10 March 2023

10th SCI-RSC National Retrosynthesis Competition

Organised by:

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

RSC, London, UK

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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 nine competitions, we are pleased to announce the 10th annual 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.

First round molecule

The first-round molecule will be released on Tuesday 20 September 2022. 

How to enter
Once the first molecule has been released a competition entry pack will be available to download from this webpage.

•           Download the first-round molecule flyer (available from 20 September 2022)

•           Download the template for competition entry (available from September 2022)

•           Download competition terms and conditions (available from September 2022)


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


Further details will be announced in due course.

Venue and Contact


Burlington House, Piccadilly 

Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org


This is a free event. To enable us to control the number of visitors into the building, we are asking all delegates to pre-register in advance. 

For this reason, registration will close 24 hours prior to the event and only registered guests will be admitted.

All registrations will automatically receive a confirmation within 24 hours of registering for the event. Should you not receive written confirmation of your booking, please email conferences@soci.org.

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Gold Sponsors


Organising Committee
    • Alistair Boyer, SCI/University of Glasgow
    • Dr Jason Camp, SCI/University of Bath
    • Dr Nessa Carson, SCI/Syngenta
    • Dr Craig P. Johnston, SCI/University of St Andrews
    • Dr Marc Kimber, SCI/Loughborough University
    • Dr Kiri North, SCI/Vertex
    • Dr James Taylor, SCI/University of Bath