23 May 2019

Molecular Interactions

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SCI's Young Chemists Panel

Granta Centre, Cambridge, UK

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Molecular interactions fundamentally influence all aspects of chemistry. Our knowledge of how molecules behave and are affected by one another allows us to push the boundaries of chemical research, from engaging biological targets through drug design to the creation of novel supramolecular assemblies. Furthering our understanding of these crucial interactions, many computational and physical techniques employed to predict and measure molecular interactions are continuously emerging.

This one day event has been developed to stimulate open discussion about the fundamentals of molecular interactions, as well as application of these principles to advance the fields of drug discovery and supramolecular chemistry. Lectures will be delivered by leading experts, with the aim to provide participants with a solid understanding of the various types of common interaction and their relevance to modern research.


09.45 Registration and refreshments
10.30 Welcome and introduction

Session 1: Fundamentals of molecular interactions

10.40 Molecular interactions: the basics
Dr James Mills, Sandexis
11.10 Computational modelling at the interface of asymmetric catalysis and supramolecular chemistry
Prof Fernanda Duarte, University of Oxford
11.40 Knotting matters
Prof David Leigh, University of Manchester
12.40 Lunch

Session 2: Molecular interactions in medicinal chemistry

13.30 Using biophysical measurements to drive optimisation of molecular interactions in drug discovery
Dr Klaus Rumpel, Boehringer Ingelheim
14.00 Learning from crystal structure databases for efficient structure-based drug design
Dr Bernd Kuhn, F. Hoffman-La Roche
15.00 Refreshment break

Session 3: Supramolecular chemistry

15.30 Biomimetic carbohydrate recognition - supramolecular chemistry with real-world implications
Prof Anthony Davis, University of Bristol
16.30 Chemical information processing
Prof Christopher Hunter, University of Cambridge
17.30 Closing remarks
17.40 Drinks reception

Venue and Contact


Granta Centre
Granta Park
Great Abington
CB21 6AL

Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org


Early bird fees before Wednesday 8 May 2019

£110 SCI Member
£45 SCI Student Member
£70 Subsidised Members
£145 Non-Member


Standard fees after Wednesday 8 May 2019

£160 SCI Member
£65 SCI Student Member
£120 Subsidised Members
£195 Non-Member

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