Contact Chemistry World
The editorial team
Bibiana Campos Seijo – Editor
Tel: +44 (0)1223 432247
Email: Bibiana Campos-Seijo
I have great ambitions for Chemistry World, and hope to see it become the leading magazine brand in the chemical sciences globally, providing journalism of the highest quality and positively engaging with the community via state-of-the-art products and services. This ambition doesn't stretch to my cricket playing, as although I've recently joined the Women’s 1st XI for Battisford and District Cricket Club, I don’t think we’ll become the leading team in the league just yet...
Patrick Walter – News editor
Tel: +44 (0)1223 432400
Email: Patrick Walter
After stints working on science journals, writing for society newsletters and editing and writing jobs with the magazine Chemistry & Industry I joined Chemistry World. Writing for the magazine has given me a wonderful opportunity to meet childhood heroes and some of the best scientists in the world. Telling the world about their work is not only great fun, but also matters. A scientifically literate public and body politic is vital if we expect evidence to play a greater role in policy-making.
Neil Withers – Features editor
Tel: +44 (0)1223 432107
Email: Neil Withers
I commission and edit the features in Chemistry World, and contribute to the other areas of the magazine as need arises. I have a PhD in solid-state inorganic chemistry from the University of Durham, where I also did a four-year chemistry degree.
Philip Robinson – Careers and comment editor (reviews)
Tel: +44 (0)1223 432428
Email: Philip Robinson
At Chemistry World, my interest in spectroscopy has broadened to cover the whole ‘spectrum’ of physical chemistry. But much as I love leafing through Phys. Rev. Lett., I’m as interested in the people behind the papers as the science itself, and speaking with scientists about their work is both a pleasure and a privilege. I’m not a cheerleader for science; a good science story is a good story. However, the telling needs some skill, and at least a little knowledge, to do it well. I hope we manage that.
Phillip Broadwith – Business editor
Tel: +44 (0)1223 432446
Email: Phillip Broadwith
But halfway through my PhD I entered a writing competition run by the Daily Telegraph. I managed to win - somewhat to my own surprise. That changed my perspective and made me think that I should consider writing more seriously as a career. I joined the RSC just before submitting my thesis, and luckily a position with Chemistry World came up a few months later. I sometimes miss the thrills (less so the spills) of lab work, but interacting with world-leading researchers and learning new things on a daily basis more than makes up for it.
Benjamin Valsler - Online and multimedia editor
Tel: +44 (0)1223 432507
Email: Benjamin Valsler
A zoologist by training with a Master's degree in science communication, I have become something of a jack of all trades. I specialised in astronomy and materials science during my tenure with Cambridge University’s Naked Scientists, before taking on the Online and Multimedia editor position at Chemistry World. Far from a disadvantage, being a generalist allows me to revel in learning new aspects of science, and has given me a real interest in the boundaries – the edge effects where one specialism meets another, where theory meets application and where science meets engineering.
Laura Howes – Science correspondent
Tel: +44 (0)1223 432369
Email: Laura Howes
After a short period of making protein mutants and attaching fluorescent probes to them, I decided that day-to-day lab work might not be for me. But I still wanted to be involved in science somehow and now I spend my time writing stories on proteins, policy, p-chem and everything in between.
I got into writing about science through editing it, or rather scientific papers. It turned out I enjoyed writing summaries of papers for the front of the journals I worked on and from there I edged closer and closer to the hallowed Chemistry World team. Literally, the magazine I worked for before, Education in Chemistry, was moved from London to the desks next door. It wasn’t long before I charmed my way into the team.
Emma Stoye – Science correspondent
Tel: +44 (0)1223 432409
Email: Emma Stoye
Before joining the Chemistry World team I spent a year at the RSC working as a graduate trainee in different departments, including membership, science and communications. My degree was actually in biological sciences, but I now feel like a chemist at heart!
Jennifer Newton – RSC content editor
Tel: +44 (0)1223 432444
Email: Jennifer Newton
As the daughter of a chemistry teacher, chemistry has always been in my blood. Teaching science for 5 weeks in Ghana when I was 16 confirmed my suspicions that I didn’t also want to be a teacher.
I studied Natural Sciences at the University Bath, doing a little bit of everything, mainly chemistry and pharmacology but no physics. My degree included a year-long industrial placement at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, part of the Ministry of Defence – although if I told you what I did there, I’d have to kill you.
I joined the RSC in September 2008, collecting over 4 years of experience in journals publishing, before moving to Chemistry World in April of 2013. Cooking and gardening dominate when I'm not at work.
The design team
Emma Shiells – Picture editor
Tel: +44 (0)1223 432365
Email: Emma Shiells
The first few years saw me working on chemistry journals; handling submissions, sending papers for peer review, commissioning new articles and launching a new journal. In July 2011, I crossed over to the ‘dark side’ and joined the RSC design team as a Picture Editor; sourcing pictures, commissioning photographs and illustrations for the organisation. I’ve always enjoyed reading (and writing!) for the esteemed magazine Chemistry World, now I get to source images and help with its design on a daily basis. Scientists should never underestimate the power of imagery when it comes to communicating their interests and research – as they say, a picture paints a thousand words.
Scott Ollington – Production Designer
Tel: +44 (0)1223 432662
Email: Scott Ollington
Having worked for the RSC since 1993 alongside the Editorial Team, I currently produce Chemistry World and a range of other magazines such as Education in Chemistry and The Mole.