9 November 2023

30th SCI Young Chemist in Industry 2023

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SCI's Young Chemists’ Panel

Catsci, Cardiff, UK

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Following the success of this event, we are launching a sister award and meeting for a Chemist in Industry (https://www.soci.org/events/fine-chemicals-group/2023/chemist-in-industry). Solving chemistry problems is central to so many industries and it is the people in the laboratories who are making this happen. This is a meeting to celebrate and recognise that community.      

This event will be of interest to industrial chemists to discover what their contemporaries are working on in other companies and other areas of research, but also for academic chemists who want to find out the different challenges and focus that working in an industrial setting offers. It presents a superb opportunity for younger chemists to showcase their industrial research to an external audience. Prizes will be awarded for the best talk and runners-up. In addition, a lecture from a leading industrial chemist will conclude the proceedings. All talks will be followed by a chance to ask questions and the networking opportunity allows a possible exchange of ideas.


This meeting is aimed at chemists working in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology or agrochemical sector and would provide them with a unique opportunity to discover what their contemporaries do in other branches of the industry. The meeting would also appeal to graduates and post-graduates with a background in organic chemistry.


For further information and prices, please email conferences@soci.org.


Sam Whitmarsh


Sam has 20 years of R&D experience at AstraZeneca, BP, and CatSci. After completing his PhD at the University of Bristol, he held roles in analytical science at AstraZeneca, founded BP's UK mass spectrometry facility, and led the BP Global Analytical Science Network. Sam joined CatSci as Head of Scientific Operations in 2020 and became Director of Analytical Science and Digital Transformation in 2022. Sam is a Royal Society of Chemistry Fellow serving with the Separation Science (SSG) and Chemical Information and Computer Applications (CICAG) interest groups. He is secretary of the Society of Chemical Industry's Data, Digital, and AI committee.


Thursday 9 November

Registration and refreshments
Introduction and welcome
Synthetic approaches to bridge-substituted bicyclo[1.1.1]pentanes: Next-generation arene bioisosteres
Joseph Anderson, GSK/University of Strathclyde
Discovery and optimisation of potent and orally available CTP synthetase inhibitors
Emma Blackham, Sygnature Discovery
Rings in clinical trials and drugs: Present and future
Jon Shearer, UCB
Development of a large-scale photoredox fluorodecarboxylation of aliphatic carboxylic acids
Hon Ho, Pharmaron
Enhanced computational workflows in combination with experimental NMR observations provide accelerated 3D molecule conformational insights
Bryony Smith, AstraZeneca
Open-source chromatographic data analysis for reaction optimization and screening
Giulio Volpin, Bayer AG
Refreshment break
Key process developments towards the 50kg commercial route scale-up of emprumapimod: Data-driven process design of an ullmann coupling
Amelia Taylor-Young, Pfizer
A current approach to access nitrile imine reactivity
Luke Chen, GSK/University of Strathclyde
Beyond Human Perception: Transforming Process Analysis in Synthetic Chemistry using Video Augmentation and AI-assisted Computer Vision
Dr Sam Whitmarsh, CatSci
Prize giving
Networking reception

SCI’s Young Chemists’ Panel are committed to promoting diversity and equality in the chemical sciences. We aim to identify high quality speakers for all our conferences with inclusivity of gender and ethnicity. Attendees from all backgrounds and ages are welcome.

Venue and Contact

Catsci, Cardiff

CatSci Ltd W4/5
Capital Business Park
21 Parkway
St. Mellons

Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org


This is a free event. To enable us to control the number of visitors into the building, we are asking all delegates to pre-register in advance. 

For this reason, registration will close 24 hours prior to the event and only registered guests will be admitted.

All registrations will automatically receive a confirmation within 24 hours of registering for the event. Should you not receive written confirmation of your booking, please email conferences@soci.org.

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Organising Committee
    • Fahima Idiris, SCI / Pharmaron
    • Helen Jones, SCI / AstraZeneca
    • Jo Sampson, SCI / CatSci
    • Adam Smalley, SCI / UCB