RSC Carbohydrate Interest Group ECR Webinars

Joe was invited to give a talk as part of the series of Early Career Researcher webinars that the Royal Society of Chemistry Interest Group are organising this summer. His talk was titled: “Metals and carbohydrates: organometallic catalysts & bacterial lectin‐targeting glycoclusters”

Online Seminar Series

Joe is organising an Online Seminar Series in NUI Galway’s School of Chemistry. The programme for this series of lectures is given below, and many of the talks will be open to the public. Links will be shared on the School’s Events page in the days before the lecture. Seminars are hosted on Microsoft Teams group “NUI Galway Chemistry Seminar Series”. With most normal activities in research labs shut down for a period of months due to the Coronavirus Lockdown, and conferences canceled for the summer, these seminars offer us a chance to engage with exciting research from around the world.

The weekly seminars take place on Fridays at 12 noon (Irish time), unless otherwise specified. Contact Joe directly for more details.

PROGRAMME OF SPEAKERS (currently confirmed)

22 May12:00Chris HawesKeele University (UK)
29 May15:00*Grace Morgan*UCD Dublin (IE)
5 June12:00Syma KhalidUniversity of Southampton (UK)
12 June12:00Kurt HoogewijsNUI Galway (IE)
19 June12:00Carmen GalanUniversity of Bristol (UK)
26 June16:00*Keary Engle*Scripps Institute (USA)
3 July12:00Jelena StojadinovicMembrasenz (CH)
10 July12:00Jean-Louis ReymondUniversity of Berne (CH)
17 July12:00Nathalie WeickgenanntAngewandte Chemie

Well done, Ian – and now the shutdown!

Congratulations to Ian Murphy on submitting the thesis for his undergraduate research project in the group. He was a great addition to the team and achieved far and beyond what was required. We’ll miss having him in the lab. Best of luck in your exams!

The team: Ian, Joe and Karolina

That said, we’ll miss having a lab at all. The end of the 4th year projects co-incided with the shutdown of non-COVID-19 related research as we all transition to working from home for the forseeable future, in order to flatten the curve of the pandemic in Ireland. Here’s a photo of the team, snapped after one of our last group meetings before the shutdown

Research groups around the world will be reducing their research activity a lot over the coming months, just like everyone else, but hopefully it will be worth it and will keep many people safe.