Repurposing and/or reactivating disused clinically relevant medical therapies

Lead Research Organisation: University of Kent
Department Name: Sch of Physical Sciences

Abstract

Since humans first discovered that plants and biological extracts could be used to treat ailments, many thousands of assorted therapies have been developed to treat illness and disease. In modern times these therapies include, but are not limited to, small molecule synthetic compounds, large biological proteins, and peptides. Developing new drugs and therapies is expensive, and takes a long time. Decisions about which drugs should be developed for clinical use are often made about market value and potential profit as companies seek to recoup their investment.

Over time, a considerable number of these therapies have become disused. One reason for this is due to cellular resistance, that is, the biological system that a therapy targets evolves and becomes resistant to treatment. Increasing resistance to antimicrobials, antibiotics and anti-cancer drugs is predicted to cause a global health crisis, that will return us to a medical dark-age.

In 2010 the economic impact of cancer was found be $1.16 trillion (1.5% of GDP). Cancer is difficult to treat because normal healthy cells and cancerous tumour cells are similar. This, combined with increasing anti-cancer drug resistance and the high cost of effective treatments, means that global mortality figures are only set to rise from estimated deaths of 9.6 million in 2018.

The increasing prevalence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in bacteria has been well advertised, however what is not so widely known is that AMR has now been identified to every antimicrobial currently marketed. By 2050 it is estimated that 10 million people per year will die from AMR diseases.

I will address this global health crisis by working to reactivate drugs that have already been approved for use but have been discarded. I will produce a technology that will revitalise currently approved medical therapies by increasing their efficacy, while simultaneously developing novel drug candidates.

To achieve this, I have invented a novel class of molecules that can stick selectively to the surface of specific types of target cell (such as cancer or bacteria). This 'sticking' process produces molecular gateways into the target cell which either result in cell death or enable drugs to pass effectively from the outside to the inside of the cell, increasing permeability of a drug towards the target cell.
This type of work is interdisciplinary, and therefore requires a team that are able to work at the interface of chemistry, biology, pharmacy and social science. Additionally, I want to find out how a team like this can be supported to create and make discoveries, and how it can work effectively.

Although currently targeted to produce novel therapeutic weapons in the fight against AMR and cancer, the development of this technology has the potential to regenerate and increase the activity for a much wider range of currently approved but disused medical therapies. It may also make drugs effective for treating a wider variety of diseases or infections where entry into the cell is the limiting factor, increasing the number and scope of illnesses that can be treated by the same drug. Therefore, this molecular innovation represents an attractive alternative to the high costs and long-timeframes associated with the conventional identification and development of a single novel drug.

Planned Impact

Results from this study will feed directly into wider associated innovation development projects and be incorporated into quarterly development team meetings, generating instantaneous impact through informing the wider project portfolios of Co-I's and Project Partners.

SSA technology will result in the creation of novel methods towards the treatment of antimicrobial resistant (AMR) bacteria and cancer. Although drugs have been developed to treat both antimicrobial infections and cancer the dramatic increase in cellular resistance to these drugs means that many are becoming disused. In 2010 the economic impact of cancer was to decrease global Gross Domestic Profit (GDP) by $1.16 trillion (1.5% of GDP). Global mortality figures and the associated economic impacts are only set to rise from estimated deaths of 9.6 million in 2018. Similarly, by 2050 it is estimated that 10 million people per year will die from AMR diseases. Including secondary effects of AMR this is predicted to decrease GDP by $210 trillion over the next 35 years.
These infections or diseases represent the two greatest global threats to human health today and in the future. SSA innovations will simultaneously produce: i) novel therapeutic treatments and; ii) regenerate the activity of currently disused drugs towards cancer cells and AMR bacteria, where cellular permeability represents the barrier to drug efficacy. This novel approach will lower the costs associated with single molecule drug development costs, making SSA technologies affordable when licenced as therapeutic agents either as novel drugs themselves or as co-formulates for currently approved drug therapies.

Short-term impact (1-3 years):
This project provides a unique environment for the training of group members to include post-doctoral, PhD students and the Primary Investigator. This will create a highly trained UK-based people pipe-line, with the unique interdisciplinary skill set necessary to expand on SSA development within an independent academic or industrial setting. Dissemination of the initial results generated from this work at public TEAtime events, aimed at local year 10, 11, 12 and 13 students will inform the next generation of the increasing prevalence of cellular drug resistance and the associated global implications, and inspire them to become part of the solution.

Medium-term impact (4-7 years):
Experience gained from initial in-house SSA development as novel weapons in the fight against AMR and cancer, combined with our approach to open access dissemination of experimental results will self-advertise the effectiveness of this technology. This will enable us to work with the pharmaceutical industry to licence our first SSA technologies and work in partnership with drug developers to enhance the efficacy of newly developed pharmaceutical drugs that would not otherwise be considered for future development. This will result in the first SSA innovations entering clinical trials.

Long-term impact (7+ years):
SSA technologies will be licenced for use in the treatment of AMR bacterial infections and cancer. These treatments will be financially accessible due to the shared product development costs associated with this novel approach to pharmaceutical development. Use of SSAs will lower the global mortality rates associated with these infections and diseases. This will result in a comparative increase in global GDP. The researchers educated and trained during the development of these SSA technologies will make the UK a centre for the development of SSA type therapeutics, with commercial demand producing the need for spin-out companies that will provide jobs for a variety of skilled individuals and support staff.

Publications

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Koloteva-Levine N (2021) Amyloid particles facilitate surface-catalyzed cross-seeding by acting as promiscuous nanoparticles in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

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Pichon A (2021) A supporting supramolecular community. in Nature chemistry

 
Description This funding has enabled me to develop my novel modular Supramolecular Self-associating Amphiphile (SSA) platform technology. To date I have now shown my SSA technology platform to act as:
• Antimicrobial agents and agents to increase/regenerate the efficacy of current antimicrobial agents;
• Anticancer agents and agents to increase/regenerate the efficacy of current anticancer agents;
• Morphing Multifunctional Material systems that undergo triggerable material changes from molecular dimers, to spherical aggregates and hydrogel fibres;
• Electrolyte materials for flow batteries;
• Agents to absorb environmental pollutants from aqueous systems.

The development of this SSA platform technology has caused me to build consortia of international interdisciplinary researchers that include governmental officials, industrial collaborators, biologists, chemists, materials scientists, drug development specialists (e.g. UKHSA - formally Public Health England, Michelle Garrett (Kent) and CRUK Therapeutic Discovery Laboratories) and clinicians (Mr Sashi Kommu - clinician, surgeon, Department of Urology, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust and Dr Mohammad Jaweed - clinician, surgeon, Taylors University, Malaysia). Additionally, we now have line of site to the clinic with this SSA innovation and are actively pursuing opportunities in this area.

In addition, I have continued to develop the international Woman In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network, an organisation that I now Chair, which aims to understand the needs of marginalised groups within the supramolecular chemistry community, and then 'call in' this same community to actively meet these needs, producing a community that is self-supporting. WISC is currently nominated for the 2022 Royal Society of Chemistry Prize for equality, diversity and inclusion.
Exploitation Route In brief, we hope to produce new therapeutic innovations to be directly used and inspire related innovations in the fields of therapeutic drug design, specifically for the development of anticancer and antimicrobial technologies.

We also hope that the area specific WISC frame work can be adopted by other areas of STEM to enhance equability, diversity and inclusion within these areas.
Sectors Chemicals,Healthcare,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology

URL https://www.womeninsuprachem.com/
 
Description Expanding Capability and Capacity in High-Throughput Multinuclear NMR Spectroscopy
Amount £476,316 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/W006480/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2021 
End 09/2026
 
Description Future Human PhD studentship
Amount £70,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Kent 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2022 
End 09/2025
 
Description University Research Consolidator Award
Amount £3,500 (GBP)
Organisation University of Kent 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2021 
End 06/2022
 
Description VC PhD studentship: The development of supramolecular systems to act as novel weapons in the fight against antimicrobial resistance
Amount £70,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Kent 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2020 
End 09/2023
 
Description VC PhD studentship: The development of supramolecular systems to act as novel weapons in the fight against cancer
Amount £70,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Kent 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2021 
End 09/2024
 
Description Development of SSAs as anticancer agents 
Organisation Cancer Research UK
Department CRUK Therapeutic Discovery Laboratories
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The design, synthesis and characterisation of SSAs as anticancer agents and enhancers of anticancer agents.
Collaborator Contribution Understanding clinical need and patient advocacy, producing pre-clinical trials data in include in vivo and in vitro PK/PD work, building a pipe line to enable the SSA innovation to gain line of site to the clinic.
Impact Interdisciplinary Funding outcomes (pharmacology, clinical medicine, cancer biology, supramolecular chemistry, materials science): • University if Kent funding (2022-2025) PI - PhD studentship - "Taking a patient-centred approach to the development of next-generation cancer treatments" - £70,000. • EB Hutchinson Charitable Trust (2021-22) Co-I - "Investigating SSAs as a potential new treatment strategy for cancer." £30,000 = 0.62 x FTE technician. • John Stotz Donation (2021-2024) Co-PI - "Supramolecular Self-associating Amphiphiles (SSAs) as novel enhancers of cancer treatment" - £73,000. • UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship (2020-2024) PI - "Repurposing and/or reactivating disused clinically relevant medical therapies" - UKRI contribution: £1,219,826. • EB Hutchinson Charitable Trust (2020-21) Co-I - "Investigating SSAs as a potential new treatment strategy for cancer." £33,217 = 0.62 x FTE technician. Interdisciplinary outcome: 1. Dora, N. O.; Blackburn, E.; Boles, J. E.; Williams, G. T.; White, L. J.; Turner, S. E. G.; Hothersall, J. D.; Askwith, T.; Doolan, J. A.; Mulvihill, D. P.; Garrett,* M. D.; Hiscock, J. R.*; Supramolecular self-associating amphiphiles (SSAs) as nanoscale enhancers of cisplatin anticancer activity, RSC Advances, 2021, 11, 14213 - 14217. (cancer biology, supramolecular chemistry, materials science). 2. Hilton, K. L. F.; Manwani, C.; Boles, J. E.; White, L. J.; Ozturk, S.; Garrett, M. D.*; Hiscock, J. R.*; The phospholipid membrane compositions of bacterial cells, cancer cell lines and biological samples from cancer patients, Chem. Sci., 2021, 12, 13273-13282.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Development of SSAs as anticancer agents 
Organisation Domainex
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The design, synthesis and characterisation of SSAs as anticancer agents and enhancers of anticancer agents.
Collaborator Contribution Understanding clinical need and patient advocacy, producing pre-clinical trials data in include in vivo and in vitro PK/PD work, building a pipe line to enable the SSA innovation to gain line of site to the clinic.
Impact Interdisciplinary Funding outcomes (pharmacology, clinical medicine, cancer biology, supramolecular chemistry, materials science): • University if Kent funding (2022-2025) PI - PhD studentship - "Taking a patient-centred approach to the development of next-generation cancer treatments" - £70,000. • EB Hutchinson Charitable Trust (2021-22) Co-I - "Investigating SSAs as a potential new treatment strategy for cancer." £30,000 = 0.62 x FTE technician. • John Stotz Donation (2021-2024) Co-PI - "Supramolecular Self-associating Amphiphiles (SSAs) as novel enhancers of cancer treatment" - £73,000. • UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship (2020-2024) PI - "Repurposing and/or reactivating disused clinically relevant medical therapies" - UKRI contribution: £1,219,826. • EB Hutchinson Charitable Trust (2020-21) Co-I - "Investigating SSAs as a potential new treatment strategy for cancer." £33,217 = 0.62 x FTE technician. Interdisciplinary outcome: 1. Dora, N. O.; Blackburn, E.; Boles, J. E.; Williams, G. T.; White, L. J.; Turner, S. E. G.; Hothersall, J. D.; Askwith, T.; Doolan, J. A.; Mulvihill, D. P.; Garrett,* M. D.; Hiscock, J. R.*; Supramolecular self-associating amphiphiles (SSAs) as nanoscale enhancers of cisplatin anticancer activity, RSC Advances, 2021, 11, 14213 - 14217. (cancer biology, supramolecular chemistry, materials science). 2. Hilton, K. L. F.; Manwani, C.; Boles, J. E.; White, L. J.; Ozturk, S.; Garrett, M. D.*; Hiscock, J. R.*; The phospholipid membrane compositions of bacterial cells, cancer cell lines and biological samples from cancer patients, Chem. Sci., 2021, 12, 13273-13282.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Development of SSAs as anticancer agents 
Organisation East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The design, synthesis and characterisation of SSAs as anticancer agents and enhancers of anticancer agents.
Collaborator Contribution Understanding clinical need and patient advocacy, producing pre-clinical trials data in include in vivo and in vitro PK/PD work, building a pipe line to enable the SSA innovation to gain line of site to the clinic.
Impact Interdisciplinary Funding outcomes (pharmacology, clinical medicine, cancer biology, supramolecular chemistry, materials science): • University if Kent funding (2022-2025) PI - PhD studentship - "Taking a patient-centred approach to the development of next-generation cancer treatments" - £70,000. • EB Hutchinson Charitable Trust (2021-22) Co-I - "Investigating SSAs as a potential new treatment strategy for cancer." £30,000 = 0.62 x FTE technician. • John Stotz Donation (2021-2024) Co-PI - "Supramolecular Self-associating Amphiphiles (SSAs) as novel enhancers of cancer treatment" - £73,000. • UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship (2020-2024) PI - "Repurposing and/or reactivating disused clinically relevant medical therapies" - UKRI contribution: £1,219,826. • EB Hutchinson Charitable Trust (2020-21) Co-I - "Investigating SSAs as a potential new treatment strategy for cancer." £33,217 = 0.62 x FTE technician. Interdisciplinary outcome: 1. Dora, N. O.; Blackburn, E.; Boles, J. E.; Williams, G. T.; White, L. J.; Turner, S. E. G.; Hothersall, J. D.; Askwith, T.; Doolan, J. A.; Mulvihill, D. P.; Garrett,* M. D.; Hiscock, J. R.*; Supramolecular self-associating amphiphiles (SSAs) as nanoscale enhancers of cisplatin anticancer activity, RSC Advances, 2021, 11, 14213 - 14217. (cancer biology, supramolecular chemistry, materials science). 2. Hilton, K. L. F.; Manwani, C.; Boles, J. E.; White, L. J.; Ozturk, S.; Garrett, M. D.*; Hiscock, J. R.*; The phospholipid membrane compositions of bacterial cells, cancer cell lines and biological samples from cancer patients, Chem. Sci., 2021, 12, 13273-13282.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Development of SSAs as anticancer agents 
Organisation University of Kent
Department School of Biosciences
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The design, synthesis and characterisation of SSAs as anticancer agents and enhancers of anticancer agents.
Collaborator Contribution Understanding clinical need and patient advocacy, producing pre-clinical trials data in include in vivo and in vitro PK/PD work, building a pipe line to enable the SSA innovation to gain line of site to the clinic.
Impact Interdisciplinary Funding outcomes (pharmacology, clinical medicine, cancer biology, supramolecular chemistry, materials science): • University if Kent funding (2022-2025) PI - PhD studentship - "Taking a patient-centred approach to the development of next-generation cancer treatments" - £70,000. • EB Hutchinson Charitable Trust (2021-22) Co-I - "Investigating SSAs as a potential new treatment strategy for cancer." £30,000 = 0.62 x FTE technician. • John Stotz Donation (2021-2024) Co-PI - "Supramolecular Self-associating Amphiphiles (SSAs) as novel enhancers of cancer treatment" - £73,000. • UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship (2020-2024) PI - "Repurposing and/or reactivating disused clinically relevant medical therapies" - UKRI contribution: £1,219,826. • EB Hutchinson Charitable Trust (2020-21) Co-I - "Investigating SSAs as a potential new treatment strategy for cancer." £33,217 = 0.62 x FTE technician. Interdisciplinary outcome: 1. Dora, N. O.; Blackburn, E.; Boles, J. E.; Williams, G. T.; White, L. J.; Turner, S. E. G.; Hothersall, J. D.; Askwith, T.; Doolan, J. A.; Mulvihill, D. P.; Garrett,* M. D.; Hiscock, J. R.*; Supramolecular self-associating amphiphiles (SSAs) as nanoscale enhancers of cisplatin anticancer activity, RSC Advances, 2021, 11, 14213 - 14217. (cancer biology, supramolecular chemistry, materials science). 2. Hilton, K. L. F.; Manwani, C.; Boles, J. E.; White, L. J.; Ozturk, S.; Garrett, M. D.*; Hiscock, J. R.*; The phospholipid membrane compositions of bacterial cells, cancer cell lines and biological samples from cancer patients, Chem. Sci., 2021, 12, 13273-13282.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Development of SSAs as antimicrobial agents 
Organisation Public Health England
Department Public Health England Porton Down
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Innovation and physicochemical characterisation of novel antimicrobial technologies.
Collaborator Contribution Direct and indirect support of J. Hiscock's SSA technology as antimicrobial agents and enhancers of current antimicrobial technologies.
Impact Grant Funding (microbiology/chemistry/materials science): • Internal faculty funding (2021-2024) PI - PhD studentship - "The development of supramolecular systems to act as novel weapons in the fight against antimicrobial resistance" - £70,000. • UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship (2020-2024) PI - "Repurposing and/or reactivating disused clinically relevant medical therapies" - UKRI contribution: £1,219,826. • Internal faculty funding (2020-2023) PI - PhD studentship - "The development of supramolecular systems to act as novel weapons in the fight against antimicrobial resistance" - £70,000. • GCDC postdoctoral and travel funding (2020) PI - "Tackling the greatest threat to human health in South Africa - Antimicrobial (Antibiotic) Resistance (AMR) in bacteria." - £34,000 Interdisciplinary outcome: 1. White, L. J.; Boles, J. E.; Clifford, M.; Patenall, B.; Hilton, K. L. F.; Ng, K. K. L.; Ellaby, R. J.; Hind, C. K.*; Mulvihill, D. P.*; Hiscock, J. R.*; Di-anionic self-associating supramolecular amphiphiles (SSAs) as antimicrobial agents against MRSA and Escherichia coli Chem. Commun., 2021, 57, 11839 - 11842. 2. Boles, J. E.; Ellaby, R. J.; Shepherd, H. J. and Hiscock, J. R.*; Supramolecular Self-associating Amphiphiles (SSAs) as enhancers of antimicrobial agents towards Escherichia coli (E. coli), RSC Advances, 2021, 11, 9550 - 9556. (microbiology/chemistry/materials science) 3. Allen, N.; White, L. J.; Boles, J. E.; Williams, G. T.; Chu, D. F.; Ellaby, R. J.; Shepherd, H. J.; Ng, K. K. L.; Blackholly, L. R.; Wilson, B.; Mulvihill*, D. P; Hiscock*, J. R.; Towards the prediction of antimicrobial efficacy for hydrogen bonded, self-associating amphiphiles ChemMedChem 2020, 15:22, 2193-2205. (microbiology/chemistry/materials science) Patents filed: European Patent Application No. 18743767.8, filed September 8, 2020; U.S. Patent Application No. 16/632,194, filed January 17, 2020; International PCT Patent Application No. PCT/EP2018/069568, filed July 18, 2018; and United Kingdom Patent Application No. 1711555.1, filed July 18, 2017.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Development of SSAs as antimicrobial agents 
Organisation University of Free State, Bloemfontein
Country South Africa 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Innovation and physicochemical characterisation of novel antimicrobial technologies.
Collaborator Contribution Direct and indirect support of J. Hiscock's SSA technology as antimicrobial agents and enhancers of current antimicrobial technologies.
Impact Grant Funding (microbiology/chemistry/materials science): • Internal faculty funding (2021-2024) PI - PhD studentship - "The development of supramolecular systems to act as novel weapons in the fight against antimicrobial resistance" - £70,000. • UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship (2020-2024) PI - "Repurposing and/or reactivating disused clinically relevant medical therapies" - UKRI contribution: £1,219,826. • Internal faculty funding (2020-2023) PI - PhD studentship - "The development of supramolecular systems to act as novel weapons in the fight against antimicrobial resistance" - £70,000. • GCDC postdoctoral and travel funding (2020) PI - "Tackling the greatest threat to human health in South Africa - Antimicrobial (Antibiotic) Resistance (AMR) in bacteria." - £34,000 Interdisciplinary outcome: 1. White, L. J.; Boles, J. E.; Clifford, M.; Patenall, B.; Hilton, K. L. F.; Ng, K. K. L.; Ellaby, R. J.; Hind, C. K.*; Mulvihill, D. P.*; Hiscock, J. R.*; Di-anionic self-associating supramolecular amphiphiles (SSAs) as antimicrobial agents against MRSA and Escherichia coli Chem. Commun., 2021, 57, 11839 - 11842. 2. Boles, J. E.; Ellaby, R. J.; Shepherd, H. J. and Hiscock, J. R.*; Supramolecular Self-associating Amphiphiles (SSAs) as enhancers of antimicrobial agents towards Escherichia coli (E. coli), RSC Advances, 2021, 11, 9550 - 9556. (microbiology/chemistry/materials science) 3. Allen, N.; White, L. J.; Boles, J. E.; Williams, G. T.; Chu, D. F.; Ellaby, R. J.; Shepherd, H. J.; Ng, K. K. L.; Blackholly, L. R.; Wilson, B.; Mulvihill*, D. P; Hiscock*, J. R.; Towards the prediction of antimicrobial efficacy for hydrogen bonded, self-associating amphiphiles ChemMedChem 2020, 15:22, 2193-2205. (microbiology/chemistry/materials science) Patents filed: European Patent Application No. 18743767.8, filed September 8, 2020; U.S. Patent Application No. 16/632,194, filed January 17, 2020; International PCT Patent Application No. PCT/EP2018/069568, filed July 18, 2018; and United Kingdom Patent Application No. 1711555.1, filed July 18, 2017.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Development of SSAs as antimicrobial agents 
Organisation University of Kent
Department School of Biosciences
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Innovation and physicochemical characterisation of novel antimicrobial technologies.
Collaborator Contribution Direct and indirect support of J. Hiscock's SSA technology as antimicrobial agents and enhancers of current antimicrobial technologies.
Impact Grant Funding (microbiology/chemistry/materials science): • Internal faculty funding (2021-2024) PI - PhD studentship - "The development of supramolecular systems to act as novel weapons in the fight against antimicrobial resistance" - £70,000. • UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship (2020-2024) PI - "Repurposing and/or reactivating disused clinically relevant medical therapies" - UKRI contribution: £1,219,826. • Internal faculty funding (2020-2023) PI - PhD studentship - "The development of supramolecular systems to act as novel weapons in the fight against antimicrobial resistance" - £70,000. • GCDC postdoctoral and travel funding (2020) PI - "Tackling the greatest threat to human health in South Africa - Antimicrobial (Antibiotic) Resistance (AMR) in bacteria." - £34,000 Interdisciplinary outcome: 1. White, L. J.; Boles, J. E.; Clifford, M.; Patenall, B.; Hilton, K. L. F.; Ng, K. K. L.; Ellaby, R. J.; Hind, C. K.*; Mulvihill, D. P.*; Hiscock, J. R.*; Di-anionic self-associating supramolecular amphiphiles (SSAs) as antimicrobial agents against MRSA and Escherichia coli Chem. Commun., 2021, 57, 11839 - 11842. 2. Boles, J. E.; Ellaby, R. J.; Shepherd, H. J. and Hiscock, J. R.*; Supramolecular Self-associating Amphiphiles (SSAs) as enhancers of antimicrobial agents towards Escherichia coli (E. coli), RSC Advances, 2021, 11, 9550 - 9556. (microbiology/chemistry/materials science) 3. Allen, N.; White, L. J.; Boles, J. E.; Williams, G. T.; Chu, D. F.; Ellaby, R. J.; Shepherd, H. J.; Ng, K. K. L.; Blackholly, L. R.; Wilson, B.; Mulvihill*, D. P; Hiscock*, J. R.; Towards the prediction of antimicrobial efficacy for hydrogen bonded, self-associating amphiphiles ChemMedChem 2020, 15:22, 2193-2205. (microbiology/chemistry/materials science) Patents filed: European Patent Application No. 18743767.8, filed September 8, 2020; U.S. Patent Application No. 16/632,194, filed January 17, 2020; International PCT Patent Application No. PCT/EP2018/069568, filed July 18, 2018; and United Kingdom Patent Application No. 1711555.1, filed July 18, 2017.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Early career researcher supramolecular chemistry consortia 
Organisation BMG LABTECH
Country Germany 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The synthesis and physicochemical characterisation of supramolecular self-associating amphiphiles (SSAs).
Collaborator Contribution Support in the development of SSAs as molecular cages. Determination of SSA membrane transport activities. Development of materials characterisation assays.
Impact Interdisciplinary outcomes (materials science and supramolecular chemistry): 1. White, L. J.; Wark, C.; Croucher, L.; Draper, E. R.; Hiscock, J. R.*; High-throughput characterisation of supramolecular gelation processes using a combination of optical density, fluorescence and UV-Vis absorption measurements. Chem. Commun. 2020, 56, 9557-9560.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Early career researcher supramolecular chemistry consortia 
Organisation University College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The synthesis and physicochemical characterisation of supramolecular self-associating amphiphiles (SSAs).
Collaborator Contribution Support in the development of SSAs as molecular cages. Determination of SSA membrane transport activities. Development of materials characterisation assays.
Impact Interdisciplinary outcomes (materials science and supramolecular chemistry): 1. White, L. J.; Wark, C.; Croucher, L.; Draper, E. R.; Hiscock, J. R.*; High-throughput characterisation of supramolecular gelation processes using a combination of optical density, fluorescence and UV-Vis absorption measurements. Chem. Commun. 2020, 56, 9557-9560.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Early career researcher supramolecular chemistry consortia 
Organisation University of Cagliari
Country Italy 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The synthesis and physicochemical characterisation of supramolecular self-associating amphiphiles (SSAs).
Collaborator Contribution Support in the development of SSAs as molecular cages. Determination of SSA membrane transport activities. Development of materials characterisation assays.
Impact Interdisciplinary outcomes (materials science and supramolecular chemistry): 1. White, L. J.; Wark, C.; Croucher, L.; Draper, E. R.; Hiscock, J. R.*; High-throughput characterisation of supramolecular gelation processes using a combination of optical density, fluorescence and UV-Vis absorption measurements. Chem. Commun. 2020, 56, 9557-9560.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Early career researcher supramolecular chemistry consortia 
Organisation University of Kent
Department School of Biosciences
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The synthesis and physicochemical characterisation of supramolecular self-associating amphiphiles (SSAs).
Collaborator Contribution Support in the development of SSAs as molecular cages. Determination of SSA membrane transport activities. Development of materials characterisation assays.
Impact Interdisciplinary outcomes (materials science and supramolecular chemistry): 1. White, L. J.; Wark, C.; Croucher, L.; Draper, E. R.; Hiscock, J. R.*; High-throughput characterisation of supramolecular gelation processes using a combination of optical density, fluorescence and UV-Vis absorption measurements. Chem. Commun. 2020, 56, 9557-9560.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Early career researcher supramolecular chemistry consortia 
Organisation University of Kiel
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The synthesis and physicochemical characterisation of supramolecular self-associating amphiphiles (SSAs).
Collaborator Contribution Support in the development of SSAs as molecular cages. Determination of SSA membrane transport activities. Development of materials characterisation assays.
Impact Interdisciplinary outcomes (materials science and supramolecular chemistry): 1. White, L. J.; Wark, C.; Croucher, L.; Draper, E. R.; Hiscock, J. R.*; High-throughput characterisation of supramolecular gelation processes using a combination of optical density, fluorescence and UV-Vis absorption measurements. Chem. Commun. 2020, 56, 9557-9560.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Early career researcher supramolecular chemistry consortia 
Organisation University of Liverpool
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The synthesis and physicochemical characterisation of supramolecular self-associating amphiphiles (SSAs).
Collaborator Contribution Support in the development of SSAs as molecular cages. Determination of SSA membrane transport activities. Development of materials characterisation assays.
Impact Interdisciplinary outcomes (materials science and supramolecular chemistry): 1. White, L. J.; Wark, C.; Croucher, L.; Draper, E. R.; Hiscock, J. R.*; High-throughput characterisation of supramolecular gelation processes using a combination of optical density, fluorescence and UV-Vis absorption measurements. Chem. Commun. 2020, 56, 9557-9560.
Start Year 2020
 
Description The research Network 
Organisation The Research Network
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The innovation of the collaborative mobile phone application.
Collaborator Contribution Supporting application development, and providing the artificial intelligence and machine learning framework to support this enterprise.
Impact This is a collaboration between commercial collaboration experts, machine learning specialist's and supramolecular chemistry. This app supporting collaboration and communication as part of the Royal Society of Chemistry Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry symposia (Dec 2021) will over 500 registered international participants. This app is now downloadable from both the googleplay and apple store. A link to the website can be found here: https://www.theresearchnetwork.net/
Start Year 2019
 
Description The research Network 
Organisation University of Kent
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The innovation of the collaborative mobile phone application.
Collaborator Contribution Supporting application development, and providing the artificial intelligence and machine learning framework to support this enterprise.
Impact This is a collaboration between commercial collaboration experts, machine learning specialist's and supramolecular chemistry. This app supporting collaboration and communication as part of the Royal Society of Chemistry Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry symposia (Dec 2021) will over 500 registered international participants. This app is now downloadable from both the googleplay and apple store. A link to the website can be found here: https://www.theresearchnetwork.net/
Start Year 2019
 
Description Woman in Supramolecular Chemistry Network 
Organisation Public Health England
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Founder and Chair of the International Women In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network
Collaborator Contribution Fellow founding members and (advisory) board members of the International Women In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network have achieved the following have equally contributed to the day to day running and various research outputs of the network.
Impact This is a transdisciplinary collaboration between chemists and social scientists: In November 2019 I launched the international Woman In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network, an organisation that I now Chair, which aims to understand the needs of marginalised groups within the supramolecular chemistry community, and then 'call in' this same community to actively meet these needs, producing a community that is self-supporting. My initial WISC launch tweet was viewed by >26,000 people in the first week, and at present the WISC Twitter account is followed by >1,200 people. WISC is run by a board that is made up of 11 international members from the UK, Italy, Germany and Switzerland, that span both academia and industry. This board is further supported by an advisory board made up of 7 members from the USA, Australia, India and the UK. I financially initiated and support WISC through grants that I have received from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UKRI future leaders programme and the Royal Society. My funding now means that WISC is able to rollout a novel approach, conducting social sciences-based research to further support those individuals marginalised within supramolecular chemistry, through collaborations with Jennifer Leigh (University of Kent). It is this area-specific activity that has cause WISC to have had the impact it has in such a short time frame, as evidenced below and here (www.womeninsuprachem.com): Our first research paper, An Area-Specific, International Community-Led Approach to Understanding and Addressing Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Issues within Supramolecular Chemistry was published in Angewandte Chemie in March this year. It was followed up by six international news outlets (including the RSC's Chemistry World magazine), and on Twitter reached over 400,000 followers in the first 7 days since publication. In addition, to date we have received no negative comment to this work, only glowing support. The most recent work of WISC has supported the community through COVID-19 and is a unique activity due to the way that we have utilised embodied and creative research with scientists. These efforts have taken the novel approach to triangulate our findings from a qualitative online survey (n=105 over six continents) with a collaborative autoethnography project (n=12 from 5 countries, and a diverse cohort of participants) and reflective group research meetings (n=14). This work is currently accepted with minor revisions in Chem (Impact Factor = 22.8). Additionally, WISC has also been nominated for the RSC's award for Equality and Diversity (2021). Additionally, WISC supports the international supramolecular chemistry community through the: • undertaking and publication of research which explores the effects of EDI in the supramolecular chemistry community; • providing a virtual space (community clusters) for members of the supramolecular community who are first generation scientists, parents, or have disabilities to find further support; • providing a bespoke mentorship programme aimed to support the promotion and progression of women in supramolecular chemistry; • providing the community with an in person/virtual skills workshop - September 2021 (https://convegni.unica.it/1stwiscworkshop/). An independent report on this conference has now been published in Nature Chemistry (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41557-021-00849-1) and the official conference report can be found here: https://www.womeninsuprachem.com/news . As a result, this workshop will run again, hosted by Tulane University in 2023; • providing a series of virtual panel discussions in collaboration with the RSC's (virtual) Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry (vMASC) interest group; • launching a sister WISC group with a focus on supporting women in supramolecular chemistry, specifically in the USA; • advise complimentary groups such as the not-for-profit organisation, Empowering Female Minds in STEM (EFeMS - https://www.empoweringfems.com/ ), who aim to cultivate a community of African women who are skillful leaders in STEM higher education and in their STEM professions. Through this, they hope to offset the profound gender disparities in STEM. • advising on EPSRC policy. At present, WISC is still relatively young, however, the effects of this network are evidenced within these network reports: https://d017147e-00c2-4e9e-88fd-affbf75f13ce.filesusr.com/ugd/e3c05f_ef7a72f4eaeb4dc58f83e3c84dee4f36.pdf; (https://www.womeninsuprachem.com/wisc-presentations-and-posters. In addition, we have received a 90% satisfaction rate from our mentoring scheme, our research is reaching a large audience, there is a good international attendance at our international and in person events and, those that have taken part in our reflective and autoethnographic studies have found this work to have improved their wellbeing, self-confidence and career progression. The success of WISC and impact to the global chemistry community is also evidenced by my recent invited interview, published in Nature Chemistry (impact factor = 17.927): 2021, 13, 1153-1155 (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41557-021-00843-7). Feedback and comments on WISC from WISC members and the supramolecular community have included the following: "This is a wonderful initiative, and I would be absolutely delighted to contribute to it at any capacity!" "I think continuing to increase the visibility of women scientists in supramolecular chemistry (at all levels) helps to inspire the next generation/progression of younger female members of the field." "I think that the WISC Network is one of the best initiatives in Science to promote gender equality and inclusiveness. Retention and progression of women in Science is crucial for a better society." Outputs in the forms of publications include: 1. McConnell, Anna J. and Leigh, Jennifer S. and Haynes, Cally J. E. and Caltagirone, Claudia and Hiscock, Jennifer R. (2020) Strem Chemicals UK supporting WISC - Women in Supramolecular Chemistry. STREM Chemicals online blog: https://www.strem.co.uk/strem-chemicals-uk-supporting-wisc-women-in-supramolecular-chemistry/ 2. Editorial interview: Leigh, J. S. and Hiscock J. R.; Interviewer: Pichon, A.* A supporting supramolecular community, Nat. Chem., 2021, 13, 1153-1155. 3. Caltagirone, C.; Draper, E. R.; Hiscock, J. R.; Hardie, M. J.; Haynes, C. J. E.; Jolliffe, K. A.; Kieffer, M.; McConnell, A. J.; Leigh, J. S.; Calling in support - An inclusive, rigorous strategy for improving equality and diversity Chemistry World, 2021, March issue, 5. 4. McConnell,* A. J.; Haynes,* C. J. E.; Caltagirone,* C; Hiscock,*J. R.; Supramolecular Chemistry: Young Talents and their Mentors ChemPlusChem, 2020, 85:12, 2544-2545. Editorial for the Supramolecular Chemistry: Young Talents and Their Mentors Special Collection. 5. Caltagirone, C.; Draper, E. R.; Hiscock, J. R.; Hardie, M. J.; Haynes, C. J. E.; Jolliffe, K. A.; Kieffer, M.; McConnell, A. J.; Liegh,* J. S.; An area specific, international community led approach to understanding and addressing EDI issues within chemistry; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 11572-11579. Other outputs: We hosted our first supramolecular skills workshop in 2021 (A report on this conference can be found here: R. A. Dawood and A. Avestro, Nat. Chem. 2021, 13, 1164-1165.) , and have run reflective practice workshops as part of the Royal Society of Chemistry Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry symposia.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Woman in Supramolecular Chemistry Network 
Organisation Texas Tech University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Founder and Chair of the International Women In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network
Collaborator Contribution Fellow founding members and (advisory) board members of the International Women In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network have achieved the following have equally contributed to the day to day running and various research outputs of the network.
Impact This is a transdisciplinary collaboration between chemists and social scientists: In November 2019 I launched the international Woman In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network, an organisation that I now Chair, which aims to understand the needs of marginalised groups within the supramolecular chemistry community, and then 'call in' this same community to actively meet these needs, producing a community that is self-supporting. My initial WISC launch tweet was viewed by >26,000 people in the first week, and at present the WISC Twitter account is followed by >1,200 people. WISC is run by a board that is made up of 11 international members from the UK, Italy, Germany and Switzerland, that span both academia and industry. This board is further supported by an advisory board made up of 7 members from the USA, Australia, India and the UK. I financially initiated and support WISC through grants that I have received from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UKRI future leaders programme and the Royal Society. My funding now means that WISC is able to rollout a novel approach, conducting social sciences-based research to further support those individuals marginalised within supramolecular chemistry, through collaborations with Jennifer Leigh (University of Kent). It is this area-specific activity that has cause WISC to have had the impact it has in such a short time frame, as evidenced below and here (www.womeninsuprachem.com): Our first research paper, An Area-Specific, International Community-Led Approach to Understanding and Addressing Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Issues within Supramolecular Chemistry was published in Angewandte Chemie in March this year. It was followed up by six international news outlets (including the RSC's Chemistry World magazine), and on Twitter reached over 400,000 followers in the first 7 days since publication. In addition, to date we have received no negative comment to this work, only glowing support. The most recent work of WISC has supported the community through COVID-19 and is a unique activity due to the way that we have utilised embodied and creative research with scientists. These efforts have taken the novel approach to triangulate our findings from a qualitative online survey (n=105 over six continents) with a collaborative autoethnography project (n=12 from 5 countries, and a diverse cohort of participants) and reflective group research meetings (n=14). This work is currently accepted with minor revisions in Chem (Impact Factor = 22.8). Additionally, WISC has also been nominated for the RSC's award for Equality and Diversity (2021). Additionally, WISC supports the international supramolecular chemistry community through the: • undertaking and publication of research which explores the effects of EDI in the supramolecular chemistry community; • providing a virtual space (community clusters) for members of the supramolecular community who are first generation scientists, parents, or have disabilities to find further support; • providing a bespoke mentorship programme aimed to support the promotion and progression of women in supramolecular chemistry; • providing the community with an in person/virtual skills workshop - September 2021 (https://convegni.unica.it/1stwiscworkshop/). An independent report on this conference has now been published in Nature Chemistry (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41557-021-00849-1) and the official conference report can be found here: https://www.womeninsuprachem.com/news . As a result, this workshop will run again, hosted by Tulane University in 2023; • providing a series of virtual panel discussions in collaboration with the RSC's (virtual) Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry (vMASC) interest group; • launching a sister WISC group with a focus on supporting women in supramolecular chemistry, specifically in the USA; • advise complimentary groups such as the not-for-profit organisation, Empowering Female Minds in STEM (EFeMS - https://www.empoweringfems.com/ ), who aim to cultivate a community of African women who are skillful leaders in STEM higher education and in their STEM professions. Through this, they hope to offset the profound gender disparities in STEM. • advising on EPSRC policy. At present, WISC is still relatively young, however, the effects of this network are evidenced within these network reports: https://d017147e-00c2-4e9e-88fd-affbf75f13ce.filesusr.com/ugd/e3c05f_ef7a72f4eaeb4dc58f83e3c84dee4f36.pdf; (https://www.womeninsuprachem.com/wisc-presentations-and-posters. In addition, we have received a 90% satisfaction rate from our mentoring scheme, our research is reaching a large audience, there is a good international attendance at our international and in person events and, those that have taken part in our reflective and autoethnographic studies have found this work to have improved their wellbeing, self-confidence and career progression. The success of WISC and impact to the global chemistry community is also evidenced by my recent invited interview, published in Nature Chemistry (impact factor = 17.927): 2021, 13, 1153-1155 (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41557-021-00843-7). Feedback and comments on WISC from WISC members and the supramolecular community have included the following: "This is a wonderful initiative, and I would be absolutely delighted to contribute to it at any capacity!" "I think continuing to increase the visibility of women scientists in supramolecular chemistry (at all levels) helps to inspire the next generation/progression of younger female members of the field." "I think that the WISC Network is one of the best initiatives in Science to promote gender equality and inclusiveness. Retention and progression of women in Science is crucial for a better society." Outputs in the forms of publications include: 1. McConnell, Anna J. and Leigh, Jennifer S. and Haynes, Cally J. E. and Caltagirone, Claudia and Hiscock, Jennifer R. (2020) Strem Chemicals UK supporting WISC - Women in Supramolecular Chemistry. STREM Chemicals online blog: https://www.strem.co.uk/strem-chemicals-uk-supporting-wisc-women-in-supramolecular-chemistry/ 2. Editorial interview: Leigh, J. S. and Hiscock J. R.; Interviewer: Pichon, A.* A supporting supramolecular community, Nat. Chem., 2021, 13, 1153-1155. 3. Caltagirone, C.; Draper, E. R.; Hiscock, J. R.; Hardie, M. J.; Haynes, C. J. E.; Jolliffe, K. A.; Kieffer, M.; McConnell, A. J.; Leigh, J. S.; Calling in support - An inclusive, rigorous strategy for improving equality and diversity Chemistry World, 2021, March issue, 5. 4. McConnell,* A. J.; Haynes,* C. J. E.; Caltagirone,* C; Hiscock,*J. R.; Supramolecular Chemistry: Young Talents and their Mentors ChemPlusChem, 2020, 85:12, 2544-2545. Editorial for the Supramolecular Chemistry: Young Talents and Their Mentors Special Collection. 5. Caltagirone, C.; Draper, E. R.; Hiscock, J. R.; Hardie, M. J.; Haynes, C. J. E.; Jolliffe, K. A.; Kieffer, M.; McConnell, A. J.; Liegh,* J. S.; An area specific, international community led approach to understanding and addressing EDI issues within chemistry; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 11572-11579. Other outputs: We hosted our first supramolecular skills workshop in 2021 (A report on this conference can be found here: R. A. Dawood and A. Avestro, Nat. Chem. 2021, 13, 1164-1165.) , and have run reflective practice workshops as part of the Royal Society of Chemistry Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry symposia.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Woman in Supramolecular Chemistry Network 
Organisation Tulane University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Founder and Chair of the International Women In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network
Collaborator Contribution Fellow founding members and (advisory) board members of the International Women In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network have achieved the following have equally contributed to the day to day running and various research outputs of the network.
Impact This is a transdisciplinary collaboration between chemists and social scientists: In November 2019 I launched the international Woman In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network, an organisation that I now Chair, which aims to understand the needs of marginalised groups within the supramolecular chemistry community, and then 'call in' this same community to actively meet these needs, producing a community that is self-supporting. My initial WISC launch tweet was viewed by >26,000 people in the first week, and at present the WISC Twitter account is followed by >1,200 people. WISC is run by a board that is made up of 11 international members from the UK, Italy, Germany and Switzerland, that span both academia and industry. This board is further supported by an advisory board made up of 7 members from the USA, Australia, India and the UK. I financially initiated and support WISC through grants that I have received from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UKRI future leaders programme and the Royal Society. My funding now means that WISC is able to rollout a novel approach, conducting social sciences-based research to further support those individuals marginalised within supramolecular chemistry, through collaborations with Jennifer Leigh (University of Kent). It is this area-specific activity that has cause WISC to have had the impact it has in such a short time frame, as evidenced below and here (www.womeninsuprachem.com): Our first research paper, An Area-Specific, International Community-Led Approach to Understanding and Addressing Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Issues within Supramolecular Chemistry was published in Angewandte Chemie in March this year. It was followed up by six international news outlets (including the RSC's Chemistry World magazine), and on Twitter reached over 400,000 followers in the first 7 days since publication. In addition, to date we have received no negative comment to this work, only glowing support. The most recent work of WISC has supported the community through COVID-19 and is a unique activity due to the way that we have utilised embodied and creative research with scientists. These efforts have taken the novel approach to triangulate our findings from a qualitative online survey (n=105 over six continents) with a collaborative autoethnography project (n=12 from 5 countries, and a diverse cohort of participants) and reflective group research meetings (n=14). This work is currently accepted with minor revisions in Chem (Impact Factor = 22.8). Additionally, WISC has also been nominated for the RSC's award for Equality and Diversity (2021). Additionally, WISC supports the international supramolecular chemistry community through the: • undertaking and publication of research which explores the effects of EDI in the supramolecular chemistry community; • providing a virtual space (community clusters) for members of the supramolecular community who are first generation scientists, parents, or have disabilities to find further support; • providing a bespoke mentorship programme aimed to support the promotion and progression of women in supramolecular chemistry; • providing the community with an in person/virtual skills workshop - September 2021 (https://convegni.unica.it/1stwiscworkshop/). An independent report on this conference has now been published in Nature Chemistry (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41557-021-00849-1) and the official conference report can be found here: https://www.womeninsuprachem.com/news . As a result, this workshop will run again, hosted by Tulane University in 2023; • providing a series of virtual panel discussions in collaboration with the RSC's (virtual) Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry (vMASC) interest group; • launching a sister WISC group with a focus on supporting women in supramolecular chemistry, specifically in the USA; • advise complimentary groups such as the not-for-profit organisation, Empowering Female Minds in STEM (EFeMS - https://www.empoweringfems.com/ ), who aim to cultivate a community of African women who are skillful leaders in STEM higher education and in their STEM professions. Through this, they hope to offset the profound gender disparities in STEM. • advising on EPSRC policy. At present, WISC is still relatively young, however, the effects of this network are evidenced within these network reports: https://d017147e-00c2-4e9e-88fd-affbf75f13ce.filesusr.com/ugd/e3c05f_ef7a72f4eaeb4dc58f83e3c84dee4f36.pdf; (https://www.womeninsuprachem.com/wisc-presentations-and-posters. In addition, we have received a 90% satisfaction rate from our mentoring scheme, our research is reaching a large audience, there is a good international attendance at our international and in person events and, those that have taken part in our reflective and autoethnographic studies have found this work to have improved their wellbeing, self-confidence and career progression. The success of WISC and impact to the global chemistry community is also evidenced by my recent invited interview, published in Nature Chemistry (impact factor = 17.927): 2021, 13, 1153-1155 (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41557-021-00843-7). Feedback and comments on WISC from WISC members and the supramolecular community have included the following: "This is a wonderful initiative, and I would be absolutely delighted to contribute to it at any capacity!" "I think continuing to increase the visibility of women scientists in supramolecular chemistry (at all levels) helps to inspire the next generation/progression of younger female members of the field." "I think that the WISC Network is one of the best initiatives in Science to promote gender equality and inclusiveness. Retention and progression of women in Science is crucial for a better society." Outputs in the forms of publications include: 1. McConnell, Anna J. and Leigh, Jennifer S. and Haynes, Cally J. E. and Caltagirone, Claudia and Hiscock, Jennifer R. (2020) Strem Chemicals UK supporting WISC - Women in Supramolecular Chemistry. STREM Chemicals online blog: https://www.strem.co.uk/strem-chemicals-uk-supporting-wisc-women-in-supramolecular-chemistry/ 2. Editorial interview: Leigh, J. S. and Hiscock J. R.; Interviewer: Pichon, A.* A supporting supramolecular community, Nat. Chem., 2021, 13, 1153-1155. 3. Caltagirone, C.; Draper, E. R.; Hiscock, J. R.; Hardie, M. J.; Haynes, C. J. E.; Jolliffe, K. A.; Kieffer, M.; McConnell, A. J.; Leigh, J. S.; Calling in support - An inclusive, rigorous strategy for improving equality and diversity Chemistry World, 2021, March issue, 5. 4. McConnell,* A. J.; Haynes,* C. J. E.; Caltagirone,* C; Hiscock,*J. R.; Supramolecular Chemistry: Young Talents and their Mentors ChemPlusChem, 2020, 85:12, 2544-2545. Editorial for the Supramolecular Chemistry: Young Talents and Their Mentors Special Collection. 5. Caltagirone, C.; Draper, E. R.; Hiscock, J. R.; Hardie, M. J.; Haynes, C. J. E.; Jolliffe, K. A.; Kieffer, M.; McConnell, A. J.; Liegh,* J. S.; An area specific, international community led approach to understanding and addressing EDI issues within chemistry; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 11572-11579. Other outputs: We hosted our first supramolecular skills workshop in 2021 (A report on this conference can be found here: R. A. Dawood and A. Avestro, Nat. Chem. 2021, 13, 1164-1165.) , and have run reflective practice workshops as part of the Royal Society of Chemistry Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry symposia.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Woman in Supramolecular Chemistry Network 
Organisation University College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Founder and Chair of the International Women In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network
Collaborator Contribution Fellow founding members and (advisory) board members of the International Women In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network have achieved the following have equally contributed to the day to day running and various research outputs of the network.
Impact This is a transdisciplinary collaboration between chemists and social scientists: In November 2019 I launched the international Woman In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network, an organisation that I now Chair, which aims to understand the needs of marginalised groups within the supramolecular chemistry community, and then 'call in' this same community to actively meet these needs, producing a community that is self-supporting. My initial WISC launch tweet was viewed by >26,000 people in the first week, and at present the WISC Twitter account is followed by >1,200 people. WISC is run by a board that is made up of 11 international members from the UK, Italy, Germany and Switzerland, that span both academia and industry. This board is further supported by an advisory board made up of 7 members from the USA, Australia, India and the UK. I financially initiated and support WISC through grants that I have received from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UKRI future leaders programme and the Royal Society. My funding now means that WISC is able to rollout a novel approach, conducting social sciences-based research to further support those individuals marginalised within supramolecular chemistry, through collaborations with Jennifer Leigh (University of Kent). It is this area-specific activity that has cause WISC to have had the impact it has in such a short time frame, as evidenced below and here (www.womeninsuprachem.com): Our first research paper, An Area-Specific, International Community-Led Approach to Understanding and Addressing Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Issues within Supramolecular Chemistry was published in Angewandte Chemie in March this year. It was followed up by six international news outlets (including the RSC's Chemistry World magazine), and on Twitter reached over 400,000 followers in the first 7 days since publication. In addition, to date we have received no negative comment to this work, only glowing support. The most recent work of WISC has supported the community through COVID-19 and is a unique activity due to the way that we have utilised embodied and creative research with scientists. These efforts have taken the novel approach to triangulate our findings from a qualitative online survey (n=105 over six continents) with a collaborative autoethnography project (n=12 from 5 countries, and a diverse cohort of participants) and reflective group research meetings (n=14). This work is currently accepted with minor revisions in Chem (Impact Factor = 22.8). Additionally, WISC has also been nominated for the RSC's award for Equality and Diversity (2021). Additionally, WISC supports the international supramolecular chemistry community through the: • undertaking and publication of research which explores the effects of EDI in the supramolecular chemistry community; • providing a virtual space (community clusters) for members of the supramolecular community who are first generation scientists, parents, or have disabilities to find further support; • providing a bespoke mentorship programme aimed to support the promotion and progression of women in supramolecular chemistry; • providing the community with an in person/virtual skills workshop - September 2021 (https://convegni.unica.it/1stwiscworkshop/). An independent report on this conference has now been published in Nature Chemistry (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41557-021-00849-1) and the official conference report can be found here: https://www.womeninsuprachem.com/news . As a result, this workshop will run again, hosted by Tulane University in 2023; • providing a series of virtual panel discussions in collaboration with the RSC's (virtual) Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry (vMASC) interest group; • launching a sister WISC group with a focus on supporting women in supramolecular chemistry, specifically in the USA; • advise complimentary groups such as the not-for-profit organisation, Empowering Female Minds in STEM (EFeMS - https://www.empoweringfems.com/ ), who aim to cultivate a community of African women who are skillful leaders in STEM higher education and in their STEM professions. Through this, they hope to offset the profound gender disparities in STEM. • advising on EPSRC policy. At present, WISC is still relatively young, however, the effects of this network are evidenced within these network reports: https://d017147e-00c2-4e9e-88fd-affbf75f13ce.filesusr.com/ugd/e3c05f_ef7a72f4eaeb4dc58f83e3c84dee4f36.pdf; (https://www.womeninsuprachem.com/wisc-presentations-and-posters. In addition, we have received a 90% satisfaction rate from our mentoring scheme, our research is reaching a large audience, there is a good international attendance at our international and in person events and, those that have taken part in our reflective and autoethnographic studies have found this work to have improved their wellbeing, self-confidence and career progression. The success of WISC and impact to the global chemistry community is also evidenced by my recent invited interview, published in Nature Chemistry (impact factor = 17.927): 2021, 13, 1153-1155 (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41557-021-00843-7). Feedback and comments on WISC from WISC members and the supramolecular community have included the following: "This is a wonderful initiative, and I would be absolutely delighted to contribute to it at any capacity!" "I think continuing to increase the visibility of women scientists in supramolecular chemistry (at all levels) helps to inspire the next generation/progression of younger female members of the field." "I think that the WISC Network is one of the best initiatives in Science to promote gender equality and inclusiveness. Retention and progression of women in Science is crucial for a better society." Outputs in the forms of publications include: 1. McConnell, Anna J. and Leigh, Jennifer S. and Haynes, Cally J. E. and Caltagirone, Claudia and Hiscock, Jennifer R. (2020) Strem Chemicals UK supporting WISC - Women in Supramolecular Chemistry. STREM Chemicals online blog: https://www.strem.co.uk/strem-chemicals-uk-supporting-wisc-women-in-supramolecular-chemistry/ 2. Editorial interview: Leigh, J. S. and Hiscock J. R.; Interviewer: Pichon, A.* A supporting supramolecular community, Nat. Chem., 2021, 13, 1153-1155. 3. Caltagirone, C.; Draper, E. R.; Hiscock, J. R.; Hardie, M. J.; Haynes, C. J. E.; Jolliffe, K. A.; Kieffer, M.; McConnell, A. J.; Leigh, J. S.; Calling in support - An inclusive, rigorous strategy for improving equality and diversity Chemistry World, 2021, March issue, 5. 4. McConnell,* A. J.; Haynes,* C. J. E.; Caltagirone,* C; Hiscock,*J. R.; Supramolecular Chemistry: Young Talents and their Mentors ChemPlusChem, 2020, 85:12, 2544-2545. Editorial for the Supramolecular Chemistry: Young Talents and Their Mentors Special Collection. 5. Caltagirone, C.; Draper, E. R.; Hiscock, J. R.; Hardie, M. J.; Haynes, C. J. E.; Jolliffe, K. A.; Kieffer, M.; McConnell, A. J.; Liegh,* J. S.; An area specific, international community led approach to understanding and addressing EDI issues within chemistry; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 11572-11579. Other outputs: We hosted our first supramolecular skills workshop in 2021 (A report on this conference can be found here: R. A. Dawood and A. Avestro, Nat. Chem. 2021, 13, 1164-1165.) , and have run reflective practice workshops as part of the Royal Society of Chemistry Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry symposia.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Woman in Supramolecular Chemistry Network 
Organisation University of Bonn
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Founder and Chair of the International Women In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network
Collaborator Contribution Fellow founding members and (advisory) board members of the International Women In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network have achieved the following have equally contributed to the day to day running and various research outputs of the network.
Impact This is a transdisciplinary collaboration between chemists and social scientists: In November 2019 I launched the international Woman In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network, an organisation that I now Chair, which aims to understand the needs of marginalised groups within the supramolecular chemistry community, and then 'call in' this same community to actively meet these needs, producing a community that is self-supporting. My initial WISC launch tweet was viewed by >26,000 people in the first week, and at present the WISC Twitter account is followed by >1,200 people. WISC is run by a board that is made up of 11 international members from the UK, Italy, Germany and Switzerland, that span both academia and industry. This board is further supported by an advisory board made up of 7 members from the USA, Australia, India and the UK. I financially initiated and support WISC through grants that I have received from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UKRI future leaders programme and the Royal Society. My funding now means that WISC is able to rollout a novel approach, conducting social sciences-based research to further support those individuals marginalised within supramolecular chemistry, through collaborations with Jennifer Leigh (University of Kent). It is this area-specific activity that has cause WISC to have had the impact it has in such a short time frame, as evidenced below and here (www.womeninsuprachem.com): Our first research paper, An Area-Specific, International Community-Led Approach to Understanding and Addressing Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Issues within Supramolecular Chemistry was published in Angewandte Chemie in March this year. It was followed up by six international news outlets (including the RSC's Chemistry World magazine), and on Twitter reached over 400,000 followers in the first 7 days since publication. In addition, to date we have received no negative comment to this work, only glowing support. The most recent work of WISC has supported the community through COVID-19 and is a unique activity due to the way that we have utilised embodied and creative research with scientists. These efforts have taken the novel approach to triangulate our findings from a qualitative online survey (n=105 over six continents) with a collaborative autoethnography project (n=12 from 5 countries, and a diverse cohort of participants) and reflective group research meetings (n=14). This work is currently accepted with minor revisions in Chem (Impact Factor = 22.8). Additionally, WISC has also been nominated for the RSC's award for Equality and Diversity (2021). Additionally, WISC supports the international supramolecular chemistry community through the: • undertaking and publication of research which explores the effects of EDI in the supramolecular chemistry community; • providing a virtual space (community clusters) for members of the supramolecular community who are first generation scientists, parents, or have disabilities to find further support; • providing a bespoke mentorship programme aimed to support the promotion and progression of women in supramolecular chemistry; • providing the community with an in person/virtual skills workshop - September 2021 (https://convegni.unica.it/1stwiscworkshop/). An independent report on this conference has now been published in Nature Chemistry (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41557-021-00849-1) and the official conference report can be found here: https://www.womeninsuprachem.com/news . As a result, this workshop will run again, hosted by Tulane University in 2023; • providing a series of virtual panel discussions in collaboration with the RSC's (virtual) Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry (vMASC) interest group; • launching a sister WISC group with a focus on supporting women in supramolecular chemistry, specifically in the USA; • advise complimentary groups such as the not-for-profit organisation, Empowering Female Minds in STEM (EFeMS - https://www.empoweringfems.com/ ), who aim to cultivate a community of African women who are skillful leaders in STEM higher education and in their STEM professions. Through this, they hope to offset the profound gender disparities in STEM. • advising on EPSRC policy. At present, WISC is still relatively young, however, the effects of this network are evidenced within these network reports: https://d017147e-00c2-4e9e-88fd-affbf75f13ce.filesusr.com/ugd/e3c05f_ef7a72f4eaeb4dc58f83e3c84dee4f36.pdf; (https://www.womeninsuprachem.com/wisc-presentations-and-posters. In addition, we have received a 90% satisfaction rate from our mentoring scheme, our research is reaching a large audience, there is a good international attendance at our international and in person events and, those that have taken part in our reflective and autoethnographic studies have found this work to have improved their wellbeing, self-confidence and career progression. The success of WISC and impact to the global chemistry community is also evidenced by my recent invited interview, published in Nature Chemistry (impact factor = 17.927): 2021, 13, 1153-1155 (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41557-021-00843-7). Feedback and comments on WISC from WISC members and the supramolecular community have included the following: "This is a wonderful initiative, and I would be absolutely delighted to contribute to it at any capacity!" "I think continuing to increase the visibility of women scientists in supramolecular chemistry (at all levels) helps to inspire the next generation/progression of younger female members of the field." "I think that the WISC Network is one of the best initiatives in Science to promote gender equality and inclusiveness. Retention and progression of women in Science is crucial for a better society." Outputs in the forms of publications include: 1. McConnell, Anna J. and Leigh, Jennifer S. and Haynes, Cally J. E. and Caltagirone, Claudia and Hiscock, Jennifer R. (2020) Strem Chemicals UK supporting WISC - Women in Supramolecular Chemistry. STREM Chemicals online blog: https://www.strem.co.uk/strem-chemicals-uk-supporting-wisc-women-in-supramolecular-chemistry/ 2. Editorial interview: Leigh, J. S. and Hiscock J. R.; Interviewer: Pichon, A.* A supporting supramolecular community, Nat. Chem., 2021, 13, 1153-1155. 3. Caltagirone, C.; Draper, E. R.; Hiscock, J. R.; Hardie, M. J.; Haynes, C. J. E.; Jolliffe, K. A.; Kieffer, M.; McConnell, A. J.; Leigh, J. S.; Calling in support - An inclusive, rigorous strategy for improving equality and diversity Chemistry World, 2021, March issue, 5. 4. McConnell,* A. J.; Haynes,* C. J. E.; Caltagirone,* C; Hiscock,*J. R.; Supramolecular Chemistry: Young Talents and their Mentors ChemPlusChem, 2020, 85:12, 2544-2545. Editorial for the Supramolecular Chemistry: Young Talents and Their Mentors Special Collection. 5. Caltagirone, C.; Draper, E. R.; Hiscock, J. R.; Hardie, M. J.; Haynes, C. J. E.; Jolliffe, K. A.; Kieffer, M.; McConnell, A. J.; Liegh,* J. S.; An area specific, international community led approach to understanding and addressing EDI issues within chemistry; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 11572-11579. Other outputs: We hosted our first supramolecular skills workshop in 2021 (A report on this conference can be found here: R. A. Dawood and A. Avestro, Nat. Chem. 2021, 13, 1164-1165.) , and have run reflective practice workshops as part of the Royal Society of Chemistry Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry symposia.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Woman in Supramolecular Chemistry Network 
Organisation University of Cagliari
Country Italy 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Founder and Chair of the International Women In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network
Collaborator Contribution Fellow founding members and (advisory) board members of the International Women In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network have achieved the following have equally contributed to the day to day running and various research outputs of the network.
Impact This is a transdisciplinary collaboration between chemists and social scientists: In November 2019 I launched the international Woman In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network, an organisation that I now Chair, which aims to understand the needs of marginalised groups within the supramolecular chemistry community, and then 'call in' this same community to actively meet these needs, producing a community that is self-supporting. My initial WISC launch tweet was viewed by >26,000 people in the first week, and at present the WISC Twitter account is followed by >1,200 people. WISC is run by a board that is made up of 11 international members from the UK, Italy, Germany and Switzerland, that span both academia and industry. This board is further supported by an advisory board made up of 7 members from the USA, Australia, India and the UK. I financially initiated and support WISC through grants that I have received from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UKRI future leaders programme and the Royal Society. My funding now means that WISC is able to rollout a novel approach, conducting social sciences-based research to further support those individuals marginalised within supramolecular chemistry, through collaborations with Jennifer Leigh (University of Kent). It is this area-specific activity that has cause WISC to have had the impact it has in such a short time frame, as evidenced below and here (www.womeninsuprachem.com): Our first research paper, An Area-Specific, International Community-Led Approach to Understanding and Addressing Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Issues within Supramolecular Chemistry was published in Angewandte Chemie in March this year. It was followed up by six international news outlets (including the RSC's Chemistry World magazine), and on Twitter reached over 400,000 followers in the first 7 days since publication. In addition, to date we have received no negative comment to this work, only glowing support. The most recent work of WISC has supported the community through COVID-19 and is a unique activity due to the way that we have utilised embodied and creative research with scientists. These efforts have taken the novel approach to triangulate our findings from a qualitative online survey (n=105 over six continents) with a collaborative autoethnography project (n=12 from 5 countries, and a diverse cohort of participants) and reflective group research meetings (n=14). This work is currently accepted with minor revisions in Chem (Impact Factor = 22.8). Additionally, WISC has also been nominated for the RSC's award for Equality and Diversity (2021). Additionally, WISC supports the international supramolecular chemistry community through the: • undertaking and publication of research which explores the effects of EDI in the supramolecular chemistry community; • providing a virtual space (community clusters) for members of the supramolecular community who are first generation scientists, parents, or have disabilities to find further support; • providing a bespoke mentorship programme aimed to support the promotion and progression of women in supramolecular chemistry; • providing the community with an in person/virtual skills workshop - September 2021 (https://convegni.unica.it/1stwiscworkshop/). An independent report on this conference has now been published in Nature Chemistry (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41557-021-00849-1) and the official conference report can be found here: https://www.womeninsuprachem.com/news . As a result, this workshop will run again, hosted by Tulane University in 2023; • providing a series of virtual panel discussions in collaboration with the RSC's (virtual) Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry (vMASC) interest group; • launching a sister WISC group with a focus on supporting women in supramolecular chemistry, specifically in the USA; • advise complimentary groups such as the not-for-profit organisation, Empowering Female Minds in STEM (EFeMS - https://www.empoweringfems.com/ ), who aim to cultivate a community of African women who are skillful leaders in STEM higher education and in their STEM professions. Through this, they hope to offset the profound gender disparities in STEM. • advising on EPSRC policy. At present, WISC is still relatively young, however, the effects of this network are evidenced within these network reports: https://d017147e-00c2-4e9e-88fd-affbf75f13ce.filesusr.com/ugd/e3c05f_ef7a72f4eaeb4dc58f83e3c84dee4f36.pdf; (https://www.womeninsuprachem.com/wisc-presentations-and-posters. In addition, we have received a 90% satisfaction rate from our mentoring scheme, our research is reaching a large audience, there is a good international attendance at our international and in person events and, those that have taken part in our reflective and autoethnographic studies have found this work to have improved their wellbeing, self-confidence and career progression. The success of WISC and impact to the global chemistry community is also evidenced by my recent invited interview, published in Nature Chemistry (impact factor = 17.927): 2021, 13, 1153-1155 (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41557-021-00843-7). Feedback and comments on WISC from WISC members and the supramolecular community have included the following: "This is a wonderful initiative, and I would be absolutely delighted to contribute to it at any capacity!" "I think continuing to increase the visibility of women scientists in supramolecular chemistry (at all levels) helps to inspire the next generation/progression of younger female members of the field." "I think that the WISC Network is one of the best initiatives in Science to promote gender equality and inclusiveness. Retention and progression of women in Science is crucial for a better society." Outputs in the forms of publications include: 1. McConnell, Anna J. and Leigh, Jennifer S. and Haynes, Cally J. E. and Caltagirone, Claudia and Hiscock, Jennifer R. (2020) Strem Chemicals UK supporting WISC - Women in Supramolecular Chemistry. STREM Chemicals online blog: https://www.strem.co.uk/strem-chemicals-uk-supporting-wisc-women-in-supramolecular-chemistry/ 2. Editorial interview: Leigh, J. S. and Hiscock J. R.; Interviewer: Pichon, A.* A supporting supramolecular community, Nat. Chem., 2021, 13, 1153-1155. 3. Caltagirone, C.; Draper, E. R.; Hiscock, J. R.; Hardie, M. J.; Haynes, C. J. E.; Jolliffe, K. A.; Kieffer, M.; McConnell, A. J.; Leigh, J. S.; Calling in support - An inclusive, rigorous strategy for improving equality and diversity Chemistry World, 2021, March issue, 5. 4. McConnell,* A. J.; Haynes,* C. J. E.; Caltagirone,* C; Hiscock,*J. R.; Supramolecular Chemistry: Young Talents and their Mentors ChemPlusChem, 2020, 85:12, 2544-2545. Editorial for the Supramolecular Chemistry: Young Talents and Their Mentors Special Collection. 5. Caltagirone, C.; Draper, E. R.; Hiscock, J. R.; Hardie, M. J.; Haynes, C. J. E.; Jolliffe, K. A.; Kieffer, M.; McConnell, A. J.; Liegh,* J. S.; An area specific, international community led approach to understanding and addressing EDI issues within chemistry; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 11572-11579. Other outputs: We hosted our first supramolecular skills workshop in 2021 (A report on this conference can be found here: R. A. Dawood and A. Avestro, Nat. Chem. 2021, 13, 1164-1165.) , and have run reflective practice workshops as part of the Royal Society of Chemistry Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry symposia.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Woman in Supramolecular Chemistry Network 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Founder and Chair of the International Women In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network
Collaborator Contribution Fellow founding members and (advisory) board members of the International Women In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network have achieved the following have equally contributed to the day to day running and various research outputs of the network.
Impact This is a transdisciplinary collaboration between chemists and social scientists: In November 2019 I launched the international Woman In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network, an organisation that I now Chair, which aims to understand the needs of marginalised groups within the supramolecular chemistry community, and then 'call in' this same community to actively meet these needs, producing a community that is self-supporting. My initial WISC launch tweet was viewed by >26,000 people in the first week, and at present the WISC Twitter account is followed by >1,200 people. WISC is run by a board that is made up of 11 international members from the UK, Italy, Germany and Switzerland, that span both academia and industry. This board is further supported by an advisory board made up of 7 members from the USA, Australia, India and the UK. I financially initiated and support WISC through grants that I have received from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UKRI future leaders programme and the Royal Society. My funding now means that WISC is able to rollout a novel approach, conducting social sciences-based research to further support those individuals marginalised within supramolecular chemistry, through collaborations with Jennifer Leigh (University of Kent). It is this area-specific activity that has cause WISC to have had the impact it has in such a short time frame, as evidenced below and here (www.womeninsuprachem.com): Our first research paper, An Area-Specific, International Community-Led Approach to Understanding and Addressing Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Issues within Supramolecular Chemistry was published in Angewandte Chemie in March this year. It was followed up by six international news outlets (including the RSC's Chemistry World magazine), and on Twitter reached over 400,000 followers in the first 7 days since publication. In addition, to date we have received no negative comment to this work, only glowing support. The most recent work of WISC has supported the community through COVID-19 and is a unique activity due to the way that we have utilised embodied and creative research with scientists. These efforts have taken the novel approach to triangulate our findings from a qualitative online survey (n=105 over six continents) with a collaborative autoethnography project (n=12 from 5 countries, and a diverse cohort of participants) and reflective group research meetings (n=14). This work is currently accepted with minor revisions in Chem (Impact Factor = 22.8). Additionally, WISC has also been nominated for the RSC's award for Equality and Diversity (2021). Additionally, WISC supports the international supramolecular chemistry community through the: • undertaking and publication of research which explores the effects of EDI in the supramolecular chemistry community; • providing a virtual space (community clusters) for members of the supramolecular community who are first generation scientists, parents, or have disabilities to find further support; • providing a bespoke mentorship programme aimed to support the promotion and progression of women in supramolecular chemistry; • providing the community with an in person/virtual skills workshop - September 2021 (https://convegni.unica.it/1stwiscworkshop/). An independent report on this conference has now been published in Nature Chemistry (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41557-021-00849-1) and the official conference report can be found here: https://www.womeninsuprachem.com/news . As a result, this workshop will run again, hosted by Tulane University in 2023; • providing a series of virtual panel discussions in collaboration with the RSC's (virtual) Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry (vMASC) interest group; • launching a sister WISC group with a focus on supporting women in supramolecular chemistry, specifically in the USA; • advise complimentary groups such as the not-for-profit organisation, Empowering Female Minds in STEM (EFeMS - https://www.empoweringfems.com/ ), who aim to cultivate a community of African women who are skillful leaders in STEM higher education and in their STEM professions. Through this, they hope to offset the profound gender disparities in STEM. • advising on EPSRC policy. At present, WISC is still relatively young, however, the effects of this network are evidenced within these network reports: https://d017147e-00c2-4e9e-88fd-affbf75f13ce.filesusr.com/ugd/e3c05f_ef7a72f4eaeb4dc58f83e3c84dee4f36.pdf; (https://www.womeninsuprachem.com/wisc-presentations-and-posters. In addition, we have received a 90% satisfaction rate from our mentoring scheme, our research is reaching a large audience, there is a good international attendance at our international and in person events and, those that have taken part in our reflective and autoethnographic studies have found this work to have improved their wellbeing, self-confidence and career progression. The success of WISC and impact to the global chemistry community is also evidenced by my recent invited interview, published in Nature Chemistry (impact factor = 17.927): 2021, 13, 1153-1155 (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41557-021-00843-7). Feedback and comments on WISC from WISC members and the supramolecular community have included the following: "This is a wonderful initiative, and I would be absolutely delighted to contribute to it at any capacity!" "I think continuing to increase the visibility of women scientists in supramolecular chemistry (at all levels) helps to inspire the next generation/progression of younger female members of the field." "I think that the WISC Network is one of the best initiatives in Science to promote gender equality and inclusiveness. Retention and progression of women in Science is crucial for a better society." Outputs in the forms of publications include: 1. McConnell, Anna J. and Leigh, Jennifer S. and Haynes, Cally J. E. and Caltagirone, Claudia and Hiscock, Jennifer R. (2020) Strem Chemicals UK supporting WISC - Women in Supramolecular Chemistry. STREM Chemicals online blog: https://www.strem.co.uk/strem-chemicals-uk-supporting-wisc-women-in-supramolecular-chemistry/ 2. Editorial interview: Leigh, J. S. and Hiscock J. R.; Interviewer: Pichon, A.* A supporting supramolecular community, Nat. Chem., 2021, 13, 1153-1155. 3. Caltagirone, C.; Draper, E. R.; Hiscock, J. R.; Hardie, M. J.; Haynes, C. J. E.; Jolliffe, K. A.; Kieffer, M.; McConnell, A. J.; Leigh, J. S.; Calling in support - An inclusive, rigorous strategy for improving equality and diversity Chemistry World, 2021, March issue, 5. 4. McConnell,* A. J.; Haynes,* C. J. E.; Caltagirone,* C; Hiscock,*J. R.; Supramolecular Chemistry: Young Talents and their Mentors ChemPlusChem, 2020, 85:12, 2544-2545. Editorial for the Supramolecular Chemistry: Young Talents and Their Mentors Special Collection. 5. Caltagirone, C.; Draper, E. R.; Hiscock, J. R.; Hardie, M. J.; Haynes, C. J. E.; Jolliffe, K. A.; Kieffer, M.; McConnell, A. J.; Liegh,* J. S.; An area specific, international community led approach to understanding and addressing EDI issues within chemistry; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 11572-11579. Other outputs: We hosted our first supramolecular skills workshop in 2021 (A report on this conference can be found here: R. A. Dawood and A. Avestro, Nat. Chem. 2021, 13, 1164-1165.) , and have run reflective practice workshops as part of the Royal Society of Chemistry Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry symposia.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Woman in Supramolecular Chemistry Network 
Organisation University of Kent
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Founder and Chair of the International Women In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network
Collaborator Contribution Fellow founding members and (advisory) board members of the International Women In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network have achieved the following have equally contributed to the day to day running and various research outputs of the network.
Impact This is a transdisciplinary collaboration between chemists and social scientists: In November 2019 I launched the international Woman In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network, an organisation that I now Chair, which aims to understand the needs of marginalised groups within the supramolecular chemistry community, and then 'call in' this same community to actively meet these needs, producing a community that is self-supporting. My initial WISC launch tweet was viewed by >26,000 people in the first week, and at present the WISC Twitter account is followed by >1,200 people. WISC is run by a board that is made up of 11 international members from the UK, Italy, Germany and Switzerland, that span both academia and industry. This board is further supported by an advisory board made up of 7 members from the USA, Australia, India and the UK. I financially initiated and support WISC through grants that I have received from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UKRI future leaders programme and the Royal Society. My funding now means that WISC is able to rollout a novel approach, conducting social sciences-based research to further support those individuals marginalised within supramolecular chemistry, through collaborations with Jennifer Leigh (University of Kent). It is this area-specific activity that has cause WISC to have had the impact it has in such a short time frame, as evidenced below and here (www.womeninsuprachem.com): Our first research paper, An Area-Specific, International Community-Led Approach to Understanding and Addressing Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Issues within Supramolecular Chemistry was published in Angewandte Chemie in March this year. It was followed up by six international news outlets (including the RSC's Chemistry World magazine), and on Twitter reached over 400,000 followers in the first 7 days since publication. In addition, to date we have received no negative comment to this work, only glowing support. The most recent work of WISC has supported the community through COVID-19 and is a unique activity due to the way that we have utilised embodied and creative research with scientists. These efforts have taken the novel approach to triangulate our findings from a qualitative online survey (n=105 over six continents) with a collaborative autoethnography project (n=12 from 5 countries, and a diverse cohort of participants) and reflective group research meetings (n=14). This work is currently accepted with minor revisions in Chem (Impact Factor = 22.8). Additionally, WISC has also been nominated for the RSC's award for Equality and Diversity (2021). Additionally, WISC supports the international supramolecular chemistry community through the: • undertaking and publication of research which explores the effects of EDI in the supramolecular chemistry community; • providing a virtual space (community clusters) for members of the supramolecular community who are first generation scientists, parents, or have disabilities to find further support; • providing a bespoke mentorship programme aimed to support the promotion and progression of women in supramolecular chemistry; • providing the community with an in person/virtual skills workshop - September 2021 (https://convegni.unica.it/1stwiscworkshop/). An independent report on this conference has now been published in Nature Chemistry (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41557-021-00849-1) and the official conference report can be found here: https://www.womeninsuprachem.com/news . As a result, this workshop will run again, hosted by Tulane University in 2023; • providing a series of virtual panel discussions in collaboration with the RSC's (virtual) Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry (vMASC) interest group; • launching a sister WISC group with a focus on supporting women in supramolecular chemistry, specifically in the USA; • advise complimentary groups such as the not-for-profit organisation, Empowering Female Minds in STEM (EFeMS - https://www.empoweringfems.com/ ), who aim to cultivate a community of African women who are skillful leaders in STEM higher education and in their STEM professions. Through this, they hope to offset the profound gender disparities in STEM. • advising on EPSRC policy. At present, WISC is still relatively young, however, the effects of this network are evidenced within these network reports: https://d017147e-00c2-4e9e-88fd-affbf75f13ce.filesusr.com/ugd/e3c05f_ef7a72f4eaeb4dc58f83e3c84dee4f36.pdf; (https://www.womeninsuprachem.com/wisc-presentations-and-posters. In addition, we have received a 90% satisfaction rate from our mentoring scheme, our research is reaching a large audience, there is a good international attendance at our international and in person events and, those that have taken part in our reflective and autoethnographic studies have found this work to have improved their wellbeing, self-confidence and career progression. The success of WISC and impact to the global chemistry community is also evidenced by my recent invited interview, published in Nature Chemistry (impact factor = 17.927): 2021, 13, 1153-1155 (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41557-021-00843-7). Feedback and comments on WISC from WISC members and the supramolecular community have included the following: "This is a wonderful initiative, and I would be absolutely delighted to contribute to it at any capacity!" "I think continuing to increase the visibility of women scientists in supramolecular chemistry (at all levels) helps to inspire the next generation/progression of younger female members of the field." "I think that the WISC Network is one of the best initiatives in Science to promote gender equality and inclusiveness. Retention and progression of women in Science is crucial for a better society." Outputs in the forms of publications include: 1. McConnell, Anna J. and Leigh, Jennifer S. and Haynes, Cally J. E. and Caltagirone, Claudia and Hiscock, Jennifer R. (2020) Strem Chemicals UK supporting WISC - Women in Supramolecular Chemistry. STREM Chemicals online blog: https://www.strem.co.uk/strem-chemicals-uk-supporting-wisc-women-in-supramolecular-chemistry/ 2. Editorial interview: Leigh, J. S. and Hiscock J. R.; Interviewer: Pichon, A.* A supporting supramolecular community, Nat. Chem., 2021, 13, 1153-1155. 3. Caltagirone, C.; Draper, E. R.; Hiscock, J. R.; Hardie, M. J.; Haynes, C. J. E.; Jolliffe, K. A.; Kieffer, M.; McConnell, A. J.; Leigh, J. S.; Calling in support - An inclusive, rigorous strategy for improving equality and diversity Chemistry World, 2021, March issue, 5. 4. McConnell,* A. J.; Haynes,* C. J. E.; Caltagirone,* C; Hiscock,*J. R.; Supramolecular Chemistry: Young Talents and their Mentors ChemPlusChem, 2020, 85:12, 2544-2545. Editorial for the Supramolecular Chemistry: Young Talents and Their Mentors Special Collection. 5. Caltagirone, C.; Draper, E. R.; Hiscock, J. R.; Hardie, M. J.; Haynes, C. J. E.; Jolliffe, K. A.; Kieffer, M.; McConnell, A. J.; Liegh,* J. S.; An area specific, international community led approach to understanding and addressing EDI issues within chemistry; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 11572-11579. Other outputs: We hosted our first supramolecular skills workshop in 2021 (A report on this conference can be found here: R. A. Dawood and A. Avestro, Nat. Chem. 2021, 13, 1164-1165.) , and have run reflective practice workshops as part of the Royal Society of Chemistry Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry symposia.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Woman in Supramolecular Chemistry Network 
Organisation University of Kiel
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Founder and Chair of the International Women In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network
Collaborator Contribution Fellow founding members and (advisory) board members of the International Women In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network have achieved the following have equally contributed to the day to day running and various research outputs of the network.
Impact This is a transdisciplinary collaboration between chemists and social scientists: In November 2019 I launched the international Woman In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network, an organisation that I now Chair, which aims to understand the needs of marginalised groups within the supramolecular chemistry community, and then 'call in' this same community to actively meet these needs, producing a community that is self-supporting. My initial WISC launch tweet was viewed by >26,000 people in the first week, and at present the WISC Twitter account is followed by >1,200 people. WISC is run by a board that is made up of 11 international members from the UK, Italy, Germany and Switzerland, that span both academia and industry. This board is further supported by an advisory board made up of 7 members from the USA, Australia, India and the UK. I financially initiated and support WISC through grants that I have received from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UKRI future leaders programme and the Royal Society. My funding now means that WISC is able to rollout a novel approach, conducting social sciences-based research to further support those individuals marginalised within supramolecular chemistry, through collaborations with Jennifer Leigh (University of Kent). It is this area-specific activity that has cause WISC to have had the impact it has in such a short time frame, as evidenced below and here (www.womeninsuprachem.com): Our first research paper, An Area-Specific, International Community-Led Approach to Understanding and Addressing Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Issues within Supramolecular Chemistry was published in Angewandte Chemie in March this year. It was followed up by six international news outlets (including the RSC's Chemistry World magazine), and on Twitter reached over 400,000 followers in the first 7 days since publication. In addition, to date we have received no negative comment to this work, only glowing support. The most recent work of WISC has supported the community through COVID-19 and is a unique activity due to the way that we have utilised embodied and creative research with scientists. These efforts have taken the novel approach to triangulate our findings from a qualitative online survey (n=105 over six continents) with a collaborative autoethnography project (n=12 from 5 countries, and a diverse cohort of participants) and reflective group research meetings (n=14). This work is currently accepted with minor revisions in Chem (Impact Factor = 22.8). Additionally, WISC has also been nominated for the RSC's award for Equality and Diversity (2021). Additionally, WISC supports the international supramolecular chemistry community through the: • undertaking and publication of research which explores the effects of EDI in the supramolecular chemistry community; • providing a virtual space (community clusters) for members of the supramolecular community who are first generation scientists, parents, or have disabilities to find further support; • providing a bespoke mentorship programme aimed to support the promotion and progression of women in supramolecular chemistry; • providing the community with an in person/virtual skills workshop - September 2021 (https://convegni.unica.it/1stwiscworkshop/). An independent report on this conference has now been published in Nature Chemistry (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41557-021-00849-1) and the official conference report can be found here: https://www.womeninsuprachem.com/news . As a result, this workshop will run again, hosted by Tulane University in 2023; • providing a series of virtual panel discussions in collaboration with the RSC's (virtual) Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry (vMASC) interest group; • launching a sister WISC group with a focus on supporting women in supramolecular chemistry, specifically in the USA; • advise complimentary groups such as the not-for-profit organisation, Empowering Female Minds in STEM (EFeMS - https://www.empoweringfems.com/ ), who aim to cultivate a community of African women who are skillful leaders in STEM higher education and in their STEM professions. Through this, they hope to offset the profound gender disparities in STEM. • advising on EPSRC policy. At present, WISC is still relatively young, however, the effects of this network are evidenced within these network reports: https://d017147e-00c2-4e9e-88fd-affbf75f13ce.filesusr.com/ugd/e3c05f_ef7a72f4eaeb4dc58f83e3c84dee4f36.pdf; (https://www.womeninsuprachem.com/wisc-presentations-and-posters. In addition, we have received a 90% satisfaction rate from our mentoring scheme, our research is reaching a large audience, there is a good international attendance at our international and in person events and, those that have taken part in our reflective and autoethnographic studies have found this work to have improved their wellbeing, self-confidence and career progression. The success of WISC and impact to the global chemistry community is also evidenced by my recent invited interview, published in Nature Chemistry (impact factor = 17.927): 2021, 13, 1153-1155 (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41557-021-00843-7). Feedback and comments on WISC from WISC members and the supramolecular community have included the following: "This is a wonderful initiative, and I would be absolutely delighted to contribute to it at any capacity!" "I think continuing to increase the visibility of women scientists in supramolecular chemistry (at all levels) helps to inspire the next generation/progression of younger female members of the field." "I think that the WISC Network is one of the best initiatives in Science to promote gender equality and inclusiveness. Retention and progression of women in Science is crucial for a better society." Outputs in the forms of publications include: 1. McConnell, Anna J. and Leigh, Jennifer S. and Haynes, Cally J. E. and Caltagirone, Claudia and Hiscock, Jennifer R. (2020) Strem Chemicals UK supporting WISC - Women in Supramolecular Chemistry. STREM Chemicals online blog: https://www.strem.co.uk/strem-chemicals-uk-supporting-wisc-women-in-supramolecular-chemistry/ 2. Editorial interview: Leigh, J. S. and Hiscock J. R.; Interviewer: Pichon, A.* A supporting supramolecular community, Nat. Chem., 2021, 13, 1153-1155. 3. Caltagirone, C.; Draper, E. R.; Hiscock, J. R.; Hardie, M. J.; Haynes, C. J. E.; Jolliffe, K. A.; Kieffer, M.; McConnell, A. J.; Leigh, J. S.; Calling in support - An inclusive, rigorous strategy for improving equality and diversity Chemistry World, 2021, March issue, 5. 4. McConnell,* A. J.; Haynes,* C. J. E.; Caltagirone,* C; Hiscock,*J. R.; Supramolecular Chemistry: Young Talents and their Mentors ChemPlusChem, 2020, 85:12, 2544-2545. Editorial for the Supramolecular Chemistry: Young Talents and Their Mentors Special Collection. 5. Caltagirone, C.; Draper, E. R.; Hiscock, J. R.; Hardie, M. J.; Haynes, C. J. E.; Jolliffe, K. A.; Kieffer, M.; McConnell, A. J.; Liegh,* J. S.; An area specific, international community led approach to understanding and addressing EDI issues within chemistry; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 11572-11579. Other outputs: We hosted our first supramolecular skills workshop in 2021 (A report on this conference can be found here: R. A. Dawood and A. Avestro, Nat. Chem. 2021, 13, 1164-1165.) , and have run reflective practice workshops as part of the Royal Society of Chemistry Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry symposia.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Woman in Supramolecular Chemistry Network 
Organisation University of Leeds
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Founder and Chair of the International Women In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network
Collaborator Contribution Fellow founding members and (advisory) board members of the International Women In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network have achieved the following have equally contributed to the day to day running and various research outputs of the network.
Impact This is a transdisciplinary collaboration between chemists and social scientists: In November 2019 I launched the international Woman In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network, an organisation that I now Chair, which aims to understand the needs of marginalised groups within the supramolecular chemistry community, and then 'call in' this same community to actively meet these needs, producing a community that is self-supporting. My initial WISC launch tweet was viewed by >26,000 people in the first week, and at present the WISC Twitter account is followed by >1,200 people. WISC is run by a board that is made up of 11 international members from the UK, Italy, Germany and Switzerland, that span both academia and industry. This board is further supported by an advisory board made up of 7 members from the USA, Australia, India and the UK. I financially initiated and support WISC through grants that I have received from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UKRI future leaders programme and the Royal Society. My funding now means that WISC is able to rollout a novel approach, conducting social sciences-based research to further support those individuals marginalised within supramolecular chemistry, through collaborations with Jennifer Leigh (University of Kent). It is this area-specific activity that has cause WISC to have had the impact it has in such a short time frame, as evidenced below and here (www.womeninsuprachem.com): Our first research paper, An Area-Specific, International Community-Led Approach to Understanding and Addressing Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Issues within Supramolecular Chemistry was published in Angewandte Chemie in March this year. It was followed up by six international news outlets (including the RSC's Chemistry World magazine), and on Twitter reached over 400,000 followers in the first 7 days since publication. In addition, to date we have received no negative comment to this work, only glowing support. The most recent work of WISC has supported the community through COVID-19 and is a unique activity due to the way that we have utilised embodied and creative research with scientists. These efforts have taken the novel approach to triangulate our findings from a qualitative online survey (n=105 over six continents) with a collaborative autoethnography project (n=12 from 5 countries, and a diverse cohort of participants) and reflective group research meetings (n=14). This work is currently accepted with minor revisions in Chem (Impact Factor = 22.8). Additionally, WISC has also been nominated for the RSC's award for Equality and Diversity (2021). Additionally, WISC supports the international supramolecular chemistry community through the: • undertaking and publication of research which explores the effects of EDI in the supramolecular chemistry community; • providing a virtual space (community clusters) for members of the supramolecular community who are first generation scientists, parents, or have disabilities to find further support; • providing a bespoke mentorship programme aimed to support the promotion and progression of women in supramolecular chemistry; • providing the community with an in person/virtual skills workshop - September 2021 (https://convegni.unica.it/1stwiscworkshop/). An independent report on this conference has now been published in Nature Chemistry (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41557-021-00849-1) and the official conference report can be found here: https://www.womeninsuprachem.com/news . As a result, this workshop will run again, hosted by Tulane University in 2023; • providing a series of virtual panel discussions in collaboration with the RSC's (virtual) Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry (vMASC) interest group; • launching a sister WISC group with a focus on supporting women in supramolecular chemistry, specifically in the USA; • advise complimentary groups such as the not-for-profit organisation, Empowering Female Minds in STEM (EFeMS - https://www.empoweringfems.com/ ), who aim to cultivate a community of African women who are skillful leaders in STEM higher education and in their STEM professions. Through this, they hope to offset the profound gender disparities in STEM. • advising on EPSRC policy. At present, WISC is still relatively young, however, the effects of this network are evidenced within these network reports: https://d017147e-00c2-4e9e-88fd-affbf75f13ce.filesusr.com/ugd/e3c05f_ef7a72f4eaeb4dc58f83e3c84dee4f36.pdf; (https://www.womeninsuprachem.com/wisc-presentations-and-posters. In addition, we have received a 90% satisfaction rate from our mentoring scheme, our research is reaching a large audience, there is a good international attendance at our international and in person events and, those that have taken part in our reflective and autoethnographic studies have found this work to have improved their wellbeing, self-confidence and career progression. The success of WISC and impact to the global chemistry community is also evidenced by my recent invited interview, published in Nature Chemistry (impact factor = 17.927): 2021, 13, 1153-1155 (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41557-021-00843-7). Feedback and comments on WISC from WISC members and the supramolecular community have included the following: "This is a wonderful initiative, and I would be absolutely delighted to contribute to it at any capacity!" "I think continuing to increase the visibility of women scientists in supramolecular chemistry (at all levels) helps to inspire the next generation/progression of younger female members of the field." "I think that the WISC Network is one of the best initiatives in Science to promote gender equality and inclusiveness. Retention and progression of women in Science is crucial for a better society." Outputs in the forms of publications include: 1. McConnell, Anna J. and Leigh, Jennifer S. and Haynes, Cally J. E. and Caltagirone, Claudia and Hiscock, Jennifer R. (2020) Strem Chemicals UK supporting WISC - Women in Supramolecular Chemistry. STREM Chemicals online blog: https://www.strem.co.uk/strem-chemicals-uk-supporting-wisc-women-in-supramolecular-chemistry/ 2. Editorial interview: Leigh, J. S. and Hiscock J. R.; Interviewer: Pichon, A.* A supporting supramolecular community, Nat. Chem., 2021, 13, 1153-1155. 3. Caltagirone, C.; Draper, E. R.; Hiscock, J. R.; Hardie, M. J.; Haynes, C. J. E.; Jolliffe, K. A.; Kieffer, M.; McConnell, A. J.; Leigh, J. S.; Calling in support - An inclusive, rigorous strategy for improving equality and diversity Chemistry World, 2021, March issue, 5. 4. McConnell,* A. J.; Haynes,* C. J. E.; Caltagirone,* C; Hiscock,*J. R.; Supramolecular Chemistry: Young Talents and their Mentors ChemPlusChem, 2020, 85:12, 2544-2545. Editorial for the Supramolecular Chemistry: Young Talents and Their Mentors Special Collection. 5. Caltagirone, C.; Draper, E. R.; Hiscock, J. R.; Hardie, M. J.; Haynes, C. J. E.; Jolliffe, K. A.; Kieffer, M.; McConnell, A. J.; Liegh,* J. S.; An area specific, international community led approach to understanding and addressing EDI issues within chemistry; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 11572-11579. Other outputs: We hosted our first supramolecular skills workshop in 2021 (A report on this conference can be found here: R. A. Dawood and A. Avestro, Nat. Chem. 2021, 13, 1164-1165.) , and have run reflective practice workshops as part of the Royal Society of Chemistry Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry symposia.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Woman in Supramolecular Chemistry Network 
Organisation University of Liverpool
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Founder and Chair of the International Women In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network
Collaborator Contribution Fellow founding members and (advisory) board members of the International Women In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network have achieved the following have equally contributed to the day to day running and various research outputs of the network.
Impact This is a transdisciplinary collaboration between chemists and social scientists: In November 2019 I launched the international Woman In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network, an organisation that I now Chair, which aims to understand the needs of marginalised groups within the supramolecular chemistry community, and then 'call in' this same community to actively meet these needs, producing a community that is self-supporting. My initial WISC launch tweet was viewed by >26,000 people in the first week, and at present the WISC Twitter account is followed by >1,200 people. WISC is run by a board that is made up of 11 international members from the UK, Italy, Germany and Switzerland, that span both academia and industry. This board is further supported by an advisory board made up of 7 members from the USA, Australia, India and the UK. I financially initiated and support WISC through grants that I have received from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UKRI future leaders programme and the Royal Society. My funding now means that WISC is able to rollout a novel approach, conducting social sciences-based research to further support those individuals marginalised within supramolecular chemistry, through collaborations with Jennifer Leigh (University of Kent). It is this area-specific activity that has cause WISC to have had the impact it has in such a short time frame, as evidenced below and here (www.womeninsuprachem.com): Our first research paper, An Area-Specific, International Community-Led Approach to Understanding and Addressing Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Issues within Supramolecular Chemistry was published in Angewandte Chemie in March this year. It was followed up by six international news outlets (including the RSC's Chemistry World magazine), and on Twitter reached over 400,000 followers in the first 7 days since publication. In addition, to date we have received no negative comment to this work, only glowing support. The most recent work of WISC has supported the community through COVID-19 and is a unique activity due to the way that we have utilised embodied and creative research with scientists. These efforts have taken the novel approach to triangulate our findings from a qualitative online survey (n=105 over six continents) with a collaborative autoethnography project (n=12 from 5 countries, and a diverse cohort of participants) and reflective group research meetings (n=14). This work is currently accepted with minor revisions in Chem (Impact Factor = 22.8). Additionally, WISC has also been nominated for the RSC's award for Equality and Diversity (2021). Additionally, WISC supports the international supramolecular chemistry community through the: • undertaking and publication of research which explores the effects of EDI in the supramolecular chemistry community; • providing a virtual space (community clusters) for members of the supramolecular community who are first generation scientists, parents, or have disabilities to find further support; • providing a bespoke mentorship programme aimed to support the promotion and progression of women in supramolecular chemistry; • providing the community with an in person/virtual skills workshop - September 2021 (https://convegni.unica.it/1stwiscworkshop/). An independent report on this conference has now been published in Nature Chemistry (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41557-021-00849-1) and the official conference report can be found here: https://www.womeninsuprachem.com/news . As a result, this workshop will run again, hosted by Tulane University in 2023; • providing a series of virtual panel discussions in collaboration with the RSC's (virtual) Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry (vMASC) interest group; • launching a sister WISC group with a focus on supporting women in supramolecular chemistry, specifically in the USA; • advise complimentary groups such as the not-for-profit organisation, Empowering Female Minds in STEM (EFeMS - https://www.empoweringfems.com/ ), who aim to cultivate a community of African women who are skillful leaders in STEM higher education and in their STEM professions. Through this, they hope to offset the profound gender disparities in STEM. • advising on EPSRC policy. At present, WISC is still relatively young, however, the effects of this network are evidenced within these network reports: https://d017147e-00c2-4e9e-88fd-affbf75f13ce.filesusr.com/ugd/e3c05f_ef7a72f4eaeb4dc58f83e3c84dee4f36.pdf; (https://www.womeninsuprachem.com/wisc-presentations-and-posters. In addition, we have received a 90% satisfaction rate from our mentoring scheme, our research is reaching a large audience, there is a good international attendance at our international and in person events and, those that have taken part in our reflective and autoethnographic studies have found this work to have improved their wellbeing, self-confidence and career progression. The success of WISC and impact to the global chemistry community is also evidenced by my recent invited interview, published in Nature Chemistry (impact factor = 17.927): 2021, 13, 1153-1155 (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41557-021-00843-7). Feedback and comments on WISC from WISC members and the supramolecular community have included the following: "This is a wonderful initiative, and I would be absolutely delighted to contribute to it at any capacity!" "I think continuing to increase the visibility of women scientists in supramolecular chemistry (at all levels) helps to inspire the next generation/progression of younger female members of the field." "I think that the WISC Network is one of the best initiatives in Science to promote gender equality and inclusiveness. Retention and progression of women in Science is crucial for a better society." Outputs in the forms of publications include: 1. McConnell, Anna J. and Leigh, Jennifer S. and Haynes, Cally J. E. and Caltagirone, Claudia and Hiscock, Jennifer R. (2020) Strem Chemicals UK supporting WISC - Women in Supramolecular Chemistry. STREM Chemicals online blog: https://www.strem.co.uk/strem-chemicals-uk-supporting-wisc-women-in-supramolecular-chemistry/ 2. Editorial interview: Leigh, J. S. and Hiscock J. R.; Interviewer: Pichon, A.* A supporting supramolecular community, Nat. Chem., 2021, 13, 1153-1155. 3. Caltagirone, C.; Draper, E. R.; Hiscock, J. R.; Hardie, M. J.; Haynes, C. J. E.; Jolliffe, K. A.; Kieffer, M.; McConnell, A. J.; Leigh, J. S.; Calling in support - An inclusive, rigorous strategy for improving equality and diversity Chemistry World, 2021, March issue, 5. 4. McConnell,* A. J.; Haynes,* C. J. E.; Caltagirone,* C; Hiscock,*J. R.; Supramolecular Chemistry: Young Talents and their Mentors ChemPlusChem, 2020, 85:12, 2544-2545. Editorial for the Supramolecular Chemistry: Young Talents and Their Mentors Special Collection. 5. Caltagirone, C.; Draper, E. R.; Hiscock, J. R.; Hardie, M. J.; Haynes, C. J. E.; Jolliffe, K. A.; Kieffer, M.; McConnell, A. J.; Liegh,* J. S.; An area specific, international community led approach to understanding and addressing EDI issues within chemistry; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 11572-11579. Other outputs: We hosted our first supramolecular skills workshop in 2021 (A report on this conference can be found here: R. A. Dawood and A. Avestro, Nat. Chem. 2021, 13, 1164-1165.) , and have run reflective practice workshops as part of the Royal Society of Chemistry Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry symposia.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Woman in Supramolecular Chemistry Network 
Organisation University of Mississippi
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Founder and Chair of the International Women In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network
Collaborator Contribution Fellow founding members and (advisory) board members of the International Women In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network have achieved the following have equally contributed to the day to day running and various research outputs of the network.
Impact This is a transdisciplinary collaboration between chemists and social scientists: In November 2019 I launched the international Woman In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network, an organisation that I now Chair, which aims to understand the needs of marginalised groups within the supramolecular chemistry community, and then 'call in' this same community to actively meet these needs, producing a community that is self-supporting. My initial WISC launch tweet was viewed by >26,000 people in the first week, and at present the WISC Twitter account is followed by >1,200 people. WISC is run by a board that is made up of 11 international members from the UK, Italy, Germany and Switzerland, that span both academia and industry. This board is further supported by an advisory board made up of 7 members from the USA, Australia, India and the UK. I financially initiated and support WISC through grants that I have received from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UKRI future leaders programme and the Royal Society. My funding now means that WISC is able to rollout a novel approach, conducting social sciences-based research to further support those individuals marginalised within supramolecular chemistry, through collaborations with Jennifer Leigh (University of Kent). It is this area-specific activity that has cause WISC to have had the impact it has in such a short time frame, as evidenced below and here (www.womeninsuprachem.com): Our first research paper, An Area-Specific, International Community-Led Approach to Understanding and Addressing Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Issues within Supramolecular Chemistry was published in Angewandte Chemie in March this year. It was followed up by six international news outlets (including the RSC's Chemistry World magazine), and on Twitter reached over 400,000 followers in the first 7 days since publication. In addition, to date we have received no negative comment to this work, only glowing support. The most recent work of WISC has supported the community through COVID-19 and is a unique activity due to the way that we have utilised embodied and creative research with scientists. These efforts have taken the novel approach to triangulate our findings from a qualitative online survey (n=105 over six continents) with a collaborative autoethnography project (n=12 from 5 countries, and a diverse cohort of participants) and reflective group research meetings (n=14). This work is currently accepted with minor revisions in Chem (Impact Factor = 22.8). Additionally, WISC has also been nominated for the RSC's award for Equality and Diversity (2021). Additionally, WISC supports the international supramolecular chemistry community through the: • undertaking and publication of research which explores the effects of EDI in the supramolecular chemistry community; • providing a virtual space (community clusters) for members of the supramolecular community who are first generation scientists, parents, or have disabilities to find further support; • providing a bespoke mentorship programme aimed to support the promotion and progression of women in supramolecular chemistry; • providing the community with an in person/virtual skills workshop - September 2021 (https://convegni.unica.it/1stwiscworkshop/). An independent report on this conference has now been published in Nature Chemistry (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41557-021-00849-1) and the official conference report can be found here: https://www.womeninsuprachem.com/news . As a result, this workshop will run again, hosted by Tulane University in 2023; • providing a series of virtual panel discussions in collaboration with the RSC's (virtual) Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry (vMASC) interest group; • launching a sister WISC group with a focus on supporting women in supramolecular chemistry, specifically in the USA; • advise complimentary groups such as the not-for-profit organisation, Empowering Female Minds in STEM (EFeMS - https://www.empoweringfems.com/ ), who aim to cultivate a community of African women who are skillful leaders in STEM higher education and in their STEM professions. Through this, they hope to offset the profound gender disparities in STEM. • advising on EPSRC policy. At present, WISC is still relatively young, however, the effects of this network are evidenced within these network reports: https://d017147e-00c2-4e9e-88fd-affbf75f13ce.filesusr.com/ugd/e3c05f_ef7a72f4eaeb4dc58f83e3c84dee4f36.pdf; (https://www.womeninsuprachem.com/wisc-presentations-and-posters. In addition, we have received a 90% satisfaction rate from our mentoring scheme, our research is reaching a large audience, there is a good international attendance at our international and in person events and, those that have taken part in our reflective and autoethnographic studies have found this work to have improved their wellbeing, self-confidence and career progression. The success of WISC and impact to the global chemistry community is also evidenced by my recent invited interview, published in Nature Chemistry (impact factor = 17.927): 2021, 13, 1153-1155 (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41557-021-00843-7). Feedback and comments on WISC from WISC members and the supramolecular community have included the following: "This is a wonderful initiative, and I would be absolutely delighted to contribute to it at any capacity!" "I think continuing to increase the visibility of women scientists in supramolecular chemistry (at all levels) helps to inspire the next generation/progression of younger female members of the field." "I think that the WISC Network is one of the best initiatives in Science to promote gender equality and inclusiveness. Retention and progression of women in Science is crucial for a better society." Outputs in the forms of publications include: 1. McConnell, Anna J. and Leigh, Jennifer S. and Haynes, Cally J. E. and Caltagirone, Claudia and Hiscock, Jennifer R. (2020) Strem Chemicals UK supporting WISC - Women in Supramolecular Chemistry. STREM Chemicals online blog: https://www.strem.co.uk/strem-chemicals-uk-supporting-wisc-women-in-supramolecular-chemistry/ 2. Editorial interview: Leigh, J. S. and Hiscock J. R.; Interviewer: Pichon, A.* A supporting supramolecular community, Nat. Chem., 2021, 13, 1153-1155. 3. Caltagirone, C.; Draper, E. R.; Hiscock, J. R.; Hardie, M. J.; Haynes, C. J. E.; Jolliffe, K. A.; Kieffer, M.; McConnell, A. J.; Leigh, J. S.; Calling in support - An inclusive, rigorous strategy for improving equality and diversity Chemistry World, 2021, March issue, 5. 4. McConnell,* A. J.; Haynes,* C. J. E.; Caltagirone,* C; Hiscock,*J. R.; Supramolecular Chemistry: Young Talents and their Mentors ChemPlusChem, 2020, 85:12, 2544-2545. Editorial for the Supramolecular Chemistry: Young Talents and Their Mentors Special Collection. 5. Caltagirone, C.; Draper, E. R.; Hiscock, J. R.; Hardie, M. J.; Haynes, C. J. E.; Jolliffe, K. A.; Kieffer, M.; McConnell, A. J.; Liegh,* J. S.; An area specific, international community led approach to understanding and addressing EDI issues within chemistry; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 11572-11579. Other outputs: We hosted our first supramolecular skills workshop in 2021 (A report on this conference can be found here: R. A. Dawood and A. Avestro, Nat. Chem. 2021, 13, 1164-1165.) , and have run reflective practice workshops as part of the Royal Society of Chemistry Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry symposia.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Woman in Supramolecular Chemistry Network 
Organisation University of Sydney
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Founder and Chair of the International Women In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network
Collaborator Contribution Fellow founding members and (advisory) board members of the International Women In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network have achieved the following have equally contributed to the day to day running and various research outputs of the network.
Impact This is a transdisciplinary collaboration between chemists and social scientists: In November 2019 I launched the international Woman In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network, an organisation that I now Chair, which aims to understand the needs of marginalised groups within the supramolecular chemistry community, and then 'call in' this same community to actively meet these needs, producing a community that is self-supporting. My initial WISC launch tweet was viewed by >26,000 people in the first week, and at present the WISC Twitter account is followed by >1,200 people. WISC is run by a board that is made up of 11 international members from the UK, Italy, Germany and Switzerland, that span both academia and industry. This board is further supported by an advisory board made up of 7 members from the USA, Australia, India and the UK. I financially initiated and support WISC through grants that I have received from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UKRI future leaders programme and the Royal Society. My funding now means that WISC is able to rollout a novel approach, conducting social sciences-based research to further support those individuals marginalised within supramolecular chemistry, through collaborations with Jennifer Leigh (University of Kent). It is this area-specific activity that has cause WISC to have had the impact it has in such a short time frame, as evidenced below and here (www.womeninsuprachem.com): Our first research paper, An Area-Specific, International Community-Led Approach to Understanding and Addressing Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Issues within Supramolecular Chemistry was published in Angewandte Chemie in March this year. It was followed up by six international news outlets (including the RSC's Chemistry World magazine), and on Twitter reached over 400,000 followers in the first 7 days since publication. In addition, to date we have received no negative comment to this work, only glowing support. The most recent work of WISC has supported the community through COVID-19 and is a unique activity due to the way that we have utilised embodied and creative research with scientists. These efforts have taken the novel approach to triangulate our findings from a qualitative online survey (n=105 over six continents) with a collaborative autoethnography project (n=12 from 5 countries, and a diverse cohort of participants) and reflective group research meetings (n=14). This work is currently accepted with minor revisions in Chem (Impact Factor = 22.8). Additionally, WISC has also been nominated for the RSC's award for Equality and Diversity (2021). Additionally, WISC supports the international supramolecular chemistry community through the: • undertaking and publication of research which explores the effects of EDI in the supramolecular chemistry community; • providing a virtual space (community clusters) for members of the supramolecular community who are first generation scientists, parents, or have disabilities to find further support; • providing a bespoke mentorship programme aimed to support the promotion and progression of women in supramolecular chemistry; • providing the community with an in person/virtual skills workshop - September 2021 (https://convegni.unica.it/1stwiscworkshop/). An independent report on this conference has now been published in Nature Chemistry (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41557-021-00849-1) and the official conference report can be found here: https://www.womeninsuprachem.com/news . As a result, this workshop will run again, hosted by Tulane University in 2023; • providing a series of virtual panel discussions in collaboration with the RSC's (virtual) Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry (vMASC) interest group; • launching a sister WISC group with a focus on supporting women in supramolecular chemistry, specifically in the USA; • advise complimentary groups such as the not-for-profit organisation, Empowering Female Minds in STEM (EFeMS - https://www.empoweringfems.com/ ), who aim to cultivate a community of African women who are skillful leaders in STEM higher education and in their STEM professions. Through this, they hope to offset the profound gender disparities in STEM. • advising on EPSRC policy. At present, WISC is still relatively young, however, the effects of this network are evidenced within these network reports: https://d017147e-00c2-4e9e-88fd-affbf75f13ce.filesusr.com/ugd/e3c05f_ef7a72f4eaeb4dc58f83e3c84dee4f36.pdf; (https://www.womeninsuprachem.com/wisc-presentations-and-posters. In addition, we have received a 90% satisfaction rate from our mentoring scheme, our research is reaching a large audience, there is a good international attendance at our international and in person events and, those that have taken part in our reflective and autoethnographic studies have found this work to have improved their wellbeing, self-confidence and career progression. The success of WISC and impact to the global chemistry community is also evidenced by my recent invited interview, published in Nature Chemistry (impact factor = 17.927): 2021, 13, 1153-1155 (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41557-021-00843-7). Feedback and comments on WISC from WISC members and the supramolecular community have included the following: "This is a wonderful initiative, and I would be absolutely delighted to contribute to it at any capacity!" "I think continuing to increase the visibility of women scientists in supramolecular chemistry (at all levels) helps to inspire the next generation/progression of younger female members of the field." "I think that the WISC Network is one of the best initiatives in Science to promote gender equality and inclusiveness. Retention and progression of women in Science is crucial for a better society." Outputs in the forms of publications include: 1. McConnell, Anna J. and Leigh, Jennifer S. and Haynes, Cally J. E. and Caltagirone, Claudia and Hiscock, Jennifer R. (2020) Strem Chemicals UK supporting WISC - Women in Supramolecular Chemistry. STREM Chemicals online blog: https://www.strem.co.uk/strem-chemicals-uk-supporting-wisc-women-in-supramolecular-chemistry/ 2. Editorial interview: Leigh, J. S. and Hiscock J. R.; Interviewer: Pichon, A.* A supporting supramolecular community, Nat. Chem., 2021, 13, 1153-1155. 3. Caltagirone, C.; Draper, E. R.; Hiscock, J. R.; Hardie, M. J.; Haynes, C. J. E.; Jolliffe, K. A.; Kieffer, M.; McConnell, A. J.; Leigh, J. S.; Calling in support - An inclusive, rigorous strategy for improving equality and diversity Chemistry World, 2021, March issue, 5. 4. McConnell,* A. J.; Haynes,* C. J. E.; Caltagirone,* C; Hiscock,*J. R.; Supramolecular Chemistry: Young Talents and their Mentors ChemPlusChem, 2020, 85:12, 2544-2545. Editorial for the Supramolecular Chemistry: Young Talents and Their Mentors Special Collection. 5. Caltagirone, C.; Draper, E. R.; Hiscock, J. R.; Hardie, M. J.; Haynes, C. J. E.; Jolliffe, K. A.; Kieffer, M.; McConnell, A. J.; Liegh,* J. S.; An area specific, international community led approach to understanding and addressing EDI issues within chemistry; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 11572-11579. Other outputs: We hosted our first supramolecular skills workshop in 2021 (A report on this conference can be found here: R. A. Dawood and A. Avestro, Nat. Chem. 2021, 13, 1164-1165.) , and have run reflective practice workshops as part of the Royal Society of Chemistry Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry symposia.
Start Year 2019
 
Title The research network 
Description n/a 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact Not applicable yet 
URL http://trn.net/
 
Description A panel member and interview for the AI3SD Network+ (Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Intelligence for Automated Investigations for Scientific Discovery). 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 19/08/2021 - I acted as a careers panel member for the Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Intelligence for Automated Investigations for Scientific Discovery Network (AI3SD) training series, this was followed by an interview: DOI: 10.5258/SOTON/P0044 and the secondment of an undergraduate project student within my laboratory for 8 weeks on a summer placement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ai3sd.org/about-ai3sd/
 
Description Chair of the Women in supramolecular chemistry network 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The WISC website has had over 1000 hits from 40 countries worldwide. @SupraChem has 1032 followers. The first tweet gained 26,000 impressions in its first week. The second WISC survey QR code had nearly 50,000 impressions. The pinned tweet which links to the Angewandte Chemie paper had over 14,000 impressions and nearly 300 engagements. We use Twitter to engage with the supramolecular and wider community, and interactions there have led to collaborations with Empowering Female Minds in STEM (EFeMS), encouraged members to join the mentoring programme as mentees and mentors, and access the website for support clusters and online resources.

WISC's paper in Angewandte Chemie (published on international women's day 2021) 'An Area-Specific, International Community-Led Approach to Understanding and Addressing Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Issues within Supramolecular Chemistry' has an almetric score of 98. Since its publication, it has already been placed in the top 5% of research of its type. It was picked up by 6 international news outlets, including articles in Chemistry World, ScienMag, EurekaAlert, Chemistry Views and Phys.org. In terms of attention on Twitter, to date the paper has garnered tweets from 141 users from the US, Australia, Mexico, Canada, India and Europe, with an upper bound of nearly 400,000 followers.

The first online survey had 100 responses, (81% women), and the second 104 (68% women). In terms of demographics, both had international reach, with respondents from the UK, Europe, India, and the US. The surveys were aimed at supramolecular chemists who were studying or working at postgraduate level and above. The first survey reached MSc students 5%, PhD students 30%, post-docs 24%, and research fellows/independent researchers 41% other 4%. The second survey reached 4% MSc students, 35% PhD students, 11% post-docs, 44% research fellows/independent researchers and 10% other. Both surveys had a very high completion rate, with respondents answering all questions in full.

The mentoring network currently comprises 19 mentees (13 PhD students, 4 postdocs and 2 independent early career researcher) based in the UK, US, India, Austria, Germany and Australia forming the basis of 6 mentoring groups. We are expecting recruitment of mentees to increase with the WISC Skills Workshop in September 2021. Results from the latest mentoring network survey showed 90% satisfaction. Comments included:
"Having resources and mentors are exceptionally important. I find myself seeking advice from those who have been in my shoes."
"I have found that regular mentoring and support makes a world of difference in terms of career development."

The reflective projects introduced participants to creative ways of reflecting, sharing, and processing their experiences. From an initial group of 6, the collaborative autoethnography group of research leaders has grown to 12 within a year. Participants commented:
"It feels so good to speak about my feelings with you! Thanks a lot for let me be part of this"
"Just to say it was lovely to talk to you all and I really appreciate the invitation to join the conversation talking about it helps us to reflect on our choices and reasons, and what we might change for the future"

Feedback and comments on WISC from WISC members and the supramolecular community have included the following:
"This is a wonderful initiative, and I would be absolutely delighted to contribute to it at any capacity!"
"I think continuing to increase the visibility of women scientists in supramolecular chemistry (at all levels) helps to inspire the next generation/progression of younger female members of the field."
"I think that the WISC Network is one of the best initiatives in Science to promote gender equality and inclusiveness. Retention and progression of women in Science is crucial for a better society."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020,2021
URL https://www.womeninsuprachem.com
 
Description Invited speaker at the 2021 virtual Chemical Systems Meeting. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact I was invited to give a talk to introduce the ongoing work of the International Women In Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) Network, a network I initiated, chair and work with as a part of my UKRI award.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.womeninsuprachem.com
 
Description KMTV panel interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact I was an invited panel member for a KMTV live and recoded broadcast to discuss Next Generation Impact.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://youtu.be/Ebt3Yhw3xtQ
 
Description Organiser for the 1st Women in Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) workshop: an introduction to Supramolecular Chemistry techniques for early stage career researchers 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Please find a full report on this workshop published here: https://d017147e-00c2-4e9e-88fd-affbf75f13ce.filesusr.com/ugd/e3c05f_ef7a72f4eaeb4dc58f83e3c84dee4f36.pdf
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://convegni.unica.it/1stwiscworkshop/
 
Description Physical Sciences Data-science Service (PSDS, https://www.psds.ac.uk/) panel member (25/03/2021) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact I am currently serving as a panel member for the Physical Sciences Data-science Service (PSDS)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.psds.ac.uk/
 
Description vMASC/WISC online symposia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact As Chair of the international Women in Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) network and committee member for the Royal Society of Chemistry virtual and standard Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry interest group, I have been involved in organizing/chairing a weekly subject specific seminar series. This seminar series features talks from supramolecular postgraduate students and post-doctoral researchers from around the world as well as online panel discussions which focus on providing a forum for early career researchers to ask experts in the field specific questions.

To date the panel discussions have focused on the following:
• 28/10/2021 - balancing a successful career and home life
• 29/06/2021 - finding and managing early career researcher funding.
• 08/04/2021 - intellectual property and commercialisation.
• 29/01/2021 - scientific careers - what to do after PhD/Post-doc.
• 03/12/2020 - science, communications and media interaction panel discussion with Vivienne Parry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021