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Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

Energy for the future: a series of short talks


Oxford Alumni Weekend, Saturday September 16th, 4-5pm, Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory Lecture Theatre, South Parks Road, OX1 3QR

Chemistry plays an essential part in the search for clean and plentiful energy and pioneering research at Oxford led to the first Li-ion batteries. Professor Steve Faulkner, Professor Fraser Armstrong and Professor Andy Weller gave short talks and presentations on how Oxford chemists are contributing to a secure and sustainable energy future.  This was followed by a drinks reception for Chemistry alumni in the beautiful and historic Abbot’s Kitchen.

View the complete programme for the Oxford Alumni Weekend

6.00-8.30pm, 10th January 2017 at Salters’ Hall, 4 Fore St., London EC2Y 5DE

Professor Graham Richards CBE, Oxford’s first Chairman of Chemistry and hugely successful entrepreneur, gave a talk about his remarkable career in chemistry and innovation. 

The venue for this year’s reception was the splendid Salters’ Hall.   Dr Sandy Todd, a former Master of the Salters' Company and Oxford Chemistry alumnus, gave an introduction to the history of the Salters', one of the ancient Great Livery companies in the City of London, and its work in support of education in chemistry.

The short talks were followed by a drinks reception hosted by Head of Chemistry Professor Mark Brouard.

 

 

 

A day of celebrations was held on Saturday September 17th to mark the centenary of the Dyson Perrins Laboratory, named after C W Dyson Perrins, the philanthropist (and heir to the Lea and Perrins Worcestershire sauce empire) whose generous benefaction enabled its construction.  The DP was home to some of the most important research and eminent organic chemists of the 20th Century.  Attended by alumni, students and staff, a series of talks was hosted by Head of Organic Chemistry Professor Chris Schofield FRS.  The speakers were science historian Allan Chapman, Emeritus Professor John Brown FRSProfessor Tim Donohoe, and (pictured below with Mrs Perrins) Mr Andrew Perrins, great grandson of C W Dyson Perrins.

Dyson Perrins Laboratory Centenary Celebrations at the Oxford Alumni Weekend, Saturday September 17th 2016

Talks   3.00-4.00pmThe Dyson Perrins Lecture Theatre (HMLT), Hinshelwood Road, OX1 3QY

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Dyson Perrins Laboratory, one of the world’s first custom-built chemistry laboratories, distinguished chemists and science historian Allan Chapman will give a series of short talks, ranging from the foundations of organic chemistry at Oxford, reminiscences of the DP, to present-day cutting-edge work in fields including catalysis, cancer research, antibiotics, and new ways to synthesise medicines and natural products.

Tours  4.15-5.30pm.  Meet outside the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory on South Parks Road, OX1 3QR

An opportunity to visit the listed laboratories of the DP as we celebrate its centenary, and to see the modern facilities that are home to cutting-edge research in fields including health, climate and clean energy.  Meet students and researchers, see some incredible machines, and learn how chemists identify the building blocks of matter in conversation with Professor James McCullagh.

Reception 5.30-7.00pm.  The Atrium, Chemistry Research Laboratory, OX1 3TA

Join denizens of the DP past and present for chemistry-themed cocktails and canapés to celebrate the centenary of the Dyson Perrins Laboratory and view a display of photographs and ephemera from the DP over the past 100 years.  Catch up with old friends, meet current researchers and students, and hear about the present and future of chemistry research at Oxford.  Hosted by HoD Professor Mark Brouard.

photographs by John Cairns and members of the Chemistry Department

January 12th, 6-8.30pm at the Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BA.

It was a great pleasure to welcome Oxford Chemistry alumni to the RSC for the 4th annual reception hosted by Head of Department Professor Mark Brouard. 

2016 marks an important milestone for Oxford as we celebrate the centenary of organic chemistry in the Dyson Perrins Laboratory. Professor Tim Donohoe, whose research interests are in synthetic organic chemistry, talked about his own cutting-edge research and highlighed some of the most significant advances in organic chemistry to have been made in Oxford.

 

 

Tours of the Department of Chemistry

We were delighted to welcome Oxford alumni and their guests back to the Department in September at our events for the annual Oxford Alumni Weekend.  Our staff and student-led tours showed how the Department is contributing to fields including human health, cancer research, climate, and energy solutions, with opportunities to see some of our incredible machines and learn about the latest cutting-edge research.

 

 

Drop-in Exhibition: Art of the Elements

Alumni from all disciplines visited the Chemistry Research Laboratory to enjoy tea and cake, and to view our exhibition around the theme of the Periodic Table, exploring its development and its significance outside traditional scientific boundaries.  The hand-knitted and 3D-printed version proved very popular!

 

 

 

Periodic Tales: Art of the Elements, Friday 18th September.

In collaboration with Compton Verney Art Gallery and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), we were delighted to welcome best-selling author Hugh Aldersey-Williams, author of Periodic Tales, to participate in an interdisciplinary discussion of the chemical elements and their cultural and artistic significance.

The event was followed by a drinks reception in the beautiful and historic Abbot’s Kitchen. 

You can read more about the exhibition Periodic Tales: Art of the Elements here.

 

Alumni are very welcome to join the Department of Chemistry and Cancer Research UK from 2-4pm on Saturday 12th September.  The event is part of the Oxford Open Doors weekend, an annual city-wide event organised by the Oxford Preservation Trust to celebrate Oxford and all that makes it special - its places, spaces and communities.  Our theme for this year is:

Chemistry and Cancer Research: From Bench to Bedside

Panel discussion, Q&A session, lab tours and exhibition

Saturday 12th September at 2pm. Interactive panel discussion

How does scientific research in the laboratory translate into new ways to fight cancer? More than one in three people in the UK will develop cancer, but survival rates have doubled in the last 40 years thanks to advances in treatment and research.  Join Oxford Chemistry and Cancer Research UK to discover how advances in fundamental research help to develop new ways to treat patients. Panel discussion followed by audience question and answer session.  

Wolfson Seminar Room, Chemistry Research Laboratory,  12 Mansfield Road OX1 3TA, 2-3pm.

Speakers: Professor Chris Schofield FRS, Head of Organic Chemistry

Dr Sarah Blagden, Associate Professor of Experimental Cancer Medicine

Dr Geoff Higgins BSc (Hons), MBChB, MRCP, FRCR, D.Phil

Chair:  Dr Claire Bloomfield, Cancer Research UK Strategic Planning Lead

Saturday 12th September, 2-4pm.   Drop-in session, exhibition and tours of the Chemistry Research Laboratory

Visit the Department of Chemistry to learn how our research contributes to the fight against cancer.  Meet scientists and staff from Cancer Research UK and the Department of Chemistry and view displays of our work.   We will also be showing some works by the sculptor Katharine Dowson, whose work is inspired by science and medicine.

Cakes and refreshments available.  Free and all welcome.

You are welcome to drop in and view the exhibition between 2 and 4pm.

If you would like to join a tour of the research labs please book at Oxford Open Doors: tours at 3.15pm and 3.45pm.

For other enquiries and further information, please email alumni@chem.ox.ac.uk


 

3rd Annual Chemistry Alumni Reception
January 13th 2015, 6.00 - 8.30pm
Oxford & Cambridge Club, London.
With special guest speakers Peter Atkins, Allan Chapman, Andrew Goodwin, Carol Robinson and Claire Vallance
 

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The Dorothy Hodgkin Symposium

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Dorothy Hodgkin’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry & the International Year of Crystallography 2014
  
The event aims to recognise Dorothy Hodgkin's legacy and impact on the modern day, and includes a keynote talk by Nobel laureate Prof (Sir) Venki Ramakrishnan, and a panel session exploring the impact of crystallography on global medical problems.

The day will also feature an exhibition from Oxford Chemistry researchers.  


Date: October 29th 2014

Time: From 2.45pm. Attendees are welcome to attend the full programme or drop-in.

Location: Somerville College and the Mathematical Institute, Oxford. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting Minds 2014: Oxford Alumni Weekend 

[Friday 19 September, 4.15 – 5.30pm]
The Cutting-Edge Chemistry of Your Future Body
Hagan Bayley, Professor of Chemical Biology, Founder of Oxford Nanopore and OxSyBio, and Fellow of Hertford

Most transformations in the way we live spring from basic science and the biggest leaps are largely unplanned. Today's Chemistry epitomises the impact of fundamental research, telling us what we are, and when damaged, how we can be repaired. With examples from his research group, Hagan Bayley illustrates how innovative science can be translated into practice to sequence a human genome in minutes or print new tissues in the operating theatre. But these incredible new technologies also raise profound ethical concerns – join Hagan Bayley as he explores how this science might affect our future. 

Followed by a drinks reception for Chemistry alumni in the Abbott’s Kitchen 

 

Join us in the beautiful and historic Abbott’s Kitchen (former laboratory of Nobel Prize winnerDorothy Hodgkin) for a glass of wine following Professor Bayley’s lecture. This informal reception is meant to gather and celebrate our alumni as a more intimate and chemistry-focused addition to the Alumni Weekend. The evening, hosted by Professor Tim Softley (Head of Chemistry) will provide an opportunity for you to reconnect with old friends and colleagues, learn about the Department’s current research initiatives, and gain insight into our vision and plans for the future.  

 

[Saturday 20 September 11.45am – 1pm]
Hidden Glory: Dorothy Hodgkin in her own words
A filmed performance followed by Q&A with playwright Georgina Ferry

Hidden Glory reveals the life and work of Nobel-prize winning chemist Dorothy Hodgkin. The script was created almost entirely from Hodgkin's own letters, covering her childhood love of chemistry, her student years, love, marriage and children, and her research into penicillin and insulin. By turns moving and amusing, it shows how her personal and scientific lives were fully intertwined, explores the passions that underpinned them both, and invites reflection on one-dimensional perceptions of Dorothy Hodgkin as Crystallographer or Pioneer for Women in Science. Called ‘a triumph’, the professionally-produced solo show is performed by Miranda Cook, and directed by Abbey Wright.
 

[Saturday 20 September / Sunday 21 September] 
Department of Chemistry Tours

Miss your old lab, or just curious about chemistry? Come on one of our student-led tours to see how the Department is contributing to fields including human health, cancer research, climate, and energy solutions. Visit some of our incredible machines, learn about the latest cutting-edge research, and discover the smells and tastes of crystallography. Tours will end with a chance to test your dexterity skills and try some hands-on experiments in our interactive crystals and solar fuels exhibit. Suitable for all ages.

 

Friday 19 September – Sunday 21 September (Booking Not Required)
University of Oxford Botanic Garden
Chemistry at the Garden Self-Guided Walking Trail

Discover a tree that smells of caramels, learn how lotus leaves repel raindrops, and see the natural world in an unexpected new way. When you visit the Oxford Botanic Garden this weekend, be sure to ask for a copy of the Chemistry at the Garden Discovery Audio Trail. This guided walk was put together by scientists in the Department of Chemistry, and it features exciting inventions and research based on the plants we find in nature.

 

 

 

 

Professional Networking: Careers in teaching
Speakers include an Oxford Chemistry Alumnus who has taught Chemistry & is currently Head of Science at the the Market Boswell School in Leicestershire. 

Date: 17 April 2014
Time: 6:30 - 9:30pm

Organised by: University of Oxford Alumni Office
Dress code: Jacket and tie for gentleman; commensurate dress for ladies. Please note that jeans are not appropriate.
Cost: £20
Venue: Oxford & Cambridge Club, 71 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5HD  

Join fellow Oxford alumni for an evening of discussion and networking which will focus on "careers in teaching". Our expert panel will explore the ways in which one can train as a teacher, offer advice in career development, and will share their experiences in various secondary school roles from classroom assistant to head teacher. Following the discussions guests are invited to enjoy canapés and refreshments in the elegant drawing room. Register now! 

 

 

Chemistry at the Garden

 

No booking required! Pick up a 2 for 1 pass to the Botanic Garden from any Chemistry event.


Discover a tree that smells of caramels, learn how lotus leaves repel raindrops, and see the natural world in an unexpected new way. When you visit the Oxford Botanic Garden this weekend, be sure to ask for a copy of the Chemistry at the Garden Discovery Audio Trail. This guided walk was put together by scientists in the Department of Chemistry, and it features all sorts of exciting inventions and research based on the plants we find in nature.

Find out more.

Listen to the audio trail online and discover the amazing chemistry of your back garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Annual Chemistry Alumni Christmas Reception

It is our great pleasure to invite all Oxford Chemistry Alumni to join us for our second annual evening reception. Last year this event was fully sold out in 24 hours so please register as soon as possible.

The wine and canapés reception will be hosted by Professor Tim Softley, Head of Department, and is an informal occasion meant to celebrate our alumni and the first year anniversary of the alumni relations program. Alan Howe will also be attending so be sure to wish him well in his retirement!

The reception will be held in the lovely Royal Society of Chemistry (Burlington House) in the heart of festive Christmas London. The evening will provide an opportunity for you to reconnect with old friends and colleagues, learn about the Department’s current research initiatives, and gain insight into our vision and plans for the future.

Please note that the cost of this event is subsidized by the Department of Chemistry in order to be as inclusive as possible.

 

 

Chemistry at the Oxford Alumni Weekend!

From 20-22 September 2013 the Department of Chemistry will be participating in the Oxford Alumni Weekend. All alumni are encouraged to attend this exciting event full of hands-on classes, behind the scenes tours, and inspiring lectures - and it is exceedingly good value at just £40 for the weekend bundle. View the full programme.

 

Friday 20 September from 4.15 – 5.15pm (ICL Lecture Theatre)
Fireworks Displays: The Chemistry of Explosive Entertainment

Dr Tom Smith - Chairman of the CBI pyrotechnic group & Secretary of the British Pyrotechnists Association.

Fireworks consultant, author and former Oxford chemist Dr Tom Smith explains the basic chemistry and construction of fireworks, and their use in modern fireworks displays. This lecture includes demonstrations of bangs, whistles and colours that will appeal to scientists and non-scientists of all ages. Tom has travelled the world acting as pyrotechnic consultant to the Olympic and Commonwealth Games and closer to home working on the London New Year celebrations since 1999.  He has lectured on pyrotechnic chemistry in Germany, Spain and China and has recently published a book on firework displays.

 

 

 

Friday 20 September from 5.15 – 7.00pm (ICL Abbott's Kitchen)
Drinks Reception in the Abbott’s Kitchen 

Join the Department of Chemistry for a drink in the historic  Abbott’s Kitchen (the first chemistry lab in Oxford!) following Dr Tom Smith’s lecture. This informal reception is meant to gather and celebrate our alumni as a more intimate and chemistry-focused addition to the Alumni Weekend. The evening, hosted by Professor Tim Softley (Chairman of Chemistry) will provide an opportunity for you to reconnect with old friends and colleagues, learn about the Department’s current research initiatives, and gain insight into our vision and plans for the future.

 

 

 

 

Saturday 21 September 10.00am / 11.45am
Department of Chemistry Tours

 Miss your old lab, or just curious about chemistry? Come on one of our student-led tours to see how the Department is contributing to fields including human health, cancer research, climate and energy solutions, clean water and food supply, communications, and transport. Visit some of our incredible machines, and learn about the latest cutting-edge research, including the 3D printing of artificial tissues. Tours will end with a cup of tea and a chance to test your dexterity skills and try some hands-on experiments in our interactive solar fuels exhibit (featured in the Royal Society Summer Exhibition 2013). Suitable for all ages.

 

 

 

 

Looking to change or develop your career? Join fellow Oxford alumni & recruiters at the
Alumni Careers Conference - Sat June 22 (London)
https://www.alumni.ox.ac.uk/careersconference

 

Summer Science Strolls 2013 at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden 
Learn something amazing about the chemistry of the natural world while you stroll around the beautiful Botanic Garden in the company of some of Oxford's most engaging researchers.

These guided science walks take place at 6.30pm on Thursday evenings at the Botanic Garden and will last approximately an hour followed by a glass of wine or soft drink.
http://www.botanic-garden.ox.ac.uk/summer-science-strolls

 

Professional Networking
Careers in Science Communication

After the success of the inaugural chemistry reception on December 12th, 2012, we partnered with the central University of Oxford alumni office to offer another opportunity for networking and re-connecting with the department and with each other. 

File:Oxford and Cambridge Club.JPG Date: 22 May 2013 
 Time: 6:30 -9pm 
 Organised by: Central Alumni Office
 Invitees: Alumni (with priority booking for guests who were 
 on the waitlist for the Royal Institution  
 event in December 2012).
 Dress code: Jacket and tie for gentleman; commensurate 
 dress for ladies. Please note that jeans are not appropriate.
 Cost: £20
Venue: Oxford & Cambridge Club, 71 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5HD

Oxford alumni (more than half of whom were chemists) met for an evening of discussions and networking focused on careers in science communication. Our expert panel will shared their experience and advice in the areas of science outreach, science journalism and broadcasting, as well as science policy.

Chemistry Alumni Speakers: Dr Mark Peplow (Merton) - former Chief News Editor at Nature magazine and Chemistry World & Dr Tim Stone (St Catherine's) - Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, and Expert Chair of the Office for Nuclear Development.

Drinks Reception at the Royal Institution, London
Wednesday 12th December 2012, from 6:30pm


It is our great pleasure to invite all Oxford Chemistry Alumni to join us for an evening reception in the presence of Vice-Chancellor (and chemist) Professor Andrew Hamilton, and Professor Tim Softley, the Chairman of Chemistry.

This cocktails and canapés event is free of charge, and is an informal occasion meant to celebrate our alumni and the beginning of a dynamic and engaging alumni relations program. It will be held in the Conversation Room of the Royal Institution (photo from www.rigb.org ) - a lovely and striking venue in the heart of London.

The evening will provide an opportunity for you to reconnect with old friends and colleagues, learn about the Department’s current research initiatives, and gain insight into our vision and plans for the future.

Official invitations will be sent via email the week of November 12th 2012, and as we anticipate this inaugural event will be quite popular, we would appreciate your registration by November 28th 2012.

It is our pleasure to welcome you as a valued part of the Oxford Chemistry community. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Lucy Erickson, Alumni Relations Officer.

Dress code: Business Suit

Note: As we will be inviting guests by email, please use the "update your details" tab to ensure your information is up to date. If you have not received an email invitation by Nov 15, please contact alumni@chem.ox.ac.uk and register using the link below.  

Registration: http://chemalumnireception-eorg.eventbrite.co.uk/?ebtv=C