By Mark Seymour
The annual meeting provides an opportunity for early career scientists working in any field of analytical bioscience to present their research, expand their networks and gain exposure to areas of analytical science that they may not have considered before. Hosted by the Chemistry Department at the University of Cambridge, this was the sixth such meeting organized by the ABG, and attendance has continued to grow year-on-year.
The event included keynote lectures alongside short talks and posters delivered by early career researchers. Career and CV advice was also on offer, alongside drinks receptions and a conference dinner in Peterhouse, Cambridge’s oldest college.
Keynote lectures were delivered by speakers from LGC, University of Turin, GSK, Nottingham University, UCL, Illumina and Maynooth University. Topics included a comparison between drug detection in equine sports and anti-doping efforts in human sports, large-scale fixation of CO and CO2 by bacteria and the application of imaging mass spectrometry in drug discovery. Cecilia Bembibre from UCL also spoke engagingly about the impact of smell on our emotions, thoughts and memories, describing analytical techniques to study VOCs produced by old books and historic potpourri.
Prizes were awarded for the best talks and posters from early career researchers. Adrian Butterworth from Strathclyde University won first prize for his presentation on developing electrochemical biosensors to detect antibiotic resistance genes in Gram-negative bacteria. Rhiannon Brooks from Warwick University won both second prize for her talk and the popular vote for the best poster, while Sean Doyle from Maynooth University won the ABG committee’s poster prize.