Archived: Empowering Women in Organic Chemistry Europe

Date: 15 June - 15 June 2023

Time: 08.30 am - 18.30 pm

Location: Manchester

This event is aimed at enabling networking with industry, academia and women at different career stages, scientific presentations and motivational workshops on themes relevant to women and allies undertaking a career in Organic Chemistry.

Following the success of a US event ‘Empowering Women in Organic Chemistry’ EWOC, which first took place 2019, a group of scientists in Europe decided to organise a similar initiative as a ‘sister’ event, which is being held at the Manchester Conference Centre, Thursday June 15th 2023.

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.

This is a not-for-profit event, supported through sponsorship and industrial registration fees.

Registration is FREE to any chemist either studying towards a PhD in Chemistry at a European University or to Young Academics including postdoctoral researchers.  However, places are limited, so you are advised to book early to avoid disappointment. If you are able to pay the £75 registration fee, this will enable more students / academics to attend without charge  – thank you.

Please scroll down to view our sponsor and information about:

  • Academic and Young Industrial Chemists Present a Paper and Poster Competition
  • Inspirational Career Development Talks
  • Market Place






We still have other sponsorship opportunities available at the conference, your company logo with link to your website would appear here and for premium sponsorship such as networking and reception, adjacent to the conference pages as well.

See our sponsorship section on the advantages that sponsorship can bring to your business.

Academic and Young Industrial Chemists Present a Paper and Poster Competition

Present a Paper / Poster

The EWOC Committee would like to invite organic chemists to present their work at the above conference. The aim is to provide a forum for talented young  chemists to present their work to an international audience. There will be oral presentations from 2 Academic Researchers and 2 Industrial Scientists (15 minutes each plus questions) and a poster presentation session. All successful candidates (oral or poster presentations) will be invited to attend the conference free of charge. Prizes will also be awarded for the best presentation and best poster.


This award is open to any chemist either studying towards a PhD in Chemistry at a European University or to Young Academics or Industrialists with 1-5 years in their career (including postdoctoral researchers). Exceptions can be made for those with extenuation circumstances, such as career breaks or non-traditional career paths, please contact the organising committee.

Deadline for Submissions | 10th April 2023

Entries must be made electronically, in confidence to Dr Claire Francis: [email protected] on or before 10th April 2023.


Successful applicants will be informed by 10th May 2023 and will be provided with either a 15 minute slot at the meeting or a poster.

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

Inspirational Career Development Talks

Dr Hannah Roberts, is a women’s leadership coach, trainer and motivational speaker. She will be delivering the following two workshops:

Workshop 1:  Accelerating Careers Designed for Fulfilment

Working longer and harder than everyone else is not the route to fulfilment and backfires as a strategy to kickstart your career.

During this workshop, you will be guided through the 6-step Career Pivots® Compass methodology to find balance, confidence and fulfilment. Each step of the compass will elevate your career to give you clarity on ‘what’s next?’ and make it happen.

  • Uncover which stage of the Intentional Career™ journey you are at and what needs to shift to move you up through to fulfilled and valued.
  • Discover if you are in the capability trap, career values conflict or disconnected vision and what to do about it.
  • Leave with three clear action steps and the accountability in place to kickstart your journey to an Intentional Career™.

Workshop 2:  Beyond Imposter Syndrome

Many people are torn – afraid to speak up, be seen, or minimise their achievements and at the same time, are frustrated that they are getting in their own way. Feeling like you will be exposed to not know enough and being your own worst critic is a toxic combination. It can result in procrastination, individualism and ruminating thoughts. During this 90-minute workshop you will:

  • Learn the three layers to imposter syndrome, where these thoughts and beliefs originate from and three tools to overcome your imposter and fulfil your true potential.
  • Discover your unique stress team of ‘selves’ and how to move beyond imposter syndrome by separating from their agendas and regaining real choice in your behaviours and actions.
  • Leave with three gold standard tools to break the cycle of pre-empting, overthinking and ruminating and unlock your true potential.

About our presenter:

As the founder of Intentional Careers™ and host of the top 10 UK podcast Women in STEM Career & Confidence > 30K+ downloads, Dr Hannah Roberts is an award-winning coach on a mission to eradicate inequality in the workplace by guiding women to design careers for fulfilment with a mindset for leadership to build progressive workplace cultures where every individual feels valued.

Hannah is uniquely positioned as a scientist, mum of three with a background in corporate and academia. She was managing director of a spin-out company before pivoting into coaching, speaking and training in 2019. She has clients spanning 6 continents and is a certified One of Many™ Women’s Leadership Coach and Trainer with the Professional Certified Coach credential from the International Coaching Federation and member of the 2023 Forbes Coaches Council. Read her full story at


This will be our general area for refreshments, poster presentations and networking with a number of organisations and sponsors  who will provide help and advice including:

  • recruitment
  • career advice
  • CV / Cover Letter advice

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