Martin was in Sweden last week to present his research at the 15th European Workshop in Phosphorus Chemistry (EWPC-15). He was joined by Anna Vetter from the Gilheany group who also presented. Martin was presenting some of his IRC-funded research on organocatalytic methods for the synthesis of phosphorus compounds. The meeting mostly focused on presentations from PhD students and Postdocs working in all aspects of phosphorus chemistry. Martin and Anna gave talks on Friday and presented posters as well. Well done Martin and Anna.
Congratulations to Avene who passed her viva voce examination yesterday! This is the culmination of 4 years of research and we had a party to celebrate all the excellent contributions Avene has made. We even ‘wasted’ some helium a frivolous balloon! Well done Avene! Avene’s external examiner was Prof Amelia Rauter from Lisbon. She gave an excellent seminar in the afternoon. Then the party got into full flow.
Well done to Alan, Cian, Joe and Nathan who gave oral presentations this week on their final year research projects. All four of the guys did us proud with excellent presentations.
Congrats to Avene who submitted her PhD thesis today. Next she has to defend her thesis in a viva voce examination in the near future. Congrats also to labmate Malachi from the Gilheany group who also submitted today.
We had a great lab dinner last night. Members of the McGarrigle and Gilheany groups had dinner in Carluccio’s on Dawson street. Thanks to Saranna who was chief organiser. Afterwards we visited some other establishments in the local area to continue the party!
Congratulations to Róisín who won a prize for her poster today at the Centre for Synthesis & Chemical Biology’s annual symposium ‘Recent Advances in Synthesis & Chemical Biology XVI‘. The symposium featured excellent talks by Profs. Don Hilvert (ETH), Alison Hulme (Edinburgh), Martin Smith (Oxford), Larry Que (Minnesota) and Steve Davies (Oxford). There was a large poster session so we were really happy to see Róisín’s poster selected for a prize. Well done Ró!
We enjoyed the ChemSoc Christmas Lecture by Prof. Neil Champness, University of Nottingham and the subsequent Christmas Social Event. Following the lecture there was festive music and treats, followed by a Christmas dinner. Below is a photo of our table shared with Gilheany group members. Eoghan didn’t do a great job on the selfie (that’s his eye in the left corner). Pi restaurant never looked so salubrious!