Postgraduate Symposium XIV

biological and medicinal chemistry symposium for postgraduates

Friday, 11th December 2020

A virtual symposium


Poster viewing will start at 09.00 on Monday, 7th December

The poster networking session will run 12.00-14.00 on Thursday, 10th December

The oral presentation symposium will run 10.00-15.25 on Friday, 11th December


Registration is open

Registration will be closed after Friday, 27th November


Twitter hashtag #CamPostGrad20


Downloads and Links

Online registration - closing date is 27th November


Symposium announcement

RSC webpage

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


This virtual event will be hosted on GoToWebinar.

The posters will be available via a dedicated independent link - (available to registered delegates only from 1st December)



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 - now closed

If you were interested in presenting your relevant PhD or post-doctoral work as a talk or poster, you were asked to submit a single-page abstract by 5th October.   All those who submitted abstracts have been notified of the Abstract Review Panel's decisions.


Posters and Prizes

The meeting’s popular poster session will be held online.


Viewing:  Posters will be hosted on a dedicated webpage for poster viewing in the run-up to the meeting will be available from 09.00 on 7th December.  The link will be made available to registered delegates by that date.


Networking:  There will be an opportunity for registered delegates to interact with the poster presenters via our poster networking session from 12.00-14.00 on Thursday, 10th December.   The networking platform will be GrapeVine, and the event will be run on an open-house basis,  first come first served.   The link will be made available to registered delegates by that date.


On the Day:  Contact may be made with the poster authors via links provide in their abstracts.

Prizes:  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 on Friday, 11th December.


The meeting will be run online from 10.00-15.50, 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.


Thursday, 10th December
12.00Networking with our poster presenters (via Grapevine)
14.00Networking ends


Friday, 11th December


Welcome, opening remarks and online housekeeping announcement

John Skidmore, University of Cambridge, UK



First session

Session Chair:   John Skidmore, University of Cambridge, UK


Design, synthesis and characterization of Δ7-dafachronic acid bioisosters as modulators of the DAF-12 receptor
Giada Ceccarelli, University of Perugia, Italy


Query-guided protein-protein interaction inhibitor discovery
Sergi Celis, University of Leeds, UK


Synthesis and biological evaluation of novel indole maleimides
Louise Cooney, University College Cork, Ireland


Fragment-orientated synthesis: synthesis, biological evaluation and elaboration of fragments targeting Aurora-a kinase

Emily Faulkner, University of Leeds, UK


Keynote:  Discovery and development of novel, immunosuppressive classes of lipid kinase inhibitors able to prolong allogeneic organ engraftment

Helen Horsley, UCB, UK


Lunch break



Second session

Session Chair: Katherine Jones, GlaxoSmithKline, UK


Brief introduction, announcements, and housekeeping reminder 

Katherine Jones, GlaxoSmithKline, UK


Caging DNA targeting ligands for triggered release
Tim Kench, Imperial College London, UK


Nitro at the museum, or drugs of the future?
Vanessa Lyne, University of Durham, UK


MetaTacs: a strategy for metastasis prevention through targeted fascin degradation

Sarah Memarzadeh, University of Glasgow, UK


A CRISPR method for rapid in-cell validation of epigenetic targets
Adam Thomas, University of Oxford, UK


Keynote 2:  Navigating chemical space – new approaches to finding hits

Mike Waring, Newcastle University, UK


Closing remarks

Dave Alker, David Alker Associate


Announcement of prize-winners




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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