Atmospheric chemistry in the anthropocene: Faraday Discussion

22 - 24 May 2017, York, United Kingdom

Human activities have greatly impacted the Earth system so much so that it has ushered in a new epoch - the Anthropocene. The consequent changes - observed and predicted – occur in the oceans, the terrestrial regions, and the biosphere, and have raised important societal issues such as climate change, ocean acidification, air quality degradation, and ozone layer depletion.

The central component that leads to changes and impacts are the processes that alter the composition of the atmosphere. It is time to take a closer look at the processes that change the composition the Earth’s atmosphere to ensure that they are understood and represented accurately in models, whose predictions underpin societal actions.

This Discussion will focus on emerging issues such as interactions between anthropogenic and biogenic emissions, new mechanisms important for atmospheric chemistry, the impacts of climate on air quality, and new instrumental tools and platforms for atmospheric chemistry.


The Faraday Division have been organising high impact Faraday Discussions in rapidly developing areas of physical chemistry and its interfaces with other scientific disciplines for over 100 years. Faraday Discussions have a special format where research papers written by the speakers are distributed to all participants before the meeting, and most of the meeting is devoted to discussing the papers. Everyone contributes to the discussion - including presenting their own relevant research. The research papers and a record of the discussion are published in the journal Faraday Discussions.
Find out more about Faraday Discussions in this video


This meeting aims to bring together a global network of experimentalists, field scientists, theoreticians, chemists, physicists and environmental scientists working at the forefront of these emerging issues, providing a forum for cross-disciplinary exchange and discussion of ideas on the processes that control the composition of the atmosphere.


Atmospheric chemistry and the biosphere
In this session we will explore ocean-atmosphere and land-atmosphere interactions; new emission mechanisms and feedbacks.

Atmospheric chemistry processes
In this session we will discuss new mechanisms of importance for atmospheric chemistry, including radical chemistry and recycling, Criegee intermediates, gas phase precursors to SOA, and nitrogen cycling.

The air we breathe: Past, present, and future
This session will look at air quality-climate interactions; developing world issues; short-lived climate forcers. We will discuss air pollution extremes in the 21st century, the benefits of reducing short-lived climate pollutants, environmental pollution in developing nations.

New tools for Atmospheric Chemistry
In this final session we aim to explore the new tools and strategies available, including new measurement techniques, platforms, modelling tools and paradigms.

Abstract Submission

Oral Abstracts and Research Papers

A full research paper containing new unpublished results always accompanies oral presentations at Faraday Discussions. Submit an oral/paper abstract if you wish to be considered for an oral presentation and associated published paper. The oral/paper abstract should outline current research in progress. Authors of the selected abstracts must then submit a full research paper with a significant amount of new, unpublished work by 5 January 2017.

The research papers are reviewed upon submission and are sent to all delegates 4 weeks before the meeting so they can be read in advance. At the meeting the presenting author is allowed five minutes to highlight the main points of their paper, and the rest of the time is for discussion. The discussion is recorded and will be published alongside the research paper in the Faraday Discussion Volume.

Poster Abstracts

Submit your poster abstract by 13 March 2017. Posters are displayed throughout the meeting and a poster session is held on the first evening. The Faraday Division Poster Prize will be awarded to the best poster presented by a student at the conference.

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.

Additional Information

Authors will be notified of the outcome of the review process within about 6 weeks of the submission deadline. The abstracts should be no longer than one A4 page in portrait layout. Please ensure you provide the details of the presenting author and indicate whether you are submitting an abstract for oral or poster presentation. 
Please read the registration information before registering.
You can register by clicking on the online registration link on this page.
Please note accommodation is not included in the registration fee.

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.

Registration includes:
  • Attendance at the sessions
  • Refreshments throughout the meeting
  • Lunch on all 3 days
  • Attendance at the poster drinks reception on Monday 22 May
  • Attendance at the conference dinner on Tuesday 23 May
  • A copy of the discussion pre-prints
  • A copy of the final theme issue of Faraday Discussion Volume containing papers presented at the Discussion (issued approximately 6 months after the meeting)**
For non-member registrants, membership of the RSC until the end of 2017

Regsitration fees are as follows:
Early Bird
(by 3rd April 2017)
(by 24 April 2017)
Members* £335 £385
Non-members £435 £485
Student Members* £160 £210
Student Non-members £185 £235

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.

 **Excluding students, who can order the volume at a reduced price at the conference. 

Student Delegates

In order to encourage undergraduate or postgraduate students to attend the Discussion, a reduced conference fee (to include a set of pre-prints but not the final Discussion Volume) is available. This fee applies to those undertaking a full time course for a recognised degree or a diploma at a university or equivalent institution.

A copy of the publication may be purchased at less than half price, only for orders placed at the meeting where an application form will be made available. 

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner on Tuesday 23 May is included in the regsitration fee. 

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.
Sponsorship & supporting organisations
A selection of sponsorship opportunities is available for companies who would like to promote their activities at Atmospheric chemistry in the anthropocene: Faraday Discussion.
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 limited, spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
If you would like more information about sponsoring Atmospheric chemistry in the anthropocene: Faraday Discussion, please contact the Commercial Sales Department at the Royal Society of Chemistry on Sponsorship Menu
National Science Learning Centre

National Science Learning Centre, University of York, York, YO10 5DD, United Kingdom

The National Science Learning Centre is located on the University of York campus. The following information and links will help you find the venue.

National Science Learning Centre,
University of York,
North Yorkshire,
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44 (0)1904 328300
Fax: +44(0)1904 328328
Satellite Navigation System – if you are using a Sat Nav to find us, please be aware that the postcode will direct you into the University Campus and not directly to the National Science Learning Centre. Please refer to the campus map where you will find us on the Campus North via Siwards Way.

By taxi

Ask for National Science Learning Centre or Hull/York Medical School.

By bus

A bus service runs from the station to the university approx every 10 minutes (FTR: No 66 or Unibus No 44). Fare to the National Science Learning Centre is £2.00 return/£2.00 single. The scheduled journey time from the railway station to Heslington is 20 minutes.

Find out more about getting around York by bus by following the link on this page.

By car

The nearest Pay and Display is the North Car Park - please note it is often full.

We very strongly recommend that you use public transport to get to the Centre. Parking at the University is extremely limited. It is significantly easier to arrive by train and then take a bus/taxi.

Parking is charged at a rate of £1 per hour or £6 per day, and is free at weekends and between 6pm and 8am. The machines only accept coins. Payment can also be made by mobile phone using RinGo.
A very limited number of single bedrooms are available at Franklin House which is university accommodation adjacent to the venue.
These are first come first served and are available to book during the registration process.

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