Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Celebration of Science - register to attend

Science sits at the heart of pharmacy. We’re delighted to be hosting a Celebration of Science event next Thursday 10 November to bring together scientists, researchers and scholars working across the breadth of sciences that inform the field of pharmacy, for a face-to-face learning and networking opportunity.

Please join us for the afternoon as we look back at the history of science and pharmacy; hear from the current Harrison medal winners and consider the scientific contribution of pharmacists during the pandemic; and learn about new plans at the NIHR and discuss the potential contribution of science to pharmacy over the coming years. The Celebration of Science is itself a historic event and for the first time in the history of the RPS, we are bringing myself as current Chief Scientist and all previous RPS Chief Scientists together under one roof to consider the future of science and pharmacy.

The Harrison award, which dates back to 1924, is made every two years by the RPS to an RPS member who has made an outstanding contribution in advancing pharmaceutical science. The 2020 Harrison medal recipient is Professor Yvonne Perrie, Professor in Drug Delivery at the University of Strathclyde. Professor Perrie’s talk was postponed due to the pandemic and is entitled Liposomes and Lipid Nanoparticles - delivering vaccines. The 2022 Harrison medal recipient is Professor Abdul Basit, Professor of Pharmaceutics at UCL School of Pharmacy. Professor Basit is an internationally leading authority on oral drug delivery, digital health and innovative pharmaceutical technologies such as three-dimensional (3D) printing.

We will also hear from Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope, Lead Pharmacist at the UK Health Security Agency, about how pharmacists contributed to the mobilisation of science during the pandemic, and how we might move forward from this as a community of scientists, academics and researchers working in pharmacy. Looking to the future, Professor Paul Dark joins our Celebration of Science to help explain the next chapter for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in his talk entitled Best research for best health.

Finally, I also look forward to unveiling our plans for supporting early career searchers working within the breadth of the scientific disciplines relevant to pharmacy.

Our Celebration of Science event looks to be a superb opportunity for acknowledging the past, celebrating the here-and-now and looking forward to a future that secures the contribution of science to the profession of pharmacy. Please join me as I welcome you to the London offices of the RPS at East Smithfield on Thursday 10th November.

Register to attend the Celebration of Science


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