International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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Margaret Franklin Ideas Activities
  • Ms., The Institute of Chemistry of Ireland
    Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Ireland
  • Email
    Tel +353 (0) 90 6475592
  • Sector:

    Tertiary Education
  • Organizations:

    The Institute of Chemistry of Ireland
  • IYC Interests:

    Increase the public appreciation and understanding of chemistry
    Encourage interest of young people in chemistry
    Generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry
    Celebrate the role of women in chemistry
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I have recently retired from my position as lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry at Athlone Institute of Technology, (AIT) in the heart of Ireland. Throughout my career, apart from my teaching duties, I have been actively involved in promoting chemistry to young people, by participating in events for National Science Week, careers fairs and AIT open days. I served on the committee of the Eurachem Analytical Measurement competition since its inception in 1999. This is now an annual competition for third level chemistry students in Ireland.

I have published popular science articles in 'Chemistry in Action' and 'Science Spin' magazine and for the past few months, I have been writing a weekly column on 'Topical Science' for our local paper, 'The Westmeath Independent'.

I have been a member of The Institute of Chemistry of Ireland since 1974 and was elected a Fellow in 1986. I have served on the Council of this Institute for many years and I currently hold the voluntary position of Registrar.

Since my retirement, I have more time on my hands for activities to promote a knowledge and appreciation of chemistry to the general public and I am looking forward to taking part in a number of chemistry-related activities during this International Year of Chemistry.