Postgraduate Symposium XIV

biological and medicinal chemistry symposium for postgraduates

Friday, 11th December 2020

A virtual symposium


Registration is open


Twitter hashtag #CamPostGrad20


Downloads and Links

Online registration - closing date is 27th November

Abstract template - closing date is 5th October


Symposium announcement

RSC webpage

RSC special offer on membership - follow this link to see below



The RSC-BMCS (Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector) will host its fourteenth postgraduate symposium for PhD students and post-doctoral workers researching in biological or medicinal chemistry and related areas.  Researchers working in these areas are invited to participate.


Call for Abstracts

If you are interested in presenting your relevant PhD or post-doctoral work as a talk or poster, in addition to registering, please submit a single-page abstract to Maggi Churchouse in Word format using this abstract template.


The deadline for abstract submission is Monday, 5th October. Those selected by the Organising Committee to give oral or poster presentations will be notified by Friday, 30th October.   Please download an abstract template here.


Posters and Prizes

The meeting’s popular poster session will be held online. Posters will be hosted on the conference website in the run-up to the meeting and there will be an opportunity to interact with the poster presenters via Twitter or e-mail throughout the week.

The BMCS judges will be awarding prizes to participants. There will be prizes of £500 for the best oral presentation and of £250 for the best poster. These will be announced at the end of the day.


The meeting will be run online from 10 am – 3.30 pm and the day will consist of ten oral presentations delivered live (8 student and 2 keynote). Each 15-minute student talk will be followed by 5 minutes for questions.  In each session there will be a 20-minute keynote talk from an industrial or academic chemist.


Welcome, opening remarks and online housekeeping announcement

John Skidmore, University of Cambridge



First session

Session Chair:



Talk 1


Talk 2


Talk 3
11.10Talk 4


Keynote 1


Lunch break



Second session

Session Chair:



Brief introduction, announcements, and housekeeping reminder 

To be confirmed


Talk 5


Talk 6


Talk 7


Talk 8


Keynote 2


Closing remarks

Dave Alker, David Alker Associate


Announcement of prizewinners




This event is FREE, but all attendees are required to register.  To secure your place at this popular event, please register by no later than Friday, 27th November.  


The registration weblink is here.


RSC Special Offer on Membership



We know that not everyone in the audience is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and there may be several reasons for this, but right now the RSC are offering free Affiliate membership to anyone who attends one of our online events. If you’ve ever considered joining but haven’t got around to it, or are not sure what you could get out of being a member, then maybe now is the time to sign up as an Affiliate for free and try it out.

Affiliate membership doesn’t need a degree transcript or CV, simply go to and use the discount code IG100 to join, and then you can become a member of our Interest Group, the BMCS, and keep up to date with all of our events and activities.

Affiliate membership offers:
- Free membership of one Interest Group*
- 10 free RSC journal article downloads a year and 35% off RSC books
- Online access to Chemistry World
- Access to careers resources and webinars and discounts for accredited training courses
- Support from the Chemists’ Community Fund
- Discounts on travel, insurance, lifestyle and publications.
* You may wish to choose the BMCS (Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector)!

Sponsors and Supporters

We are grateful to our confirmed supporters:


We are grateful to our confirmed sponsors:









Additional sponsors are sought to support this event.


Organising Committee

Dave Alker (treasurer), Chemistry Recruitment Consultant

Rose Bardell-Cox, Evotec
Anthony Coyne, University of Cambridge

Ashley Jarvis, Evotec

Katherine Jones, GlaxoSmithKline
John Skidmore, University of Cambridge
Gordon Saxty, Fidelta

Mary Wheldon, University of Dundee

Douglas Williamson (chairman), Vernalis Research

Event Contact

For sponsorship and other enquires, please contact Maggi Churchouse.


Registration is open

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