Events in 2023
The 25th Lakeland Symposium, Grasmere (7 - 11 May)
The Heterocyclic and Synthesis Interest Group held its flagship meeting, the 25th Lakeland Symposium, in Grasmere from Sunday 7 May to Thursday 11 May 2023. After a four year hiatus, the 25th Lakeland event was extremely popular. The diverse plenary line-up provided excellent science in the relaxing atmosphere of the Lake District. It was a real pleasure for the committee to see so many early career researchers being able to discuss their science at the symposium.
There were nine plenary talks across the five day programme, including the Charles Rees lecture by Prof. David Procter on Sunday evening. A supporting programme of fourteen lectures by academics and industrialists highlighted the group's strong and enduring links to industry. The meeting is also renowned for its support of early career researchers, and we were delighted to see nineteen excellent short talks from postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers.
With support from Thieme and the RSC, two short talk prizes were awarded:
Laura Winfrey (University of Leicester)
Harry Hicks (University of Oxford)
The traditional Monday evening poster session in the Wordsworth Hotel provided an excellent snapshot of the outstanding organic chemistry being carried out by early career researchers from across the UK and overseas. Over 50 posters were presented, showcasing a large breadth of organic chemistry research.
With support from the RSC, four poster prizes were awarded:
Jerson Lapetaje (University of St. Andrews)
Nahim Kazi (University of Lancaster)
Kate Donaghy (UCD)
Annie Rouse (University of Greenwich)
The committee would like to thank the plenary speakers, supporting presenters, all delegates, and especially the PGR community for making the event such a success. We are also indebted to our sponsors (AstraZeneca, Astex, Syngenta, Vertex, UCB, Sygnature Discovery, Charles River, SpiroChem, Teledyne, RSC publishing, and SynOpen), our hosts at the ‘Wordsworth Hotel’ and ‘The Inn at Grasmere’, as well as the Trustees at the Grasmere Village Hall.
37th PGR Symposium, Chesterford Research Park, Charles River (19 September)
Our 37th Postgraduate Symposium was held on Tuesday 19 September 2023 at Chesterford Research Park (Charles River), Saffron Walden. This was a lively meeting of excellent science, with nine postgraduate talks, a flash presentation session, and a poster session during lunch, as well as lectures from Dr. Stefano Lavanto (Charles River) and Prof. Ross Denton (University of Nottingham).
The prize winners were:
Best short talk: Hannan Adams (University of Cambridge)
Best flash presentation: Luke Chem (GSK/University of Strathclyde)
Best poster: Adam Lockyer (The University of Edinburgh)
Many thanks to all the presenters!
Picture caption: The three prize winners are (from left to right) Hannan Adams (University of Cambridge); Luke Chem (GSK/University of Strathclyde); Adam Lockyer (The University of Edinburgh)