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Introducing SCI Ambassador, Sebastian Cosgrove

Sebastian Cosgrove

"Being a member will help give you the edge when it comes to making your next career step."

What are your research interests?
I am interested in organic chemistry and biocatalysis. My research currently focuses on finding novel methods for C-N bond formation and the use of enzymes in organic chemistry.

How did you first get involved with SCI?
During the first year of my PhD I attended the ‘Celebration of Organic Chemistry’ meeting that was organised by SCI at the Eli Lilly site in Surrey. From this I decided to join SCI to be able to take advantage of all the benefits that come with being a member. I have been to several meetings since, and was invited to give a talk at the SCI 27th Northern Postgraduate Symposium in the final year of my postgraduate degree. After seeing the opportunities that come with being a member, from access to the mentoring scheme to increased exposure to industry-relevant research meetings, I wanted to get more involved in raising awareness amongst my peers so decided to join the SCI Ambassador scheme.

What do you hope to gain from your involvement with SCI?
SCI offers a bridge between academia and the chemical industry. By being involved I hope to be able to raise my profile amongst the academic community and the chemical industry, forging new links and a wider network in my field. I would also like to become involved in the interest groups within SCI, giving me an insight into how the organisation runs and what I can do to contribute more to it.

Why would you encourage your peers to join SCI?
There are numerous benefits that come from being a member of SCI, both during and after your PhD. There are financial benefits such as conference discounts and being eligible to apply for bursaries to support travel to scientific meetings. There is also the chance to build a network within the chemical community, with exclusive access to a members directory and the chance to network through the technical interest groups. Being a member will help give you the edge when it comes to making your next career step.

Sebastian Cosgrove
University of Manchester – Institute of Biotechnology

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