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TransMed Conference

The TransMed Student Conference was on the 31st May-1st June, and was organised by Optima students for PhD students studying physical sciences with an application to healthcare.

We had students from all around the UK. The speakers were Prof. Tony James from Bath University, Prof. AP De Silva from Queen's University Belfast, Dr Ruchi Gupta from the University of Hull, and Stuart Cantrill the Chief Editor of Nature Chem.

UK-India Symposium

The School of Chemistry hosted the Royal Society of Chemistry/Chemical Research Society of India one-day symposium on the theme of Functional Materials.

Six senior Indian academics joined us for a series of excellent presentations from the visitors as well as speakers from the University of Edinburgh and other Scottish Universities. Hosting this event is another landmark in our growing collaborative partnerships with leading Indian research institutes.

Teamwork in Innovation Award

Congratulations to Dr Chris Mowat and his collaborators at Edinburgh and at GSK on being awarded a Royal Society of Chemistry Industry & Technology Award.

The Teamwork in Innovation Award, sponsored by Johnson and Johnson, recognises outstanding collaborations between industry and academia worldwide. Dr Mowat and GSK are involved in research to discover medicines for treatment of acute pancreatitis.

Chemical Cultures

The School of Chemistry recently ran a Chemical Cultures event. This was designed to bring together our staff and students from different countries and showcase food and drink from each.

Fifteen different countries were represented at the food stalls and around ten teams took part in the quiz in what proved to a be a vibrant and successful evening.

We look forward to hosting more in the future!

New Facilities Provide New Collaborative Opportunities

Scottish Enterprise has highlighted the industrial collaboration possibilities of the new Mass Spectroscopy and NMR facilities recently opened within the School.

With a ??1.2m investment the upgraded service offers benefits for large and small businesses, providing access to instruments and expertise that would otherwise be out of their reach. In turn these services encourage a greater level of innovation among companies in the chemical sciences.

You can read more about the impact of the new facilities in the articles below: