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Multidisciplinary Exchange Fellowship workshop - Drug Discovery

9-10 December 2013
Chicheley Hall, Milton Keynes

The Royal Society of Chemistry is delighted to announce it will be hosting a 2-day residential workshop that will bring together current researchers across the life sciences (chemistry, biology, clinical) to share their scientific expertise, expand their knowledge of drug discovery and develop new networks and skills. 

While the primary focus of the event will be to bring together life sciences researchers engaged in exchange fellowship schemes; drug discovery researchers who are collaborating across industry/academia interfaces and/or across discipline boundaries are also encouraged to apply.

This flagship event, run in partnership with the Biochemical Society and the British Pharmacological Society,  is part of the suite of activities being led by the Drug Discovery Pathways Group - a partnership of Learned Societies (Royal Society of Chemistry, Society of Biology, British Pharmacological Society, Biochemical Society, Academy of Medical Sciences) working together to ensure the current and future generations of drug discovery scientists are appropriately equipped to thrive in the rapidly moving Pharmaceutical R&D sector.

A major focus of the workshop will be a drug discovery challenge which attendees will address in small, multidisciplinary teams. The winning team will be awarded a prize of £3000 and runners-up £1000.

Also attending the workshop will be senior drug discovery experts drawn from major pharmaceutical companies who will be on hand to provide mentorship as well outline opportunities for workshop participants to benefit from training programmes delivered within industry.

Additional features will include:

  • Talks by senior drug discovery experts about the importance of 'moving out of your comfort zone' to advance your research and career. 
  • Speed networking session - a way of meeting all workshop attendees early
  • Poster presentations - providing participants with the opportunity to showcase their research and identify future collaboration partners.
  • Seminars on emerging areas of drug discovery               

Exchange fellows based in the UK and funded by the following schemes are eligible to attend this event. 

  • Impact Acceleration Account Doctoral Prize -  EPSRC
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships - Technology Strategy Board
  • Marie Curie - Intra-European Fellowship for Career Development - European Commission- FP7
  • Flexible Interchange Programme (FLIP) -  BBSRC
  • Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships & Postdoctoral Research Training Fellowships for Clinicians - Wellcome Trust
  • Royal Society Industry Fellowship - Royal Society (and research councils) 
  • Industry Partnership Awards -  MRC 
  • Clinician Scientist Fellows - Health Foundation/Academy of Medical Sciences, CRUK, MRC                 

Additional researchers, funded through alternative exchange schemes or engaged in cross-sector/cross discipline collaborations may also be eligible and are encouraged to apply.


If you would like to attend this workshop, please register your interest by completing the registration form before 31 October 2013.

Please note, the capacity for this workshop is limited and participants will be selected to ensure there is an appropriate mix of expertise and experience. 

Further information about the event will be circulated nearer the time to those who have been selected. In the meantime, if you have any specific queries, please contact us. 

Please note, all costs associated with attending this workshop, including travel costs up to £200, will be covered by the RSC.

Prizes sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Biochemical Journal

Contact and Further Information

Researcher Mobility
Royal Society of Chemistry, Thomas Graham House, Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WF
Tel: 07554 458148
Email: Researcher Mobility

Posted on 16/10/2013

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