From September 22 – 24 this year the spectacular Swiss mountains in Grindelwald played the backdrop to the inaugural Reaxys Inspiring Chemistry Conference. Almost 70 young scientists attended the meeting along with members of the Reaxys Advisory Board, and a number of senior scientists from both academia and industry.
We were treated to plenaries from world’class chemists: Prof Erick M. Carreria (ETH Zurich), Prof Sarah Reisman (CalTech), Prof Matthew Gaunt (Cambridge) and the 2012 Natter Winner Dr Peter Denifl (Borealis). In addition there were nearly 30 presentations from the rising stars of tomorrow – the members of the Reaxys Prize Club.
The conference also hosted the Symposium & Poster Session for the annual Reaxys PhD Prize. This year’s three Winners each gave oral presentations which were followed by poster presentations of the highest quality from 32 of the finalists. We were delighted that Prof Dr René Deplanque the Secretary General of IUPAC was able to help with the presentation of trophies and certificates to the winners and finalists.
In addition to the great science there was plenty of opportunity for networking – one of the key ideals for the Reaxys Prize Club. Other than informal networking (during bar opening hours!) there were several formal scheduled network and learning opportunities including a “power lunch” where Club members selected a particular senior scientist they want to sit with over lunch, breakout sessions focusing on career development and enhancement opportunities, and a thoroughly enjoyed afternoon team walk and photo-competition up in the hills around Grindelwald.