EaStCHEM Conference for Early-Career Researchers 2020

Announcement- Regarding the situation caused by the COVID-19 crisis worldwide, we, the ECECR organisers, would like to postpone the conference. However, ECECR committee and ScotCHEM teamed up to start a virtual seminar series giving Scottish ECRs the opportunity to present their work, socialise and engage with funders, industry, publishing, and other successful ECRs. Please mark your calendar.

Save the dates, Tuesdays from 2pm-4pm

What: The seminar format will consist of one or two invited speakers followed by two ECR talks each 15 mins+5 minutes for questions.

Where: Zoom (please email to ececr@ed.ac.uk for the link)



Tuesday 26th May (2.00 – 4.00 pm)

Dr Chris Allan (Biogelx Ltd)

3D biomaterials for in vitro cell culture and bioprinting

Dr William Tipping (University of Strathclyde)

Imaging drug-induced phospholipidosis in cells using ratiometric 

Raman and stimulated Raman Scattering Microscopy

Dr Gavin Craig (University of Strathclyde)

Metal-organic polyhedra: cage molecules for gas storage


PAST Speakers:

Tuesday 19th May (2.00 – 4.00 pm)

Mr Jeff Wong (Heriot-Watt University)

Heterobenzylic C-H functionalisation of alkylazoles via lithiation-substitution

Mr Neil Thomson (University of Dundee)

Coupling of sodium and water establishes information transfer channel to G-protein binding site in class A GPCRs.

Dr Jonathan Loughrey (Head of Screening, Cambrex)

My Journey from the Pharmaceutical Industry, and Back Again


Tuesday 12th May (2.00 – 4.00 pm)

Mr Patrick Boaler University of Edinburgh

Mechanistic insights in Supramolecular Catalysis: kinetics of a Pd2L4-catalysed Michael Addition

Dr Feng Zhao University of St Andrews

Enantioselective synthesis of alpha-Aryl-beta2-Aminoesters via cooperative isothiourea and Brønsted acid catalysis

Dr Emily Draper University of Glasgow      

How did I end up here? An honest account of how I became a Lecturer

Tuesday 5th May (2.00 – 4.00 pm)

Ms Rebekah Jeans Heriot-Watt University

Investigating the C,C’ to C,B’ isomerisation of chelated bis(o-carborane))

Dr Martin Ward University of Strathclyde

The discovery and recovery of para-aminobenzoic acid

Dr Victoria Richards Communications Chemistry

From bench scientist to scientific editor


Tuesday 28th April (2.00 – 4.00 pm)

2:00-2:05 Alan Wiles: Announcement from ScotCHEM

2:05-2:25 Rebecca G. Clarke (Glasgow) Title: N,N,O,C-boron chelated dipyrromethenes: a new CPL-active, helically chiral BODIPY scaffold

2:30-2:50 Richard Brewster (Edinburgh)  Title: Artificial Metalloenzymes: covalent modification vs. genetic code expansion

2:50-3:30 Derek Craig (UKRI) and Matthew Reeves(KTN) Title: Accessing the UK’s innovation ecosystem and introduction to UKRI funding.



Are you an ECR (Final year PhD student, Postdoc, or Early Career Fellow) at a ScotCHEM University, and would like to contribute a talk to the seminar series? Please send us an email to: ececr@ed.ac.uk with a title and short abstract of what you would like to present as well as a preferred date out of the ones advertised.

ECECR Committee:  Alvaro Etcheverry Berrios, Richard Brewster, Marco Coletta, Andrés García Domínguez, Angela Fong, Claire L Hobday, Sumit Konar, Antonia Mey

ScotCHEM Contact: Alan Wiles



ECECR 2020 poster