Outreach Conferences

Schools' Conferences

Our schools' conferences are for students and their teachers interested in finding out more about the cutting edge research happening in the field of Chemistry.

The conferences, usually held in Spring (Key Stage 4, 14-16 yrs) and Autumn (Key Stage 5, 16-19 yrs) each year, feature LIVE talks and Q&As with researchers from the Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford, as well as guests from other leading institutions across the globe.

Previous conference talks and Q&As, where available, can be accessed below. 

Our next conference is planned for March 2022.

Booking details, when available, appear below:

Our 2021 Autumn Chemistry Conference recorded talks and links to further Q&A are available below. 

Regrettably, there is some noise interference, which is particularly noticeable on Prof. Edwards talk. 

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The Circular Carbon Economy, Professor Peter Edwards

Peter Edwards is Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Fellow of St Catherine's College, Oxford. He grew up in Toxteth, Liverpool, looked after by two older sisters and a widowed mother, who held down three jobs to support the family. Peter, who received free school meals until he was an early teenager, was the first in his family to attend university, reading Chemistry at Salford where he stayed on to complete his PhD, before going on to study at Cornell University, New York, via a Fulbright Scholarship. He returned to the UK afterwards, to Oxford, as a postdoctoral researcher with John Goodenough (winner of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry), then on to the universities of Cambridge and Birmingham, before returning to the University of Oxford in 2004, as Statutory Chair in Inorganic Chemistry and Head of Department.


Chemical Journeys: Dr Marie Wong

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Dr Marie Wong is currently working for an interdisciplinary commercial company, based in Cambridge. Originally from Malaysia, Marie completed her MChem and DPhil (PhD) at the University of Oxford, the latter in Prof. Ed Anderson’s group. Her research focused on developing chemical methods for the synthesis of complex molecules, with applications in industries such as pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals and materials. During her undergraduate degree, Marie completed placements in the US at UC Berkeley focusing on palladium-catalysis with Prof. John Hartwig and at Yale University with Prof. Scott Miller, looking at peptide-catalysis. Marie’s talk will focus on her career pathway and her DPhil research.


Our 2020 Autumn Chemistry Conference recorded talks and links to further Q&A are available below:

Cures from within Q&A 

Plastics from another perspective Q&A

A Pollutant's Tale Q&A


Teacher and Technician Conferences

Our teacher and technician conferences are an opportunity to meet other professionals within the beautiful and historic city of Oxford. 

You'll also interact with researchers, take part in workshops, and find out more about our admissions processes.

The conference is co-hosted by the department and one of the colleges and includes an overnight stay and conference dinner. 

Our next conference will be held 7-8 July 2022. 

Booking details, when available, will appear below: