2021 - WiC

         Bringing together inspiring female role models from academia, industry and digital communications!

Celebrating Women in Chemistry 2021

We are excited to bring you the 3rd Celebrating Women in Chemistry conference bringing together both delegates and inspiring role models from within the chemistry community on a virtual platform. This online event will celebrate International Women's Day and showcase the contributions women have made to chemistry within academia, industry and digital communications. We invite people from all genders and backgrounds to join us for this event!

This conference will host a stimulating and innovative forum to highlight the issue of equality and diversity in STEM. Along with our 6 inspirational female speakers, providing insights into their research and personal career path, we also have activities to explore various perspectives of equality and diversity within STEM including:

  • Opportunities for young researchers, regardless of gender, to present posters in our virtual competition.
  • Optional Workshop "Authentic Female Leadership" by Dr Hannah Roberts - a career specialised coach for scientists and professional women.
  • Q&A panel session chaired by Prof. Katharine Reid who, when first appointed, was the first female lecturer in Chemistry at University of Nottingham.
  • A poster session giving attendees the oportunity to showcase their own work, network with experts in their fields, and potentially win prizes.
  • Opportunities for discussion and networking with fellow delegates.


Monday 8th March 2021


09:00 - 17:30 GMT


Free registration via eventbrite


Poster Competition

please use the template and submit your abstract before 4:00 pm Friday 12th February 2021 by emailing us:

 Email your abstract

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Invited speakers

2021 - Luisa Ciano
Dr. Luisa Ciano
Luisa grew up in a small town in the South of Italy, and obtained her Master's degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology from the University of Naples "Federico II" in 2009. She then moved to the UK to start her doctoral studies at the University of York on potential anti-cancer compounds under the supervision of Prof Paul Walton and Dr Jason Lynam, receiving her PhD in Chemistry in 2013. Luisa remained in York for a short position in organometallic-chemistry, followed by a PDRA position with Profs Paul Walton and Gideon Davies to investigate the mechanism of action of lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs), developing her interest in metallo-enzymes and Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) Spectroscopy. In 2019, she moved to the University of Manchester as a PDRA for the EPSRC National EPR Facility and Service, working with Profs David Collison and Eric McInnes. Luisa joined the University of Nottingham as an Anne McLaren Research Fellow in October 2019. Her research interest focuses in understanding the interaction between polysaccharide-active enzymes and their natural substrates for applications in the fields of biofuel production and sustainable chemistry, alongside the investigation of new plastic-degrading enzymes.
2021 - Jo Sampson
Dr. Jo Sampson

Jo received her MChem degree in Chemistry from the University of Southampton, then earned her PhD from the University of Bristol with Prof. Tim Gallagher, investigating the synthesis of novel heterocyclic scaffolds. After completing her doctoral studies, Jo was awarded a Leverhulme Trust Scholarship and moved to Melbourne, Australia to carry out a postdoctoral fellowship at Monash University, researching cyclic peptide nanotubes. At the end of 2017, Jo joined CatSci Ltd as a Senior Scientist, contributing to the design and delivery of economically and environmentally sustainable chemical processes. Now an Associate Principal Scientist and Team Manager, Jo continues to work as a process chemist on customer-facing projects whilst also driving continuous improvement within the Chemical Development team.

Messages to young chemists:

Seize the opportunities that come your way and glean as much knowledge from them as you can. These experiences will expand your horizons and open doors for you later in your career.

Chemistry is an immensely rewarding field to work in. My job as a process chemist is continually challenging and allows me to work alongside a fantastic team of scientists. So, although demanding at times, scientific research is hugely satisfying and well worth the effort.
2021 - Sylvia Anie - alt
Dr Sylvia Anie CSci CChem FRSM FRSC

Dr Anie is a scientist working as a Senior Global Health Research Manager at the National Institute for Health Research, UK. She holds a patent for research carried out at the University of Manchester, UK, in the area of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and for further research performed at the Institute of Neurology, London.

Dr Anie has worked in the area of commissioning and implementing research in resource constraint settings particularly within the Sub-Saharan Africa region. Additionally, she served as Director of the Social Transformations at the Commonwealth Secretariat, UK working across 53 countries and 5 continents and utilising her skills in maximising development impact by leveraging respective country strengths while providing consistency with global consensus.

She has engaged in complex international policy making processes during the crafting of UN declarations, specifically, contributions to UN Political Declaration on Non-Communicable Disease (2011) and UN Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS (2011).

Dr Anie has served on various Advisory Boards and was a member of the Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group on HIV and AIDS, UNAIDS, Geneva. Through her work in global health, she provides technical support to stakeholders, governments and development partners. She continues to work ardently to develop policies and drive reforms to protect marginalised and underserved communities.
2021 - Katarina Kramer
Dr. Katarina Kramer
I studied chemistry in Germany and Spain before moving to London to do a PhD. While I had always wanted to become a researcher, I realised that there are so many other things you can do with a chemistry degree. I really enjoy writing and science communication, so I joined the Royal Society of Chemistry’s graduate trainee scheme after finishing my studies. A year later, I got a job in the RSC’s Chemistry World team – first as editorial assistant and now as science correspondent. My favourite piece of advice comes from science journalist Ed Yong: Be cautious about all the advice you receive, recognising that everyone is speaking to you from some combination of luck and privilege.
2021 - Rachel Oliver

Professor Rachel Oliver

Professor Rachel Oliver is Director of the Cambridge Centre for Gallium Nitride. The focus of her research is understanding how the small scale structure of nitride materials effects the performance and properties of devices. She uses expertise in microscopy and materials growth to develop new nanoscale nitride structures which will provide new functionality to the devices of the future.  Her work on novel porous nitrides, both in the University and with spinout company Porotech, led to her being named one of the Top 50 Women in Engineering 2020 by the Women's Engineering Society.  She is an Equality and Diversity Champion of Cambridge’s School of Physical Sciences and a founding member of The Inclusion Group for Equity in Research in STEMM.

Photo credit: Dr Agnese Abrusci

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Dr Hanadi Hassan-Nixon
Bio details will be added soon!                                                           


9:30 – 9:45

Welcome remarks

9:45 – 10:15

Speaker session 1

10:15 – 10:45

Speaker session 2

10:45 – 11:05


11:05 – 11:35

Speaker session 3

11:35 – 12:05

Speaker session 4

12:05 – 13:05

Lunch and posters

13:05 – 13:50

Optional workshop form Dr Hannah Roberts

13:50 – 14:20

Speaker session 5

14:20 – 15:00

Breakout Room Discussions

15:00 – 15:20


15:20 – 15:50

Speaker session 6

15:50 – 17:00

Panel Session


Registration details and further info

The event will be held fully online and registration is free on eventbrite.

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