Analytical Research Forum 2022 (ARF22)

13 - 14 June 2022, London, United Kingdom

This forum will be a hybrid event, allowing participation both in person and online. On 13 June 2022 join our online event including a career panel discussion and 14 June 2022 join us in Burlington House, or online, for invited talks and Early Career contributions


The Analytical Research Forum (ARF) provides an opportunity for PhD students and early career researchers from analytical science communities to present their work alongside high profile scientists. The event will showcase cutting-edge analytical chemistry and applications to stimulate new research, collaboration and engagement between academia and industry.

Join us in London or online in June 2022. The event will offer keynotes and invited talks, panel discussions plus additional oral contributions selected by the Scientific Organising Committee from the submitted abstracts. A programme will be shared soon but is subject to change. 

The poster session enables participants to share their work in this exciting interdisciplinary meeting for the analytical science community. There will be an opportunity to view posters in dedicated sessions during the event.

You can hear from our 2021 Prize Winners about their experience at the ARF and how it’s supported their development. A link to view this is available under the 'Useful links' section of this webpage. 

ARF 2022 is not to be missed and on behalf of the Scientific Organising Committee, we look forward to welcoming you to London, or if you are joining us virtually, online.

One-to-one online CV consultations

ARF delegates can book an online 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 from 9.30 – 11.00 BST and 14:00 - 16:00 BST on the 13 June 2022 and CVs should be submitted in advance of the consultation.

If the slots are fully booked, please email including information that you are attending the ARF and the Careers Team will contact you directly to arrange an alternative slot.

Please note these consultations are only available for RSC members.
Natalie Belsey , NPL/University of Surrey, United Kingdom

Natalie Belsey is a Senior Research Scientist in the Surface Technology Group at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and a Senior Lecturer in Chemical & Process Engineering at the University of Surrey. Natalie graduated with MChem in 2005 from Lincoln College, Oxford, where she remained for her DPhil. In 2009, she joined the University of Bath as a postdoc in the group of Prof Richard Guy before joining NPL in 2013. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Chartered Chemist, and a Fellow of the Community for Analytical Measurement Science (CAMS).
Talk title: Formulated Products under the Microscope

David Cowan, Kings College London, United Kingdom

Professor David Cowan holds a personal chair in Pharmaceutical Toxicology. He is a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society , the Royal Society of Biology and King’s College London. He is the former director of the Drug Control Centre and was its co-founder; this is the only laboratory in the UK to be accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and formerly the International Olympic Committee (IOC), to analyse samples from sports competitors. It was the first anti-doping laboratory in the world to be accredited to ISO 17025. He was Head of Department of Forensic Science and Drug Monitoring at King’s College London from 2002-2011. He directed the laboratory that analysed the samples collected at the London Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.
He served on the IOC Medical Commission and its Games Group from 2000 until 2018. He was the first president of the World Association of Anti-Doping Scientists. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to anti-doping science in 2016. Other awards include the IOC Trophy for Sport Ethics by the British Olympic Association in 1998, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Pharmaceutical Scientist of the Year Award in 2013 and the Larry D. Bowers Award for Excellence in Anti-Doping Science Presented by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in 2019.
He currently sits on several national and international committees including the WADA Endocrine Analytics working group, the Partnership for Clean Competition Collagen Turnover working group and the UK Anti-Doping Innovation Commission. He is chair of the Council of Europe Anti-Doping Convention Laboratory Ad Hoc Group.
He has an extensive background in bioanalysis with special emphasis on chromatography coupled mass spectrometry and his current research interests include protein quantification in biological matrices using LC-MS.
Talk title: A lightning 30 minute journey through the career of an Analytical Scientist

Chiara Giorio, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Chiara Giorio is Assistant Professor in Atmospheric Chemistry at the Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry of the University of Cambridge. Chiara graduated in Chemistry in 2008 from the University of Padua (Italy), where she remained for her PhD in Molecular Sciences (awarded in 2012). She was a postdoc at the University of Cambridge in the group of Professor Markus Kalberer until 2016, a researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in 2017, and tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of Padua until the beginning of 2020, when she returned to Cambridge. She is now leading a multidisciplinary research group working on air quality and climate science. She is the recipient of the 2021 RSC Environment, Sustainability & Energy Division Early Career Award and a Fellow of the Community for Analytical Measurement Science (CAMS).
Talk title: Detecting metal-ligand complexes in atmospheric aerosols: analytical challenges and advancements

Ruchi Gupta, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Dr Ruchi Gupta is an Associate Professor and Global Engagement lead in the School of Chemistry, University of Birmingham. Dr Gupta’s area of expertise is sensors, microfluidics, and analytical platforms. Dr Gupta is a recipient of RSC’s 2021 Joseph Black Award. She has received grants from Cancer Research UK, Leverhulme Trust, Research Councils UK, Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and industry. Dr Gupta is the Founder and Chair of IUPAC’s Early- to Mid-Career Analytical Scientists subcommittee. She is a member of RSC’s Analytical Division Council, permanent steering committee member of the Europtrode conferences, and Associate Editor of RSC Advances.

Talk title: Novel Optical Biosensors with Integrated Sample Manipulation

Abstract Submission
Submission is now open

Showcasing excellent science and empowering our young researcher community are key aspects of the ARF, as such applicants will submit one abstract only which our Scientific Organising Committee will review, selecting for oral and poster contributions from those submitted.
We encourage abstract submissions from all areas of analytical and bioanalytical research across all applications including, but not limited to:
  • Spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and electroanalysis
  • Sampling and separation
  • Omics
  • Sensors
  • Chemometrics and data analysis
  • Applications in diagnostics, pharmaceutical analysis, forensics and environmental
We welcome abstracts from PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and early career scientists. Please indicate during your application your preference for a virtual or in-person presentation

We acknowledge not all applicants may wish to present, if you do not wish to be considered for an oral contribution, please email

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 is now open. This event be a hybrid event, allowing participation both in person and online. 

In-person registration includes: 
  • Attendance at all scientific and online only sessions
  • Attendance at the poster session and access to the virtual poster gallery
  • Access to online exhibitor/sponsor virtual rooms
  • Refreshments throughout the meeting and lunch
  • Attendance at the drinks reception 
  • Access to the online abstract book
  • Access to recordings of all scientific sessions post-event
Fees are as follows (inclusive and exclusive of VAT):
Type Cost (excluding VAT) Cost (including VAT)
RSC Member* £54.17 £65
Non-member**    £62.50 £75
Student RSC Member £33.33 £40
Student Non-member £41.67 £50

Virtual registration includes
  • Attendance at all scientific sessions and online only sessions via the Royal Society of Chemistry’s virtual conference platform
  • Access to the virtual poster gallery
  • Access to online exhibitor/sponsor virtual rooms
  • Access to the online abstract book
  • Access to recordings of all scientific sessions post-event
Fees are as follows (inclusive and exclusive of VAT):
Type Cost (excluding VAT) Cost (including VAT)
RSC Member* £20.83 £25
Non-member** £25 £30
RSC Student Member £8.33 £10
Student Non-member £12.50 £15

Retired members are offered a 40% discount on the member rate.  Please contact the events team for the discount code

* 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.

**For non-member registrants, affiliate membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry for 2022 is available, the affiliate membership application will be processed and commence once the registrant has attended the event. 
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The Analytical Research Forum Bursary Scheme (funded by the ACTF)

The purpose of the Analytical Research Forum (ARF) Bursary scheme is to assist PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, and employees of SMEs to attend and participate in the annual Analytical Research Forum (ARF) meeting at Burlington House, London. 

Application & Regulations

The maximum bursary is £250 per person. The only exceptions, at the discretion of the Trust Secretary, are for applicants traveling from distant locations within the UK or the Republic of Ireland. Only post-graduate or PhD students registered at UK or Republic of Ireland Higher Education institutes or employees of SMEs in the UK or Republic of Ireland are eligible for the bursary scheme. Applications must be received by Dr Ruth Hearn, Trust Secretary ( on the application form by 13 May 2022. For the bursary award to be activated, the applicant must register and initially pay the relevant in-person ARF registration fee. The registration fee will be reimbursed with other valid expenses after the event. 
Sponsorship & supporting organisations
A selection of sponsorship opportunities are available for companies who would like to promote their activities at the Analytical Research Forum 2022 (ARF22).

As well as booking an exhibition space and a virtual booth, there are opportunities to sponsor our career panel discussion and 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 Analytical Research Forum 2022 (ARF22), please contact the Commercial Sales Department at the Royal Society of Chemistry on Sponsorship Menu
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The Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BA, United Kingdom

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