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25th International Symposium: Synthesis in Organic Chemistry

17 - 20 July 2017, Oxford , United Kingdom

The Synthesis in Organic Chemistry conference is a flagship event for the international organic chemistry community.

The first meeting of this internationally renowned symposium was held in Oxford in 1969, and since then the meetings have alternated on a biennial basis between Oxford and Cambridge.

The Synthesis in Organic Chemistry Symposium traditionally provides an international showcase for the core area of organic chemistry - synthesis - covering all aspects of contemporary organic synthesis and providing a forum for the ever more exciting methodologies and strategies that continue to emerge.

Poster abstract submission is now open! Please see the poster abstract submission section for the link to submit.


Poster Abstract Submission
Poster abstract submission is now closed.

Due to the popularity of the event and space limitations at the venue, it is only possible for us to accept 80 poster abstracts to present at this event. Please submit you abstract by 13 February 2017. You will be notified by the end of March 2017 if your poster has been accepted.
Registration for this event is now open.

Registration fees

Included in your registration fee:
  • Attendance at the welcome reception 17 July
  • Attendance at all lectures 18 - 20 July
  • Attendance at the late evening lectures and evening drinks receptions 18 and 19 July
  • Event materials pack
Earlybird (by 31/3/17) Standard (by 02/06/17)
Member £375 £425
Non-member* £475 £525
Student member £220 £270
Student non-member £250 £300

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.

Accommodation and evening meals packages

Accommodation and evening meals are not included in the above registration fee however you can purchase and add-on package during registration.  
Accommodation will be located at St Catherine's College and rooms are single occupancy singles on a B&B basis.
Package Cost
Accommodation & Dinner package (17, 18 & 19 July - includes the conference banquet) £320
Dinner only Package (dinner 17, 18 & 19 July - includes the conference banquet) £120
Additional night's accommodation 16 or 20 July (single occupancy single B&B) £76


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 (22 May 2017)
Please see the programme in the Introduction section of this page
Sponsors and Exhibitors
A selection of sponsorship opportunities are available for companies who would like to promote their activities at the 25th International Symposium: Synthesis in Organic Chemistry.
As well as booking a table top exhibition space, there are opportunities to sponsor social events, advertise in the abstract book or place a promotional item in delegate packs. A sponsorship menu document is available to download from this page with more details and prices.
Please note that exhibition spaces are now SOLD OUT
If you would like more information about sponsoring the 25th International Symposium: Synthesis in Organic Chemistry, please contact the Commercial Sales Department at the Royal Society of Chemistry on

We would like to thank the following companies for their support of the 25th International Symposium: Synthesis in Organic Chemistry

Sponsorship Menu
St Catherine's College

Bernard Sunley Lecture Theatre, St Catherine's College, Manor Road , Oxford , OX13UJ, United Kingdom

St Catherine's College is the University of Oxford’s newest college and also one of the largest. It developed out of the St Catherine's Society, and was founded in 1962.

The College admits both undergraduates and graduates, and offers a wide range of subjects with a roughly even split between science and arts. Its modern buildings and restful, open spaces give the College a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Situated at the end of Manor Road off St Cross Road, and surrounded by parks and water, St Catherine's College is close to University faculties and libraries.
College History

College History

Following the 1852 Royal Commission, which recommended that access to Oxford and Cambridge Universities needed to be widened, a Delegacy for Unattached Students was formed in Oxford in 1868. This allowed students to be members of the University without being a member of a college, thus avoiding (what were considered for many) the prohibitive costs of an Oxford college.
Initially occupying just one room, with students living in affordable lodgings around Oxford, the Delegacy quickly banded together in quasi-collegiate fashion. In 1884 the Delegacy for Unattached Students was renamed as the Delegacy for Non-Collegiate Students, but lack of an identifying name for social and sporting purposes continued to frustrate students.
In response to this problem, the Boat Club and other groups began using the name St Catharine’s (sic) Club, taken from a hall used for club meetings. The spelling later changed to St Catherine’s (probably to differentiate itself from its Cambridge namesake), and in 1931 the Delegacy was officially renamed the St Catherine’s Society – the origins of St Catherine’s College were well under way.
Following the Second World War, grants to fund university education become widely available, in line with the post-war attitude of ‘education for all’. St Catherine’s Society had become more like a college, and in turn colleges had become more like the Society as they increasingly admitted students from a wider range of socio-economic backgrounds. In this new post-war era, the original purpose of the Delegacy (to allow wider access to Oxford) became less relevant. It was time for a new focus.
The 1950s saw the biggest change in the history of St Catherine’s. In 1952 the historian Alan Bullock became Censor (Head) of St Catherine’s Society. Bullock brought with him strong leadership and a vision to further develop the Society. In 1956, with University considering plans for expansion, Bullock obtained approval to transform St Catherine’s Society into a fully residential college – the search for a site and funding began.
An ambitious fundraising campaign began, focusing on the national shortage of scientists and on Bullock’s proposal of an increased number of science students at St Catherine’s than was usual for an Oxford college. St Catherine’s was to be an agent for change. In 1960 almost eight acres of Holywell Great Meadow was acquired from Merton College and the College’s chosen architect, Arne Jacobsen of Denmark, began to implement his design. His modernist masterpiece was to become the most important 20th-century collegiate building in Oxford, and is now Grade I listed.
In 1962 St Catherine’s College opened its doors (while still under construction) with Alan Bullock as its Master. The first undergraduates were admitted, and were quickly dubbed the ‘Dirty Thirty’ owing to the lack of running hot water. 1964 saw the ceremonial opening of the College by the then Chancellor of the University, Harold Macmillan, and ten years later in 1974, staying true to its forward-looking ethos, it became one of the first colleges to admit women.
Today, St Catherine’s remains as vibrant and dynamic as it has ever been. Its connection with the saint that shares its name is highly appropriate for a college founded on an ethos of high academic standards combined with a doggedly independent streak. The College celebrates its patron saint each year with a special Catz Night dinner.
More information on the College can be found using the useful venue link or by following the link to the 'History of the buildings and gardens'.
Accommodation can be booked as part of the accommodation and evening meals package during registration. Please see the 'Registration' tab for further details and prices.

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