Bioactive Natural Products: translating promise into practice

11 July 2016 08:55 - 13 July 2016 12:30, Oxford, United Kingdom

The RSC Biotechnology Group and sponsors invite you to a residential conference focused on contemporary scientific research which will facilitate the therapeutic use of small molecules derived from natural sources. The tradition of using naturally occurring small molecules as medicines is thousands of years old, but many front-line pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals in contemporary use owe their origins to natural sources. Modern research methods have brought back into the spotlight the concept of developing novel biomedical and agrochemical products from so-called natural products.

This conference, which follows three earlier successful meetings organized by the Biotechnology Group at the University of Sussex in 1996, at the University St Andrew in 1999 and most recently at Magdalen College, Oxford in 2009, will highlight the current trends, challenges and successes in the industrial exploitation of natural products from a global perspective. The event will bring together key academic and industry interdisciplinary scientists, to disclose recent progress in this field, identify new perspectives and promote networking to facilitate the use of bioactive natural products in medical, agrochemical and related areas of societal need. We warmly invite you to Oxford in 2016 to participate in this vibrant and timely event.

Travel Grants
Travel grants are available to UK students to pay for travel costs in full.

Call for Posters and Presentation Opportunities
PhD students and early career researchers who would like to present their work as a poster are invited to submit an abstract using this template by 11 March 2016. Please send your one-page abstract in Microsoft Word format as an e-mail attachment to the Secretariat. Some abstracts will be selected by the organising committee for twenty-minute oral presentations.

Student Bursaries
The organisers are able to offer a number of travel bursaries for full-time postgraduate students and post-doctoral fellows who are able to present a poster and who are RSC student members. Enquiries should be addressed to the conference secretariat.   The closing date for applications is 19th June.

Registration and Fees
Registration is open, and fees include attendance at all sessions, abstracts, lunches, refreshments, and wine reception on Monday.  Please visit the event website to register.

Up to 18th March
£350   RSC member
£450   Non-member
£250   RSC retired or student member (undergraduate, post-graduate, post-doc)
£300   Student non-member (undergraduate, post-graduate, post-doc)

From 19th March to 29th May
£400   RSC member
£500   Non-member
£300   RSC retired or student member (undergrad, post-grad, post-doc)
£350   Student non-member (undergrad, post-grad, post-doc)

£30     Late booking fee (payment received by the Secretariat after 29th May)
£320   Accommodation package (see below)     

The accommodation package costs £320 and comprises:
• Single en-suite bedroom in St Catherine’s College for three nights (10th, 11th, 12th July)
• Breakfast for three mornings, and dinner in college on 11th and 12th July.
Sponsorship & supporting organisations
St Catherine’s College

JCR Theatre, St Catherine’s College, St Catherine's College, Manor Road, Oxford, OX1 3UJ, United Kingdom

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