19 March 2021

8th National Retrosynthesis Competition

Organised by:

SCI's Young Chemists’ Panel, SCI's Fine Chemicals Group and RSC’s Heterocyclic and Synthesis Group 

Online Webinar

Register your interest
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 seven competitions, we are pleased to announce the 8th 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 before their peers and the judges. 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.
How to register

First round molecule: The first-round molecule has now been released.

How to enter: A competition entry pack is available to download at the links below:

  • Download the first-round molecule flyer
  • Download the template for competition entry
  • Download competition terms and conditions
  • Attendees

    Teams should originate from one company or department; smaller industrial or academic departments will be allowed to submit joint entries but these must be approved by the Organising Committee in advance of submission

  • Multiple teams from the same Institutions/Companies/Universities are encouraged, although team members are restricted to contributing only one entry
  • It is recommended that each team consists of no more than 8 people. However, a maximum of 4 people will be allowed to present at the final
  • There is no age limit for competition entrants
  • Registration

    Audience registration is free and will be open in January 2021. If you wish to register your interest in attending this event, please email conferences@soci.org with the subject "Register my interest - 8th National Retrosynthesis Competition". Teams will be invited to register once finalists are confirmed.

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    Organising Committee
    • Dr Dave Alker, SCI/David Alker Associates
    • Dr Jason Camp, SCI/University of Bath
    • Dr Nessa Carson, SCI/Syngenta
    • Dr Marc Kimber, SCI/Loughborough University
    • Dr Kiri North, SCI/Vertex
    • Dr Robert Wybrow, Tennants Fine Chemicals

    Conference Team

    Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

    Email: conferences@soci.org