It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 62nd Irish Universities Chemistry Research Colloquium to be held in Queen’s University, Belfast. This year we will depart a little from the usual format and have a guest speaker on the first evening (Thursday 1st July) along with posters given by postgraduates from across the island. This will be followed by research talks all day on Friday 2nd July. We are delighted that Professor Peter Tasker will open the conference and this will provide inspiration to all for the rest of the conference. The research talks will be in four parallel sessions, the traditional organic, inorganic and physical chemistry sections and a fourth more applied section which will encompass chemistry and chemical engineering.
This Colloquium provides a superb forum in which to showcase the best research being undertaken in the field of chemistry treated in its broadest possible sense across all the universities. The diversity in the sessions will be reflected with the research on show and will provide an excellent opportunity for interaction both from a scientific and social perspective. The importance of the social aspect cannot be underestimated and we hope you will find chance to relax and chat with new and old friends about many things including science!
The IUCRC was inaugurated in Dublin in 1948 and it is a testament to the importance of the event in the busy calendar of conferences as well as the significance of chemistry in both Irish and UK industry that it has stood the test of time. Chemistry has changed significantly over this period of time, and the challenges we face today in energy and materials sustainability can only be overcome by a multidisciplinary approach. Conferences, such as the IUCRC, provide a significant opportunity for scientists and engineers to interact across the disciplines and forge new partnerships who can tackle these issues.
We hope that you will participate fully in the conference in the surroundings of Queen’s University, Belfast and have a scientifically rewarding as well as an enjoyable experience.
Professor Chris Hardacre
Head of School of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering
Queen's University Belfast
If there are any queries at this stage please contact Heather McClean.