Experimental Design: An Essential Skill for Chemists II


Experimental Design: An Essential Skill for Chemists II

8th December 2014
RSC, Burlington House, London

The second event organised by the EPSRC Dial-a-Molecule Grand Challenge Network aimed at developing a plan for the training and deployment of statistical methods in chemistry research.

This is a follow-up to a successful meeting held in May that led to a series of work streams to develop educational and training resources for Undergraduates and Postgraduates.  In addition, a knowledge exchange programme was commissioned to showcase the application of statistical methods to a variety of current chemistry research programmes.

During the event, you will hear about the progress of the work streams and have to opportunity to shape the subsequent programme.  Additionally, you will learn how an education and training programme for statistical methods was successfully funded and implemented in a related discipline.  The objectives for the meeting include:

  • Feedback on the progress with the work streams developed at the May meeting
  • Evaluate the options for funding and implementation of a statistical methods programme for chemists
  • Refine plans for the next steps



10:00 Registration and coffee
10:30 Welcome and introduction
David Fox (Royal Society of Chemistry)
10:40 Experimental design for undergraduates – output from commissioned workstreams
Recap: Gill Smith (Dial-a-Molecule)

Workstream 1: Defining undergraduate lab modules: Richard Bourne (Leeds), Pamela Allan (Strathclyde)

Workstream 2: Proposing an undergraduate draft syllabus: Matt Linsley (Newcastle)

11:25 Turning theory into practice: lessons from postgraduate workshops
Martin Owen (GSK)
11:55 Experimental design for research: output from funded research proposals
Tom Sheppard (UCL), Natalie Fey (Bristol), Richard Bourne (Leeds)
12:30 Progress with support infrastructure
12:40 Lunch
A demo of PCA visualiser and ProSim software will be available
13:30 Keynote address: Experience with promoting a step change in quantitative methods training in social sciences and  the humanities
John MacInnes (Strategic advisor to the ESRC on UG quantitative methods teaching)
14:00 Strategic positioning and proposal for next steps
14:10 Breakout sessions
15:20 Coffee/tea break
15:34 Agree recommendations and close

Organising committee: David Fox & Gill Smith