Special Events

Women in Science

The Women in Science (WIS) event at this year’s CRS Annual Meeting will be a virtual event in a friendly and engaging atmosphere. This event is a networking and inspiring opportunity that is especially tailored for female attendees.

We will open the session with our awardee, Professor Maria José Alonso from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Maria will give a lecture on her personal and professional journey to become one of the leading experts in the field of nanopharmaceutical development which will be followed by Q&A.

Please bring a drink with you, log on and get ready to have an interactive session with Prof Alonso as well as all other female leaders that will be available in the audience both from the WIS committee and broader CRS community. We encourage you to send your questions ahead of the event to ruth.b.schmid@sintef.no to guarantee a smooth and efficient session. You will of course also have the chance to ask questions live if that is your preference!

In order to accommodate different time zones, we will offer two live sessions; please attend either one:

To accommodate different time zones, we will offer two live moderated sessions. Please click HERE to find the time that is best for you.

We are looking forward to hosting you and we guarantee virtual mingling with women CRS past presidents, past Women in Science Award Winners and peers in an open and welcoming atmosphere. Hope to “see” you there!

Young Scientist Committee

Hello Young Scientists!

The YSC brings you an exciting line-up of events in the lead up to #CRS2020vAM. Get comfy and join us and other young scientists in the CRS community in some pre-meeting learning and networking! Everyone is welcome but please ensure your CRS membership is up to date and register by June 18th, 5PM PDT.


[YSC Meet & Greet (ft. special guest)] Monday, June 22 8AM-9AM PDT - Luminaries have come a long way to become the established leaders that they are in their respective expertise today. At one point in their career, they all were once trainees and young scientists. Through the YSC Meet and Greet event, we are excited to invite Dr. Christine Allen to share with us her career paths and to provide pointers for the young scientists in the virtual audience on how to advance your careers. The YSC invite you to join us in the virtual Meet and Greet with a Luminary event and be ready to be inspired and enlightened!


[Chats with a Luminary] Tuesday, June 23 8AM-9.30AM or 9AM-10.30PM PDT - Luminaries are the established scientists that are internationally recognized for outstanding contributions in the science and technology of controlled release and have promoted the advancement of the field. You will not be sitting among hundreds of people in a theatre to listen to their stories and advice. You will share a virtual room with them while drinking coffee in front of your screen and get to know them. Ask them questions like how they got to where they are today, what they would do differently and what advice would they give to early-career scientists today face to face. Share your LinkedIn profile and plan on starting connections that could last a lifetime. Places are limited, however, you might only get one session even if you select both time slots. Featuring: Amirali Popat, Justin Hanes, Katie Whitehead, Hélder Santos, Zhen Gu, Emmanuel Ho, Juliane Nguyen, Dang Thuy Tram, and more!


[Assist Platform] Tuesday, June 23 10AM-11 AM or 8PM-9PM PDT - In a breakout room format, budding entrepreneurs can participate in a 'speed-consultation'. Participants are given the opportunity to pitch their idea and ask questions to luminaries with experience in innovation and business development, providing an opportunity to seek advice on what it's like to build a business or grow their research. This session is useful for anyone who is stuck in their research or is in the process of starting their own company and is in need of some guidance. In this interactive session, participants and luminaries will have equal time to drive discussion. This is valuable for anyone who needs constructive feedback on their research, business idea/ model before starting out, as well as acting as a great platform to meet with luminaries and grow their network. Attendees will be cautioned NOT to reveal their IP (unless they have a patent) as this is a consultation. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Featuring: Renata Raffin, Natalie Artzi, Hiroto Bando, and more.


[YSC Back to Basics: Editor Guidance] Wednesday, June 24 8AM-9AM or 9PM-10PM PDT - Editor Guidance Workshop aims to teach you tips and tricks on how to boost your chances of getting your paper accepted. In this workshop, we will host editors from well-established journals in the field to educate young scientists and early career researchers on how to avoid the most common mistakes during paper preparation and submission. We all face challenges while trying to get our papers out there and it is not an easy process; we all might face journals rejecting our papers, and this is why this workshop will be an excellent choice for you to learn about tactics to improve your odds to get your paper published by your targeted journal. Featuring: Fernanda Ogochi, Michael Baden-Campbell, Twan Lammers, María José Alonso, Hamid Ghandehari, Yu-Kyoung Oh, Joyce Wong, and Ilva Rupenthal.


[CRS Fun Event: A Virtual Trivia] Sunday, June 28 12PM-1PM PDT - A virtual trivia before the first-ever virtual Annual Meeting! Five rounds of knowledge and fun! Join us for this fun event where you can meet and chat while social distancing! This is a Bring Your Own Pen and Paper event.


[YoungSciVision] Wednesday, July 1 1AM-3AM or 8PM-10PM PDT - Ahoy! Come celebrate the achievements of young scientists around the world! Grant winners of their respective local chapters will be presenting their award-winning work, joined by some top-level plenary speakers, and we'll also shine a light to their unique international experiences. So grab a drink and snack, and open up your mind to some exciting science! Featuring Ben Boyd and more. Sponsored by GlazoSmithKline (GSK)

Registrations close on June 18 by 5PM PDT. You can edit your registration up until the deadline after submission. Click here to see the full schedule of events.

Platform: Zoom; links will be emailed an hour prior to the scheduled time
Open to: Everyone!
Cost: FREE! However, you will need a current CRS membership

Register Here

If you have any questions, please email us on crsysc@gmail.com

See you there!