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Rubén Martín: Winner of the Chem Soc Rev Pioneering Investigator Lectureship 2018

On behalf of the Chem Soc Rev Editorial Board, we are pleased to announce the winner of the 2018 Chem Soc Rev Pioneering Investigator Lectureship – Rubén Martín. Our warmest congratulations to Rubén for being selected as the very first Chem Soc Rev Pioneering Investigator!

Rubén was born in Barcelona. He was awarded his PhD in 2003 at Universitat de Barcelona, where he worked with Professor Anotoni Riera on the total synthesis of glycosidase inhibitors. During his independent career, he has received the 2010 RSEQ Young Investigator Award, the 2011 Thieme Chemistry Journal Award, the Eli Lilly Young Research Investigator Award, the 2017 Marcial Menno Lectureship Award and the 2017 OMCOS Award.

He began his independent career at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, where he worked with Prof Alois Fürstner on the application of novel iron catalysts for cross-coupling and Alder-ene type reactions. He then moved to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he worked with Prof Stephen L. Buchwald and developed new synthetic strategies for metal-catalyzed C-C and C-N bond-forming reactions. In 2008, he joined the Institut Català d’Investigació Química (ICIQ) as a group leader, and in 2013 he was promoted to Associate Professor.

He is currently an ICREA Research Professor at the ICIQ and his group’s research interests focus on the discovery and development of synthetically useful organometallic methodologies.

As part of the Lectureship, Rubén will present a lecture at three locations over the coming year, with at least one of these events taking place at an international conference, where he will be formally presented with his Pioneering Investigator Lectureship certificate. Details of his lectures will be announced in due course – keep an eye on the blog for details.

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Chem Soc Rev Pioneering Investigator Lectureship 2018 – nominations now open!

We are pleased to welcome nominations for the 2018 Pioneering Investigator Lectureship for Chem Soc Rev.

All nominations must be received by Monday, 19 February 2018.

The Pioneering Investigator Lectureship replaces our previous Emerging Investigator Lectureship, and aims to recognise mid-career scientists who have firmly established themselves in their independent careers. Early career researchers can be nominated for the ChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship.

Chem Soc Rev Pioneering Investigator Lectureship

• Recognises mid-career scientists who have firmly established themselves in their independent careers, continuously publish innovative work, and have pioneered several research areas.

• Eligible nominees should have completed their PhD between 15th September 2002 and 14th September 2009.

Lectureship details

• The recipient of the lectureship will be invited to present a lecture at three different locations over a 12-month period, with at least one of these events taking place at an international conference.

• The recipient will receive a contribution of £1500 towards travel and accommodation costs for their lectures, as well as a certificate.

• The recipient will be asked to contribute a review article for the journal.

How to nominate

Self-nomination is not permitted. Nominators must send the following to the editorial team via chemsocrev-rsc@rsc.org by Monday, 19 February 2018.

• Recommendation letter, including the name, contact details and website URL of the nominee.

• A one-page CV for the nominee, including a summary of their education, dates of key career achievements, a list of up to five of their top independent publications, total numbers of publications and patents, and other indicators of esteem, together with evidence of career independence.

• A copy of the candidate’s best publication to date (as judged by the nominator).

• Two supporting letters of recommendation from two independent referees. These should not be someone from the same institution or the candidate’s post doc or PhD supervisor.

The nominator and independent referees should comment on the candidate’s presenting skills.

Incomplete nominations or those not adhering to the above requirements will not be considered, and nominees will not be contacted regarding any missing or incorrect documents.

Selection procedure

• The editorial team will screen each nomination for eligibility and draw up a shortlist of candidates based on the nomination documents provided.

• Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide a brief supporting statement summarising their key achievements, highlighting the impact of their work and justifying why they deserve the specific lectureship for which they have been entered.

• The recipient of the lectureship will then be selected and endorsed by a selection panel composed of members of the ChemSocRev Editorial Board. The winner will be announced in the first half of 2018.

NB: Please note that members of the selection panel from the Chem Soc Rev Editorial Board are not eligible to nominate, or provide references, for this lectureship.

For any queries, please contact the editorial team at chemsocrev-rsc@rsc.org.

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