Faraday joint interest group conference 2023

3 - 5 April 2023, Sheffield, United Kingdom

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You are warmly invited to join us in Sheffield in April 2023. Organised by the Faraday Community and associated Interest Groups of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Faraday Joint Interest Group Conference is a popular meeting in the physical chemistry calendar, attracting some of the top UK and international researchers working in the field. Attracting between 300 and 400 delegates and featuring a wide-ranging and topical programme covering the breadth of physical chemistry, it provides researchers with the chance to network, collaborate and hear the latest research from prestigious plenary and keynote speakers. This will be the third meeting, following successful meetings in 2017 (Warwick) and 2021 (online).

We look forward to welcoming you on behalf of the Scientific Committee.

Caroline Dessent, University of York
Anthony Meijer, University of Sheffield

Scientific Co-Chairs


The programme will explore various aspects of physical chemistry:

Astrochemistry and chemistry at cold temperatures
Studying chemical reactivity under extreme conditions; space environments and planetary atmospheres
Keynote speaker: Ian Sims

Development of new biophysical methods*
Advanced methods and techniques for understanding biology
Keynote speaker: Neil Hunt

Digital chemistry and machine learning*
Recent developments in machine learning and data-driven chemistry, for understanding molecular structure, material properties and chemical reactions
Keynote speaker: Volker Deringer

Dynamics of soft matter*
Advances in experimental and modelling techniques to study the complex dynamics of soft materials, including hydrodynamics effects, out-of-equilibrium dynamics driven by external forces and gradients of thermodynamic properties, rheology of formulations, and diffusion in porous media
Keynote speaker: Sally Price

Frontiers in excited state chemistry
Developing experimental and computational probes of light-induced chemical dynamics and reactivity
Keynote speaker: Vas Stavros

Measurement of molecules and reactions in complex environments*
Applications of novel measurement techniques looking at kinetic and mechanistic studies in a range of complex chemical systems
Keynote speaker: Dan Stone

New spectroscopic approaches to measuring chemical mechanisms
New applications of advanced spectroscopic techniques to characterise the mechanisms of chemical reactions, including ultracold environments, time-resolved laser spectroscopy, in operando mass spectrometry, and online NMR spectroscopy
Keynote speaker: Brianna Heazlewood

Operando and in situ applications of neutron scattering*
Generating insights from neutron scattering under demanding environments for controlled temperature, pressure, chemical environment, electrical/magnetic field, and for the study of functional materials under operational conditions
Keynote speaker: Emily Draper

Photophysics of functional and solar energy materials
Photophysics and photochemistry of materials used for solar energy conversion in the widest possible sense, including but not limited to solar cells, photocatalysts, photoelectrodes, and spectral converters
Keynote speaker: Rachel Evans

Physical chemistry for net zero - towards a sustainable future*
From renewable feedstocks to cyclic chemical economies to sustainable energy supplies, the target of net zero is, and will continue to be, a grand challenge for physical chemists. A diverse session to explore existing approaches and new technologies to deliver a sustainable future
Keynote speaker: Anabel Lanterna

Rational design of soft and bio materials*
Rational design approaches to soft and bio materials built from a range of building blocks, spanning from the molecular to the colloidal length scales, using theory, computation and experiment
Keynote speaker: TBC

Understanding surface catalyst molecular interactions during catalysis*
Understanding surface catalyst molecular interactions – knowledge critical to the development of new catalysts for improved performance, energy efficiency and productivity in the chemical industry
Keynote speaker: Nancy Artoli
Abstract Submission
Submissions are still being accepted for themes marked with an asterisk.
 In-person registration includes:
  • Attendance at all scientific sessions
  • Attendance at the poster sessions and access to the online poster gallery
  • Access to Royal Society of Chemistry’s online conference platform
  • Access to recordings of all scientific sessions post-event
  • In-person and online networking opportunities
  • Refreshments throughout the meeting, lunch on all three days and three course conference dinner at Sheffield City Hall
Virtual registration includes:
  • Access to Royal Society of Chemistry’s online conference platform
  • Live access to all plenary sessions
  • Access to recordings of all scientific sessions post-event
  • Access to the online poster gallery and exhibitor/sponsor virtual rooms
  • Online networking opportunities
In-person registration fees are as follows (subject to VAT at the prevailing rate):
Early bird Standard
RSC Member* £195 £245
Non-member** £275 £325
Student RSC member* £95 £145
Student non-member £145 £195
Accompanying persons £100 £100

Please note accommodation is not included in the in-person registration fee.

Virtual registration fees are as follows (subject to VAT at the prevailing rate):
RSC Member* £95
Non-member** £135
Student RSC member* £45
Student non-member £75

* 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. If you are an IOP or RAS member you will be able to register at the RSC member rate. Please contact events@rsc.org for your discount code.

**For non-member registrants, affiliate membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry until the end of 2023 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 £100 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 Grant

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 registration fees for virtual conferences.

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 Faraday joint interest group meeting

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 Faraday joint interest group meeting, please contact the Commercial Sales Department at the Royal Society of Chemistry on advertising@rsc.org Sponsorship Menu
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Sheffield University, The Diamond, Sheffield, S10 3ED, United Kingdom

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