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Group News

Are Farmers Bee Aware

On Wednesday the 10 February 2016, SCI’s Public Evening Lecture will enter the debate over the use of neonicotinoids by farmers to support sustainable faring. The lecture will be delivered by Mr Guy Smith, Vice President of the National Farming Union (NFU).

Public Lecture Prof Kevin Harrington - video now available

Virus Infected Cells

SCI welcomed Prof Kevin Harrington to present a Public Evening Lecture on Turning Poachers into Gamekeepers: Using Viruses to Treat Cancer on 11 November 2015. The video of the lecture is now available to view.

DSA and Lampitt Nominations 2016 - Submit Your Nomination by 19 February 2016

DSA and Lampitt Awards

SCI has two prestigious Society Awards that are awarded to members who have made a significant contribution to SCI. The Lampitt Medal honours members who have given their own gifts of time, leadership, vision and enthusiasm to more than one area of the Society's activities. The Distinguished Service Award (DSA) is given to members of the Society who have contributed significant and sustained service to at least one element in the SCI structure for ten years or more.

Prof Lovestone lecture - video now available

Big Data

SCI welcomed Prof Simon Lovestone to present a Public Evening Lecture on whether big Data offers a possible solution for the treatment of Alzheimer's Disease on 13 October 2015. |The video of the lecture is now available.

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?