Dynamic & Active Materials to Supramolecular Catalysis: The 5th ERC Grantees Conference

22 June 2020 09:00 - 24 June 2020 16:45, Edinburgh, United Kingdom


Researchers of all career stages, from PhD students to world-leading professors, are warmly invited to join us at the 5th ERC Grantees Conference on its first visit to the UK. Although all the invited speakers are ERC funded, ERC funding is NOT required to attend; the invitation is open to all, poster slots and RSC-funded bursaries are available to widen participation (see Bursary section below and conference website for details).

We hope to continue the success and quality established by the previous organisers of this excellent conference series:

2018 - Rafal Klajn and Gonen Ashkenasy, hosted at the Weizmann Institute, Israel.
2016 - Andreas Herrmann and Sijbren Otto, hosted in Zandvoort, the Netherlands.
2014 - Hans Börner and Stefan Hecht, hosted in Berlin, Germany.
2012 - Nicolas Giuseppone and Jean-François Lutz, hosted in Strasbourg, France.


The goal of this biennial conference series is to discuss the development of supramolecular systems and will bring together some of Europe’s leading researchers in:
-Bio/supramolecular systems
-Molecular recognition
-Dynamic and active materials
-Supramolecular & organo-catalysis
-Systems chemistry


Several bursaries for subsidising the costs of attendance of the conference are available.

Emerging Investigator Bursaries (open to non-RSC members)
We are pleased to have support from the Organic Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry to award five Emerging Investigator Bursaries to extend the participation of early-career researchers (from PhD students to newly appointed academics). Each bursary covers the conference registration costs. The aim is to embed these researchers within the community, encourage collaborations, and ultimately, the preparation of their own competitive fellowship / ERC starting grant applications. Awardees will deliver a 12-minute presentation on the first day of the conference to maximise their scientific exposure. Awards will be made on a competitive basis, with applications scored and ranked primarily based on research excellence and promise. Please see the ‘Registration’ page on the conference website for application details and deadlines. http://www.erc-grantees.chem.ed.ac.uk/registration

Grants for RSC Members

Non-competitive RSC 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 RSC travel 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 the competitive grants and many other benefits, become a member.
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). 


Peter Chen (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
Clémence Corminboeuf (EPFL, Switzerland)
Alberto Credi (University of Bologna, Italy)
Max von Delius (Universität Ulm, Germany)
Hendrik Dietz (Technische Universität München, Germany)
Antonio Echavarren (Institut Català d'Investigació Química, Catalonia, Spain)
André Estevez-Torres (Sorbonne Universite, France)
Stephen Fletcher (University of Oxford, UK)
Ori Gidron (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
Olga Garcia Mancheno (Universitat Münster, Germany)
Veronique Gouverneur (University of Oxford, UK)
Andreas Herrmann (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)
Wilhelm Huck (Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen, Netherlands)
Christopher Hunter (University of Cambridge, UK)
Olli Ikkala (Aalto University, Finland)
Rafal Klajn (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)
Tibor Kudernac (Universiteit Twente, Netherlands)
Rachel O'Reilly (University of Birmingham, UK)
Emilio Pardo (Universitat de Valencia, Spain)
Robert Phipps (University of Cambridge, UK)
Arri Priimägi (Tampere University of Technology, Finland)
Elisabeth (Hennie) Valkenier-van Dijk (Free University Brussels, Belgium)
Monique van der Veen (Technische Universiteit Delft, Netherlands)
Thomas Ward (University of Basel, Switzerland)
Sander Wezenberg (University of Leiden, Netherlands)
Sponsorship & supporting organisations
Sponsorship opportunities are available for companies who would like to promote their activities at The 5th ERC Grantees Conference. As well as booking a table-top exhibition space, there are opportunities to sponsor social events. For further information and prices please contact scott.cockroft@ed.ac.uk

Please note that exhibition spaces are limited, spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Thus far, we are very pleased to announce that the following companies will be exhibiting at The 5th ERC Grantees Conference:
-Crawford Scientific
-Anton Paar
Surgeons’ Hall

Playfair Hall (Lectures); Deacon Suite (posters and exhibits), Surgeons’ Hall, Nicolson St, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW, United Kingdom

Organised by
Prof. Scott L. Cockroft (University of Edinburgh)
Prof. Oren Scherman (University of Cambridge)
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