Women in Organic Chemistry

Women in Organic Chemistry


The inaugural program Women in Organic Chemistry will be held at the picturesque riverside campus of The University of Western Australia. The session will get underway with a plenary lecture by Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble (University of Auckland), recently elected to fellowship of the Royal Society of London. Margaret will talk about her career development, and her role in developing the first drug for use in the treatment of Rett’s disease, a rare neurological disease affecting girls. She will also describe some chemistry that enables simple and affordable manufacture of “self-adjuvanting peptide vaccines”, and explain how this development of this technology led to her co-founding the “spin out” company SapVax.

After a networking lunch, delegates can participate in a Question and Answer session with a panel selected from international and local conference speakers. The focus of the session will be on career progression for young chemists, particularly young women facing family issues, but may also include discussion of how universities and scientific organizations can best assist the emerging researchers and educators who will take the chemical sciences forward over the next decades. The symposium will conclude with the inaugural Margaret Sheil Women in Chemistry Leadership award lecture presented by Professor Mary Garson (The University of Queensland), which leads into the Welcome Reception for the main conference program.

All chemists (both men and women) are most welcome to attend the Women in Organic Chemistry Symposium. Please join us for this inaugural and innovative program which we hope will stimulate lively discussion during the evening’s Welcome Reception!

Program for the Women in Organic Chemistry Symposium:

11:15-11:30  Welcome and Introduction
11:30-12:30  Plenary lecture (Professor Margaret Brimble)
12:30-1:45    Lunch and Networking
1:45-3:30      Panel discussion (Chair: Professor Kate Jolliffe)
3:45-5:00      Welcome to RACI Organic18 and Margaret Sheil Women in Chemistry Leadership award lecture (Professor Mary Garson)

This program will be followed by the Welcome Reception for RACI Organic18.