Ireland is to be represented for the first time ever at a highly prestigious meeting of Nobel Prize winners in the field of chemistry, after four Ireland-based researchers were selected to attend.

The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting will bring together more than 30 Nobel Prize winners at Lake Constance in Germany at the end of next month.

More than 600 other leading international scientists from 80 countries will also attend.

The researchers were selected as part of a competition run by the Irish Research Council.

To mark their achievement, the four will receive an award from Minister for Research and Innovation Sean Sherlock at the National Botanic Gardens later today.

The group will also travel to meet President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin.

The four successful researchers are Ross Driver from NUI Maynooth, Valerie Gerard from Trinity College, Daniele Lo Re from NUI Galway and Tandra Ghoshal from University College Cork.

At the meeting in Lake Constance, the group,  will discuss current scientific topics, such as green chemistry, chemical energy storage and conversion, biochemical structures and processes and other relevant fields.