RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium 2014

1 December 2014, London, United Kingdom

Congratulations to the winners at the 2014 RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium held on 01 December 2014 at the Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, London.

The symposium, supported by our headline sponsor F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, provided a fantastic opportunity for 37 final year organic chemistry PhD students to showcase their research and network with their peers, leading academics, and industrial chemists.

Our three judges were very impressed with the high level of work on display and the enthusiasm of the students as they presented their posters. Professor Sue Gibson (Imperial College London), Chair of the organising committee for the past 3 years and judge on the day, shares her experience of the symposium,

"Every single poster presenter deserves congratulations. The standard of chemistry presented was breath-taking, and it was a pleasure to see participants fully engaged in discussions from start to finish."

Along with Professor Julian Blagg (Institute of Cancer Research) and Professor Jonathan Clayden (University of Manchester) she had the difficult task of choosing our winners.

They awarded First Prize to Sonja Kuschel, from Professor David Leigh's group at the University of Manchester, for her work on nanomachines for sequential peptide synthesis, or "man-made ribosomes".

Runner up Prizes went to Antony Burton from the University of Bristol (poster title: Installing Catalytic Activity into a de novo Designed Protein Structure) and Sarah Walker from Heriot-Watt University (poster title: Development of Pd(II)-catalysed oxidative Heck reactions and CH functionalisations)

The Industry Prize, chosen by delegates from industry, looked specifically for research with the greatest potential for application in an industrial context. Winner of this prize was Antoine Maruani, from Professor Stephen Caddick's group at University College London, for his poster on a novel class of tuneable reagents for selective dual modification of proteins.

Finally, all of the students were asked to vote for their favourite poster. The winner of the Participants' Prize was Owen Davis from Imperial College London (poster title: Synthesis and Functionalisation of Highly Substituted Oxetanes: Molecular Scaffolds for Drug Discovery).


  • Our first prize winner received £500 and the opportunity to have their work featured on the front cover of Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
  • Our industry prize winner received £500 and a year's subscription to Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
  • Our two runners-up received £250
  • Our participants' prize winner received a £200 RSC book voucher sponsored by Organic Chemistry Frontiers
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.
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The Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House

The Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BA, United Kingdom

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