The latest edition of #RSCPoster – the poster conference that takes place entirely online and and is open to researchers anywhere in the world – came to a close today, after a 24 hour whirlwind of science – featuring almost 900 posters from 62 countries.
By Catherine Hodges
Creativity was high and the work was excellent as the global chemistry community came together to share their research in new and innovative ways.
The introduction of #RSCPosterPitch – short videos from our poster presenters – was widely enjoyed as we got to meet the researchers behind the research. Pitches ranged from poetry to 90s TV commercials as chemists got creative and showed their passion for their subject.
The actual #RSCPosters too, did not disappoint! We saw GIFs, graffiti and pop culture galore.
Errant Science was also on hand to help simplify some of the concepts and conversations, including this example inspired by an interaction between a presenter and one of our journal teams!
This year, we were able to facilitate further conversations around topics important throughout chemistry careers, with the introduction of #RSCPosterLive – a series of webinars held on an alternate platform.
The webinars enabled those without Twitter to join in the conference – further building on our aim to make #RSCPoster as inclusive as possible. The webinars were popularly received. One participant, who attended the webinar entitled "How to choose your supervisor", said: "Nice webinar! I think it's very important to cover this kind of arguments and not only specific scientific issues. I had never seen something like this before and I'm really happy for having found this webinar. Please, continue doing things like this."
The other webinars were entitled "Pathways to Professor" and "Mental health in STEM".
We're delighted that the conference has been such a success so far, and we'd like to thank our chairs and scientific committees for all their hard work.
It's not completely over though, as our judges still have to announce their winners. We'll post the results soon, but for now, enjoy looking through some of our highlights below, and scrolling through the hashtag on Twitter –celebrating the excellence in our chemistry community!