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Group News

Top poster presentations awarded prizes

Raymond Holland and 2013 prize winners

Students Lars Luckoff and Alice Parish Matheson received SCI-sponsored prizes from Dr Raymond Holland at a ceremony at the University of Bristol on 16 July 2013.

SCI Seligman Fellowship Report - Swati Kadam

Swati Kadam

Swati Kadam was awarded a Seligman Travel Bursary in 2012, here she shares her experience visiting UK Universities and Research Organisations.

Prize winners gather in South West for awards

Raymond Holland, Michael Cotterell, Paul Cox, Robert Pennifold and Jack Melling

The SCI Bristol and South West group held a joint meeting with the RSC Bristol and District Section on Wednesday, 23 November 2011.

Fireworks - science, art or magic?


The prize giving was followed by a spectacular demonstration lecture entitled 'Fireworks - science, art or magic?', presented by Chris Pearce and Martin Hadlington of Jubilee Fireworks.

SCI student prize giving 2007

Left to right: Terence Cosgrove, Professor of Physical Chemistry, Bristol University; Michele Memoli; Kara Cubbage; Stuart Shields, Group Chairman; and Jessica Gwyther

Each year, the undergraduate chemists from the University of Bristol who have ventured into industry to undertake a year-long placement return to their department for the Rothwell Symposium, where they each give a short presentation on their experiences of working in an industrial environment.

Regional Group Recognises Student Achievements


The close links between the University of Bristol School of Chemistry and the Bristol and South-West Regional Group are well-established, and one of the major events held throughout the year by the two bodies is the Mike Rothwell Symposium

Thinking, Periodically

The new Chair of the group, Ian Donaldson, sports the Chair's medallion, last worn by immediate past Chair Stuart Shales (right).

The Great Achievement of Chemistry. That’s how Professor John Nicholson summed up the periodic table of the elements as he rounded off his talk to a fascinated audience at the University of Bristol.

The hydrogen economy

Mr Colin Chapman, Dr Joseph McCarney, Raymond Holland and Dr Ian Donaldson

This talk was designed to give the audience a flavour of the (energy) future, and how hydrogen could be used as a major contributor to the UK’s energy production, the current situation and likely obstacles that energy producers will face.

What’s cooking in archaeological chemistry?

'Londinium Cream', a cosmetic like slightly stiff Polyfilla

Richard Evershed, professor of biogeochemistry at the University of Bristol, UK, provided a fascinating insight into archaeological chemistry to a joint meeting of the Bristol & South West Regional Group

Two Nations Divided By a Common Language?

University of Bristol symposium

At the very end of summer 2007, Bristol University held the first in what is hoped to be an annual meeting bringing together industrial and academic chemists working in catalyst design and application.