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This workshop will introduce key concepts in sustainable materials design, including the evolution of materials, current material classes and consumption, life cycle analysis, and eco audits. Following the introduction to theory and several examples of applying eco audits to frequently debated problems, students will take apart modern electronic devices (tools provided). The workshop will close with a critical examination of the devices, material and design choices, as well as end-of-life options.

AthenaSWAN Event new Thu 25 May 2017   12:30 Finished

Following our recent straw poll on how members of the Department would like to meet up and discuss issues relating to gender equality in our Department, this mixed gender meeting invites you to come and contribute to a discussion session over lunch.

The questions and issues to be discussed will be generated through people filling out this Anonymous Survey and all ideas/suggestions produced during the meeting will be taken to the AthenaSWAN Committee for discussion, potential approval and implementation.

Biological RIG Seminars Self-taught Not bookable

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The Masterclass is an intensive programme of talks from experts working in the broad areas of energy supply and demand, both in industry and the university. The focus is on technology challenges and opportunities, including examples of the use of science and engineering in the energy industry. The Masterclass covers a very broad range of themes, from conventional supplies, renewable supplies to energy efficiency, and it provides new insights about both long and short term challenges for the energy infrastructure. An important aspect of the Masterclass is the opportunity to learn about and debate some of the important questions concerning different energy sources, about energy efficiency and climate change. All undergraduates and graduate students may apply to attend the Masterclass, especially those in engineering, physical science or chemical engineering. To register please go to

This session introduces new undergraduate Chemistry students to the Department of Chemistry Library and its place within the wider Cambridge University Library system. It provides general information on what is available, where it is, and how to get it. Print and online resources are included.

Chemistry Networks Event Thu 29 Sep 2016   14:30 Finished

A special department networking with industry event. Places are very limited so please make sure that you attend if you book a place.

  • 2.30pm Overview of the Department - Prof. John Pyle | Head of Department
  • 2.50pm The Biological RIG - Dr.Finian Leeper | Chair of the Biological RIG
  • 3.10pm The Materials RIG - Prof. Oren Scherman | Director of the Melville Laboratory
  • 3.30pm Tea & Coffee (Todd-Hamied Room)
  • 4.00pm The Physical RIG - Prof. Rod Jones | Chair of the Physical RIG
  • 4.20pm The Synthesis RIG - Prof. Matthew Gaunt | Chair of the Synthesis RIG
  • 4.40pm The Theory RIG - Prof. David Wales | Chair of the Theory RIG
  • 5.00pm Reception and Poster session (Cybercafé)
CP10 Entrepreneurship and Innovation new Wed 21 Feb 2018   13:00 Finished

Simon Turner and Tim Guilliams have a wealth of experience in many different areas of entrepreneurship and innovation. If you feel that this might be the direction for you to head in, hearing them speak and being able to discuss with them the options available in this area will be extremely useful.

See how SciFinder can help you narrow the job search during this presentation. You’ll see the research discovery application as never before – an effective tool for finding industries and companies aligned with your research and professional interests

Get essential tips for getting your research published with the ACS Editors. You’ll learn how to prepare a strong manuscript, choose the best journal for your research, and prepare a cover letter that will get the attention of the Editors.

Have you ever taken the time to consider your social media footprint? In this session, we look at popular platforms Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn and show how you can manage your personal brand and promote your research to the scientific community in a way that’s effective and ethical.

In this session, we take a critical look at the peer review process and what the editors are looking for when they send a manuscript out for review. You’ll also get tips for crafting a first-rate review and see how you can become an ACS reviewer.

CP12 Oil & Chemical Spill Response new Fri 9 Mar 2018   11:00 Finished

ITOPF is a not-for-profit marine ship pollution response advisory service providing impartial advice worldwide on effective response to spills of oil & chemicals. Annabelle is sent across the world to advise people on how to clean any oil or chemical spill occurring at sea. She also advises on pollution damage caused by spills (environmental and economic) and assesses the technical merits of claims for compensation. She will explain the wide variety of backgrounds of people working in this industry and their role in an incident.

CP13 Science Policy Development & Government new Wed 28 Feb 2018   13:00 Finished

How do Government and Parliament make decisions? What can you do to make sure that the decisions that are made are sensible, and take account of the evidence available? In this session, Julian will discuss the mechanisms that are available to input into policy making, whether you want to do this as a full time career or just provide occasional advice.

CP14 Careers in the Service Industry new Fri 2 Mar 2018   13:00 CANCELLED

RSSL is a contract analytical sciences company serving the food, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Having Mondelēz International as a parent company means that a portion of the work involves fascinating products such as Cadburys chocolate and Philadelphia cream cheese. In this session the presenter will explain the work of a contract analytical company through the lens of RSSL and explain how analytical chemistry adds intellectual and financial value to organisations.

CP15 Teaching in a Range of School Environments new Mon 12 Feb 2018   13:00 Finished

This session will look at various pathways leading from academic research background into secondary school teaching and what the job is like in different environments. There will be short presentations and plenty of time for questions.

CP16 Teaching in Higher Education (UK & USA) new Wed 14 Feb 2018   13:00 Finished

In this session, Deborah will outline the opportunities that exist in both the US and the UK respectively for University jobs that are teaching-focused. She will highlight the differences which exist between the countries and explain how to prepare and apply for these positions.

CP17 Individual CV Advice Appointments new Mon 5 Mar 2018   15:30 Finished

Drs. Chorghade and Scott will make themselves available for individual discussions regarding your CVs and aim to help you produce a good CV or even tailor what you have towards the job you are interested in applying for. Please book to register your interest, individual appointments will be made when we have an idea of how many people will require them.

CP17 Marketing your Brand new Mon 5 Mar 2018   14:30 Finished

You'll discover the best way to find jobs in industry and receive some valuable tips for writing a winning resume / CV / cover letter and acing a job interview. Bring your CV along to this interactive session where Drs. Chorghade and Scott will give general pointers about CV writing and marketing yourself. It will be possible to ask questions as a group as a prelude to the individual sessions which will follow later in the day.

If you have an interest in becoming a process chemist, this session will be of interest to you. Antibody Drug Conjugates (ADCs) represent an exciting new class of therapeutics, combining a tumour targeting antibody with a cell-killing cytotoxic drug (Payload). Payloads are typically highly complex natural products prepared using lengthy and challenging synthetic routes. This talk provides background on ADCs and the types of payloads used in these molecule, then focusses on the Process Chemistry work completed on the development and scale-up of AstraZeneca’s Tubulysin payloads.

CP17 Working in Industry: Discovery & Development new Mon 5 Mar 2018   12:30 Finished

Explore the many and varied career options in industry for chemical professionals. You'll not only learn about bench chemists, but also chemists who work in management, patent law, regulatory affairs, technology transfer, technical communications, and information science. You'll discover the best way to find jobs in industry and manage the recruitment process. Finally, this lecture will offer some valuable tips for making your first year on the job in industry a great one.

Chloe Francis (Eight19 Ltd) will talk about the opportunities that come with working for a small company, using Eight19 as a prime example. Eight19 is a start-up company based in Cambridge that develops new generation solar technology and energy autonomous devices. There’ll be an introduction into Eight19’s technology capabilities and the stages of technology commercialization, before we move on to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of starting your career in a small company.

CP1 Thinking about your Future Career: Careers Options Tue 30 Jan 2018   14:30 Finished

PhDs in the physical science and technology disciplines have plenty of options once they graduate. In this interactive session we will look at the pros and cons of different career options. You will have a chance to think about what you want your work to do for you and what you can offer employers, and you will learn ways to find out more about jobs you are interested in. You will also learn more about how selection processes work including how to put together a CV and cover letter and how to prepare for job interviews

PhDs in the physical science and technology disciplines have plenty of options once they graduate. In this interactive session we will look at the pros and cons of different career options. You will have a chance to think about what you want your work to do for you and what you can offer employers, and you will learn ways to find out more about jobs you are interested in. You will also learn more about how selection processes work including how to put together a CV and cover letter and how to prepare for job interviews

Can you defend yourself against the 'Dark Arts' of 'management speak'? These days Governments, funding bodies, and University management, produce a stream of buzzwords and phrases such as ‘Innovation’, ‘Impact’, ‘Knowledge Exchange’, ‘Outreach’ and ‘Employability’. No-one quite knows what all these things mean but there is a sense that failure to grasp this could be career altering. Are researchers being irresistibly pulled towards the ‘Dark Side’? How do these things affect the future careers of young researchers?

This two part interactive session will deconstruct the buzzwords into a logical framework, giving some specific examples and techniques that researchers can use to answer questions like ‘I’ve just done this piece of work, will anyone be interested in it?’ In particular we will discuss,

•the things that make chemical inventions interesting to the outside world,

•the opportunities for chemistry to resolve many current global problems

•ways to talk about your research to non-specialists

•the things that make researchers employable at Universities and major commercial and social enterprises

The second part of the talk will describe the presenter’s personal career journey from a ‘catastrophic’ Ph.D to becoming an FRSC, via work in industrial R&D, commercial sales, technology management, strategic planning, business development consultancy, technics-economic appraisal, knowledge transfer consultancy, training and content development, for the RSC. At each point the talk will list both the science involved and the key transferable skills required.

The talk will finish with a ’What you must know and what you must be able to do’, career skills check list, and a number of specific suggestions on how to develop these skills.

CP4 Postdoctoral Research new Tue 6 Feb 2018   13:00 Finished

This session is aimed at those contemplating postdoctoral research. Israel and Tessa will discuss many aspects of this, including changing field or remaining in the same area, getting funding and moving country, all from both a personal and then more general perspective. Some information on making applications for funding will be given and there will be plenty of time for a Q&A session following their short presentations.

We are looking for additional postdocs who have complementary experience and background to those who have already agreed to give the session to contribute.

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