The Leslie Bretherick Memorial Lecture (call for abstracts)

23 April 2020, Melbourne, Australia

The HSE Division,  RACI is proudly to open the Call for Abstracts for the Inaugural  “Leslie Bretherick Memorial Lecture”.  

As a Chemist, Leslie Bretherick spent the majority of his working life at the BP Research Centre, Sunbury-on-Thames (1962), where he stayed till his early retirement in 1982. But it was in the early part of his career, where a personal injury and a near-miss motivated his lifelong interest in the prevention of chemical accidents.

Bretherick was awarded the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Chemical Health and Safety Award in 1988 and he was also honoured by the Royal Society of Chemistry, when selected as one of the RSC’s “175 Faces of Chemistry” noting that his achievements were made despite poor eyesight (and eventual near blindness) and a stammer. His tour de force” was Bretherick’s Handbook of Reactive Chemical Hazards, was first published in 1975 documented hundreds of potential chemical hazards, had and still has the potential to save lives.

The Health Safety and Environment Division has established The Leslie Bretherick Memorial Lecture not only to recognise his pioneering contributions in the field of chemical and laboratory safety but also recognise the ongoing importance that laboratory safety plays in the field of chemistry.  Despite advancements in laboratory safety systems and technology, “adverse reactions” still occur on a regular basis.

Details of the event

Lecture:           60-minute oration
Lecture to be presented as a face to face lecture but will be live streamed for interstate and overseas attendees.
Lecture to be made available to registrants via RACI (log in details required)
Lecture to be held in conjunction with a networking dinner

Please see the 'call for abstracts' section below for information on topics and instructions on how to submit an abstract.

Abstract Submission Opens: 5th September 2019
Abstract Submission Closes: 30th November 2019
Call for abstracts

Please download and complete the abstract template to the right of this page.

Papers are sought in the form of research papers or case studies from:

  • Chemists
  • Environmental Chemical Management professionals
  • Government officials
  • Hazardous Chemicals Specialists / Chemical Engineers
  • HSE / OHS / WHS professionals / practitioners
  • Oil and Gas professionals
  • Professionals from other industries e.g. Mining, Power, Water
  • Regulators / Inspectorates
  • Scientists and Researchers
  • Transport / Storage / Manufacturing / Formulating Industry specialists
  • Veterinary / Therapeutic chemical specialists
  • Waste Management professionals 


  • Laboratory safety,
  • adverse reactions,
  • hazardous chemicals,
  • protective measures,
  • chemical and environmental management,
  • chemical/laboratory safety education 

Abstract Submission dates

Opens: 5th September 2019
Abstract Submission Closes: 30th November 2019

Melbourne, Melbourne, Melbourne, ML, Australia

Organised by
About the RACI

Founded in 1917 and granted a Royal Charter in 1932, the RACI is the professional body for the chemical sciences in Australia. It acts both as the qualifying body in Australia for professional chemists, and as a learned society promoting the science and practice of chemistry.
Contact information
Showing all upcoming events
Start Date
End Date
Subject area
Event type


E-mail Enquiry