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Tuesday 28th November 2017
The pharmaceutical analysis postgraduate research awards and careers symposium
Royal Society of Chemistry, London
JPAG presents its inaugural pharmaceutical analysis symposium for postgraduate students and early career stage scientists.

The symposium will provide the opportunity for delegates to showcase their work and network with peers, academics and industrial scientists through podium and poster presentations. The symposium topic is interpreted in its widest sense to cover the application of physico-chemical techniques to the characterisation or quality control of active substances and drug products. This includes: method development, novel use of techniques, pharmaceuticals, material science, ADME, forensics and enforcement, process chemistry, therapeutic drug monitoring, in silico prediction, excipient characterisation, formulation, development.

The best podium and poster presentations will be recognised with cash prizes up to 500 GBP.

There will also be plenary lectures by leading scientists and an industrial careers exhibition:

» Professor Melissa Hanna-Brown
Prof Hanna-Brown is Technology & Innovation EU Lead, Pfizer Worldwide R&D, Sandwich, UK and Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick, UK and President of the Analytical Division, Royal Society Chemistry, UK.
» Professor Trevor Jones CBE
Prof Jones is Chairman of the international Clinical Research Organisation, Simbec-Orion, a member of the Boards of the Global Life Sciences investment company; Arix Bioscience; the Oxford based Drug Discovery Company ,e-Therapeutics; and the UK Stem Cell Foundation (UKSCF) .Formerly he was Director of Allergan Inc (USA) and R&D Director of The Wellcome Foundation.

Registration for the symposium is FREE for all attendees but prior registration on line is required. JPAG will also cover registration and travel expenses (up to 75 GBP) for accepted oral presentations. Travel bursaries may also be available from JPAG for eligible applicants.

The deadline for abstract submission has now passed and no more can be accepted

See below for more details.

Prof Melissa Hanna-Brown - Pfizer Global R&D
Prof Trevor Jones - King's College London



Give your career a big lift up to the next level
Meet your future employer and showcase your work all in one day

Are you a Pharmaceutical Research Postgraduate with some interesting work you would like to showcase to peers and key decision makers in industry?
What if you could meet employers and key industry players and chat about possible opportunities?
At this new JPAG Pharmaceutical Analysis Postgraduate Research and Careers Symposium you can.

JPAG presents its inaugural pharmaceutical analysis symposium for postgraduate students and early career stage scientists. This will take place on Tuesday 28th November 2017 at the Royal Society of Chemistry, Piccadilly, in central London.

The symposium will provide the opportunity for delegates to showcase their work, either as a podium or poster presentation, and to network with peers, academics and industrial scientists. This is the time to showcase your work to your peers to a friendly, sympathetic audience. Presentations that have been given at another conference within the last year are eligible.

There will be a prize of: £500 awarded for the best oral presentation and a £100 second prize.
There will also be a prize of £200 awarded for the best poster presentation and two highly-commended prizes of £100.

Early career stage scientists with less than 8 years postgraduate experience are eligible.

Submissions submitted to this event related to the use of analytical measurements to the characterisation or quality control of active substances and drug products. These include:
• method development
• the novel use of techniques
• pharmaceuticals
• material science
• forensics and enforcement
• process chemistry
• therapeutic drug monitoring
• in silico prediction
• excipient characterisation
• formulation and development
• any other related drug topic

The closing date for submission of abstracts has now passed.

Networking and Careers Fair
Perhaps you do not have any work to present on this occasion but there will be great networking opportunities. There is also the chance to visit the Careers Fair to meet with big industry pharma and other key contacts. This could be the event to give your career a lift to the next level and meet your future employer.

Registration and concessions

Podium and Poster presenters For those selected to make presentations, there is free registration and assistance with travel expenses (up to £75). You will have received an e-mail with a discount code to be used in registering as a Student Presenter / Abstract Author

Bona fide full-time students and postdoctoral fellows at UK universities
Registration for the symposium, including the Careers Fair, is free. Select the Student Bursary option to register.

All other delegates
Registration for the symposium, including the Careers Fair, is free to ALL delegates. Select the OTHER option to register.

» To register, click here then click on the BOOK NOW button.

» Information on travel bursaries can be downloaded here

The closing date for submission of abstracts has now passed.

Submissions submitted to this event related to the use of analytical measurements to the characterisation or quality control of active substances and drug products. These include:
• method development
• the novel use of techniques
• pharmaceuticals
• material science
• forensics and enforcement
• process chemistry
• therapeutic drug monitoring
• in silico prediction
• excipient characterisation
• formulation and development
• any other related drug topic

Please submit an abstract for your podium or poster presentation.
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.

Podium 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.

Please keep the date in your diary and plan to attend.
Networking and Careers Fair
As well as the presentation and awards, the event will also host a Careers Fair and give presenters and non-presenters the opportunity to meet with big industry pharma and other key contacts. This could be the event to give your career a lift to the next level and meet your future employer.

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

Delegates of the event will be given the opportunity to meet one-to-one with various companies to discuss potential career opportunities and to take your CV, so make sure you bring plenty copies along.

Register for this event today.
» To register, click here then click on the BOOK NOW button.

The Careers symposium, running alongside the Postgraduate Research Awards, is a great venue 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, and also undergraduates, all of whom are planning their future careers and may be interested in your company.

If you are looking to appoint the best researchers for your company 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 career development. You will be able to send up to four delegates (subject to availability) who will be able to advise students on career opportunities.

This is a new initiative and JPAG will be covering the cost of the symposium, so there is no charge for you to attend. If, however, you are interested in providing a donation to help with the costs of running the event then please contact treasurer@jpag.org

In addition to the award contestants there will be an open invitation to other students to attend to benefit from the presentations. All attendees will be able to informally meet with leading pharmaceutical and analytical equipment companies in order 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 would like to attend.
If so then please click the link below to register.

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

Also, if you have scientists who you think might qualify for entry for the award then please encourage them to enter.

Register as a Careers Advisor for this event today.


Q. When will the event start and end?
A. Arrival and Registration is at 10:30 and the start is at 11:00 to allow those travelling long distances to arrive in time
The end time of the symposium is 16:30 when there will be an included wine and career networking reception with the announcement of prize winners.
The meeting closes at 18:00

Q. How will the Careers Forum work?
A. There will be a number of 'stations' staffed by careers advisors

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 podium sessions, so you will not have to miss these sessions to attend

Q. How long do I have with each person?
A. Depending on demand, you will have at least 5 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. How many and which organisations will be present?
A. These details will appear in advance on the JPAG website

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

Q. Are there any relevant web sites of the organisation concerned that I can look at before I come?
A. Please watch for details on the website

Q. If I can't meet them on the day, how can I get in contact with them after the event?
A. Please watch for details on the website

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 free registration?
A. Free registration is available to all attendees; prior registration on-line is required

Q. Can I claim a travel bursary?
A. Travel bursaries are provided for all those who are giving a podium presentation or presenting a poster, based on a submitted abstract; some additional travel bursaries may be available and will be awarded in the order of receipt of registrations

Q. I may wish to submit an abstract; how do I do this?
A. The submission date has now passed


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 events@jpag.org

If you are intending to make a podium or poster presentation,
or are a Careers Advisor, then see the information above.

If you are a post-grad and wish to simply attend the Careers Fair,
then book your place now...


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Almac Sciences is currently looking for Analytical Chemists to join our rapidly expanding Analytical group in Craigavon, Northern Ireland. We have several opportunities in our Analytical Development Group (supporting API method development and validation), Quality Control (analytical testing for release of API materials) and Analytical Services (providing stability and release for clinical materials).
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GlaxoSmithKline is a global healthcare company who take on some of the world's biggest healthcare challenges.
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The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency regulates medicines, medical devices and blood components for transfusion, and is responsible for ensuring their safety, quality and effectiveness. The MHRA is an executive agency of the Department of Health, and plays a leading role in protecting and improving public health in the UK and in the European Union, and supports innovation through scientific research and development.

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