Category: Competitions & Projects

Merck Innovation Cup 2020 – 10th Anniversary

From June 20 – 26, 2020, Merck will be hosting the 10th Anniversary Innovation Cup Summer Camp ( near Frankfurt, Germany, and we are inviting post-graduate students and young professionals from you organization to apply now – deadline January 31st, 2020.

The Innovation Cup is an initiative for post-graduate students and young professionals in natural sciences, computer sciences, and business administration to attend a training program near Frankfurt, Germany. All travel, food and accommodation expenses are paid by Merck. The Innovation Cup is designed to support the professional development of post-graduate students interested in the pharmaceutical and chemical industry. Participants learn how R&D in the industry works by lectures from Merck managers and scientists. The students will also advance an idea to a full project plan with their teams. The event brings together a promising new generation of talent with senior managers and researchers and accomplished retirees in a meeting of the generations. It also provides a unique chance to network with the brightest students from all around the world. Teams will work on innovative projects in the areas of: Oncology, Immuno-Oncology, Autoimmunity, Drug Discovery Technologies, Digitalization, Electroceuticals and Lithography. At the first day of the summer camp a conference with alumni from previous editions of the Innovation Cup will be organized.

Postdocs and post-graduate students on their way towards a PhD in biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, biotechnology, bioinformatics, computer sciences, data sciences, informatics, biochemistry, pharmacy, engineering or related fields are invited to apply. In addition, advanced MBA students or recent MBA graduates with an interest in the pharmaceutical and chemical business and a background in natural sciences are also eligible.

The participating teams have the chance to win the Innovation Cup award endowed with EUR 20,000 for the most convincing project plan, plus EUR 5,000 for the runner-up.

We at Merck are very interested to attract students from your institution. Therefore, we appreciate your help in making this unique opportunity visible.

We look forward to applications from students of your organization.

Poster and Flyer describing the event:

The Chemistry Communicators Challenge – 20 November 2019

The Chemistry Communicators Challenge

This FREE event is an opportunity for enthusiastic London-based Chemistry communicators to showcase their flair for presenting and understanding of chemistry and / or its history to a diverse audience.  Deliver an engaging and interesting talk on Chemistry, spend an evening alongside other enthusiastic chemists and science communicators, and win prizes! What more could you ask for!

To celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table (IYPT), we are inviting individuals to deliver talks on the following themes:

  1. An Element of the Periodic Table– Talks could cover the discoverer, the history, the uses or interesting ‘quirks’ of physical or chemical properties of a given element. Talks could also cover the story of the individual(s) who first discovered the element.
  2. Elements in our everyday lives– Talks should cover the chemistry and application or product where an element plays a key role.

Each speaker is given 10 minutes to present on their chosen topic with, or without, a PowerPoint presentation (no other visual aids permitted).

Prizes to be won: Amazon Vouchers (£100 for the winner and £50 for the two runners-up) + Free Ticket to RSC Careers & Networking Evening (28 November 2019)

The event will take place on the 20th November from 6pm-9.30 pm at RSC HQ at Burlington House. Light refreshments will be provided.

To apply and register click here. For more information please contact Inma.

The Chemistry Communicators Challenge winner from 2018, Raquel Fraccari, said about the competition:

This event was a fantastic opportunity to challenge myself and do something out of my comfort zone….you also get to learn a lot from all the different presentations…definitely, the event gave me confidence and motivation. This has helped in refining presentations at work”.