmaceutical Research Centre, have announced a PhD opportunity in collaboration with Regeneron based in Limerick. This will involve experimental work on site at Regeneron, Raheen, Limerick and model development on the University of Limerick campus.

Education and Public Engagement PhD Opportunity at the University of Limerick

SSPC, Science Foundation Ireland Education and Public Engagement PhD Opportunity, Science Capital for Youth Equity in STEM. In Ireland, the UK and many other countries there are long-standing patterns regarding who continues with science post-16. In the physical sciences—and engineering in particular—women, working-class and some ethnic groups are notably under-represented. There are many reasons for increasing and broadening participation in science. For governments, a key issue is the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to national economic competitiveness, especially given a predicted future skills shortage.

SSPC Co-Principal Investigator Prof. Anita Maguire 2018 Eva Philbin Award recipient


SSPC Co-Principal Investigator Prof. Anita Maguire recipient of Chemistry of Ireland's 2018 Eva Philbin Award. This award was inaugurated by the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland in 2005 and since 2007, is named in memory of the late Eva Philbin, who was Professor of Organic Chemistry at UCD. The award, consisting of a commemorative plaque, is made to a practicing chemist, who has an international reputation for having made a significant contribution to the advancement of chemistry and who is also an excellent science communicator.