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Chemists Inspire at Baird Celebration Day

The annual event was also graced this year by two impressive Scots – Sir David MacMillan and David Mackay, who were the 2023 recipients of the Baird of Bute Scottish Innovation and Scottish Aviation Award. Recent Nobel Laureate David MacMillan (2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for “the development of asymmetric organocatalysis”) and the first Scot in Space David Mackay (Chief Pilot of Virgin Galactic and former RAF test pilot) served as a reminder of the great things our small country can achieve.

Showcasing Digital Frontiers

Academics presented their ground-breaking research on quantum technology, natural language processing and bioinspired robotics, for example, and discussed how it is being applied, through partnerships with private and public sectors, to address challenges in healthcare, ethics and sustainability.

PhD Led Outreach Project Secures RSC Funding

Workshop in a Box (“WiaB”) is an outreach project developed and managed by a team of PhD students (Emily Goddard, Katie Grant, Daniel Cutler and Ailsa Geddis) in the School of Chemistry and was founded in late 2020 with support from the RSC Outreach Fund. This project aims to allow Scottish secondary school chemistry pupils from all backgrounds access to hands-on experience of real laboratory equipment.