21 June 2023

National undergraduate industrial placement showcase 2023

Organised by:

SCI’s Young Chemists’ Panel

The University of Manchester, UK

Registration Closed

This event is no longer available for registration.


This event is aimed at undergraduate students currently undertaking industrial research placements. Those working in organic, biological, supramolecular, physical organic or medicinal chemistry and related fields are encouraged to apply. The event presents an excellent opportunity for chemistry industrial placement students to present their work to a national audience, and to learn about what their peers in other companies are working on.  

This year’s event will be a full day symposium including talks and a poster session.  A selection of submissions will be invited to give a 10-minute presentation of their work at the symposium.  Prizes will be awarded for the best talks and posters.  There will also be a talk from a keynote speaker working in industry.


This event is aimed at undergraduate chemistry students, either currently undertaking a placement or planning to in future,and will also be of interest to industrial chemists. 

Please note that registration after 5 June will not guarantee lunch.


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

Registration for mentoring is now closed. Find out more about our mentoring programme here.
Speaker and mentor

Speaker: Luca Carlino


Luca Carlino obtained his Doctoral degree in Medicinal Chemistry in 2014 under the supervision of Professor Wolfgang Sippl at the University of Halle/Saale, Germany. Luca’s studies were mainly focused on the discovery, using computational techniques, of novel inhibitors of epigenetic targets. In 2015 he moved to the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy, where he earned a postdoctoral position for the identification of anticancer drugs based on kinase inhibitors with innovative mechanisms of action. One year later he moved to Charles River Laboratory, UK, where he worked as computational chemist providing CADD support and solutions for several projects commissioned by pharmaceutical companies, universities and no-profit research organisation. In June 2020, Luca joined AstraZeneca, UK, where he is currently working as senior scientist in the oncology early discovery department.

Mentor: Paul Colbon

Liverpool ChiroChem

Paul obtained his MChem and PhD degrees from the University of Liverpool. Paul’s PhD in synthetic methodology and catalysis was carried out under the supervision of Professor Jianlaing Xiao whom, along with two more group members, cofounded LCC in 2014. Since then, Paul has led the company through international growth and development accelerated by several million pounds of venture capital support. LCC now employs ~30 people in the North-West and has supported >150 companies with their small molecule drug discovery and development projects, more specifically within the hit identification and lead optimisation stages of medicinal chemistry. Paul has been a SCI Mentor for the past 2 years and is a passionate supporter of early career development efforts within life sciences.


Wednesday 21 June

Registration and refreshments
Electrochemical de-aromatisation and derivatisation of fragments
Katherine Whyte, Concept life sciences
DNA-encoded libraries – exploring the role of sequence length in DNA compatible chemistry
James Reston, AstraZeneca
Bayesian optimisation approach for process optimisation of benzimidazole derivative
Yong Lee, GlaxoSmithKline
Poster session, mentoring session and networking
Lunch and mentoring session
Development of a large-scale photoredox decarboxylative fluorination of carboxylic acids
Tatjana Jerkovic, Pharmaron
Reviewing applicability of ethanol and methanesulfonic acid as greener alternatives in liquid chromatographic method development
Imogen Howard, AstraZeneca
The use of microfibrillated cellulose in fibre-based barrier applications
Ross Livingston, Fiberlean
Poster session II, networking and refreshments
Is CF₂H a sweet spot for drug properties? - a study of effect of aryl -CF₂H and -CF₃ in drug molecules
Oscar He, Vertex
Investigation into a buchwald-hartwig coupling reaction in the synthesis of AZD6738
Joseph Parkin, AstraZeneca
Keynote presentation: Computational chemistry in pharma
Luca Carlino, AstraZeneca
Prize giving and close of event

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

University of Manchester

M13 9PL

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 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

Olivia Boyd, SCI/ MSD
Kirsten Deytrikh, SCI/ Bioascent
Emma Grant SCI/ GSK
Helen Jones, SCI/ AstraZeneca
Stefano Levanto, SCI/ Charles River Laboratories
Fabien Talbot, SCI/ SAI Life Science