10 Oct 2012
Another successful programme of SCI undergraduate symposia was completed in 2012, building on the success of previous years. This year has seen symposia at five universities around the country (Birmingham, Durham, Glasgow, Imperial College London and Leicester) and drew speakers from over 20 institutions.
The symposia, which are organised by the Young Chemists' Panel (YCP), invite final year undergraduate students to present their research in any area of synthetic chemistry. Demand from students to speak at the event was high and this was reflected in the quality of the presentations delivered by all of the speakers.
These free events were made possible thanks to sponsorship provided by companies working in chemical synthesis in the UK, many of whom also provided representatives to act as judges at the meetings. This provided a great opportunity for speakers and audience members to meet chemists working in synthesis and to make useful contacts in today's challenging job market.
Prizes were awarded based on the novelty of the research, the quality of the presentation and how the speaker responded to questions.
Plans are already underway to repeat the symposia in 2013, with the aim of making these events a mainstay of the undergraduate calendar.