Gordon Research Conference
Old Members Trust Graduate Conference and Academic Travel Fund Report – Alistair J Sterling
Holderness School, NH, USA, 21 – 29 June 2019
The Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Physical Organic Chemistry is the oldest of its kind. It has hosted giants of the field over its 72 year history, and remains to give a platform for cutting edge research. Uniquely, a significant emphasis is placed on championing young researchers, with a pre-conference research seminar specifically aimed at graduate and post-doctoral students. This conference was also the first to introduce the “Power Hour”, an open discussion about the challenges that women face in science.
Over the course of the week, I attended many talks from young academics and leaders in the field alike. A rich array of topics were discussed in these sessions, ranging from reactive intermediates and redox catalysis to quantum computing and supramolecular assembly. Given the multidisciplinary future of organic chemistry, being exposed to such a breadth of content will assist me in finding new niches for my research to fill.
The guiding principle of the GRC is that of open discussion of unpublished results.
As such, having the opportunity to present my work at four poster sessions over the week meant I received valuable feedback and ideas that I am now able to apply to my research. I also had a chance to meet peers in the field who I will continue to work with throughout my career.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Old Members’ Trust for sponsoring my trip to New Hampshire, and for giving me the opportunity to present my research at such a prestigious event.