SSPC News & Events

Dr Cian Kingston's research journey


Cian received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from University College Dublin in 2017 under the supervision of Professor Pat Guiry. During his time with SSPC, Cian conducted funded placements in the research groups of Professors’ Mark Lautens and Phil Baran at The University of Toronto and The Scripps Research Institute, respectively. Upon completion of his PhD he returned to Professor Baran’s lab as a postdoctoral fellow where he is currently focused on the development and mechanistic investigation of practical synthetic methods.

ARTIST the 3-year project funded by Erasmus+


ARTIST (Action Research to Innovate Science Teaching) is a 3-year project funded by Erasmus+. It is a capacity-building project, aiming to provide Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for teachers and teacher educators around the topics of Action Research, Career Orientation for STEM students and Building Networks. SSPC works in close collaboration with HEIs in Germany, Turkey and Austria to achieve its goals.

RAw Communication and Engagement (RACE) European project #lookingbackmovingforward


In September of 2017, the SSPC Education and Public Engagement (EPE) team spearheaded a new Structured PhD module for the SSPC PhD programme. This module is run through the University of Limerick (UL). The module, entitled, STEM Communication and Engagement gives researchers and those in industry the opportunity to develop their communication, problem solving and team work skillsets, through engaging with corporate and social responsibility activities and initiatives reflective of their work and research, vital for a vital for a modern and adaptable workforce.

UCC PhD researcher Rosella O'Mahony's story #lookingbackmovingforward


y time as an SSPC student has been a fantastic opportunity for personal development in so many ways. It was exciting to be one of the first PhD students to get training and expertise in flow chemistry in UCC and as a result I had such a vast number of opportunities. I presented my first set of results very early in the first year of my PhD which was, of course, daunting but the feedback and confidence gained from doing this has helped me immensely going forward. SSPC has supported me to attend and present at many international conferences, including FROST 2015 and 2017 (Frontiers in Organic Synthesis and Technology) and conferences in Cambridge. I also have been given the great privilege to present a Flow Chemistry Masterclass in April 2019.

After SSPC Dr Cathy Potter became a Scientist (Chemometrics) at Alkermes #lookingbackmovingforward


In 2018, Cathy's SSPC journey finished as a postdoctoral researcher under Prof. Gavin Walker, University of Limerick in 2018 as lead contact in the SSPC T8 project and overseer of training in all aspects of thermal and spectroscopic analysis. She is now a Scientist (Chemometrics) at Alkermes

SSPC Six Years in The Making: Looking Back & Moving Forward Showcase


SSPC will present Six Years In The Making: Looking Back & Moving Forward at the Jean Monnet Theatre on Tuesday, May 28 and Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at the University of Limerick. The event marks six years of the Centre from 2013-2019, with invited guest speakers marking SSPC's achievements, comments from alumni and the experiences of industrial members.

Looking Back: A retrospective from Prof. Kieran Hodnett

Six Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres' are to receive €230m in Government funding directly benefitting 850 researchers. As SSPC starts a new journey under the directorship of Prof. Mike Zaworotko and Prof. Gavin. Walker, here is a restrospective from our previous Scientific Director Prof. Kieran Hodnett. #lookingbackmovingforward

New six year investment announced for SSPC

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan TD, announced investment of €230 million in six SFI Research Centres as part of Project Ireland 2040. SSPC, the SFI (Science Foundation Ireland) Research Centre for Pharmaceuticals is part investment in funding six world-leading SFI Research Centre. SSPC is led by the University of Limerick (UL) and headquartered at the Bernal Institute. SSPC was represented by Co-Director Prof. Gavin Walker and Dr Sarah Hayes, who gave an overview of SSPC's Education & Outreach programm. The centre’s research activities initiates crucial impacts for the wider community in STEM education. An approach that promotes researcher to engage the non-academic public about its work.