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ISF-2021 Young Conference

26 - 27 July 2021, United Kingdom

Welcome to the webpage for the ISF-2021 Young conference. The online conference, immediately preceding the main ISF-2021 conference, is for all students, post-docs and all early-career researchers interested in solar fuels.
The Young conference aims to give as many young researchers as possible the opportunity to present through oral presentations, flash presentations, and poster sessions. The conference will also include keynote talks from mentoring experts, networking opportunities with speakers and with peers, and careers advice from RSC careers specialists.

On behalf of the Young organising committee, we encourage you to join us at the conference and we look forward to meeting you online in July 2021.
Conference Co-chairs
Nolwenn Gueguen, INRAE
Holly-Jayne Redman, Uppsala Universitet 


The programme will explore all aspects of direct solar fuel production, combining biological, molecular and solid state approaches. Abstracts for oral or poster presentations are welcomed from students, post-docs and all early-career researchers. The main themes include:
  • Multi-electron/multi-proton catalysis (homogeneous, heterogeneous, enzymatic and bioinspired processes)
  • Light-harvesting and light-driven processes
  • Photoelectrochemistry
  • Photobiological approaches
  • Metabolic engineering
  • Devices and demonstration: robustness, sustainability and upscale


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, please contact us to discuss your requirements so that we can enable your attendance.
  • Isaac Holmes-Gentle École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Miriam Izzo Centre of New Technologies, Poland
  • Santiago Rodriguez Jimenez University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Eric Lees University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Astrid Nilsen-Moe Uppsala Universitet, Sweden
  • Laura Opdam Leiden Institute of Chemistry, Netherlands
  • Philip Stanley Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • Kun Yang University of Grenoble Alpes, France
  • Zhonghui Zhu Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China

Abstract Submission

Oral Abstracts

Oral submissions are now closed.

Presenters of the best oral presentations at the Young conference will also be asked to present at the main conference. This will be judged on the day by the Young committee.

Abstract submitters will be notified of the outcome of the review process within about 4 weeks of the submission deadline. Please ensure you provide the details of the presenting speaker.

Poster Abstracts

Submit your poster abstract to the Young conference by 7 June 2021 under one of the six themes.

Themes include: 
  • Multi-electron/multi-proton catalysis
  • Light-harvesting and light-driven processes
  • Photoelectrochemistry
  • Photobiological approaches
  • Metabolic engineering
  • Devices and demonstration: robustness, sustainability and upscale 
Posters accepted for the Young conference will also be displayed at the main conference.

Posters are displayed throughout the meeting and some will be selected for Flash poster presentations. Poster Prizes will also be awarded to the best posters presented.
Registration for the Young conference is included when registering for the main ISF-2021 conference.
Please register for the Young conference by completing registration using the main conference “Book now” link. You will be asked during the registration process if you plan to take part in the Young event.

Scientific programme

A full scientific programme is available to download as a pdf at the top of this webpage. 

Online networking

13:10 (BST), Monday 26 July
The Career and Professional Development team at the Royal Society of Chemistry have provided a webinar that gives an overview of the importance of networking for your career, and provides some top tips, alongside guidance on getting the best out of the online conference platform. We recommend watching this ahead of the event.

Complementing the webinar, there will be a facilitated networking session in the first break on Day 1. This will be an opportunity for you to socialise with other delegates and familiarise yourself with how the networking rooms work on InEvent. Please join this session, make new connections, and find out how to get the most out of the online platform.

RSC Careers team, drop in 

13:10 (BST), Monday 26 July
Meet the RSC Career Management team of specialist chemistry career advisers and understand more about how we can help you plan the next step of your career. Want to finetune your CV, or work out what you want to do with your life? Ask us anything!

Ask the plenary speaker

16:40 (BST), Monday 26 July
In this informal session, plenary speaker Dr Shelley D. Minteer will answer questions and offer advice from their experience as an established researcher. Topics will include (but are not limited to): achieving/maintaining a work/life balance; grant and paper writing tips; choosing and making the most of the right opportunities; starting and leading a research group; things she wishes she'd known as an early career researcher; and moving to and working in a different research environment. Questions on these and other themes are welcome!

Careers in chemistry

14:20 (BST), Tuesday 27 July
Ideal for PhD students or postdocs who are considering their options both inside and outside of academic research. This session will help you understand what you have to offer to employers based on your career to date, and how to successfully, take their next career step. 

CV Consultations 

ISF-2021 delegates can also book a CV consultation with an RSC career and professional development adviser who will review your CV and provide one-to-one advice. Slots will be available to book in advance and CVs should be submitted in advance of the consultation. Book your slot via the link on this webpage. 
If the slots are fully booked, please email including information that you are attending the International Solar Fuels Conference 2021 and the Careers Team will contact you directly to arrange an alternative slot.

Please note these consultations are only available for RSC members. 

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