1 December 2021

27th SCI Annual Review Meeting – Hot Topics in Organic Chemistry

Organised by:

SCI’s Young Chemists’ Panel

SCI, London, UK

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Early bird offer ends 3 November 2021


The 27th Annual Review Meeting “Hot Topics in Organic Chemistry”, organised by SCI's Young Chemists’ Panel, will address key areas of contemporary synthetic organic chemistry. An exciting line-up of leading early career academics will deliver a series of review lectures covering a range of topics, including whole organism biocatalysis, automation and high throughput synthesis, mechanisms of copper catalysis, and computational organic chemistry.

The meeting will deliver a comprehensive overview of the material, highlight new methods and introduce (potential) industrial applications. The review lectures will be supported by two plenary speakers: Prof Chris Willis from the University of Bristol and Prof Matthew Gaunt from the University of Cambridge.


If you would like to present a poster, please send an abstract of maximum one A4 page or 300 words including schemes and references and indicating title and authors to conferences@soci.org by Friday 5 November 2021 with the subject line “27th Annual review meeting – poster submission”

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.



The meeting is ideally suited to those working in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology or agrochemical industries who want to develop their knowledge in key areas. It is also aimed at those in academia, particularly graduates and post-graduates with a background in synthesis and catalysis.


SCI Members attending this meeting are able to claim CPD points.

Wednesday 1 December
Registration and refreshments
Welcome and introduction
Living microorganisms for organic synthesis
Dr Stephen Wallace, University of Edinburgh
Refreshment break, posters and exhibition
High-throughput synthesis and automation
Dr Becky Greenaway, Imperial College London
Keynote lecture: title to be confirmed
Prof Chris Willis, University of Bristol
Lunch, posters and exhibition
The plausibility problem: mechanism in copper catalysis
Dr Allan Watson, University of St. Andrews
When computational chemistry meets experiments: achievements, shortcomings and challenges
Dr Fernanda Duarte, University of Oxford
Refreshment break, posters and exhibition
Keynote lecture: New catalytic strategies for chemical synthesis
Prof Matthew Gaunt, University of Cambridge
Networking reception

Venue and Contact


14/15 Belgrave Square

Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org

Before early bird - ends Wednesday 3 November
Member rate: £125
Non member rate: £175
Student member rate: £45
After early bird
Member rate: £175
Non member rate: £225
Student member rate: £65

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Organising committee

Ben Chappell, Infineum

Ross Mclennan, University of Dundee

Ben Partridge, University of Sheffield

Darren Wilcox, University of Manchester