24 June 2021

National undergraduate industrial placement showcase 2021

Organised by:

SCI’s Young Chemists’ Panel

Online Poster Session and Webinar - 14.00 - 15.45 BST

Registration Closed

This event is no longer available for registration.

This event is aimed at undergraduate students currently undertaking industrial research placements. Those working in organic, biological, supramolecular, physical organic or medicinal chemistry and related fields are encouraged to apply.
The event presents an excellent opportunity for chemistry industrial placement students to present their work to an international audience, and to learn about what their peers in other companies are working on.    
This year’s event will be in the form of an online poster session and webinar.  A selection of submissions will be invited to give a 10-minute presentation of their work at the symposium.  Prizes will be awarded for the best posters and talks. An established industry chemist will also give a talk on their career path following their industrial placement year.  
This event is aimed at undergraduate chemistry students, either currently undertaking a placement or planning to in the future. It will also be of interest to industrial chemists. 

James Douglas

Team manager, AstraZeneca

James obtained a MChem degree from the University of York in 2008, which included a one-year placement at GlaxoSmithKline in Stevenage. In 2012, he completed his Ph.D. under the supervision of Professor Andrew Smith at the University of St Andrews and was jointly funded by AstraZeneca and the EPSRC. Following his Ph.D he spent 3 years in the USA (Boston, Michigan, and Indianapolis) as an Eli Lilly postdoctoral scientist working in collaboration with the group of Prof Stephenson on visible light photocatalysis. He joined AstraZeneca process chemistry in Macclesfield in late 2015 and is currently leading the Catalysis, High-Throughput & Synthesis team.


Thursday 24 June

Welcome and Introduction
Computational Techniques for Drug Discovery
Daniella Hares, AstraZeneca/University of Southampton
Optimising the Synthesis of Cyclic Amine Linkers for use in Novel PROTACs
Ffion Platt, GSK
The physicochemical characterisation of druggable molecules beyond the rule of five
Grace Langham, UCB
Process design towards AZD5991, an Acute Myeloid Leukaemia therapeutic
Harriet McNicholl, AstraZeneca/University of Liverpool
Selective Synthesis of E and Z Fluoroalkenoates
Max Barnett, GSK/University of Exeter
Keynote speaker:
James Douglas, AstraZeneca
Prize-giving and Close

Posters will be displayed on an online platform from 14th-24th June 2021.

The webinar on 24th June will feature talks from 5 selected students. 

Student Speakers
  • Daniella Hares, AstraZeneca
  • Ffion Platt, GSK
  • Grace Langham, UCB
  • Harriet McNicholl, AstraZeneca
  • Max Barnett, GSK

Booking Process/Deadlines

Booking terms and conditions

Call for posters and criteria
Any student currently on placement in the UK, or those on placement abroad who attend a UK university are invited to submit a poster. The poster should be portrait orientation and supplied in pdf format. Industrial supervisors should submit the application of behalf of their student

Posters must be received by Friday 4 June.  

Submissions for talks are now closed.  

Please submit applications via: this link 


Organising Committee
  • Alistair Boyer, SCI/ University of Glasgow
  • Rosemary Croft, SCI/ Syngenta
  • Kirsten Hogg, SCI/ Vernalis
  • Oliver Ring, SCI/ AstraZeneca

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