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Fully booked: International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry (ISMSC) in conjunction with ISACS: Challenges in Organic Materials & Supramolecular Chemistry

2 - 6 July 2017, Cambridge, United Kingdom

The 12th International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry will be run in 2017 in conjunction with the Royal Society of Chemistry's biennial ISACS: Challenges in Organic Materials & Supramolecular Chemistry meeting and will take place in Cambridge. The conference themes will spread the breadth of macrocyclic and supramolecular chemistry.

Special Issue of Supramolecular Chemistry for ISMSC-12

As in previous years, a special double issue of Supramolecular Chemistry will be produced in conjunction with the ISMSC. We would like to invite you to contribute an original research paper or a review article for inclusion in the special double issue of Supramolecular Chemistry for ISMSC-12.  Papers can detail the work you or your group members present at ISMSC-12 or on a different topic at your discretion. The due date for submissions will be 31 August 2017.
Editors: Deanna D’Alessandro & Ognjen Miljanic

For more information, please see the web pages which contain information about the journal, the instructions for authors, and the manuscript submission page.​


Topics will include, but not be limited to:
  • Sensing and Measurement
  • Dynamic Adaptation
  • Confinement
  • Catalysis
  • Interfacing with Biology
  • Working with Light
  • Topology
The conference will also offer contributed oral slots and the possibility for to students and researchers at their early-stage career to present their scientific work in form of poster presentations. There will be a conference dinner, which we hope to be at one of the Cambridge Colleges and there will be a free afternoon for delegates to enjoy the attractions and sights of Cambridge.
ISMSC, the International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry, in turn came from a fusion of the International Symposium on Macrocyclic Chemistry (ISMC) and the International Symposium on Supramolecular Chemistry (ISSC). These meetings combined in 2006 and since then have been held on an annual basis in a different nation each time.

This conference is also being held in conjuction with the RSC Macrocycles and Supramolecular Chemistry (MASC) group meeting.

Poster Sessions

Odd numbered posters will be on display from Sunday 2 July until lunchtime on Tuesday 4 July
Even numbered posters will be on display from the afternoon of Tuesday 4 July until the end of the conference.

You can find your poster number on the PDF, please scroll to the top of the introduction section to find it.

Poster Prize Winners:

Marcel Krick
Angela Grommet
Timothy Moneypenny II
Nellie Ochs
Gemma Trott
Pablo Martinez-Bulit

David Leigh, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Perkin Prize Winner 2017
David Leigh obtained his PhD from the University of Sheffield, UK, in 1987 and, after postdoctoral research at the National Research Council of Canada in Ottawa, he was appointed to a Lectureship in Organic Chemistry at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (now part of the University of Manchester) in 1989. After spells at the Universities of Warwick and Edinburgh David returned to Manchester where he is currently Sir Samuel Hall Professor of Chemistry. David’s research interests include the development of new strategies for interlocked molecule synthesis (catenanes, rotaxanes and knots) and the design and construction of artificial molecular motors and machines. His work has been recognised with a number of national and international awards, including the Izatt-Christensen Award for Macrocyclic Chemistry, the Feynman Prize for Nanotechnology and the Descartes Prize for Transnational Research. He was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2009

Harry Anderson, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Izatt-Christensen Award Winner 2017

Harry Anderson completed his PhD with Jeremy Sanders at the University of Cambridge UK and did postdoctoral work with François Diederich at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He has led an independent research group at the University of Oxford since 1995. His work includes the investigation of porphyrin-based molecular wires, cyclodextrin polyrotaxanes, insulated molecular wires, encapsulated π-systems, template-directed synthesis, multivalent cooperativity, nanorings, polyynes, nonlinear optical chromophores and functional dyes. His research group has extended the frontiers of macrocyclic chemistry by preparing the largest synthetic macrocycles and the largest known Hückel-aromatic rings.

Tom de Greef, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

Cram Lehn Pedersen Prize in Supramolecular Chemistry Winner 2017

Tom de Greef obtained his PhD from the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands in 2009 under supervision of prof. dr. E. W. “Bert” Meijer and prod. dr. Rint Sijbesma in the area of supramolecular polymers. Subsequently, he performed post-doctoral studies in the area of modelling and simulations of self-assembling systems at the same university. In 2010, he was appointed as assistant professor at the Biomedical Engineering Department of the Eindhoven University of Technology where he was promoted to associate professor in 2016. In 2013, he was visiting scholar in the group of prof. David Weitz at Harvard. His research interests include quantitative aspects of supramolecular polymerisations and the bottom-up engineering of cell-free biochemical networks with advanced regulatory properties such as oscillations and bistability. He obtained several research grants such an ERC Starting Grant and an NWO-VENI grant and is the recipient of the 2017 Cram Lehn Pedersen prize in supramolecular chemistry.

Steve Goldup, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

Bob Hay Lectureship Winner 2016
Steve obtained an MChem degree from the University of Oxford where he began his research career with a Part II project in the group of Sir Prof. Jack Baldwin. He continued his research training with a PhD in natural product synthesis under the supervision of Prof. Tony Barrett before shifting focus to apply his synthetic skills to the realisation of mechanically interlocked non-natural products during post doctoral work with Prof. David Leigh at the University of Edinburgh. In 2008 he moved to Queen Mary with the award of a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship and in October 2009 he was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. In October 2014 the group moved to the University of Southampton where Steve took up the position of Associate Professor. Steve leads a talented group of young researchers in the synthesis of novel mechanically interlocked molecules and their application as sensors, catalysts and materials.

Scott Cockroft, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Bob Hay Lectureship Winner 2017
Scott conducted his PhD and postdoctoral work under the supervision of Profs. Christopher A. Hunter FRS (Sheffield, now Cambridge, UK) and M. Reza Ghadiri (The Scripps Research Institute, California), respectively. Scott started his independent research career at the University of Edinburgh in 2007. The Since then, the Cockroft group have been investigating the origins of molecular recognition using synthetic model systems, while seeking to harness these principles in the construction of bio‑supramolecular devices that operate across lipid membranes. Scott was awarded an ERC Starting Grant in 2013, a Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2016 and will be delivering the 2017 Bob Hay Lecture at ISMSC 2017 in Cambridge.

Abstract Submission

Poster Abstracts

Poster submission is now closed. We are unable accept any further submissions.
Posters are displayed throughout the meeting with scheduled poster sessions on two evenings during the conference. A Poster Prize will be awarded to the best poster presented at the conference.

Additional Information

Authors have now been notified of the outcome of the review process. If your abstract has been accepted for presentation and you have successfully registered for the conference you should prepare your poster for onsite presentation during the poster sessions as A0 portrait style.

Travel Grant Information

Travel grants are available for PhD students, postdocs within 10 years of completing their PhD and early career scientists within 10 years of leaving full time education. There are also a number of non-competitive travel grants available. See the bursaries section for more details. 
Registration for ISMSC in conjunction with ISACS: Challenges in Organic Materials & Supramolecular Chemistry is now open.

Please read the registration information on this page before registering.
Register by clicking on the 'Book now' link on this page.
Please note accommodation is not included in the registration fee and can be booked via the link in this section.

Registration includes:
  • Attendance at the sessions
  • Refreshments throughout the meeting
  • Lunch on Monday 3, Tuesday 4, Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 July
  • Attendance at two poster session drinks receptions
  • Electronic copy of the abstracts
  • For non-member registrants, membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry until the end of 2017
Registration fees are as follows:
Earlybird Deadline Standard Deadline
RSC Member* £425 £475
Non-Member** £525 £575
RSC Student Member* £250 £300
Student Non-Member £290 £340

Registration fees are VAT exempt.

* If you are an Royal Society of Chemistry member and wish to register for this meeting, please select the member option on the online registration page. You will need to enter your membership number.

**For non-member registrants, affiliate membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry until the end of 2017, the affiliate membership application will be processed and commence once the registrant has attended the event.

Conference Banquet

The conference banquet on Wednesday 5th July is not included in the registration fee, but can be booked during the registration process. The conference dinner will take place at King's College and cost £60 to attend. This is a ticketed event, only ticket holders are able to attend.

Terms and Conditions for Events run by the Royal Society of Chemistry

We have a limited number of non-competitive travel grants of up to £200 for PhD and early career scientists travelling within their home country. These are assigned on a first come, first served basis and are available to members in the associate category and above.

We also offer grants of up to £800 to assist with travel expenses to participate at this meeting. These are available to members in the associate category and above, who are PhD students, postdocs within 10 years of completing their PhD and early career scientists (including technicians) within 10 years of leaving full time education. 

Please note that we recommend you submit your application a minimum of three months before you need a decision. We will be unable to consider any applications received within 8 weeks of the start of the conference (7 May 2017)
Sponsorship & supporting organisations
The are a number of sponsorship opportunities available at this conference, from delegate pack inserts and exhibition stands to sponsorship of the conference dinner and the headline platinum sponsor of the conference. More details can be found in the sponsorship menu. Please contact us if you are interested or would like any further information.

  Sponsorship Menu
Cambridge Corn Exchange & Guildhall

Cambridge Corn Exchange & Guildhall, 3 Parsons Court, Wheeler Street, Cambridge, CB2 3QE, United Kingdom

Travel Information

Cambridge is well connected to London by train and can take as little as 45 minutes. Connections to northern parts of England and Scotland by train are typically via London or Ely.

Stansted airport is the most local international airport to Cambridge and is well serviced by the discount airlines, particularly well served is Europe. For international flights, Heathrow and Gatwick are accessible via train and underground combinations.

When arriving into Heathrow, take the the London underground, Piccadilly line direct to King's Cross station. When arriving into Gatwick airport, take a train either to London Victoria and then the tube to King's Cross station, or take a train to St Pancreas International station, from where you can walk across to King's Cross station.
***Cambridge college bedrooms now available at competitive prices on a first come first served basis***

Ellis Salsby Ltd has been appointed as the hotel booking service for ISMSC-ISACS. Please see the link for a wide selection of colleges and hotels close to the event with a range of costs.

Early booking is recommended as all rates quoted are subject to availability.

St Catharine's College Cambridge We have reserved some college rooms for conference delegates at a beautiful Cambridge College. The college is located in central Cambridge, a 5 minute walk from the conference venue. You must book via Ellis Salsby to get the rate that has been secured for conference delegates. £73+VAT

Murray Edwards College Cambridge We have reserved some college rooms for conference delegates at Murray Edwards College. The college is located less than 1 mile from the conference venue. There is parking onsite as well as a bus service into town. You must book via Ellis Salsby to get the rate that has been secured for conference delegates. £73.50+VAT

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