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Chemical biology symposium 2022

9 May 2022, London, United Kingdom


This symposium will be a hybrid event, registration is now available for online attendance only.


This symposium will showcase the state of the art in chemical biology, bringing together the wider community with leading national and international experts in the field. The programme will explore all aspects of chemical biology and highlight the wider scope and impact of the field. Additional aims of the event are to stimulate research collaboration, networking and engagement within the chemical biology community, as well as with those in related disciplines.
This event will include a poster session, providing an opportunity for early career researchers to share and discuss their recent research advances and to network with others delegates. Abstracts are welcomed from PhD students who are in their final year of study (at the time of submission), postdoctoral researchers and early career academics.
Thomas Carell, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany

Thomas Carell (Ph. D) was raised in Bad-Salzuflen (Germany). He studied chemistry at the Universities of Münster and Heidelberg. In 1993 he obtained his doctorate with Prof. H. A. Staab at the Max Planck Institute of Medical Research in Heidelberg. After postdoctoral training with Prof. J. Rebek at MIT (Cambridge, USA) in 1993-1995, Thomas Carell moved to the ETH Zürich (Switzerland) as an assistant professor to start independent research. He obtained his habilitation (tenure) in 2000. He subsequently accepted a full professor position for Organic Chemistry at the Philipps-Universität in Marburg (Germany). In 2004 Thomas Carell moved to the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich (Germany), where he is heading a research group centered around chemical biology. The current focus is to analyze the chemistry of epigenetic programming in DNA and RNA. Thomas Carell founded the company Baseclick GmBH in 2008. He is a member of the National German Academy, Leopoldina and of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a recipient of the Cross of Merit from the Federal Republic of Germany (knighted). Thomas Carell obtained the Leibniz award from the DFG in 2003 (comparable to an HHMI investigator in the USA) and an ERC advanced grant in 2017. Thomas Carell is the speaker of the collaborative research center (CRC1309) on chemical epigenetics. He is the founder of the company Baseclick GmbH and since 2019 he is a member of the supervisory board at BASF SE.

Peng Chen, Peking University, China

Peng Chen is currently Professor and Chairman at the Department of Chemical Biology, College of Chemistry and Molecular engineering, Peking University.  He obtained BS degree in Chemistry at Peking University in 2002, and Ph.D in Chemistry with Prof. Chuan He at The University of Chicago in 2007. After a postdoctoral training at The Scripps Research Institute with Prof, Peter Schultz, he started his independent career at Peking University since 2009. He is currently the Director of the Chemical Biology Division of Chinese Chemical Society and the Associate Editor at ACS Chemical Biology.
His interests include bioorthogonal reactions and probes for studying protein functions and interactions in living systems. He developed chemical-enabled toolkits to uncover how the spatial-temporal organized human proteome is rewired during cancer and immune signaling, and his lab also exploited the therapeutic potential of these new reactions for protein-based immunotherapy. He is a leading expert in the development of bioorthogonal cleavage reactions for chemical controlled gain-of-function study of proteins within their native cellular context.  

Carmen Galan, University of Bristol, United Kingdom

M. Carmen Galan is a Professor of Organic and Biological Chemistry in the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol. In 2017, she was awarded the RSC Dextra Carbohydrate Chemistry award in recognition of her research into new synthetic methodologies for oligosaccharide synthesis and the development of novel glycoconjugate probes and in 2021 she received the RSC Jeremy Knowles award for the development of bioinspired synthetic probes for the targeting and regulation of cellular processes in mammalian and plant cells.  
Prior to that, she held an ERC consolidator award (2015-2020), EPSRC Career Acceleration fellowship (2012-2017) and a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship (2008-2012), which followed a lectureship in the same department (from 2006). Carmen received her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center at The University of Georgia, USA, under the supervision of Prof. Geert-Jan Boons. She then moved to California to pursue post-doctoral research with Prof. Chi-Huey Wong at The Scripps Research Institute. After that, she continued her post-doctoral training at M.I.T with Prof. Sarah O'Connor before moving to the UK

Manuel Müller, King's College London, United Kingdom

Manuel Müller’s interdisciplinary research group develops and applies chemical biology tools to investigate the function of post-translational modifications (PTMs). We are particularly interested in PTMs that involve the polypeptide backbone and how these (and more traditional modifications) control cellular life and death decisions.
Manuel studied biochemistry at ETH Zürich and stayed on to pursue a PhD with Prof. Don Hilvert on primordial enzymes. His work was supported by a fellowship from the Scholarship Fund of the Swiss Chemical Industry and awarded with the ETH Medal. He then joined Prof. Tom Muir’s lab at Rockefeller as a postdoctoral fellow (Swiss National Science Foundation) and moved with the group to Princeton University in 2011. There he deployed “designer chromatin” to elucidate how chromatin-modifying enzymes contribute to epigenetic phenomena and diseases. In 2016, he joined the recently re-established chemistry department at King’s College London as a Wellcome Trust/Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellow. In 2021, he was recognised with the RSC Norman Heatley Award.

Paola Picotti, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

After her PhD at the University of Padua (Italy), Paola Picotti did postdoctoral research in the group of Ruedi Aebersold at ETH Zurich, where she developed targeted proteomic technologies based on mass spectrometry. In 2011, she was appointed Assistant Professor at the Institute of Biochemistry, ETHZ, and in 2017 tenured Associate Professor at the Institute of Molecular Systems Biology, ETHZ. Major contributions of the Picotti group include the development of structural proteomics technologies to probe in situ protein structural changes, characterization of the determinants of proteome thermostability, large-scale identification of protein-small molecule interactions, and the discovery of regulators of toxic proteins in Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Picotti was awarded the Latsis Prize, the Cotter Award of US HUPO, the SGMS award, the EMBO Young Investigator Award, the Friedrich Miescher Award, the Juan- Pablo Albar award of the European Proteome Association, ERC Starting and Consolidator grants, and the EMBO Gold Medal.

  • Dorothee Kern Brandeis University, United States

Abstract Submission
The poster deadline has now passed.

Posters will be displayed throughout the meeting, both in-person and virtually.

As this conference is being planned as a hybrid event we will be using a dedicated online poster platform to show all posters. Poster presenters who are attending the conference in-person will also need to print and display their poster physically. If your poster is accepted for this event, you will receive an email from us with further information for those attending in-person and inviting you log on to the poster platform where you will be able to upload a PDF of your poster.

Additional Information

Authors will be notified of the outcome of the review process within about 4 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 oral or poster presentation.

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.

In-person registration includes:
  • Attendance at all scientific sessions
  • Attendance at the poster session and access to the virtual poster gallery
  • Refreshments throughout the meeting and lunch
  • Attendance at the drinks reception
  • Access to recordings of all scientific sessions post-event
Virtual registration includes:​
  • Attendance at all scientific sessions via the Royal Society of Chemistry’s virtual conference platform
  • Live interaction with delegates attending in-person and other virtual delegates
  • Access to the virtual poster gallery and exhibitor/sponsor virtual rooms
  • Access to recordings of all scientific sessions post-event 
In-person registration fees are as follows (subject to VAT at the prevailing rate):
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RSC Member* £60 £70
Non-member** £70 £80
RSC student member* £40 £50
Student non-member £50 £60
Accommpanying person £40 £40

Virtual registration fees are as follows (subject to VAT at the prevailing rate):
RSC member* £25
Non-member** £35
RSC student member* £10
Student non-member £15

* If you are a 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.

**For non-member registrants, affiliate membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry until the end of 2022 is available, the affiliate membership application will be processed and commence once the registrant has attended the event.

Accompanying person

If you would like to bring a guest to the conference, this can be done during the registration process. There will be a charge of £40 which will include all lunches, refreshments and the conference dinner. The fee does not include attendance at any scientific sessions.


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.
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Researcher Development Grants

If you are an RSC member and a PhD student or postdoctoral researcher based at a higher education or research institution you are eligible to apply for a Researcher Development Grant.

This grant can provide up to £500 towards activities that will develop your skills and experience as a researcher, which includes participation at conferences, either in-person or virtual.

Applications are processed monthly, with the deadline for each round being the last day of the month, and decisions being sent out by the 21st of the following month. Researcher Development 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 £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).
Sponsorship & supporting organisations
A selection of sponsorship opportunities are available for companies who would like to promote their activities at the Chemical biology symposium 2022.

As well as booking a exhibition space, there are opportunities to sponsor poster sessions or advertise in the abstract book. A sponsorship menu document is available to download from this page with more details and prices.

If you would like more information about sponsoring the Chemical biology symposium 2022, please contact the Commercial Sales Department at the Royal Society of Chemistry on Sponsorship Menu
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This event is a hybrid event. For those attending in-person, venue details are as above. Virtual attendance will take place via the Royal Society of Chemistry’s virtual conference platform. Details of what’s included in virtual and in-person attendance will be listed in the registration section shortly.

We are actively planning to hold this event in a hybrid format. Should the event move to be held in virtual-only format, any in-person delegate registrations will be refunded for the difference between in-person and virtual registration fees.
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