We are delighted to have the following plenary speakers 

Professor David Read

David Read is Professorial Fellow in Chemical Education at the University of Southampton.  David was previously a schoolteacher at a secondary school, and has led on the development of innovative teaching methods and the use of learning technology in chemistry and more widely at Southampton.  Notable projects included the adoption of clickers in 2007 and the promotion of their use across the HE chemistry community, the piloting of lecture capture in 2009, and the development and dissemination of ‘flipped classroom’ approaches over recent years.

David is currently the Director of Outreach and Head of the Education Group within Chemistry, and works closely with those involved in public engagement in the department.  David is also involved in the work of the new Centre for Higher Education Practice (CHEP) at Southampton, where he is supporting the development and delivery of training activities for academics and early career researchers.  David is researching the roles of subject matter knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge in teacher development at school and university level. David was promoted to Professorial Fellow in Chemical Education in 2015 and was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2017.


Professor Anne McCoy

Anne McCoy received her B.S. degree in Chemistry from Haverford College in 1987, and taught chemistry for a year at The Hotchkiss School before receiving a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin, Madison with Professor Edwin L. Sibert in 1994. She was a Post Doctoral Fellow with Benny Gerber, traveling between the University of California, Irvine and Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  She joined the faculty at the Ohio State University in 1994, where she rose through the ranks.  In 2015 she moved to join the faculty at the University of Washington.

Dr. McCoy’s research focuses on two interrelated areas of theoretical investigation; large amplitude vibrational motions even at low-levels of excitation and more fundamental phenomena, such as hydrogen bonding or long-range charge transfer.

Dr. McCoy is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (2007), the American Chemical Society (2009) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2012). From 2005-2011 she was a Senior Editor for the Journal of Physical Chemistry, and has served as the Deputy Editor of the Journal of Physical Chemistry-A since 2011.  In addition, she was a member of the ACS Committee on Professional Training from 2008 to 2018, and served as chair the committee from 2012-2014, and has been active in the PHYS division of the ACS, serving as Secretary/Treasurer from 2006-2011 and Program Chair in 2019 and will be the chair in 2020.  Her research has been recognized through a CAREER Award from the NSF; Camille Dreyfus Teacher/Scholar Award and Crano Lectureship from the Akron Section of the ACS.   While at Ohio State she received both the Distinguished Scholar Award and Harlan Hatcher Award Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Award in 2013.


Professor Dame Margaret Brimble FRS

Dame Margaret Brimble FRS is the Director of Medicinal Chemistry and a Distinguished Professor at the University of Auckland where her research program focuses on the synthesis of bioactive natural products, antimicrobial peptides, cancer vaccines, glycopeptides, self-assembling peptides and peptidomimetics. She has published >475 papers, 70 reviews and is an inventor on >35 patents. In 2018 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society London, awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry George and Christine Sosnovsky Award in Cancer Therapy and conferred the Queens Honour Dame companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (DNZM). She won the 2016 Marsden Medal, the 2012 RSNZ Rutherford (NZ’s top science prize), MacDiarmid and Hector Medals, the 2011 Royal Australian Chemical Institute Adrien Albert Award, the 2010 RSC Natural Products Award, the 2007 L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science laureate in Materials Science for Asia-Pacific, a 2015 IUPAC Distinguished Women in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering Award. She is Past-President of IUPAC Organic and Biomolecular Division III, an Associate Editor for Organic Letters, Past-President of the International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry and Past-Chair of the Rutherford Foundation RSNZ.  She discovered the first drug named “trofinetide” to treat Rett Syndrome and Fragile X syndrome that is in phase III clinical trials with Neuren Pharmaceuticals. Margaret also co-Founded the spin-out company SapVax with US$6 million funding from BioMotiv USA to take self-adjuvanting cancer vaccines based on a novel chemistry platform, to clinical trial.


Dr Eric Scerri

Eric Scerri received all his degrees in the UK before going to the US in 1995 as a Caltech postdoctoral fellow.  For the past 20 years he has been a lecturer at UCLA where he teaches general chemistry as well as courses in History and Philosophy of Science.  He is also the founding editor of the journal Foundations of Chemistry and the author of several books with Oxford University Press including The Periodic Table, Its Story and Its Significance (2007), A Very Short Introduction to the Periodic Table (2011) A Tale of Seven Elements (2013) and A Tale of Seven Scientists and A New Philosophy of Science (2016).  Scerri is the acknowledged world’s expert on historical and philosophical aspects of the periodic table of the elements.


Professor Katrina Jolliffe

Katrina (Kate) Jolliffe received her BSc (Hons 1) in 1993 and PhD in 1997 from the University of New South Wales. She then held positions at Twente University, The Netherlands; the University of Nottingham, UK and the Australian National University before taking up an ARC QEII research fellowship at The University of Sydney in 2002. In 2007 she became a Senior lecturer at the same institution and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2008 and to full Professor in 2009. She was Head of the School of Chemistry at The University of Sydney from 2013-2016. She has been awarded the Beckwith (2004), Biota (2006), Birch (2017) and H. G. Smith (2018) medals of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. Her research interests are in the areas of supramolecular and organic chemistry, with a focus on the design and synthesis of functional molecules, such as molecular sensors capable of detecting anions in biological environments.