24 September - 25 September 2018

A Celebration of Organic Chemistry 2018

Organised by:

SCI's Fine Chemicals Group

Braine-l'Alleud, Belgium

Registration Closed

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On Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 September 2018, influential researchers from across Europe and the US will gather in Belgium to present a series of lectures on the latest developments in the field of organic chemistry. This event, jointly organised by SCI's Fine Chemicals Group and UCB, will celebrate the best of modern organic chemistry and will focus on the development of new methodology which enable the synthesis of complex molecules. The meeting will also provide a platform for early career researchers to share their vision for the future of organic chemistry.


Bringing together leading scientists from the organic chemistry community, this meeting will be of interest to those in academia and industry who are interested in developing and applying modern organic chemistry techniques to their research.


Day 1 - 24 September 2018

Registration and refreshments
Introductory remarks
Modern methods in synthetic chemistry
Redox catalysis strategies for complex molecules, Prof Corey Stephenson, University of Michigan, USA
Taming sulfur dioxide: new opportunities for catalysis and reaction development, Prof Michael Willis, University of Oxford, UK
The many faces of copper: catalysis of cross-coupling and radical processes, Prof Gwilherm Evano, L'Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Late stage functionalization of drug-like molecules, Dr Bryony Elbert, University of Oxford, UK
Refreshment break and exhibition
Boron-relayed strategies – from building blocks to C-C bond formation, Dr Dorian Didier, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
Visible-light photoredox catalysis in flow, Dr Timothy Noel, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

Day 2 - 25 September 2018

Enabling technologies in organic chemistry
Design and evolution of new biocatalysts for organic synthesis, Prof Nicholas Turner, Univeristy of Manchester, UK
Engineering chemistry: integrated control strategies and internet-enabled tools for synthesis, Dr Daniel Fitzpatrick, University of Cambridge, UK
Shuttle catalysis – a conceptual blueprint for reversible functional group transfer, Prof Dr Bill Morandi, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Advances in catalysis
A few of my favourite rings: catalysis inspired by macrocycles, Prof Vy Dong, University of California
Late stage fluorination with alkali metal fluoride Prof Véronique, Gouverneur, University of Oxford, UK
Refreshment break and exhibition
Very strong and confined acids enable a general approach to asymmetric lewis acid catalysis, Prof Dr Benjamin List, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Germany
Closing remarks

Venue and Contact


UCB Pharma S.A., site of Braine-l'Alleud
Chemin du Foriest
B - 1420 Braine-l'Alleud

Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org


Please note: all prices will be charged in UK Sterling. An equivalent in euros is listed below as a guide.

Standard fees after Friday 27 July 2018

SCI Member 255 286
SCI Student Member 80 90
SCI Subsidised Member 160 180
Non-Member 350 393


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Additional Info

Organising Committee

  • Prof Ray Jones, SCI / Loughborough University
  • Dr Martin Lowe, SCI / UCB, UK
  • Dr Karl Swift, SCI / Bio-Techne


The closest airport is Brussels International and the average flight time from London is one hour.
Airports with direct flights to Brussels include; London Heathrow, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester
Alternatively, the Eurostar runs daily between London St Pancras and Brussels-Midi


SCI conference travel bursaries are available for graduates or students who wish to attend “A Celebration of Organic Chemistry”. Applications should be submitted by email to conferences@soci.org with a cover letter explaining why you would benefit from taking part in this meeting. The deadline for applications is 1st June 2018.

Exhibition and Sponsorship

An exhibition will take place alongside the conference during refreshment breaks for companies and related organisations who may wish to exhibit. For further information and prices, please email conferences@soci.org. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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