NSW Branch

Welcome to the NSW Branch. Our committee meets on a monthly basis to collaborate and establish regular activities and events for our local members and the wider community.

Branch committee

President Mrs Maree Stuart
Secretary Mr Chung Man Kim
Treasurer Ms Kris Mobberley
Past President Dr Nigel A. Lengkeek
Committee Member Dr Vipul Agarwal
Committee Member Dr Nathaniel Corrigan
Committee Member Dr Awanthi De Silva
Committee Member Dr Aleksei Marianov
Committee Member Mrs Tania Notaras
Committee Member Dr Cuhananthan Sathiyajith
Committee Member Dr Lachlan Schwarz
Committee Member Dr Marcello B. Solomon
Committee Member Mr David Springer
NSW Early Careers Chemist Group 
NSW ECC Group Chair Adam Huynh
NSW ECC Group Co-Treasurer Travis Hochwallner
NSW ECC Group Co-Treasurer Zhiqi Chen
NSW ECC Group Committee Member Vaishwik Patel
NSW ECC Group Committee Member Rajko Romic
NSW ECC Group Committee Member Elizabeth Cook

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If you would like connect with the NSW branch please contact us.

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or via email: raci-nswcmt@raci.org.au 

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Branch supported Awards

John Martin Memorial Award
For outstanding contribution to therapeutic goods industry and/or RACI Pharmaceutical Science Group (NSW)
Louisa Wilson Award
Annual student Award for the leading Pharmacist in a medicinal chemistry field. It is to be called the Louisa Wilson Award, named after the first female pharmacy graduate at the University of Sydney.

Our Groups

Within our Branch we have established a range of specialist interest Groups. They have been formed to encourage networking and other events between members who have a particular area of interest, and to encourage the wider chemistry community to participate. We'd love you to be involved. 

We are a group of chemists across industry, academia and government sectors with special interest in topical subjects around analytical and environmental chemistry.  Our Group regularly organises seminars/webinars and symposia (e.g. Honours and Masters Student Presentation Evening, biannual symposium, specific topic presentations), not only to promote analytical and environmental chemistry, but also interactions and social networking among members.

Our Past Events

  • Healthy Waterways 2.0 August 1, 2023 CSIRO/NMI Building, Lindfield Sydney

Presentations were as follows:

  • 1-2 Healthy Waterways 2023
  • 1-3 RACI Water Batley
  • 1-5 Hanna
  • 2-1 Merck
  • 2-2 Sydney Water Tom Presentation
  • 2-3 2023 RACI plastics
  • 2-4 Choice Analytical
  • 2-5 Eurofins Julia Jaeger
  • 2-6 Healthy Waterways 2 Richard Benson
  • 2-7 Dr Lim
  • 3-1 Waters Company Presentation
  • 3-2 Healthy Waterways Lisa Hamilton
  • 3-3 River Watch- predicting recreational water quality Nerida Taylor
  • 3-4 Water at MQ August 2023
  • 3-5 Healthy Waterways Short History Shimadzu July 2023
  • Healthy Waterways Schedule
  • Healthy Waterways Abstracts Book


  • What's New in Laboratory Technology November 23, 2022 CSIRO/NMI Building, Lindfield Sydney


  • Honours & Masters Evening November 30, 2022 UNSW


  • Hitchhiker's Guide to Laboratory Quality May 25, 2022 Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club

The BDDG was established in 2016 to promote better interactions between the academic, government and industrial arms of biotech research in Sydney and the state of New South Wales, and is a forum for researchers to address/discuss the current paradigm for collaborations in drug discovery and development.

The group aims to provide regular networking events for scientists and professionals from academia, industry, research institutes, government organisations, etc., involved in all stages of discovery and development of bioactive molecules. We aim to run 2-3 events each year, open to all in the community (RACI membership provides a small discount). Our events are typically evening functions running between 6 – 10 pm with an informal presentation/speech from one to three speakers (20 - 30 mins) with a large portion of the evening dedicated to Q&A and networking. Depending on the time of year, events are run either independently or as add-ons to a local conference.

Past Speakers

International Speakers
  • Prof. Jane Aldrich, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Florida
  • Prof. Mike Fainzilber, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
  • Dr. Joseph Lewcock, Denali Therapeutics, USA
  • Dr. Klaus Muller, ETH Zurich & Roche
  • Dr. Mike Pollastri, Northeastern University, USA
  • Dr. Wendy Young, Senior Vice President, Small Molecules, Genentech, USA
National Speakers
  • Dr. Chris Burns, CEO, MetabloQ Pharmaceuticals
  • Dr. Klaus Muller, ETH Zurich & Roche
  • Dr. Kathy Connell, Senior Director of New Ventures, Australia and New Zealand, Johnson & Johnson

  • Dr. Bronwyn Evans, MTPConnect

  • Dr. Wolfgang Jarolimek, Head of Research, Pharmaxis Ltd.

  • Prof. Kate Jolliffe, University of Sydney

  • Prof. Michael Kassiou, University of Sydney

  • Dr. Phil Kearney, Merck Australia

  • Dr. Charles Lindall, Commercialisation Manager, CSIRO

  • Dr. Fei Liu, Macquarie University

  • Dr. Brendon Monahan, Chief Scientific Officer, CTX & WEHI

  • Dr. Keats Nelms, CEO & Co-Founder, Beta Therapeutics & Director, Business Development, ANU

  • A/Prof. Elizabeth New, University of Sydney

  • Prof. Phoebe Phillips, Eisenhower Global Fellow 2019 & UNSW

  • Dr. Susan Pond, Director Biotron Limited and Vectus Biosystems Limited

  • Prof. Phil Robinson, CMRI, University of Sydney

The focus of this group is to provide a link between schools, universities and working chemists and to provide professional learning and access to resources for teachers in these sectors. This group aims to meet the needs of students from across NSW and to provide opportunities for them to link what they learn to the work conducted by practising chemists.

The RACI Natural Products Group consists of members of the RACI who have a broad interest in natural products chemistry. Our members come from academia, government laboratories and industry. The Group is entered in NSW though links are maintained with natural products chemists from all around Australia.

The NSW Pharmaceutical Science Group was established in 1959 to “promote the dissemination and exchange of scientific and technical knowledge, particularly related to the Pharmaceutical Sciences”.

The Group has pursued this objective by the regular organisation of seminars with a panel of expert presenters. The presentations address specific topics or themes as variously applying to production, quality assurance, laboratory, regulatory and R&D of therapeutic goods.

Past Events:

Vaccine Technologies Update - Wednesday 14 June 2023
Towards distributed manufacture of nanomedicines: Dr Dai Hayward, CEO Micropore Technologies (UK)
Recent developments in RNA R&D and manufacturing in NSW: Prof Pall Thordarson, Director, RNA Institute UNSW
Hybrid Audits - Thursday 1 December 2022

Matthew Bugg, Quality Manager, Australia & New Zealand, BeiGene
Establishing and Maintaining Data Integrity - Tuesday 25 October 2022
Data from a computational astrochemist
Dr Laura McKemmish, Senior Lecturer, School of Chemistry, UNSW

TGA Requirements: Gaye Camm, Senior Inspector, Manufacturing and Quality Branch, TGA (see TGA website for presentation)
Data integrity – Documentation – Batch documentation SOPs, logs etc
Trevor Schoerie, Managing Director,  PharmOut
Data Integrity – equipment
Seamus Orr, Technical Services Manager, AstraZeneca
Coding creation and scanning
Bruce Botta, Packaging Technical Coordinator, Aspen Australia
The Data Integrity Challenges of Analytical Instrumentation
Clayton Ross, Business development manager, Shimadzu
Data Protection
Ian Ward, Managing Director, CyberPro Pty Ltd

The mission of the NSW Polymer Group is to connect researchers and students across New South Wales through annul events, workshops and seminars. Our aim is to highlight the quality and interdisciplinary of NSW polymer research. We are diverse group of polymer enthusiast and always keen to welcome new faces to the group. Please reach out to us if you are interested in participating or if you would like to know more about our activities across the state.

The Western Sydney Section within the NSW Branch draws its members from the Western suburbs.  Our members come from academia, government laboratories, and industry sectors. Our main objectives are to reach out to members by promoting chemistry covering all subdisciplines through interactions  among members.  In this respect, the Section often organises seminars, webinars, laboratory tours, social functions, etc. in Western Sydney including Campbelltown, Hawkesbury, and Parramatta.

Women in Chemistry - NSW is a network of peers that links both current students and established academic and industry professionals in a productive and collaborative relationship. We intend to promote and instigate meetings and discussions between those involved in chemical science with the purpose of empowering and developing ways in which women can progress within industry, and with the hope of developing strong female leaders within the industry.