27th International symposium: Synthesis in organic chemistry

24 - 27 July 2023, Oxford, United Kingdom

The Synthesis in Organic Chemistry conference is a flagship event for the international organic chemistry community.

The first meeting of this internationally renowned symposium was held in Oxford in 1969, and since then the meetings have alternated on a biennial basis between Oxford and Cambridge.

The Synthesis in Organic Chemistry conference will cover all aspects of contemporary organic synthesis and provide a forum for the ever more exciting methodologies and strategies that continue to emerge. The conference will be of interest to all early-career and established scientists, post-graduate students and industrial researchers working in this field.

Organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry, the 2023 conference will host some of the leading organic researchers from around the world. It promises to be a great forum to network and build strong collaborations within the community and related disciplines.

Jonathan Burton, Tim Donohoe and Véronique Gouverneur

Careers consultations

A qualified career and professional development adviser for the Royal Society of Chemistry will be available for free one-to-one, confidential consultations on any aspect of your career.

Consultations are available for all meeting attendees on 26 and 27 July, and can be booked using the link on this page.
Your consultation will be for 15 minutes and could include:
  • Considering your next career step
  • CV checks
  • Job searching strategies

Walking tour of Oxford

Wednesday 26 July 13:15

Join 2 experienced guides from Footprints Tours for a private 2 hour walking tour of Oxford.  

"From the Radcliffe Camera to the Libraries, this tour covers a huge amount of sights. These are all covered externally.

The tour covers a vast range of different topics, all explained clearly and accessibly by our University-educated guides. We take you through the story of Oxford, from the city’s beginnings as a humble Saxon town through to its current position as a world-famous seat of learning and culture. Oxford has been around for nearly 2000 years. Give us two short hours, and we’ll tell you this amazing story from start to finish!

All of our Oxford walking tours are delivered in such a way as to ensure you don’t fall asleep! We hate dry, boring tours that don’t engage their audiences. History doesn’t need to be boring, and with so many big names and events having been tied to Oxford (as well as the University having so many bizarre traditions and funny stories), we see no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy every single minute of your tour experience."

This tour is free to registered conference delegates, however places are limited and will be first come first served.

Sign up by email to events@rsc.org or at the conference registration desk on the first day of the conference.

Abstract Submission
Poster submission is now closed.

Planning your trip

We encourage delegates who are planning to attend events in person to arrange suitable travel and accommodation insurance, which should include cover for the postponement or cancellation of travel caused by regulations and guidelines relating to Covid-19. We also recommend considering flexible travel and accommodation booking options where possible.

Registration fees (In person only)
Included in your registration fee:
  • Attendance at the welcome reception 24 July
  • Attendance at all lectures 25-27 July
  • Attendance at the late evening lectures and evening drinks receptions 25 and 26 July
  • Lunch on 24,25 & 26 July

All prices quoted do not include VAT, which is added during registration at the prevailing rate in the UK
Early bird  Standard
RSC member £425 +VAT £475 +VAT
Non-member £525 +VAT £575 +VAT
Student member £225 +VAT £275 +VAT
Student non-member £275 +VAT £325 +VAT
Accompanying person £150 +VAT £150 +VAT

Accommodation and evening meals packages

Accommodation and evening meals are not included in the above registration fee however you can purchase and add-on package during registration.  
Accommodation will be located at Keble College (student accommodation) Rooms are single occupancy (single room) on a B&B basis.

Package Cost

  1. Accommodation & Dinner package (24, 25 & 26 July - includes the conference banquet) £330 +VAT
  2. Dinner only Package (dinner 24, 25 & 26 July - includes the conference banquet) £135 +VAT
  3. Additional night's accommodation 23 or 27 July (single occupancy single B&B) £85 +VAT
All prices quoted do not include VAT, which is added during registration at the prevailing rate in the UK


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.

Terms and Conditions for Events run by the Royal Society of Chemistry


Researcher Development and Travel Grant

If you are an RSC Member and you are one of the following

  • A PhD student; 
  • An academic researcher within 10 years of completion of a PhD (including postdoctoral researchers); 
  • Working in the industry within 10 years of leaving full-time education or; 
  • A technician within 10 years of leaving full-time education.

You can apply for up to £500 to support your participation in this event.

Please note it is not necessary to have confirmation of abstract acceptance before applying for a Researcher Development and Travel Grant and we encourage you to apply as early as possible. This Grant is open for 11 months of the year – January to November. 

Applicants must apply for activities occurring at least 2 months from the end of your application month. Please see the website for up-to-date information on eligibility, how to apply and submission deadlines.

Researcher Development and Travel Grants can be applied for in addition to Grants for Carers and Assistance Grants.

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 £1200 per 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).
Sponsorship & supporting organisations
A selection of sponsorship opportunities are available for companies who would like to promote their activities at the 27th International symposium: Synthesis in organic chemistry.

As well as booking an exhibition space, there are opportunities to sponsor social events or advertise in the abstract book. A sponsorship menu document will be available to download from this page with more details and prices soon.

If you would like more information about sponsoring the 27th International symposium: Synthesis in organic chemistry, please contact the Commercial Sales Department at the Royal Society of Chemistry on advertising@rsc.org

We would like to thank the following companies for supporting 27th International symposium: Synthesis in organic chemistry Sponsorship Menu
Keble Collge

Keble Collge, Keble College, Oxford, OX1 3PG, United Kingdom

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