Congratulations to SCI Travel Bursary Winners

28 May 2015

Twice a year SCI offers financial support to early career members who are planning to travel to a conference or site visit related to their studies in the form of travel bursaries.

The March 2015 round of travel bursary applications (for travel between July and December 2015) were assessed by the judging panel and we are pleased to announce that fourteen of the applicants have been awarded bursaries for their attendance at a conference or laboratory visit.

The winners hail from a wide range of Universities in the UK and overseas (including South Korea, Turkey and Australia) and represent a range of different scientific backgrounds. Two of the winners will be making research visits – one in the UK to the Food and Nutritional Sciences Department at the University of Reading, and the other will be going as far Japan to the National Institute for Materials Science.

The remaining twelve will be heading across the globe to conferences in Germany, Boston, Sweden, Singapore, Washington and New Orleans, which will guarantee that they will encounter and have the opportunity to network with an international audience and experience new cultures. Six of the recipients will be attending the 250th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting and Exposition in Boston, which takes place between 16-18 August. Here they will meet thousands of like-minded chemists, chemical engineers, academics, graduate and postdoctoral students, professionals and exhibitors, learn about new technologies and discover new ground-breaking research.

Reflecting SCI’s multidisciplinary nature, the conference themes and poster/presentation titles are wide ranging covering many different areas of science; from food packaging to nanotechnology; from organic chemistry to drug discovery and sensory science to carbon dioxide utilisation.

Please see the table below for more information:



Paper/Poster Title

AJ Banks (Food Science)


Ashleigh Stewart, University of Reading

250th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Boston, USA

Flavour formation in skimmed milk powder in a low-moisture system

Kirtiraj Kundlik Gaikwad, Yonsei University, Wonju Campus

Innovations in Food Packaging, Shelf Life and Food Safety, Munich, Germany

Development of thermal protection package using bio micro-encapsulated phase change material for fresh produce

Sinan Unzunlu, Pamukkale University

Visit to the Food and Nutritional Sciences Department, University of Reading, Berkshire, UK

Site Visit

Stephanie Bull, University of Reading

Pangborn Sensory Science Symposium, The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden

Elucidating the mechanism of whey protein derived mouthdrying through understanding the influence of thermal denaturation

Messel (Chemical Science including all Life Sciences)


Anthony Gee, University of Bath

ESOC 19th European Symposium in Organic Chemistry, Lisbon, Portugal

Synthesis and Screening of Novel-Non Benzenoid Axially Chiral Biaryl Molecules for Catalysis

Daniel Payne, University of Birmingham

Visit to the National Institute for Materials Sciences (NIMS), Japan

Site Visit

Oscar Méndez Lucio, University of Cambridge

250th ACS National Meeting and Exposition, Boston, USA

Which kinase to hit in the NCI-60 panel? From a selectivity problem to a multi target solution

Owen Davis, Imperial College London

250th ACS National Meeting and Exposition, Boston, USA

Oral Presentation: Synthesis and Functionalisation of Highly Substituted Oxetanes: Molecular Scaffold of Drug Discovery

Poster Presentation: Regio-and Stereospecific Synthesis of C-3 Functionalised Proline Derivatives by Palladium Catalyzed Directed C(sp3)- H Arylation

Robert Foster, University College London

250th ACS National Meeting and Exposition, Boston, USA

Irreversible endo-Selective Diels-Alder Reactions of Substituted Alkoxyfurans: a General Synthesis of endo-Cantharimides

Shue Jie Lam, University of Melbourne

250th ACS National Meeting and Exposition, Boston, USA

Oral Presentation: SNAPPing Gram-Negative Bacteria with Star-Shaped Polypeptides

Poster Presentation: Antimicrobial Peptide Stars: The Road to Discovery and Development

William Brittain, University of Birmingham

250th ACS National Meeting and Exposition, Boston, USA

Asymmetric ‘click’ chemistry focussing on the copper catalysed azide-alkyne cycloaddition Kynetic resolution of terminal alkynes utilising triazole formations

Richardson (Process Engineering/Chemistry)

Ceyda Oksel, University of Leeds

NanoTech 2015 Advanced Materials & Applications, Washington, USA

(Quantitative) Structure-Activity Relationship Models for Hazard Assessment and Risk Management of Engineered Nanomaterials

Oluwafunmilola Ola, Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage (CICCS), Heriot-Watt University

13th International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilzation (ICCDU), Singapore

CO2 photoreduction via CeO2-TiO2 coated two dimensional PMMA plates

Orla Williams, University of Nottingham

2015 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) International Meeting, New Orleans, USA

Impact of Mill Type on Biomass Milling Behaviour

All of this year's winners (and applicants) are current SCI members, so why not congratulate them on their award and get in touch with them via the Members' Directory? (you will need to sign in to start networking).

We look forward to hearing about their experiences and reading their post-conference reports, which will be published on the SCI website in the coming months.

Applications will open in August for those who want to claim assistance with the cost of travel between 1 January and 30 June 2016 (click on the link below to apply).

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