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 - 10:00 - 15:00 GMT

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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.

Team members who are not presenting will need to register to join the event. 

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10:00 Welcome and introduction

10:15 Team Alder but not Wiser
Drug Discovery Unit (University of Dundee)

10:40 Flu Fighters.
Aggarwal Group, University of Bristol         

11:05 The SmartARCs

11:30 Break


11:40 Cyclopropane And Suffering

          University of Manchester


12:05 Ready, Stetter, Go!
Vertex Pharmaceuticals


12:30 Lunch break

13:30 Ion the prize
Imperial College London


13:55 We Found Grubbs in a Hyp(atulone)less Place
GSK/University of Strathclyde


14:20 You'd Stetter Believe It

           University of Edinburgh


14.45 Deliberation/networking


15.10 Results and closing remarks


15:30  Meeting close


14:05 You'd Stetter Believe It

           University of Edinburgh   

14:05 You'd Stetter Believe It

           University of Edinburgh   

14.30 Deliberation/networking
14.30 Deliberation/networking

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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