Department hosts global women's breakfast

Staff and students in the Department of Chemistry joined the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry's (IUPAC) 100th anniversary celebrations last week.

IUPAC 1The organisation hosted a series of Global Women's Breakfasts on 12 February to encourage networking, both locally and internationally, within scientific communities across the globe.

Two researchers in Professor Julia Weinstein's group, Dr Marta Martinez Alonso and Samantha Peralta Arriaga, organised the University of Sheffield's event, which included oral and poster presentations on the fantastic work carried out by women at the University of Sheffield.

Scientists had the chance to network and discuss the way their careers have progressed. Marta and Sam also organised a delicious buffet, with an accompanying periodic table of cupcakes – pictured.

Professor Julia Weinstein gave the plenary lecture, discussing her personal experiences as a woman in academia, the women who inspired her, and her other colleagues that have pioneered chemical research.


At 11.45am, attendees gathered to hold a video call with universities in Scotland and Croatia, who were also gathering to celebrate the IUPAC anniversary.

Freya Cleasby, a first year PhD student who attended the Sheffield event, said: "I really enjoyed it.

"The organisers had clearly gone to a lot of effort and it was great to see all the other women coming together to support each other and talk about their research."

Guests voted on prizes for the best oral presentation, which went to to Heather Carson in the Meijer and Weinstein groups, and best poster, which was awarded to Jenny Train for her poser on the photophysics of metal-organic cages.