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Being black or from a global majority ethnic background with a successful career in the chemical sciences       

14 December 2021

Online

 

Notable academics will narrate their professional journey, highlighting obstacles and opportunities to inspire us.

 

The Royal Society of Chemistry will provide pointers on how to develop a successful career in the chemical sciences.

You are cordially invited to join us at the workshop, in particular, the live discussions from 13:30 - 15:30.

The live sessions will be:

 

13:30 RSC Career and professional development talk; this is for PhD students, and early career lecturers and researchers

 

14:00 – 15:30 All are invited.

This session will be conversations with academics from global majority ethnic backgrounds who have developed successful careers in the chemical sciences to inspire and motivate us.

Please see the full schedule below.

Opening Remarks 

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Dr Kene Igweonu
PhD

Academic Dean, Faculty of Arts & Creative Industries at Middlesex University

President of African Theatre Association

Keynote Speakers

ACADEMIC  EXPERTS

Professor Robert Mokaya
PhD

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Professor of Materials Chemistry, University of Nottingham 

 

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement at the University of Nottingham

Royal Society Wolfson Research Award Holder (2017-22)

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MATERIALS CHEMISTRY

Keynote Speakers

ACADEMIC  EXPERTS

Professor Winston Morgan 
PhD

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TOXICOLOGY AND CLINICAL BIOCHEMISTRY

Professor of Applied Toxicology, Equity and Inclusive Practice and  Director of Impact and Innovation in the school of Health Sport and Bioscience at the University of East London. 

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB).

 

My primary area of research and teaching is in Toxicology, Pharmacology and Clinical Biochemistry. Toxicologist are always interested in small changes in chemical structures that can alter their reactivity with cellular macromolecules.  I am also involved in research and scholarly activity into factors particularly race which determines societal outcomes in higher education and medicine.  Over the last 18 months, I have written or contributed to numerous articles and given presentations, appeared in the media on the impact COVID-19 on Black people, on vaccine hesitancy (agency), and used my knowledge of Toxicology to explain why scientists and governments can say the new COVID-19 vaccines are safe. Media contributions include the Guardian, The Times, The Independent, the Standard, Metro, Sky News, The Conversation, YouTube, NPR in the USA, Channel 4, and on numerous occasions on BBC TV and radio nationally and locally. Many of my articles focus on the intersection of race, education, ethnicity, genetics, medicine, and medical racism in societal outcomes.

Dr Cynthia Ibeto
PhD

Associate Professor of Environmental/Analytical Chemistry, University of Nigeria Nsukka, Nigeria

 

Schlumberger Faculty for the Future Fellow 

 

Affiliate of the African Academy of Sciences

 

Member of the UK Research and Innovation Peer Review College

 

Fellow of the Chemical Society of Nigeria (FCSN)

 

Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC)

 

Coordinator, Women in Chemistry (Nigeria)

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ENVIRONMENTAL/ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY

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Professor Franklin Aigbirhio
DPhil

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MOLECULAR IMAGING CHEMISTRY

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Professor of Molecular Imaging Chemistry at the Department of Clinical Neurosciences and Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge

 

Senior Research Fellow, Magdalene College, Cambridge

Co-Chair University of Cambridge Racial Equality Network

Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)

 

Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci)

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Professor Joshua Boateng
PhD

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PHARMACEUTICS AND DRUG DELIVERY

Professor of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, University of Greenwich

2009: Winner of Early Career Researcher Excellence Award, University of Greenwich

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

Fellow of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences (FAPS)

Member of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MAPS)

Member of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences 

Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Professor  Amilra (AP) De Silva
PhD

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Professor of Organic Chemistry,

Queen’s University, Belfast, UK

Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Member of the Royal Irish Academy

Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, Sri Lanka

 

He invented the experimental field of molecular logic-based computation.

He established the generality of the fluorescent PET sensing principle – a principal tool for molecular sensing.

He contributed to the chemistry module of the Roche OPTI blood gas and electrolyte analyser.

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ENVIRONMENTAL/ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY

Dr Fideline Tchuenbou-Magaia 
PhD

Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering and coordinator for outreach for the School,

University of Wolverhampton, UK

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

 

2020 Lecturer of the Year for the faculty of Science and Engineering 

Member of The Institution of Chemical Engineers 

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CHEMICAL ENGINEERING &

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Professor Ting-Chao (David) Chou 
PhD

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PHARMACOLOGY

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Founder of Preclinical Pharmacology Core, PD Science, LLC. Professor of Pharmacology (retired in 2013), Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA.

 

In 1976, he introduced the pharmacodynamics (PD)/Biodynamics (BD) General Theory and the Median-Effect Equation of the Mass-Action Law (MAL), as the Unified Theory for BD/PD and Bioinformatics (BI). The new paradigm allowed the generation of dose-effect curves by automated computer simulation, forming the basis for Econo-Green biomedical research and development. He co-developed the Combination Index (CI) Theorem, CalcuSyn, and CompuSyn software.

Dr Don Green 
PhD

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PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES

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Principal lecturer in molecular biosciences, and also serves as the liaison tutor for London London Metropolitan University, UK collaborative links with Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SUTCM).

Dr Phil Gardiner
PhD

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PHARMACEUTICS AND DRUG DELIVERY

Senior Lecturer in Analytical Chemistry,

Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Dr Pontsho Moela
PhD

Lecturer in the Department of Genetics and Researcher of Cancer Genetics, University of Pretoria, Tshwane, South Africa

Fellow of the South African New Generation of Academics Program (NGAP), 2016 - present

Fellow of the TUKS (University of Pretoria) Young Research Leadership Program (TYRLP), 2017 - present

Fellow of the British Council Newton Fund Researcher (2019)

Member of the South African Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SASBMB)

Member of the European Association of Cancer Research (EACR)

Member of the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR)

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GENETICS AND CANCER RESEARCH

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Laura Woodward
BSc, Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel and Development  

 

Careers and Professional Development Specialist at the Royal Society of Chemistry

Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD)

Experienced Career's Specialist providing support and guidance to those working across all sectors of chemistry

 

Skilled in advice and guidance, Career Counselling, Recruiting, Training, Mentoring and Employment Law

ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY

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Agenda

14 DECEMBER 2021

Chair: Dr Sandra Appiah, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry and Biochemistry, Middlesex University, UK  

09:30

Opening remarks by Dr Kene Igweonu, Academic Dean of Faculty of Arts & Creative Industries, Middlesex University, UK

09:45

Professor Winston Morgan Professor in Toxicology and Clinical Biochemistry, University of East London, UK

Professor Robert Mokaya Professor of Materials Chemistry and Pro-Vice Chancellor for Global Engagement, 
University of Nottingham, UK 

10:10

10:30

Dr Don Green, Head of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, London Metropolitan University, UK 

10:45

Dr Cynthia Ibeto, Associate Professor of Environmental/Analytical Chemistry, University of Nigeria Nsukka, Nigeria 

11:00

Professor Ting-Chao (David) Chou, Founder and Director of Preclinical Pharmacology Core (Retired), Professor of Pharmacology (Retired), Memorial Sloan Ketteing Cancer Center, New York, USA

11:20

Professor Franklin Aigbirhio, Professor of Molecular Imaging Chemistry, University of Cambridge, UK  

11:40

Dr Fideline Tchuenbou-Magaia, Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, University of Wolverhampton, UK

11:55

Professor Joshua Boateng, Professor of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, University of Greenwich, UK 

12:10

Professor Amilra (AP) De Silva, Professor of Organic Chemistry,
Queen’s University, Belfast, UK

12:30-12:45

Lunch

12:45

Dr Philip Gardiner, Senior Lecturer in Analytical Chemistry,
Sheffield Hallam University, UK

13:00 

Dr Pontsho Moela, Lecturer in Genetics/Biochemistry 
University of Pretoria, City of Johannesburg, South Africa 

13:15

TBC

13:30

Laura Woodward, Careers and Professional Development Specialist at the Royal Society of Chemistry 

14:00

Panel discussion & closing remarks

15:30

End of Event