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Tuesday 21st November 2023
JPAG Pharmaceutical Analysis Research Awards and Careers Symposium 2023
Royal Society of Chemistry, London

Based on the great success of past years, JPAG presents this year's Pharmaceutical Analysis Research Awards and Careers symposium for all early career analytical scientists including postgraduate in academia and industry.

This is an opportunity for you to hear the latest research being carried out by your peers who will be selected to showcase their work through oral and poster presentations and ask them questions about their work. Awards for the oral presenters include the prestigious 1st prize of the Geoffrey Phillips Analytical Science Award and prizes will also be awarded for the best posters. We highly encourage all early career scientists to submit an abstract for poster or oral presentation to this exciting annual JPAG event.

Two keynote speakers will provide inspirational and enlightening talks for delegates - their details will follow shortly. The Careers Fair will also feature and all delegates will have the opportunity to book one-to-one sessions with several major pharmaceutical companies who are bringing their careers advisors to discuss opportunities with you. This could be the event to provide a step-change to your professional career. Perhaps your future employer will be here. Come along and network with peers, experienced academics, industrial scientists, high profile keynote presenters, and leading companies who are providing careers advice.

This is an event you will not want to miss.

Keynote Speaker - Dr Diane Turner

Dr Diane Turner FRSC is the Founder, Director and Senior Consultant of Anthias Consulting Ltd. A Warwick University Graduate, Diane completed her Masters in analytical chemistry and started her career in environmental then agrochemical science, later gaining significant experience as an Applications Chemist. Diane has developed methods for, given support and high-quality training for companies in most industries around the world for more than 20 years. Diane is a Visiting Fellow and Consultant at The Open University where she continues her disease diagnosis research from her PhD along with food, drug and space applications. Diane is the Immediate Past-President of the Royal Society of Chemistry Analytical Sciences Community and Immediate Past-Chair of the Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund. She is a Trustee of the Recycling Organisation for Research Opportunities (RORO); on the Building Effective Analytical Measurement (BEAM) panel and the Industry Advisory Board of the Community for Analytical Measurement Science (CAMS) and is a member of the Government Chemist Programme Expert Group (GC-PEG). Diane is co-author of the book 'Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry: How Do I Get the Best Results?' published by the Royal Society of Chemistry and is on the Editorial Board of the new RSC book series ‘Practical and Technical Guides for Lab-based Chemists'.

Keynote Speaker - Prof John Langley

Professor John Langley is an internationally recognised leader in chromatography - mass spectrometry (MS) with >35 years’ experience, and has led and managed the MS/chromatography-MS facility at Southampton Chemistry since 1988. During this time over 1000 users have been trained in the use of modern MS and chromatography-MS and he has successfully supervised 25 PhD students, with four more approaching completion of their studies. All of his PhD studentships have been jointly funded by industry, spanning the pharmaceutical, agrochemical, petrochemical and polymer chemistry sectors.
John has >120 publications, h-index 35, total citations ~3300 and has delivered innovative approaches to MS and chromatography-MS, e.g. the first academic open access MS instrumentation in 1995, open access LC-MS, GC-MS and then SFC-MS in 2014. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), Chartered Chemist, Chartered Scientist, Member of RSC Analytical Division Council (2014-20), Chair of the RSC Separation Science Group (2009-) and President of the International Mass Spectrometry Foundation (2018-22). He is the only person to have been Chair of the BMSS and the RSC Separation Science Group, and was awarded the BMSS lectureship in 2016-17, giving 18 lectures across the UK targeted at PhD students, covering over 4500 miles (mainly by train!). In 2021 John was presented with the British Mass Spectrometry Society medal. John’s research ability is to apply his skills in analytical science to a broad range of challenging problems and systems. He is enthusiastic about collaborative working and applying new technologies, and applying his research approaches to a range of applications including new environmental projects, whilst others aligns to the petrochemical industry, agrochemicals and pharmaceutical (including therapeutic oligonucleotides).
He is director of the SW Regional GCxGC-HRMS facility, and the equivalent SW Regional LCxLC-IMS-HRMS facility commissioned in January 2023.

Additionally, the RSC's Careers Specialist will conduct a 'CV Surgery' for RSC members; these are one-to-one discussions for members to find out how to present a good CV. So be sure to bring your CV along!


Registration is FREE to all


The deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to Sunday 24th September 2023

This is an opportunity to win a prize for your research work and showcase it to others. It is a real chance to give your career a big lift to a new level, if your future employer is watching.
Following the success in past years of the pharmaceutical analysis symposia for postgraduate/undergraduate students and early career stage scientists, JPAG announces this year's event.

The Awards and Careers Fair will be held on Tuesday 21st November 2023, and will be held in person at the RSC, Burlington House, London.

The symposium will provide the opportunity for delegates to showcase their work - either as an oral or poster presentation - to a network of peers, academics and industrial scientists. This is the time to showcase your work to a friendly, engaged audience. Presentations that have been given at another conferences within the last 12 months are eligible.

Free registration is available for all.

The Geoffrey Phillips Analytical Science Award *, with a bursary of up to £1,000, will be awarded for the best oral presentation, and there will be a cash prize of £ 250 for the runner-up. There will also be a cash prize of £200 for the best poster presentation and two cash prizes of £100 each for the runners-up.

* The winner of the Geoffrey Phillips Award is presented with a bursary of up to £1000. Full terms and conditions may be found here.

Early career stage scientists with less than 10 years postgraduate experience (either from academia or industry) are eligible to submit abstracts and enter the competition.

Abstracts for oral or poster presentation should relate to the analysis of drugs in all forms. This is interpreted very widely and includes:
• method development
• pharmaceutical development
• novel use of techniques
• characterisation of materials
• forensics/enforcement
• therapeutic drug monitoring
• in silico prediction
• excipient characterisation
• formulation development
• any other area of pharmaceutical analytical science

The deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to Sunday 24th September 2023

» More details, including how to submit an abstract, are found by clicking 'Abstracts' on the blue tabs above.

Registration and concessions
Complimentary registration is available for all delegates.
» To register, click on the REGISTER NOW button below.

The deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to Sunday 24th September 2023
» A sample abstract can be downloaded here.
If you want to do so, you can SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT.

Abstracts for oral or poster presentation should relate to the analysis of drugs in all forms. This is interpreted very widely and includes:
• method development
• pharmaceutical development
• novel use of techniques
• characterisation of materials
• forensics/enforcement
• therapeutic drug monitoring
• in silico prediction
• excipient characterisation
• formulation development
• any other area of pharmaceutical analytical science

1. Abstracts should include the following: Abstract title, Authors and affiliations (with the presenting author underlined), Objectives or Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusions and References. The abstract, including references, should not exceed one page of 12-point text.
2. Abstracts must communicate a clear scientific message and contain quantitative or qualitative data. Abstracts which promote any product or service will not be accepted.
3. All necessary approvals must have been obtained, including those from industrial sponsors, where appropriate, prior to submission. Any research communicated that required ethical approval must state that approval has been obtained from the relevant local ethics committee.
4. To submit an abstract, click on the SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT button below and complete the details. This will generate an e-mail. Attach the abstract to the e-mail as a Word document attachment and send the e-mail. The abstract will be acknowledged upon receipt and will be reviewed for acceptance.
5. By submitting the abstract the author agrees that the abstract will be made available at the event, and also on the JPAG website.
The corresponding author will be notified of the outcome soon after the submission closing date.

» A sample abstract can be downloaded here.

Oral presentations
Presenters will be allowed 15 minute for the presentation and 5 minutes for questions.

Poster presentations
Posters should be prepared for presentation for display on a poster board 1800 mm high x 900 mm wide (portrait format) and preferably in A0 size. Posters must be clear and self-explanatory. Lettering must be readable at 2 metres (suggested minimum height of characters 8 mm, minimum line width 0.7 mm). Posters should be put up using Velcro (supplied) by 10.30 h on the day of the symposium and taken down by 17.00h. The presenter should be available at the poster board during the lunch and refreshment breaks.

» A sample abstract can be downloaded here.

If you want to do so, you can SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT.
Careers Fair and Networking
In addition to the Research Awards event, there will be a Careers Fair which is open to all delegates, postgraduate and undergraduate. This provides all attendees a great opportunity to meet representatives from big industry pharma and other key contacts to discuss your career opportunities.

This could be THE event to meet your future employer and give your career a lift to the next level!

So, even if you do not have any work to present on this occasion, you should attend. There will be great networking opportunities for you.

Delegates will be given the opportunity to meet one-to-one with representatives from a number of companies to discuss potential career opportunities and to discuss your CV. Make sure you bring plenty of copies along!

There will also be a presentation from the Royal Society of Chemistry's Careers Specialists on 'Job hunting in the pharmaceutical industry'.

Register for this event today.
» To register, click on the REGISTER NOW button below.

The Careers symposium which runs alongside the Research Awards is a great place for representatives of your company to meet early career scientists who are looking for advice on how to progress their careers.
You will have the opportunity to meet postgraduate students who are carrying out innovative research, who are planning their future careers, and will be interested in working in pharmaceutical companies such as your own.

If you are looking to strenghten your company's talent pipeline in the near future, this event could provide an excellent opportunity to meet some of the brightest early career scientists and learn about their research work. There will be opportunities for discussions in an informal environment, and to provide advice about career development in the pharmaceutical industry.

JPAG would like to invite your company to attend this symposium and gain the opportunity to meet with some of our brightest students, potentially high quality employees, and offer advice about starting a career in the pharmaceutical field. You will be able to send up to three delegates (subject to availability) who will be able to advise students on career opportunities.

The event is open to all students, some of whom will be presenting their research work and competing for awards. Delegates, postgraduate and undergraduate, will be able to meet informally with leading pharmaceutical and analytical equipment companies to discuss career opportunities in industry and receive advice on career progression.

Gaining access to potentially high quality recruits is important, so we hope that you will choose to attend.

If so then please register now:

Alternatively if you would prefer to discuss the event further then please send your enquiry by email to events@jpag.org

Also, if you have early-career scientists in your organisation who you think might qualify for entry for the award then please encourage them to submit an abstract.

Past symposia
What did delegates say about their experience of past symposia?
• The symposium provided an opportunity to learn more about pharma and current developments.
• The careers fair was excellent and informative.
• The opportunities to speak to careers advisors were very useful.
• The company representative gave tailored advice and asked for a CV.

Companies and organisations attending these events were:
Almac, AstraZeneca, GSK, Hays, MHRA, Pfizer, Pharmaron, RSSL, Viatris, VRS and the RSC


It has been another very successful year for the Pharmaceutical Analysis Research Awards and Careers Symposium which was held on Tuesday 22nd November 2022, the first held with a live audience since Covid-19. Over 100 delegates attended the meeting and heard two highly inspirational keynote lectures by Dr Tony Bristow, AstraZeneca, and by Professor Paul Thomas, Loughborough University.
There were also eight high-quality podium presentations by early career PhD and industrial researchers. In the Science Room at Burlington House were 22 posters, attended by the authors.

The winner of THE GEOFFREY PHILLIPS ANALYTICAL SCIENCE AWARD for the best podium presentation has been announced. The winner was Miss Georgina Armstrong, GSK, who gave her presentation on "Sequence engineering of monoclonal antibodies to reduce the viscosity of high concentration formulations; an in silico approach to viscosity predictions for IgG Fvs". Georgina received a certificate and a bursary of up to £1,000 to enable her to benefit from a relevant programme of personal professional development, and a further £100 donated by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The highly commended podium award of £250 was made to Miss Lucy Durham, Pharmaron, for her presentation on "Method development for the detection and quantification of six nitrosamines from water-based rinsates by triple quadropole liquid chromatography mass spectroscopy".

The winner of the best poster award of £200 was Miss Phebie Watson, Liverpool John Moores University, for her presentation on "Evaluating attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared and near infrared spectroscopy for classifying M. musculus grave soil in the presence of clothing material".

Commended poster awards, each of £100, were made to Mr Ashraf Qasem, University of Bath, for his presentation on "The effect of position 1 substituent and configuration on APCI-MS fragmentation of norditerpenoid alkaloids" and to Mr Kyle Saunders, University of Surrey, for his presentation on “Optimisation and application of single cell lipidomics using nanocapillary sampling and mass spectrometry".
The awards were presented by Dr Amira Guirguis, JPAG who offered her congratulations to all of the 2022 award winners and thanks to all the presenters.







Q. What is the format of the event?
A. This year the Careers Fair and the Research Awards will be held on Tuesday 21st November 2023, in London.

Q. Do I have to register to attend the event?
A. Yes, you should register for the event, using the REGISTER NOW button for the event.

Q, What is the registration fee?
A. This event is free!


Q. When will the event start and end?
A. Arrival and registration is at 09.00 h and the symposium starts at 9.30 h with a Keynote address.
The meeting closes at 17.30 h

Q. How will the Careers Fair work?
A. There will be a number of 'stations' staffed by Careers Advisors in the Council Chamber

Q. What is the timetable? Does it take place at the same time as the presentations at the symposium?
A. The Careers session will take place between the plenary and oral (podium) sessions, so you will not have to miss these sessions to attend

Q. How long do I have with each careers advisor?
A. We expect you to have 10 minutes with each careers advisor

Q. Do I need to bring copies of my CV?
A. We recommend that you do so

Q. What is expected of me before I am interviewed?
A. Prepare a few questions for the careers advisor in advance; be prepared to give a short statement of your particular skills

Q. Which organisations will be present?
A. The companies participating are shown on the Careers Fair tab on this page. In previous years we had participation from the following companies: Almac, AstraZeneca, GSK, Hays, MHRA, Pfizer, Pharmaron, RSSL, Viatris and VRS

Q. How many career interviews can I have?
A. Depending on demand, you should have the opportunity to meet up to eight Careers Advisors

Q. Are there any relevant web sites of the organisation concerned that I can look at before I come?
A. Click on the links against each company on the Careers Fair tab

Q. If I can't meet them on the day, how can I get in contact with them after the event?
A. Details will be shared on the day at the event

Q. Will I be offered a job?
A. There is no guarantee that you will receive a job offer. Before finishing the discussion with the careers advisor, be sure you understand what the arrangements are for any follow-up contact

Q. Can I claim a travel bursary?
A. A limited number of travel bursaries are available upon request and will be awarded following review of the submitted abstracts

Q. I wish to submit an abstract; how do I do this?
A. Click on this link to submit an abstract


Q. As a Careers Advisor, how do I register my interest in the Careers Forum and who can I meet?
A. See the information on the 'Careers Advisors' tab. Then register here

For any other questions, please contact us at careersfair@jpag.org

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Very enjoyable and thought-provoking day; going away with plenty of notes and specific items for discussion.

Excellent meeting, challenging and thought provoking. The organisation was excellent, thanks to all the efforts that JPAG team have made.

I have not attended a bad JPAG meeting yet. They are really good value for money and I really love to get the presentations as PDFs

I did appreciate receiving the slides before, as then I could print them and make notes around them during the symposium.

Getting an industry perspective on this topic was most helpful.

I appreciate having access to relevant JPAG seminars from overseas; provision of lectures beforehand to allow reading beforehand.

I did like having the presentations available early, with the webinar portion being focused on Q&A.

Fantastic to hear from NHS speaker, provides real insight to patient/clinician considerations that we don't necessarily see in industry.

From attendee perspective, the course did not take up the whole day as no travel necessary and overall good value for money.

Hearing the information from the clinical setting side was very useful.

Well organized. This was an amazing session. Prior sharing of the presentation was a great add on!

The most useful aspect of the webinar was the variety in the presentations across industry and the regulators. Really good to review the presentations beforehand.

Good value, well organised symposium. Always useful for focused topics.

A very good day. Enjoyed getting to speak to the presenters to discuss current challenges in industry.

Well done to all the speakers and the organisers for being able to successfully hold highly informative conferences virtually! (July 2020)

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