The posters were presented to a group of MPs at Westminster and the medal is accompanied by a £2,000 prize. This is James' last week on group duties as he is flying off to a postdoctoral position with Nobel Prize winner Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart from 1st April.
Professor Polly Arnold has had an article published sharing her thoughts on what can be done to retain our female scientists.
With numbers dropping at every career stage Prof. Arnold talks about her Chemical Imbalance website, that deals with women in STEM subjects and some action points that can help recruit and retain the best scientists from the most diverse backgrounds.
Congratulations to PhD student Rebecca Nicolson from Dr Carole Morrison's group on the award of the top poster prize at this year's Johnson Matthey Annual Conference.
She saw off stiff competition to win the best 2nd year CASE student poster prize.
Congratulations to Euan Doidge who won the Edinburgh University heat of the 3 Minute Thesis competition. As well as being the judges' choice, he was the "people's choice".
The 3MT presentation title summary was "WEEE are Golden: metal recovery by solvent extraction", dealing with the use of chemistry for more efficient and environmentally friendlier processes for gold recycling from waste electronics.
Congratulation to Will Kew, a 3rd year PhD student in the Uhrin group, who has been awarded the Best Presentation Prize for his talk "Whiskyomics: Advanced spectroscopic, spectrometric and chemometric characterisation of Scotch Whisky" at the 2017 Worldwide Distilled Spirits Conference held in Glasgow 29th May - 1st June.
On the 5th of September a one day conference, NMR for Industry, took place at the University of Stirling. It was organised on behalf of the Scottish NMR User Group (SNUG) by Dr Nicholle Bell who did a splendid job, attracting more than 30 active participant from a dozen of companies.
This year's Stoddart Prize was awarded to Dr Andrew Maloney on Monday 18th April.
Before accepting the prize from Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart, Dr Maloney gave a lecture about his research entitled "Intermolecular distances and intermolecular energies - PIXEL analysis of interactions in organic and inorganic systems".
Congratulations to Nicholas Dominelli-Whiteley from Dr Scott Cockroft's group who was selected from among around 100 poster presenters as a prize winner at the 23rd IUPAC Conference on Physical Organic Chemistry held last week in Sydney, Australia.
His poster was entitled "The energetic limit of cooperativity in H-bond chains."
The IUPAC conference is a biannual event which has previously been held in Durham and Ottawa.
Congratulations to Nicholas Dominelli Whiteley and Dr James Cooper, both from the Cockroft group, for respectively winning the Nature Chemistry and ACS Central Science poster prizes at the 5th International Conference on Molecular Sensors and Molecular Logic Gates held last week in Bath.