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Fireworks and Waterworks


Dr Andy Szydlo gave his fantastic Bonfire Night Spectacular Chemistry lecture - ‘Fireworks and Waterworks’ - on the 5 November at the University of Cambridge. The event was held by the SCI Cambridge and Great Eastern Group, and Dr Szydlo dazzled, entertained and educated his audience with a series of spectacular science demonstrations, including some new ones.

Messel Travel Bursary Recipient, Oscar Méndez-Lucio, Reports from Boston

Oscar Mendez-Lucio

Oscar Méndez-Lucio was awarded a Messel Travel Bursary in 2015. Here, he describes how his attendance at the 250th ACS National Meeting, held between 16 - 20 August 2015, in Boston, USA, gave him the opportunity to meet with world-leading chemists as well as chemical industrialists and students.

Speaker Interview: Prof Adam Nelson - New Approaches in Medicinal Chemistry

Adam Nelson

Prof Adam Nelson is one of the speakers at the upcoming New Approaches in Medicinal Chemistry event, organised by SCI's Young Chemists' Panel. He is a Professor of Chemical Biology at the University of Leeds and his talk will cover The realisation of activity-directed synthesis.

Rising to the challenge - cutting-edge techniques in medicinal chemistry

New Approaches in Medicinal Chemistry

Drug development is notoriously difficult, time-consuming and expensive. The industry is also facing one of its toughest times due to poor stock performance, lower numbers of drug approvals and poor late stage pipelines. This illustrates that there remain many huge challenges for the pharmaceutical industry. The field of medicinal chemistry is integral to the search for solutions for these challenges and this one day event will cover a range of pertinent techniques.

IEX 2016: Technical Training Courses

IEX 2016

The popular and long running series of Ion Exchange events will continue in 2016 with 'IEX 2016: Ion Exchange - a continuing success story' on Wednesday 6 - Friday 8 July 2016 at Robinson College, Cambridge. As in previous years, the conference will be preceded by technical training courses which will run on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 July 2016 at the same venue as the conference.

Should you be utilising continuous flow technology?

flow chemistry image

Chemists from the fields of pharmaceuticals, agrichemicals and fine and speciality chemicals have gained from recent innovations in Flow Technology for example in handling reactive species safely, optimizing reactions, novel chemistries, scaling up experiments, and telescoping procedures. With so many benefits available - should you learn more about it?

Rideal Travel Bursaries - Submit Your Application by 15 October 2015


Rideal Travel Bursaries are offered by the Sir Eric Rideal Trust (managed jointly by SCI and the RSC) twice a year to promising academic research workers in the general field of colloid and surface science to attend conferences and/or visit relevant research institutions. Submit your application by 15 October 2015.

Interview with SCI Scholar, Moni Gupta

Moni Gupta

Moni Gupta received an SCI Scholarship in 2013. Here she tells us what being an SCI Scholar has enabled her to do.

The Building Stones of Cambridge walking tour


SCI Cambridge and Great Eastern held the Building Stones of Cambridge walking tour on 18 June. Attendees were treated to another fascinating tour of the building stones of Cambridge by Dr Nigel Woodcock, Director of Studies in Earth Sciences at University of Cambridge.

Last chance to apply - 2015 Seligman APV Fellowship

Olives being weighed

Applications for the Seligman APV fellowship are due to close on 31 July 2015. If you are a recent food engineering graduate or post graduate who is currently based outside the UK and working in industry or academia, the Seligman APV Fellowship may be the perfect opportunity for you!