The Organic Division of the Italian Chemical Society (SCI) has awarded PROBIST Fellow Dr. Allegra Franchino the 2021 SCI Young Researcher Lecture prize for her contribution to the upcoming SCI plenary congress.
“This prize is a big encouragement to keep going with my research, it means that the work that my coworkers and I have performed has been appreciated by the community,” states Franchino, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie PROBIST postdoctoral researcher in the Echavarren group.
Wiley sponsored the two SCI Young Researcher Lecture prizes this year, one for organic chemistry and one for inorganic. The two awardees were selected from among all participants of the SCI Plenary Congress who submitted an abstract of their work and were under 35 years old. The awardees will receive a 500€ prize and an invitation to submit a contribution to the European Journal of Organic Chemistry or the European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, respectively.
As acknowledgement of her award, Franchino will also deliver the opening lecture of the 2021 SCI Plenary Congress organometallic session. Her talk will focus on gold catalysis and a new approach the researchers have devised to solve remaining challenges in this field with the help of organocatalysis.
“This will be great exposure, as the work I’ll present pretty much sums up all the postdoctoral research I’ve done in the last three years here at ICIQ. Prof. Echavarren gave me a lot of freedom to explore the chemistry, mentor my younger coworkers and take responsibility for it,” says Franchino, who will join the Morandi group at ETH Zurich as a postdoctoral researcher in October.