Wednesday, 26 June 2019

PhD student James Webster first winner of new Peter Willett Award at Eighth Joint Sheffield Conference on Chemoinformatics

The triennial conference on Chemoinformatics was held at the University of Sheffield Edge building earlier this month, organised by our own Professors Val Gillet and Peter Willett and Dr Antonio de la Vega de Leon.

A new prize has been established at the conference: The Peter Willett Award for Outstanding Poster Presentation, established by the Royal Society of Chemistry Chemical Information and Computer Applications Group. The establishment of the prize is in recognition of Peter's outstanding contributions to the field, for which he was warmly congratulated.

The Chemoinformatics research group at the conference
The first winner of the prize is PhD student James Webster for his poster entitled 'Reaction Vector Based Monte Carlo Tree Search for De Novo Design'.

James Webster with his poster and award
In addition, PhD students Christina Founti, Giammy Ghiandoni and Jess Stacey were all given honourable mentions for their posters.

The posters were judged by an independent external panel of experts from pharmaceutical and software companies.

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