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Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering - SERS: Faraday Discussions

30 August - 1 September 2017, Glasgow, United Kingdom



This meeting aims to set the agenda for the surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) field for the next 10 years, by bringing the community together to welcome in new emerging priority areas and embracing the diversity of approaches and disciplines which are contributing to the growth and understanding of this optical phenomenon, especially in light of new theoretical and experimental data. It follows the highly successful Faraday Discussion on SERS in 2005, which mainly focused on the origin of the enhancement and the mechanisms behind this using the information available at that time.
Academic and industrial interest in SERS has grown over the past decade. This is evidenced by the number of papers published involving the term ‘surface enhanced Raman’ increasing from 580 in 2005 to almost 2000 in 2014. There are also now companies dedicated to providing SERS surfaces and SERS based products. The miniaturisation of Raman instrumentation has also opened up the deployment of SERS as a technique into a much wider sphere of disciplines than traditional chemistry and physics.


The Faraday Division have been organising high impact Faraday Discussions in rapidly developing areas of the physical sciences, with a focus on 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:


  • Theory of SERS enhancement
    This session will discuss the basis behind the enhancement from plasmonic and possibly non-plasmonic enhancing surfaces and encourage discussion on this often controversial topic within the SERS community. We would hope to move towards a consensus on the origin of the enhancement effect since one mechanism is unlikely to be responsible for the observed enhancement in all situations.
  • SERS in biology/biomedical SERS
    SERS has found application in a number of biological studies due to the ability to detect specific biomolecules and events at high sensitivity and in a multiplexed format. This session will set out some of the latest breakthroughs in using SERS for biological applications including immunoassays and ultra sensitive biomolecular detection. Issues on translating SERS into widespread use and applications across life sciences and clinical sciences will be a focus of this session.
  • Ultrasensitive and towards single molecule SERS
    One of the great attractions of SERS is the ultrasensitivity reported with many groups showing single molecule detection. In combination with this is the opportunity to use tip-enhanced Raman scattering (TERS) which provides very high spatial resolution as well as potentially single molecule detection. This session feature talks on TERS and ultrasensitive detection with further discussion focusing around the validity of using SERS for ultrasensitive detection in a routine and robust manner.
  • Analytical SERS
    This session will focus on the use of SERS in analytical applications. SERS has suffered in some cases due to lack of reproducibility and quantitation but improvements in understanding how to harness the surface chemistry more effectively have led to some excellent analytical applications emerging. This session will feature analytical work on forensically important targets and making reproducible nano surfaces as well as the SHINERS approach.

Supporting Division

Organised by the Faraday Division in association with the Analytical Division Division

Abstract Submission
Abstract Submission for Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering - SERS will open shortly

Submit your oral/paper abstract by 12 December 2016
Submit your poster abstract by 19 June 2017

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 10 April 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 19 June 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. 
Registration for Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering - SERS: Faraday Discussion is now closed.

Please read the registration information on this page before registering.
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 2018, 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 Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 August
  • Attendance at the poster drinks reception on Wednesday 30 August
  • Attendance at the conference dinner on Thursday 31 August
  • A copy of the discussion pre-prints
  • A copy of the final theme issue of Advanced Vibrational Spectroscopy for Biomedical Applications: Faraday Discussion containing papers presented at the Discussion (issued approximately 6 months after the meeting)**
  • For non-member registrants, membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry until the end of 2018
Registration fees are as follows:
Early Bird
(By 10 July 2017)
(By 31 July 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 DelegatesIn 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 Banquet

The conference banquet on Tuesday 31 August is included in the registration 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.

Sponsors and exhibitors
A selection of sponsorship opportunities is available for companies who would like to promote their activities at Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering - SERS: 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 Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering - SERS: Faraday Discussion, please contact the Commercial Sales Department at the Royal Society of Chemistry. Sponsorship Menu
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Technology & Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, G1 1RD, United Kingdom

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Millennium Hotel – 4 star 0141 332 6711

Premier Inn (various hotels) – 3 Star George Square and Buchanan Galleries are the closest Hotel numbers on the website

Mercure Hotel – 3 Star 0844 815 9103

Fraser Suites - 4 Star serviced apartments 0141 553 4288

Holiday Inn Theatreland – 4 Star 0141 352 8300

Express by Holiday Inn Theatreland – 3 Star 0141 352 8300

Z Hotel – 3 Star 0141 212 4550

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