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North Wales event celebrates science innovation

July 27 2011

Industry heavyweights backed a 26th annual event which showcases the work of up-and-coming scientists in north Wales.

GlaxoSmithKline, Morgan Technical Ceramics, Russell IPM and Dr Rheology supported a Young Scientists’ Symposium held at Glyndŵr University, Wrexham.

The event, sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry North West Trust, is held every year to allow students in the early years of their career studying at Glyndŵr and Bangor Universities to present their research.

It also features guest lectures – which this year came courtesy of Dr Tom Dobbie, of Dr Rheology, and Russell IPM’s Robert Rogers, who spoke about the firm’s use of natural products such as pheromones to control pests.

Prizes were handed out to Bangor University students Tom Wilson, Claire Martin and James Maskery, and Glyndŵr University’s Saumil Vadadoria, for the quality of their presentations.

The event was organised by Ian Ratcliffe and Jesus Cirre , Post Doctoral Research Associates at Glyndŵr University, and KTP student Saumil Vadodaria.

This year’s symposium, held in the Catrin Finch Centre, Wrexham, took on added significance as it coincided with the 2011 International Year of Chemistry.

Jesus said: “The Young Scientists’ Symposium is a really important event in the calendar for scientists at both Glyndŵr University and Bangor University. It’s an opportunity for industry and academia to come together and hear about the research of the potential future scientists who will work in north Wales.

“The fact that it’s been running for 26 years is reflective of its significance and we’re grateful to all of the industry partners who were involved – and, of course, to the Royal Society Chemistry and the Royal Society of Chemistry North West Trust who continue to provide such tremendous backing to the event.”

The symposium is held alternately each year between Glyndŵr University and Bangor University. More than 70 visitors attended this year.

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