Outreach and Engagement

The School of Chemical Sciences has a strong commitment to supporting and encouraging an interest in Science and Chemistry to the wider community.  The staff and students are very supportive of a variety of outreach activities while also creating many such initiatives within the School.

Annual DCU Environmental Science and Health Field Trip with Students from Trinity Comprehensive

What can you learn in 120 seconds?

Dr Aoife Morrin has worked with DCU Faculty of Science and Health to produce a 120 second podcast on which animal has the keenest sense of smell. Can you guess before you have a listen here

Students work with SCS staff to prepare for the EOES Competition

2nd Level Students complete their Chemistry training and selection in DCU School Chemical Sciences with SCS mentors, for the International European Olympiad of Experimental Science competition selection. The compeition takes place in Latvia in May 2023. Staff support give by Dr David O Connor, Dr Pat O Malley and John McLoughlain. 

Science has moved on! Click the links below to learn all about the modern scientific instruments we use in The School of Chemical Sciences. 

An image of old scientific instruments

Chemistry has moved on! 

DCU School of Chemical Sciences welcomes you to participate in Science Week!

School of Biotechnology, School of Physical Sciences, School of Chemical Sciences and the School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health 

Researchers from the School of Physical Sciences, the School of Biotechnology, the School of Chemical Sciences and the School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health will present a series of short public talks, demonstrations and a lab tour highlighting research in DCU focussed on addressing a range of societal challenges. Topics will include assessing water pollution, precision medicine, vaccine production, neurology, plasmas in medicine and agriculture, and green plastics. And beer. 

Title: Bugs, brains, beer, boosters and beyond

Time: 15th November 18:00

Venue: XG14, Lonsdale Building, DCU Glasnevin Campus

Audience: All welcome, suitable for all ages

Click on this link to register your interest in this event

Science Week

DCU Chemistry Staff visit Local School

Photo of scientists doing experiments

Prof. Fiona Regan demonstrating science experiments.

Prof. Fiona Regan visited Scoil Chiarain in Glasnevin in April 2022 to share some hands-on chemistry and biology. From Volcanoes to Slime - there were demonstrations of acid base chemistry and making polymers in a rainbow of colours

TY students visit the school

Dr. Patrick O’Malley said the success of this  initiative is thanks to the support  and assistance from the SCS staff and  the dedication of the SCS technical team, in particular John McLoughlin (senior technical officer) and Veronica Dobbyn (chief technical officer) with administrative support from Grace Hickey.

The dedication and skills of the SCS postgraduates is central to the success of this programme which helps to inspire the next generation of Science undergraduates. Continuation of this programme will be reviewed following the regulations with Covid 19. These include a programme of Leaving Cert experiments for visiting 5th and 6th year secondary  students; a week long on-campus Transition Year placement programme; BT Young Scientist with School of Chemical Sciences representation and engagement with attendees at this event;  Annual 'Higher Options' 3 day event in the RDS to outline the various Chemistry and Science undergraduate degree programmes available within our School; National and international Science competitions including International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO); European Olympiad (formerly EUSO).