Royal Society of Chemistry IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast 2023
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Registration is open for the Royal Society of Chemistry IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast 2023. For the IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast in 2023, the Royal Society of Chemistry Inclusion and Diversity team will conduct an in-person event (GWB 2023). As part of the UNESCO International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development, the theme of the IUPAC GWB 2023 is “Breaking barriers in sciences.”

Royal Society of Chemistry IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast 2023.

About the event

This occasion will honour the achievements and accomplishments of women in the chemical sciences. The  Royal Society of Chemistry cordially invites you to join and hear from the panellists on their scientific contributions to sustainable development and the inspirations behind their work. Additionally, there will be opportunities for attendees to mingle and network.

The United Nations Day of Women and Girls in Science and the IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast coincide. The RSC is honoured to be one of the IUPAC GWB 2023’s primary sponsors.


  • 9:30-10:00 Arrival and breakfast

     Grab your breakfast and find a seat

  • 10:00-10:10 Welcome and introduction to IUPAC GWB 2023
  • 10:10-11:00 Panel discussion

Symiah Barnett AMRSC (Loughborough University)

Dr Asel Sartbaeva MRSC (University of Bath)

Dr Liz Rowsell OBE CChem FRSC (Johnson Matthey)

  • 11:00-11:10 Close
  • 11:10-12:00 Meet-and-greet networking – tea & coffee


There will be three eminent speakers.

  1. Symiah Barnett AMRSC, Phd Student, Loughborough University, United Kingdom

Symiah Barnett is a PhD student at Loughborough University who is supported by the Natural Environment Research Council. Symiah is interested in environmental chemistry, and her research topic examines the prevalence of microplastics and nanoplastics in freshwater and marine environments. She just won the election to the environmental chemistry committee of the Royal Society of Chemistry and is an advocate for participation and outreach in this area.

2. Dr Elizabeth Rowsell OBE CChem FRSC, Director, Johnson Matthey Technology, United Kingdom

Liz oversees the corporate R&D division of JM, the Johnson Matthey Technology Centres. She studied charge interactions in Fe co-ordination complexes using Mössbauer spectroscopy for her PhD at the University of Essex in 1993, working in conjunction with the Nitrogen Fixation Unit at Sussex University.

As a Research Scientist with Johnson Matthey beginning in 1993, Liz worked on the creation of metal-based medicines for the treatment of sepsis. Liz has worked on projects related to biomass processing, gas purification, and materials for energy generation throughout her time with Johnson Matthey. She has also worked on the development of catalysts for use in pharmaceuticals, food, and personal safety. She is in charge of a multicultural group of gifted engineers and scientists who deliver cross-sector science to build a cleaner and healthier planet.

3. Dr Asel Sartbaeva MRSC, Reader, University of Bath, United Kingdom  

Dr. Asel Sartbaeva is an Enterprise Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Reader (Associate Professor) of Chemistry at the University of Bath, and a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF KG’s “Girls in STEM” initiative.

The Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University awarded Asel his first degree in 1999. After being awarded a scholarship by ICI to study for her PhD in Cambridge, she arrived in the UK in 2001. She obtained a PhD from Cambridge University, being the first person from Central Asia to do so. After that, she spent three years working as a postdoc at Arizona State University.

How to register?

Registration is free but required for in-person attendance and virtual viewing. The number of in-person registrations is limited.

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The Royal Society of Chemistry

The Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BA, United Kingdom

Registration deadline

The Last date of registration is 5th Feb 2023

Contact information

Events Team
Royal Society of Chemistry
Thomas Graham House,
Science Park,
Milton Road,
+44 (0) 1223 432509

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