Archived: Empowering Women in Organic Chemistry – Europe – LIVE EVENT

Time: 08.30 am - 18.00 pm

Location: Macclesfield, UK

Following the success of a US event ‘Empowering Women in Organic Chemistry’ EWOC 2019, which took place at the University of Pennsylvania, June 28th 2019 a group of scientists in the UK decided to organise a similar initiative as a ‘sister’ event.

The planned 2020 ‘Empowering Women in Organic Chemistry Europe’ will now take place on Thursday 10th June 2021 at AstraZeneca’s Macclesfield Site. We will post updates and the new program soon.

** Please note, registrations will initially be limited to a max of 4 attendees per company / institution – due to space restrictions **

About EWOC

Recent data and publications show a persistent lack of women pursuing and maintaining careers in Organic Chemistry.  Evidence indicates that providing an opportunity for women to meet, network, and share scientific and career strategies is one effective approach to encourage women to enter and maintain careers in science.

A team of US scientists had a vision of an annual meeting of women (students, post-docs, faculty, and professionals) who work or plan to work in the field of Organic Chemistry broadly defined, from all types of institutions (academic, industry, biotech, non-profit and government). A meeting was developed to consist of both science and career topics to provide support and guidance for the next generation of women chemists, as well as provide opportunities for professionals to learn up-to-date science, network, and share experiences.

Their goals were to (1) establish a peer group network for collaborating and recruiting; (2) afford a novel mechanism to provide advice and counsel for women organic chemists; (3) provide guidance to graduate students and post-docs making career decisions; and (4) provide community support to enhance retention of women in chemistry. This first meeting was EWOC 2019, held on Friday, June 28, 2019, at the University of Pennsylvania. The event was a huge success with 175 attendees from all over the USA.

This our first European Sister event EWOC EU 2021 aims to adopt a similar strategy to support women and institutions supporting female organic chemists within Europe.

EWOC is dedicated to equity, justice, diversity, and inclusion. We strive to provide a harassment-free experience for everyone. All communication should be professional;  hate speech will not be tolerated.

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Sponsorship Information

Sponsorship Package is for Institutions who support / enrich Women in Organic Chemistry only. Supporters will be provided with:

– 1 table
– 1 delegate ticket
– Attendance at all sessions
– Lunch & refreshments
– Place at the Networking Reception
– Leaflet or materials in the conference bag

Please contact Claire Francis, for more information

* Academic Refunds, Present a Paper and Poster Competition

*Academic / Student Refunds

All academics who pay in full and attend this meeting will be presented with a refund of their registration fee in the form of an Amazon voucher. This is to encourage participation, since places at the event are limited.

Present a Paper

We are offering 2 female PhD students and 2 young female graduates the opportunity to give a 15 minute presentation at this meeting. If you would like to be considered, please send us a one page abstract on your presentation. If you are a Post-doc and interested in presenting your work, please get in touch as we might be able to offer one space to a post-doc.

Deadline for Oral Submissions | 10th April 2021

Please submit your abstract to the organising committee using the ‘Abstract Tab’ above. Alternatively, you can e-mail [email protected] and state whether you are a PhD student or graduate.

Successful applicants will be informed by 10th May 2021 and will be provided with a 15 minute slot at the meeting.

Prizes will be presented to the best overall presentation at the event.

Poster Competition

Any female student from an organic chemistry research institution / university can submit an abstract on their research for the chance to present a poster at this meeting. You will need to pay to attend but will be provided with a voucher as above on attending the event.

Deadline for Poster Submissions |  10th April 2021

Please submit your abstract to the organising committee using the ‘Abstract Tab’ above. Alternatively, you can e-mail [email protected]

Successful applicants will be informed by 10th May 2020 and will be provided with a Poster board at the meeting (A1, Portrait)

Prizes will be presented to the best overall poster(s) at the event.

Break Out Sessions

There will be 5 Breakout Sessions held during the lunch break. You will be able to choose 1 from the selection below. Places will be allocated on a first come basis as space could be limited in each session.

A summary of the discussions and key learning points from each session will be provided to all registered attendees post-event. Please choose from the following list:

A  Breaking the Barriers | Career Paths for Women in Organic Chemistry
hosted by The Royal Society of Chemistry | Laura Norton

In November 2018 the Royal Society of Chemistry published Breaking the barriers, a report uncovering evidence of barriers which affect women’s retention and progression in the chemical sciences. Three key themes emerged:

  • funding structures
  • research culture and
  • balancing work with other responsibilities.

Following this, the Royal Society of Chemistry have implemented new resources and undertaken further research in order to break down these barriers and to improve inclusion and diversity in research.

In this interactive session we will consider headline findings from recent reports and explore how these issues affect our career paths. We will hear about new actions from the Royal Society of Chemistry and others to combat some of these issues. Panel members will describe lived experiences and provide their advice. We will have an opportunity to discuss how to work together to develop a more positive research culture.

On attending this session:

  • You will have a clear understanding of current data and evidence in this area
  • You will hear personal experience and advice from peers in your community
  • You will be invited to discuss career paths and how to maintain good work life balance and succeed in organic chemistry

B   Practical Strategies for Building confidence
hosted by AstraZeneca

Confidence begins with self-awareness and the language you use to describe yourself:  strengths and limitations.  Relaxation is crucial, and of course a little pizzazz helps along the way.

The good news is that these are learnable skills.  We are all different and we need to find our own unique combinations.  Join me to mix up your own Confidence Cocktail to find out how you can become more confident at work and in your personal life.

What you will get out of attending this session:

  • Learn what ‘thought leaders’ think about confidence
  • Discover your individual recipe
  • Combine ingredients for career success
  • Stir with creativity and flair
  • Chill to achieve perfection
  • Then get a taste of your unique selling proposition.

C  Understanding and Overcoming Unconscious Bias
hosted by Merck | Rebecca Ruck

Come and join us for a workshop on Unconscious Bias: an opportunity to self-reflect and share ideas.  This session will be interactive, including several activities and videos.  Coming out of the experience, you will be able to define unconscious bias, recognize unconscious biases and identify their potential causes, see how these biases can impact our decision making processes, think about strategies to mitigate the impact of unconscious biases, and relate unconscious bias to your workplace.  All of these things will help us break down the barriers that unconscious biases can cause and, ultimately, improve our overall performance.

D  Developing Scientists into Leaders
hosted by Sygnature Discovery | Lorna Duffy

Our workshop will look at the skills that chemists may already have that actually really help when trying to make the transition from bench chemist to medicinal chemistry project leaders. With an emphasis on women, we will look at assessing personality types and different styles of management which can work in a scientific environment. As a growing organisation we have had a lot of experience at developing young enthusiastic chemists into fantastic managers and leaders and we hope to share some of these thoughts with you.

E  How to Create, Build and Leverage Support Networks
hosted by Pfizer

Summary coming soon.

EWOC Europe Steering Committee

Daniella Cheang, University of Oxford
Rob Crook
, Pfizer
Louis Diorazio, AstraZeneca
Claire Francis, Scientific Update
Hannah May, Scientific Update
Rebecca Meadows, AstraZeneca
Julie Reilly, AstraZeneca
Rebecca Ruck, Merck
Katherine Wheelhouse, GlaxoSmithKline


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