15 March 2019

6th National Retrosynthesis Competition

Organised by:

SCI's Young Chemists' Panel, SCI's Fine Chemicals Group, RSC's Heterocyclic & Synthesis Group and RSC's Organic Division Council

London, UK

Registration Closed

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For many years, the UK has produced high calibre synthetic organic chemists, able to retrosynthetically disconnect complex molecules and natural products then solve the challenging problem associated with the forward synthesis. To celebrate this and following on from the success of the previous three competitions, we are pleased to announce the 6th SCI/RSC National Retrosynthesis Competition.

The event will showcase the calibre of UK chemists from both industry and academia and provide a platform for them to demonstrate their retrosynthetic and forward synthetic prowess. Entries will be shortlisted to a final 10 teams who will then be invited to present at SCI's prestigious headquarters in London. Following the presentations, an exciting line up of the UK's leading academic and industrial synthetic chemists will judge the event, with the top three teams winning specifically designed trophies, in addition to the acclaim and praise from peers, colleagues and the wider Chemistry community for winning the event.

10.30 Registration
11.00 Introduction and welcome
11.10 The Tryptophantastic Four
University of Bristol
11.30 Live and Let Diene
Concept Life Sciences - Sandwich
11.50 Total Synthesisers
University of Manchester
12.10 The Bloomsbury Group
University College London
12.30 Lunch and networking
13.20 SygTeamTwo
Sygnature Discovery Ltd.
13.40 Shawshank Reduction
University of Oxford
14.00 In Tsuji We Trost
14.20 Totally Disconnected
University of Strathclyde
14.40 Refreshments
15.00 Hold me closer vinyl dancer
University of Cambridge
15.20 Flower Power
15.40 Reflux and Chill?
SBM CDT, University of Oxford
16.00 Drinks reception
16.30 Announcement of winner followed by drinks reception and networking
17.00 Close

Venue and Contact


14/15 Belgrave Square

Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org

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CPD Info

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Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Organising Committee
  • Dr Dave Alker, SCI/ David Alker Associates
  • Dr Susannah Coote, SCI/ Lancaster University
  • Dr Kiri North, SCI/ Vertex
  • Dr Jason Camp, SCI/ University of Bath
  • Dr Andrew Williams, SCI/ Lilly

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