See an article (CAASP Process Oct 2015) recently published in the IPU Review by Matthew Lynch (RCSI) outlining the CAASP process for recruiting interns in 2016/17. 2015/16 has seen the highest number of industry intern placements yet with 17 placements in 9 industry sites plus 4 in the HPRA. Interest in industry careers has increased in recent years. PIER can probably take some credit for this as the committee has focused a lot of its efforts into career events (four organised over past 2.5 years with another planned in RCSI on 26th Nov 2015) to raise awareness among students and recently qualified of the many roles a pharmacist can hold in industry. Intern and summer placements are an important way for students to gain some insights into a career in industry. If any industry based pharmacist would be in position to offer intern placement(s) in 2016/17 or even 2017/18, please contact PIER ( or Darragh Scannell in RCSI (
Ahead of our AGM on the 7th November, the PIER committee is looking for new members to join the committee and contribute to growing PIER as a representative organisation. What is involved? Attending monthly committee meetings (usually held via telecon) Help in organising a small number of PIER events Contributing to newsletters and other media updates There will be three vacancies to be elected at the AGM. If you are interested in joining the committee, please email
The Pfizer Grange Castle & Newbridge sites are currently recruiting for its 2016 Graduate Programme. For further details, see Closing date is 1st November 2015.  
The PIER Autumn CPD meeting & AGM will be held on Saturday 7th November 2105 at the Uniphar Group Head Office in Citywest Business Park, Dublin 24. Registration will be open at 9.00a.m, with the education session commencing at 9.30 a.m. (sharp) followed by the AGM immediately afterwards at 12.00pm (approximately). The educational session will focus on resilience training. Paula King (Kingstown College) will be delivering this unique session incorporating lectures and practical workshops over a two hour period.
Both events are open to PIER members only. Please register for this event by emailing before Wednesday 4th November 2015.
See next edition of the EIPG Journal EIPG26_Journal Sept 2015

Smart Futures Volunteer Workshop – STEM careers

Time:             10.00am – 12.00pm

Date:              Friday 9th October

Venue:          Lansdowne Room, Wilton Park House, Wilton Place, Dublin 2 (map link:

Please contact Donna McCabe ( if interested in attending. 


The Smart Futures programme has been developed to inspire the next generation of students into STEM careers! The associated workshop is an opportunity for volunteers to learn how to effectively communicate their career story to post-primary school students in a classroom setting. It provides the necessary tools to deliver a confident and engaging account of what a career in STEM entails and where it has led the volunteer personally.

What will be covered:

•             An overview of school resources and the aim of Smart Futures

•             Guidance on communicating with a teen audience – handling tricky questions!

•             Best practice relating to child protection

•             Overview of Smart Futures resources to help book/carry out your school visit

Why volunteer?

•             Raise awareness of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) career paths

•             Support and inspire young people in your local area – future proof the STEM graduate pipeline

•             Develop your communication skills

•             Improve awareness of your organisation in the community.

PIER Committee member David Carroll flys the PIER flag in the IIOP Photo Competition David Carroll (PEI) working in a Cath Lab during the implantation of a defibrillator in a patient who had a recent heart attack. During the procedure, David induced ventricular fibrillation and, provided the device has been set up correctly, the patient gets a 900V shock from the implant through leads connected to the heart. A long way from the dispensary! Dave Carroll in Cath Lab photo
TOPRA invites all students currently studying at European Universities to submit a scientific poster for presentation at the TOPRA Annual Symposium in Berlin in October 2015. Abstracts to be submitted by 25th September 2015. For further details see:  
Interview in Sunday Business Post on 6th Sept 2015 with pharmacist Dr Paul Bridges, Corporate VP, Parexel who have recently set up operations in Dublin. Some good career advice for anyone looking to move into industry. Dr Paul Bridges Parexel interview-SBP 6th Sept 2015
The PIER committee is currently preparing the agenda for the autumn CPD meeting (to take place with AGM in November). The focus of this meeting will be soft skills. We are seeking feedback regarding topics of interest from members by COB Friday 11th September 2015 via

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