11 February - 12 February 2025

Highlights in catalysis, photo- & electrochemistry

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SCI's Young Chemists’ Panel

SCI, London, UK

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As part of SCI YCP’s “Highlights in…” series, this event will celebrate recent advances in modern organic synthesis, providing an exciting overview of new methodologies and industrial applications. Held over two days, the meeting will explore two hot topics: Catalysis, and Photo- and electrochemistry. Research discussed will range from asymmetric catalysis to photocatalysis to computational studies of organometallic catalysts.
The meeting will comprise of short talks from early career researchers and recently appointed academics, and keynote lectures from established researchers in academia and industry. All talks will be followed by a chance to ask questions and networking opportunities allow a possible exchange of ideas.

Delegates will be able to register for either one day or both days of the event.


This event will be of interest to those working in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology or agrochemical industries who want to develop their knowledge in key areas of organic synthesis. It is also aimed at those in academia, particularly graduates and post-graduates with a background in synthesis and catalysis.

Call for abstracts

Opportunities are available for early career researchers (recently appointed academics, post-doctoral researchers, or final year PhD students) in the areas of catalysis or photo/electrochemistry to present their research through a short talk (15 minutes + questions). Interested applicants should send an abstract of maximum one A4 page or 300 words, indicating title and authors to, conferences@soci.org by Monday 30 September 2024 with the subject line “YCP Catalysis/Photo/EChem – short talk submission”. An abstract template can be downloaded here. Selected speakers will have their travel and registration expenses reimbursed.

Opportunities are available for a limited number of posters. Interested applicants should send an abstract of maximum one A4 page or 300 words, indicating title and authors to, conferences@soci.org by Friday 20 December 2025 with the subject line “YCP Catalysis/Photo/EChem – poster submission”. An abstract template can be downloaded here.

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Confirmed speakers

Prof Andrew Smith, University of St Andrews
Prof Igor Larossa, University of Manchester
Prof John Bower, University of Liverpool
Dr Natalie Fey, University of Bristol
Prof Kevin Lam, University of Greenwich
Dr Anabel Laterna, University of Nottingham
Dr Giacomo Crisenza, University of Manchester
Dr Joshua Barham, University of Strathclyde 


The programme will be confirmed in due course.

SCI’s Young Chemists’ Panel are committed to promoting diversity and equality in the chemical sciences. We aim to identify high quality speakers for all our conferences with inclusivity of gender and ethnicity. Attendees from all backgrounds and ages are welcome.

Accessibility Grants

SCI accessibility grants are available to support SCI members with disabilities, long term health conditions, those who require a carer, and members who are nursing parents to attend SCI events. Download an application form to apply for a grant.

Venue and Contact


14/15 Belgrave Square

Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org


The fees will be advised in due course.

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Organising committee

Holly Bonfield, Apex Molecular
Olivia Boyd, MSD
Robert Wen Ming Davidson, Pfizer
Mark Greenhalgh, University of Warwick
Craig Johnston, University of St-Andrews
Ricardo Labes, Syngenta
Miriam O’Duill, University of Nottingham
Ben Partridge, University of Sheffield
Wei Sun, AstraZeneca
Luke Thompson, Vernalis