Cancelled: Horizons Symposium 2020: Materials for Energy

27 - 28 April 2020, Seoul, South Korea


In light of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, and after careful consideration, we have made a decision to cancel the Horizons symposium: Materials in Energy, scheduled for 27-28 April in Seoul, Korea.
As the world continues to deal with the new coronavirus we are aware that the issue is creating a number of uncertainties around potential travel disruption and health risks. Given that the event is soon to take place, we are taking clear action now to remove any uncertainty regarding delegates’ plans for the coming weeks.
We propose to cancel the Horizons symposium for the following reasons:

  • We do not know the direction that the coronavirus outbreak will take. The World Health Organization has declared the virus a global health emergency. With people travelling from all over the world we do not want to take any risks, for example, with regard to potential disruption and delegates facing challenges returning home.
  • The very essence of the meeting is to bring people together face-to-face to discuss and debate developing areas of materials and nanoscience. While there are currently no clear exclusions on travel to South Korea, individual delegates have been recommended to or may prefer not to travel at this time. The Horizons symposium would not be the same event without the contribution of delegates from around the world and we have therefore decided to cancel the event.
  • The wellbeing of everyone attending any of our events is our number one priority. While meeting is important to us, we believe that cancellation of this year’s event is the most sensible approach at the current time.  

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Abstract Submission

Poster Abstracts 

Submit your poster abstract by 17 February 2020. Authors will be notified of the outcome of the review process within about 3 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.

Please read the registration information before registering.  You can register by clicking on the online registration link on this page when registration is open.  Please note accommodation is not included in the registration fee.

For non-member registrants attending this event, affiliate membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry is available until the end of 2020, the affiliate membership application will be processed and commence once the registrant has attended the event.

Regsitration fees are as follows:
Early Bird
(9 March 2020)
(30 March 2020)
Members* $170.30 $196.50
Non-members $235.80 $262.00
Student members* $65.50 $78.60
Student non-members $78.60 $91.70

* 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.

Travel and Health Insurance

Delegates are advised to ensure that they have appropriate travel and health insurance.

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We have two types of grants available to attend this meeting:

  • A limited number of non-competitive travel grants of up to £200 are available for PhD students and early career scientists. These are assigned on a first come, first served basis.  Applicants must be Royal Society of Chemistry members of any level at the time of making their application.
  • Competitive grants of up to £800 are available to assist with international travel expenses for PhD students, postdocs within 10 years of completing their PhD and early career scientists (including technicians and industrialists) within 10 years of leaving full time education. In addition, applicants must be Royal Society of Chemistry members of any level at the time of making their application.
To take advantage of these grants and many other benefits, become a member. Follow the link on the right hand side to find out more and join today!

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.
You can apply for up to a maximum of £1000/year to assist with additional financial costs that you incur for care usually provided by you whilst you attend a chemistry related meeting, conference or workshop or a professional development event.

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).
Ewha Woman's University

Ewha Woman's University, 52 Ewhayeodae-gil, Daehyeon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, 03760 , South Korea

Please note that accommodation is not included in the registration fee.

Organised by
Royal Society of Chemistry
Ewha Womans University
BK21 Plus Program, Department of Chemistry and Nano Science, Ewha Womans University
Institute of Clean Energy Materials, Ewha Womans University
Institute of NanoBio Tenolology, Ewha Womans University
Center for Hybrid Interfacial Chemical Structure, Ewha Womans University
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