RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium

02 December 2013
Chemistry Centre, Burlington House, London

The Organic Division Poster Symposium on 2 December 2013 was a great success. 37 PhD students were invited to attend the event sponsored by F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. at the Chemistry Centre at Burlington House, where they had a chance to present their work to leading organic chemists in academia and industry.   

As part of the symnposium, we awarded prizes for the best posters. With so much fantastic organic chemistry on display, the judges Dr John Clough (Syngenta) and Professor Alan Armstrong (Imperial College London) had a difficult decision to make.   

They awarded the first prize to Francis Lister, a PhD student in Jonathan Clayden's group at the University of Manchester for his work on screw-sense-responsive fluorescent probes.   

Runners' Up prizes went to Katrina Kramer from Queen Mary's University London and Edward Emmett from Oxford University. 

In addition, the industrial delegates awarded a prize for the best poster showcasing potential for industrial application.   

The industry prize went to Neal Fazakerley from David Procter's group at the University of Manchester for his poster on total synthesis of (+)-Pleuromutilin and biologically active analogues.   

Finally, all attending PhD students were asked to select their favourite poster, and the winner of this participants' prize was Matthew Grayson from the University of Cambridge. 

"I thoroughly enjoyed competing at this symposium. It was a great chance to explain my work to a larger audience and to see in detail the fascinating projects other researchers are working on."
Francis Lister, First Prize Winner, 2013


Delegates at the 2013 Organic Division Poster Symposium

Delegates at the 2013 Organic Division Poster Symposium


  • Winning poster received a 500 prize
  • Industry prize winner received 500 prize
  • Two runners-up received 250 prize       

This year our headline sponsor, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., also offered a further prize of a one week visit to their labs in Basel, Switzerland, to the First and Industry prize winners. 

Industrial delegates were asked to make the selection for the Industry Prize, placing a particular emphasis on the potential for application in an industrial context. 

There was also a Participant Prize which was selected by the poster presenters on the day.

Headline Sponsor

We would like to thank F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Ltd. for their support of this event. 



We would like to thank the following companies for their support of this event:

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