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!
Avene presented her research at two events in London this week. Firstly, she was selected for participation at the RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium. She was the only participant based in Ireland of the 40 invited posters in the event. The event was sponsored by several companies including ‘headline’ sponsor Hoffman-LaRoche Ltd. and held in the RSC headquarters in Burlington House, London. Avene interacted with the other participants and academics and got lots of positive feedback on her poster.
Then on Wednesday Avene presented a poster at the SCI 24th Annual Review Meeting which was also held in London. The meeting had talks from Profs David Procter and Martin Smith, and Drs Jordi Bures, Daniele Leonori, Robert Phipps, and Anna Slater. The review lectures provided in-depth discussion of emerging concepts and techniques for organic synthesis.