Time-resolved imaging of photo-induced dynamics Faraday Discussion

1 - 3 February 2021, Mumbai, India

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On behalf of the scientific committee, we extend a warm invitation to you to join us in Mumbai, India in February 2021 for a Faraday Discussion on the theme of Time-resolved imaging of photo-induced dynamics.
Faraday Discussions are unique international scientific conferences that focus on rapidly developing areas of chemistry and their interfaces with other scientific disciplines. Many Discussions have become landmarks in their field, and we hope you will join us at this Discussion to make your contribution to this famous series of meetings.
The meeting will be of interest to established scientists as well as post-graduate students and industrial researchers interested in photo-induced processes.

We very much hope you will join us in Mumbai and I look forward to welcoming you.
Gopal Dixit and Adam Kirrander 
Co-Chairs, Time-Resolved Imaging of Photo-Induced Dynamics


The purpose of this meeting is to gather key participants representing the full scientific scope of the topic. Bringing together different communities of experimentalist and theoreticians working on similar topics but from different perspectives provides an opportunity to ask the fundamental questions and to set the agenda for future research.


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.

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Photo-induced processes are of tremendous importance in the natural world and across science. Examples include ultrafast process in vision, energy-release by water-splitting in photosynthesis, chemical reactions in the atmosphere, photocatalysis, and technologies such as petahertz electronics, photovoltaics, and light-emitting diodes. Due to the intrinsic complexity of photo-induced processes, they remain the least understood type of physical and chemical processes. Strong and weak laser induced electron and nuclear dynamics on ultrafast time-scales, nonadiabatic dynamics, quantum effects and conical intersections are known to be important, but the full picture is still being unveiled and a cohesive understanding assembled. New experimental techniques, capable of monitoring photo-induced processes with unprecedented temporal and spatial resolution across the entire reaction path, play a key role in this. These developments are driven by the appearance of free-electron lasers, such as the XFEL in Europe, the LCLS (and soon LCLS-II) in the USA, SACLA in Japan, PAL in Korea and Swiss-FEL in Switzerland, new sources of pulsed electrons, table-top based attosecond laser sources, and advanced detection techniques. A large and important contribution is made by advances in theory and computational modelling, in particular in terms of (nonadiabatic) quantum dynamics simulations and theoretical models that improve the interpretation and analysis of experiments.

The Faraday Discussion will be organised into the following four themes:
  • Time-resolved Diffraction
The session focuses on emerging time-resolved diffraction methods made possible by new x-ray lasers and ultrafast electron sources. Ultrafast diffraction by x-rays or electrons is rapidly becoming a powerful complement to spectroscopic techniques for the imaging of ultrafast dynamics of atoms and electrons in matter
  • Time-Resolved Ultrafast Spectroscopy
This session will focus on the time-resolved photo-induced spectroscopy that can be performed using new table-top ultrashort XUV and VUV light sources within pump-probe setup, as well as new technologies such as attosecond streaking and RABBITT to explore attosecond electron dynamics. Often these studies form important ingredients as these measurements only perturb the processes weakly
  • Strong-Field Physics
This session will focus on the experimental and theoretical aspects of strong-field physics, which form the basis of high harmonic spectroscopy, above-threshold ionization etc., which are most promising of a new generation methods to explore photo-induced dynamics in matter. It will focus on the challenges associated with unravelling the experimental observations and how these experiments can be extended to larger systems.
  • Ultrafast X-ray Science
This session will focus on the new scientific opportunities made possible by the operation of X-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs) in Stanford, Hamburg, Japan, Korea and other places. The session will cover both high energy and high intensity experiments relevant to ultrafast physical, chemical and biological processes, including the theoretical modelling of how these intense pulses interact with matter.


The Royal Society of Chemistry is keen to encourage and enable as many people as possible to attend our events, to benefit from the networking opportunities and the chance to hear talks from leaders in the field. If you would like to discuss accessibility, or have childcare, caring responsibilities or other care needs, please contact us to discuss your requirements so that we can enable your attendance. Please refer also to our Grants for carers fund, for more information please see the ‘bursaries’ section on this page.
Abstract Submission

Oral Abstracts - deadline extended to 27 May

A full research paper containing new unpublished results always accompanies oral presentations at Faraday Discussions. Submit an oral/paper abstract by 27 May 2020 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 14 September 2020

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 9 November 2020. Posters are displayed throughout the meeting. The Faraday Division Poster Prize will be awarded to the best poster presented by a student at the conference.    

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. 

Grants for Carers

Grants for carers have been introduced following the Royal Society of Chemistry Breaking the barriers report where 78% of chemists working in UK academia felt that managing parenting and/or caring responsibilities has an impact on women’s retention and progression. This fund is not limited to women scientists and welcomes applications from anyone with caring responsibilities. These grants have been supported by The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Chemists’ Community Fund.

Caring responsibilities are wide and varied, and so each application will be individually assessed, examples of applications that we will consider include:
  • paying for extra home help or nursing care for a dependent whilst you will not be present
  • additional medical/respite care for a dependent whilst you will not be present
  • travel expenses for a relative to travel with you to care for dependents whilst you attend a meeting or event
  • paying for extended hours with a care worker/childminder/play scheme to cover time when you will arrive home later than normal.
You are eligible to apply if: 
  • you are a chemist
  • you will incur additional caring expenses whilst attending a chemistry-related meeting, conference, event or workshop or a professional development event
  • you will use these funds to cover the cost of care that you usually provide 
  • you are based in the UK or Ireland or if not, you will normally have held three years RSC membership (past or current).

Travel Grants

In light of COVID-19, we are not currently accepting applications to our Travel Grant for PhD Students and Early Career Scientists. We will update our Travel Grants website with more information as it becomes available.
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