Please use your college email address and full name when registering. This event is for Imperial Early Career Researchers and students.

At this event you will have the opportunity to ask key questions about advancing your academic career with Professor Rachel O’Reilly, Professor of Chemistry and Head of School at the University of Birmingham. This meeting is specifically for Early Career Researchers and students.

In this informal meeting Rachel will give a short presentation with tips on advancing your career and then answer your questions in a Q&A.

The session will be held in G23 and G24 in the Molecular Sciences Research Hub, on the White City Campus of Imperial College London. As there are limited spaces for the in person session we ask that you register in advance.

Please also register with a question.

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Rachel O’Reilly is currently a Professor of Chemistry and Head of School at the University of Birmingham. She got her first degree from the University of Cambridge and went on to complete her PhD at Imperial College, London in 2003. She then moved to the US to under the joint direction of Professors Craig J. Hawker and Karen L. Wooley. In 2006 she took up a Royal Society Fellowship at the University of Cambridge and then in 2009 she moved to the University of Warwick and in 2012 was promoted to full professor. She moved to Birmingham in 2018. Her group undertakes research in the area of catalysis, responsive polymers, nanostructure characterization and DNA nanomaterials. She has published over 200 papers to date and has received a number of awards. In 2017 she was awarded the Macromolecules/Biomacromolecules young investigator award from the ACS in recognition of her innovative research in polymer science and in 2020 the RSC Corday-Morgan Prize. In 2022 she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society. She is an associate editor for JACS and a review editor for Science.

About The Institute for Molecular Science and Engineering

The Institute for Molecular Science and Engineering (IMSE) is one of Imperial College London’s Global Institutes, drawing on the strength of its four faculties to address some of the grand challenges facing the world today. The Institute’s activities are focused on tackling problems where molecular innovation plays an important role.

About The Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London have a proud history of pioneering chemistry training and research with practical benefits to society which continues today. They are one of the largest departments in the UK and their activities cover the full range of fundamental theoretical and experimental chemistry, as well as research at chemistry’s interfaces with other disciplines such as materials, engineering, biology and medicine.

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