21 June 2022

National undergraduate industrial placement showcase 2022

Organised by:

SCI’s Young Chemists Panel

Alderley Park Conference Centre, UK

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 a national audience, and to learn about what their peers in other companies are working on.   

This year’s event will be a half-day symposium including talks and a poster session.  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 talks and posters.  There will also be a talk from a keynote speaker working in Industry. 


This event is aimed at undergraduate chemistry students, either currently undertaking a placement or planning to in future, and will also be of interest to industrial chemists.

Call for abstracts

Any student currently on placement in the UK, or those on placement abroad who attend a UK university are invited to submit an abstract. The abstract should be a maximum of 150 words and can include one supporting scheme. Students must have approval from their industrial supervisor before submitting an abstract. The closing date for abstracts is Friday 15 April. A selection of abstracts will be picked to present a talk at the showcase. Students will be notified whether they have been selected for a talk or poster by Friday 22 April.

Please submit applications here


For further information and prices, please email conferences@soci.org.


George Taylor

Sai Life Sciences

George graduated with a Masters in Chemistry from the University of Sheffield in 2014. After graduating, he joined GSK in Chemical Development, where he worked in a number of different roles, including flow chemistry, outsourcing and crystallisation sciences. In 2017 George took a year long secondment in Singapore, working as a plant engineer in a pilot scale manufacturing facility. He then returned to the UK and Chemical Development in 2018, where he took on a role leading the modelling strategy for the department. In September 2021 George joined Sai Life Sciences in Alderley Park, where he currently works as a Senior Process Chemist, leading projects for clients in the pharmaceutical sector.


Tuesday 21 June

Registration, lunch, and posters
Welcome and introduction
Development of a High-Throughput-NMR Workflow for the Optimisation of a Decarboxylation Reaction within the Chemical Development Department at GSK
Imogen Godsmark-Ford, GSK
Synthesis and Structure-Activity Analysis of an Azetidine Amide Array for a Neurological Target
Romilly Hryczanek, Evotec
Investigation into the stalling of a deoxychlorination reaction
Lucy Bridgewater, Sai Life Sciences
Optimising Buchwald-Hartwig Amination Conditions using High Throughput Experimentation
Dean Stimpson, Charles River
Poster session, networking, and refreshments
Synthesis of Aromatic Azides as Photoaffinity Probes
Eilidh McTaggart, Sosei Heptares
[3+2]-electrocyclisations: Utilising azomethine ylide cycloadditions to introduce diversity into sp3-rich compound libraries
Matthew Southern, Sygnature Discovery
Covalent inhibitors: From screening selection to nanomolar compounds
Hannah Baillie, MSD
Photochemical and Electrochemical Decarboxylative C-N Cross Coupling for the Synthesis of Aminal Prodrugs
Isabella Roberts, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Keynote presentation: Process Chemistry in the Pharmaceutical Industry
George Taylor, Sai Life Sciences
Prizes and close

Venue and Contact

Alderley Park

Alderley Park
SK10 4TG

Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org


This is a free event. To enable us to control the number of visitors in the venue, we are asking all delegates to pre-register in advance. 

For this reason, registration will close 24 hours prior to the event and only registered guests will be admitted.

All registrations will automatically receive a confirmation within 24 hours of registering for the event. Should you not receive written confirmation of your booking, please email conferences@soci.org.

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Organising Commitee

Alistair Boyer, SCI/ University of Glasgow
Aimee Clarke, SCI/ Sai Life Sciences
Kirsten Hogg, SCI/ Vernalis
Stefano Levanto, SCI/ Charles River