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Eli Lilly to sponsor Irish chemical engineering students

27 Nov 2014
Eli Lilly, Sponsors with representatives from all Chemical Engineering degrees in Ireland

On Monday the 24th of November, representatives from Eli Lilly and each of the Chemical Engineering degrees across the island of Ireland (UCC , QUB, CIT, UL, UCD) gathered in University College Cork along with 1st year students from CIT and UCC  to launch the 5 years IChemE student membership sponsorship.

Eli Lilly will Sponsor IChemE student membership for all students enrolled in Chemical Engineering degrees on the island of Ireland .

A new five-year sponsorship agreement by pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly will provide free membership of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) for all chemical engineering undergraduates at five leading universities in Ireland.

The sponsorship agreement covers all undergraduates starting from autumn 2014 and will continue for the full duration of their courses at Cork Institute of Technology, Queens University Belfast, University College Cork, University College Dublin and University of Limerick.

Chemical and process engineers work in some of the biggest and most important global industries such as oil, gas, chemicals, food, water and healthcare.

The ‘All-Ireland’ agreement will ensure that the next generation of chemical engineers across the island will be able to support their early career development with access to a range of member benefits and professional development.

The students will also have the opportunity to network with IChemE’s 40,000 members in major chemical engineering hubs around the world including South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, USA and the UK.

Dr Denis Ring, IChemE’s All-Ireland Members Group chair and lecturer at University College Cork, said: “Chemical engineering is one of those professions that makes a significant difference to quality of life and generate economic wealth on a national scale.

“Power, drugs, food, clean water, chemicals, biotechnology and much more all require the high-level skills provided by chemical engineers, so the generous support by Eli Lilly to sponsor the professional development of all of Ireland’s chemical engineering undergraduates, over the next five years, is significant to our future economic prosperity.

“On behalf of the profession in Ireland, I would like to thank Eli Lilly for their generous support and urge all undergraduates to take advantage of this unique and practical opportunity for the entirety of their studies.”

Diarmuid O Connor, Business Leader, Biotech Operations Eli Lilly Kinsale, said “I believe it is incumbent upon us in the industry to support and promote the profession and help it evolve in partnership with Academia and with the IChemE”.

“Having a body like the IChemE focused on the promotion and continuing professional development of Chemical Engineers is something I found of great benefit across my own career and it is great to be involved with this new initiative.”

“Eli Lilly is proud to be to be involved with this sponsorship agreement as we believe by sponsoring student membership we will be progressing young chemical engineers to the highest professional standards.”  

Eli Lilly operates in over 140 countries and has been based in Ireland since 1978. It currently employs around 700 people in Ireland. 


For further information, please contact:

Tony Osborne, communications officer, IChemE

tel: +44 (0)1788 534454



About chemical engineers

Chemical, biochemical and process engineering is the application of science, maths and economics to the process of turning raw materials into everyday products. Professional chemical engineers design, construct and manage process operations all over the world.  Pharmaceuticals, food and drink, synthetic fibres and clean drinking water are just some of the products where chemical engineering plays a central role.


About IChemE

The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) is the hub for chemical, biochemical and process engineering professionals worldwide. With a growing global membership approaching 40,000, the Institution is at the heart of the process community, promoting competence and a commitment to best practice, advancing the discipline for the benefit of society, encouraging young people in science and engineering and supporting the professional development of its members. For more information, visit


About Eli Lilly  

Eli Lilly and Company is a leading, innovation-driven corporation committed to developing a growing portfolio of pharmaceutical products that help people live longer, healthier and more active lives. Lilly medicines treat depression, schizophrenia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer and many other illnesses. Lilly’s Elanco division specialises in animal health. Our products are marketed in 143 countries worldwide and we employ more than 38.000 people across the globe.

The Kinsale manufacturing operations is located in Dunderrow, close to the historic and scenic town of Kinsale, Co. Cork. Production commenced in Kinsale in 1981 and today over 450 people are employed at the site. Since the early days, the Kinsale site’s primary focus has been manufacturing and supplying the company’s medicines. This focus continues, but now the mission is expanding with the development of a centre of technical excellence. This allows Kinsale to participate earlier in the life cycle of innovative new medicines. As a result, Kinsale is now engaged in three main business activities:

• Small Molecule Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) Manufacture & Supply,

• Small Molecule Commercialisation

• Biopharmaceutical Commercialisation & Supply.

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Process and Chemical Engineering

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