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Chemical Science Symposium 2020: How can machine learning and autonomy accelerate chemistry?

29 - 30 September 2020, United Kingdom


Online event

The Royal Society of Chemistry are pleased to announce that this event will be moving online. This web page will be updated over the coming weeks with more details. If you have any questions please contact us at

This virtual meeting is the second in a new series of symposia hosted by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Under the banner of our flagship open access journal, Chemical Science, we’ll be shining a spotlight on cutting-edge chemistry research and giving it the sort of attention that drives scientific progress and makes a difference

We warmly invite you to join us online for the second in this series of Chemical Science symposia, and look forward to welcoming you to the discussion.

About the symposium

Leading chemical science researchers and emerging investigators from a broad range of backgrounds will come together to explore and celebrate the theme of the 2020 symposium: How can machine learning and autonomy accelerate chemistry? 

The scientific programme of talks will also be complemented by online networking opportunities and digital poster sessions.


  • Machine learning assisted materials design and discovery
  • The utilisation of machine learning and automony in industry
  • Self-driving laboratories for molecular synthesis
  • Application of machine learning to drug discovery and chemical biology
"The symposium was one of the best conferences I have ever been to. Being able to present my research at the prestigious Burlington House venue in London felt very special and I was able to meet and network with academics, PDRAs and students with similar research interests. The relatively small size made it easy to meet almost everyone and chatting to Chemical Science editors was really interesting and encouraged me to pursue publishing my research in ChemSci and other high impact RSC journals." - Christopher G. Thompson, PhD Student, Heriot-Watt University

Abstract Submission

Poster Abstracts 

Submit your poster abstract by 19 August 2020. Posters will be visible throughout the meeting and the poster session times will be announced shortly.

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 a poster presentation.
Please read the registration information before registering.  You can register by clicking on the online registration link on this page.

For non-member registrants attending this event, affiliate membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry is available until the end of 2021, the affiliate membership application will be processed and commence once the registrant has attended the event.

Registration includes:
  • Attendance at the sessions
  • Access to networking rooms
  • Access to the digital poster sessions
Introductory registration fees for the first online symposium in this event series are as follows:
(15 Sept 2020)
Members* £20
Non-members £25
Student members* £10
Student non-members £15

* 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.

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