9 April 2024

Undergraduate research symposium and Alderley Park Career Fair

Organised by:

SCI’s Young Chemists’ Panel

Alderley Park Mereview Restaurant

Registration Closed

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Final year UK undergraduate students in Masters and Bachelors degree programmes who have completed a research project in synthesis, methodology, catalysis, supramolecular chemistry, physical organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry and chemical biology are invited to present their research at this symposium. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase the high standard and wide range of research carried out by undergraduate students across the UK to an academic and industrial audience at Alderley Park, a world-leading hub of science and innovation.

The Symposium will be accompanied by a Career Fair (10am – 4pm) with companies including Apconix, Apex Molecular, Blueberry Therapeutics, Sygnature, Veramed and many others showcasing the wide variety of jobs available to chemistry graduates. Tours of the Alderley Park site will also be available starting at approximately 10:15 am and 4:40 pm for anyone interested. For more information about the Career Fair and sign up options please visit - Alderley Park Career Fair’. Please note, those who register for the event on the SCI website are automatically signed up to the Career Fair.


This event is aimed at UK undergraduate BSc and MSci/MChem chemistry students, but will also be of interest to academics, industrial chemists and scientific employers.


Steve Swallow


Steve Swallow is a Principal Scientist in Sustainability working in the Chemical Development department at AstraZeneca in Macclesfield. He moved to Chemical Development in 2015 after more than 20 years’ medicinal chemistry experience following a PhD with Dr Neville Jones at the University of Sheffield and a SERC/NATO fellowship with Professor Gary Molander at the University of Boulder in Colorado. He joined Roche at Welwyn Garden City in 1994 and worked on antiviral therapies before moving to the Roche site in Palo Alto in California in 2001 to continue research in the HIV and HCV area. Steve joined AstraZeneca in Cheshire in 2004, initially at Alderley Park, where he has since held a number of roles working across multiple therapy areas, and disciplines including three years working in the toxicology function. He has published numerous papers, several book chapters and is an inventor on multiple patents.


Tuesday 9 April 2024

Registration and refreshments
Undergraduate research talks
Lunch and Career Fair
Plenary speaker
Steve Swallow
Undergraduate research talks
Prize giving followed by networking drinks reception at The Churchill Tree

Sponsorship information

For further information and prices, please email holly.bonfield@apexmolecular.com.

Call for abstracts

Undergraduate students are invited to submit an abstract (1 page pdf, max 750 characters) by Friday 8 March. Successful applicants will be invited to give a 10-minute research talk at the Symposium. Reasonable UK travel costs will be covered for successful applicants. Please click here to download an abstract template. Abstracts should be sent to  holly.bonfield@apexmolecular.com.

Venue and Contact

Alderley Park

Please go to Mereside campus reception on arrival.

Mereview Restaurant 
Alderley Park
Macclesfield SK10 4TG

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.


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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Travel Grants provided by

Organising committee
Holly Bonfield, SCI / Apex Molecular
Mark Greenhalgh, SCI / University of Warwick
Ricardo Labes, SCI / Syngenta
Miriam O’Duill, SCI / University of Nottingham