18 May 2023

Innovations in Crop Protection towards Sustainable Agriculture

Organised by:

SCI’s Fine Chemicals group, SCI’s Agrisciences group and RSC’s Agriculture Sector

SCI, London, UK

Register your interest

The rate of new crop protection product approvals has decreased in recent years, but the need for new solutions has never been higher. Pressure on existing products from resistance and regulatory requirements as well as the changing needs of growers and societal expectations, mean that we must increase the rate of innovation as we strive towards sustainable agriculture. This conference will highlight how advances in multiple areas including organic chemistry, machine learning and AI, small molecule design and target identification are changing discovery programmes in agrochemical research. The talks will showcase the approaches taken in both industry and academia to support the identification of new and novel crop protection solutions.


This event will be of interest to anyone working in industry or in academia on synthetic organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, new biochemical targets for weed, insect and disease control, lab automation, and innovations in small molecule design.

Confirmed Speakers
    • Joachim Dickhaut, BASF
    • Peter Maienfisch; CreInSol
    • Thomas Stevenson; FMC
    • Giulio Volpin; Bayer
    • Allan Watson; University of Strathclyde
    • James Bull; Imperial College, London
    • Speaker from MOA Technology

Sponsorship Information

For further information and prices, please email conferences@soci.org.

Call for posters

Contributions are invited from early-stage researchers and PhD students working on synthetic organic chemistry methodology in heterocyclic synthesis and natural product synthesis towards chemistries that can be applied in novel innovations for crop protection. The objective for the competition is to identify posters which best explain the outcomes of the research, and also in the context of the potential for commercialisation.

There will be voucher prizes of £100 for 1st place and £50 for 2nd place.

An abstract of maximum 250 words (250 words does not include author names, affiliations, references or figure captions) indicating title, authors, institution included with the Poster, should be sent to conferences@soci.org by Friday 31 March 2023 with the subject line “Innovations in Crop Protection: event - poster entry”. Download an abstract template here.

The full programme will be confirmed in due course.
Venue and Contact


14/15 Belgrave Square

Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org

Booking Process/Deadlines

Booking terms and conditions



Organising Committee

David Barber, SCI/ Bayer
Al Dossetter, SCI/ Medchemica LtdVictoria Jackson, SCI/ Globachem Discovery Ltd
Victoria Jackson, SCI/ Globachem Discovery Ltd
Kenneth Ling, SCI/ Syngenta