5th National RSC/SCI Retrosynthesis Competition

16 March 2018, London, United Kingdom



For many years, the UK has produced high calibre synthetic organic chemists, able to retrosynthetically disconnect complex molecules and natural products then solve the challenging problem associated with the forward synthesis. To celebrate this and following on from the success of the previous three competitions, we are pleased to announce the 5th SCI/ RSC National Retrosynthesis Competition.
The event will showcase the calibre of UK chemists from both industry and academia and provide a platform for them to demonstrate their retrosynthetic and forward synthetic prowess. Entries will be shortlisted to a final 10 teams who will then be invited to present at SCI's prestigious headquarters in London. Following the presentations, an exciting line up of the UK's leading academic and industrial synthetic chemists will judge the event, with the top three teams winning specifically designed trophies, in addition to the acclaim and praise from peers, colleagues and the wider Chemistry community for winning the event.


  • Teams should originate from one company or department; smaller industrial or academic departments will be allowed to submit joint entries but these must be approved by the Organising Committee in advance of submission
  • Multiple teams from the same Institutions/Companies/Universities are encouraged, although team members are restricted to contributing only one entry
  • It is recommended that each team consists of no more than 8 people. However, a maximum of 4 people will be allowed to present at the final
  • There is no age limit for competition entrants


Audience registration is free and will be open in January 2018. If you wish to register your interest in attending this event, please email conferences@soci.org with the subject "Register my interest - 5th National Retrosynthesis Competition". 
Teams will be invited to register once finalists are confirmed.

To download the first round molecule and to see the terms and conditions, please visit the SCI website.
To enter, please send a completed template for competition entry to daisy.goddard@soci.org by 17:00 on Friday 15 December 2017. The template can be found on the SCI webpage.

The Royal Society of Chemistry

The Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BA, United Kingdom

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