A Celebration of Organic Chemistry 2018


UCB, Braine, Belgium
Monday 24 - Tuesday 25 September 2018
Organised by SCI's Fine Chemicals Group

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On Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 September 2018, influential researchers from across Europe and the US will gather in Belgium to present a series of lectures on the latest developments in the field of organic chemistry. This event, jointly organised by SCI's Fine Chemicals Group and UCB, will celebrate the best of modern organic chemistry and will focus on the development of new methodology which enable the synthesis of complex molecules. The meeting will also provide a platform for early career researchers to share their vision for the future of organic chemistry.


Bringing together leading scientists from the organic chemistry community, this meeting will be of interest to those in academia and industry who are interested in developing and applying modern organic chemistry techniques to their research.

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

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Monday 24 September

09.15 Registration and refreshments
09.45 Introductory remarks
Modern methods in synthetic chemistry
10.00 Redox catalysis strategies for complex molecules
Prof Corey Stephenson, University of Michigan, USA
10.50 Taming sulfur dioxide: new opportunities for catalysis and reaction development
Prof Michael Willis, University of Oxford, UK
11.40 The many faces of copper: catalysis of cross-coupling and radical processes
Prof Gwilherm Evano, L'Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
12.30 Lunch
13.30 Late stage functionalization of drug-like molecules
Dr Bryony Elbert, University of Oxford, UK
14.05 Solving solved problems (not) using copper catalysis
Dr Allan Watson, University of St Andrews, UK
14.55 Refreshment break and exhibition
15.20 Boron-relayed strategies – from building blocks to C-C bond formation
Dr Dorian Didier, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
16.10 Visible-light photoredox catalysis in flow
Dr Timothy Noel, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
17.00 Close


Tuesday 25 September

Enabling technologies in organic chemistry
09.30 Design and evolution of new biocatalysts for organic synthesis
Prof Nicholas Turner, Univeristy of Manchester, UK
10.20 Engineering chemistry: integrated control strategies and internet-enabled tools for synthesis
Dr Daniel Fitzpatrick, University of Cambridge, UK
11.30 Shuttle catalysis – a conceptual blueprint for reversible functional group transfer
Prof Dr Bill Morandi, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
12.20 Lunch
Advances in catalysis
13.20 A few of my favourite rings: catalysis inspired by macrocycles
Prof Vy Dong, University of California
14.30 Late stage fluorination with alkali metal fluoride
Prof Véronique Gouverneur, University of Oxford, UK
15.20 Refreshment break and exhibition
15.50 Very strong and confined acids enable a general approach to asymmetric lewis acid catalysis
Prof Dr Benjamin List, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Germany
16.40 Closing remarks

Organising Committee

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.


UCB Pharma S.A., site of Braine-l'Alleud
Chemin du Foriest
B - 1420 Braine-l'Alleud

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The closest airport is Brussels International and the average flight time from London is one hour

Airports with direct flights to Brussels include; London Heathrow, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester

Alternatively, the Eurostar runs daily between London St Pancras and Brussels-Midi


The following hotels are near to the conference venue:

Delegate Fees

Please note: all prices will be charged in UK Sterling. An equivalent in euros is listed below as a guide.

Standard fees after Friday 27 July 2018

SCI Member 255 286
SCI Student Member 80 90
SCI Subsidised Member 160 180
Non-Member 350 393

SCI Platinum Corporate Members receive 25% off the above rates

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SCI conference travel bursaries are available for graduates or students who wish to attend “A Celebration of Organic Chemistry”. Applications should be submitted by email to conferences@soci.org with a cover letter explaining why you would benefit from taking part in this meeting. The deadline for applications is 1st June 2018.

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E: conferences@soci.org

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