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25-26/07/2022 – AI4SD ECR Event for Computation & Chemistry

25th July 2022 @ 10:30 am - 26th July 2022 @ 4:30 pm

£10 – £50

Registration Link: https://store.southampton.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/faculty-of-engineering-and-physical-sciences/school-of-chemistry/ai4sd-directed-assembly-ecr-event 

£10 – Virtual Attendance
£25 – In Person Day Attendance (includes attendance during the day on both days and lunch on both days)
£50 – In Person Residential Attendance (includes attendance during the day on both days, lunch on both days, dinner on the 25th, accommodation on the 25th and breakfast on the 26th).

This is an event for all Early Career Researchers working across the domains of Computer Science and Chemistry. It is specifically designed to inform, upskill and facilitate networking between Early Career Researchers. The event will contain talks on scientific publishing, ED&I, grant and fellowship applications, advice on CVs, networking and much more. There will also be dedicated time for networking.

This is a hybrid event, you are welcome to sign up and take part physically or virtually as you wish. The physical event will take place at Chilworth Manor Hotel in Southampton, and the talks will be streamed via Zoom. Virtual participants will be placed into breakout groups for networking. 

Draft Agenda:

25th July

  • 10:15-10:45: Registration & Coffee
  • 10:45:11:00: Welcome & Logistics – Dr Samantha Kanza (University of Southampton)
  • 11:00-11:45: Introduction to EPSRC and Funding Opportunities – Dr Liam Boyle (EPSRC)
  • 11:45-12:30: Opportunities for ECRs in the Royal Society of Chemistry – Robert Bowles (RSC)
  • 12:30-13:30: Lunch & Networking
  • 13:30-13:45: Research to Startup – Mr Samuel Munday (University of Southampton)
  • 13:45-14:15: Discussion Session: What could Research Councils/Networks do to support Post Docs? – Professor Jeremy Frey
  • 14:15-15:15: ECR Panel – Dr Jennifer Hiscock, Dr Grant Hill, Dr Paul Dingwall, Dr James Cumby, & Mr Samuel Munday – Chaired by Dr Samantha Kanza
  • 15:15-15:30: Coffee Break & Networking
  • 15:30-16:15: Transitioning to Industry: A Long, Short Road – Will Bowers (Dotmatics)
  • 16:15-16:30: Create a Killer CV – Robert Bowles (RSC)
  • 16:30-17:00: CV Clinic – Robert Bowles (RSC)
  • 18:00-19:30: Drinks & Networking with Musical Entertainment
  • 19:30-22:00: Dinner

26th July

  • 07:00-09:30: Breakfast
  • 09:30-10:00: Coffee
  • 10:00-11:30: Introduction to equality, diversity and inclusion and development of your code of conduct – Debra Fearnshaw (University of Nottingham)
  • 11:30-11:45: Coffee Break
  • 11:45-12:30: Academic Publishing – Dr Sarah Callaghan (Patterns)
  • 12:30-12:45: Wrap up
  • 12:45-13:45: Lunch & Coffee

Abstracts & Speaker Bios:

  • Introduction to EPSRC and Funding Opportunities – Dr Liam Boyle (EPSRC): This presentation will cover a brief overview of UKRI and EPSRC highlighting the different funding opportunities at EPSRC and explain the application and peer review process.
    Bio: Portfolio manager within the AI and Robotics Theme at EPSRC
  • Opportunities for ECRs in the Royal Society of Chemistry – Robert Bowles (RSC): Develop your career beyond your research by exploring your career options and how to get involved with the RSC.
    Bio: Dr Robert Bowles After an early research career in marine biotechnology, Robert moved out of the lab, gaining five years’ experience in sales and marketing of educational software to schools. He joined the Royal Society of Chemistry sixteen years ago, and has managed a programme of their successful education and careers projects. As a qualified careers adviser, he currently works in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Career Management team; offering careers advice to our membership and the wider chemistry community. www.rsc.org/careers
  • Research to Startup – Mr Samuel Munday: Samuel Munday is doing a PhD in the Frey group at Southampton focusing on many different aspects of AI in chemistry. He is currently spinning out research from the University having just got back from Silicon Valley raising the profile of his company Data Revival and raising venture capital.
  • Transitioning to Industry: A Long, Short Road – Will Bowers (Dotmatics): Academic and industrial research are different environments in many ways, yet still share many points of similarity. Some people make a permanent leap, while some decide to leap backwards and forwards every few years, or even comfortably straddle both worlds. Will shall be discussing the pros, cons, trials and tribulations in a very candid way, touching on general skills, but also personal experience.
    Bio: Will is a founding member of the Science and Technology team at Dotmatics. During their two and a half years there, they have taken part in building out the AI capabilities of the core data platform, and more recently completely overhauled how the system handles APIs. They began their career studying biochemistry at the University of Leicester, before joining Imperial College London to get a Master’s in bioinformatics and theoretical systems biology. They started a PhD in cancer informatics, but decided after a year to jump into industry for the time being.
  • Create a Killer CV – Robert Bowles (RSC): Your CVs role is to get you an interview…. and that’s it. Find out how to create a killer CV.
    Bio: See above. 
  • Introduction to equality, diversity and inclusion and development of your code of conduct – Debra Fearnshaw (University of Nottingham): This session will explore what equality, diversity and inclusion means, what EDI can look like in research and why this is important. The session will also have an interactive element to help you create a code of conduct for your event.
    Bio: I am an experienced Programme Manager, currently managing 2 EPSRC research projects plus additional projects within my portfolio to support my passion for improving research culture and embedding equality, diversity and inclusion into research. Recent projects include a secondment to EPSRC to complete a strategic EDI project and a Faculty of Engineering review of REF Impact and how future portfolios can become more diverse and inclusive. I am currently working on a research culture project to raise the visibility and recognition of research enabling roles.
  • Academic Publishing – Dr Sarah Callaghan (Patterns): Abstract Coming Soon.
    Bio: Sarah comes to Patterns from a 20-year career in creating, managing, and analyzing scientific data. Her research started as a combination of radio propagation engineering and meteorological modeling, then moved into data citation and publication, visualization, metadata, and data management for the environmental sciences. She was editor-in-chief of Data Science Journal for 4 years and has more than 100 publications. Her personal experience means she understands the frustrations that researchers can have with data. She believes that Patterns will bring together multidisciplinary groups to share knowledge and solutions to data-related problems, regardless of the original domain, for the benefit of humanity and the world.


  • Who should attend? Any ECRs working across Chemistry and Computer Science. 
  • What will I get out of it? You will gain useful skills from the talks provided, and have the opportunity to network with other ECRS from different backgrounds as well as with our speakers. There will be lunch and dinner (and accommodation if required) provided on day 1, and lunch on day 2, with multiple coffee breaks throughout the day.
  • What are the aims of the workshop? The aims of this session are to inform, upskill and facilitate networking between ECRs, and to find out how our Network can best serve the ECR community.


25th July 2022 @ 10:30 am
26th July 2022 @ 4:30 pm
£10 – £50
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Chilworth Manor Hotel
Chilworth Manor Hotel, Chilworth
Southampton, Hampshire SO16 7PT United Kingdom
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