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Analytical research forum 2023 (ARF 23)

8 June 2023, London, United Kingdom

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.

This forum will be a hybrid event, allowing participation both in person and online. All oral talks will be livestreamed on 8 June 2023. The poster session will be in-person only.

Join us in London in June 2023.  Our one day format includes keynotes and invited talks, panel discussions plus additional oral contributions selected by the Scientific Committee from the submitted abstracts.

May Copsey, RSC Publishing, United Kingdom

May Copsey is currently the Executive Editor for Royal Society of Chemistry’s flagship journal, Chemical Science. She joined the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2006 as an Assistant Editor and has worked on a variety of different journals during this time, including Dalton Transactions, CrystEngComm and Journal of Materials Chemistry. She was Executive Editor for the Analytical portfolio of journals for four years, before moving to take over the General Chemistry portfolio, including Chemical Science, ChemComm and Chemical Society Reviews in 2015. She has had the pleasure of leading an editorial team dedicated to Chemical Science since June of 2018.
May is a main group chemist by training, as before joining the RSC she worked for three years as Post-doctoral Research Associate at the University of Calgary, after completing a PhD in main group chemistry at the University of Bristol.

Mark Parkin, Eurofins Forensic Services, United Kingdom

Mark Parkin heads up the Toxicology Laboratory at Eurofins Forensic Services and is a Visiting Senior Lecturer at King’s College London. He is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the UK’s largest forensic toxicology laboratory that covers around 95% of the forensic toxicology casework in England and Wales. He has oversight of a team of 35 forensic chemists undertaking the analysis of around 2,000 casework samples per month. He is the former chair of the London Toxicology Group and the London Biological Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group and has spent the past twenty years working in the field of evidential analysis using mass spectrometry as the principal analytical tool. His current interests are introducing full end-to-end automation to the forensic bioanalytical process and the use of machine learning for the processing of forensic data.

Ruth Hearn, RHearn Ltd, United Kingdom

Ruth Hearn has been the Administrator for ACTF since 2018 and is the key contact for all applicants of ACTF grants. Ruth obtained her PhD Analytical Chemistry in 1999 and has worked in a number of analytical laboratories including two National Metrology Institutes. Ruth currently runs her own company providing training, consultancy and technical auditing to a range of customers including working as a technical assessor for the UK Accreditation Service, assessing compliance with ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO17034 standards.

Vicky Hilborne, University College London, United Kingdom

Dr Victoria Hilborne is a Lecturer (Teaching) at University College London (UCL), Department of Chemistry, her career spans both academia and industry. Her particular interests are embedding sustainability in chemistry education, developing analytical chemistry and data evaluation skills. Her research interests are analytical method, sensor development, data modelling and analytics in industrial processes and the environment. Vicky was awarded a BSc in Environmental Chemistry from Edinburgh University and did her PhD at London South Bank University with the Fire and Explosion research group on measuring and modelling contaminant dispersion in ventilated indoor air. She won a Pexa Award for her publication on this topic. She also gained a PGCHE qualification from London South Bank University. After leaving school, Vicky worked in paint manufacture quality control, then shampoo product development, while studying part time for a BTec HNC Chemistry. After graduating from Edinburgh University, she was a research assistant for the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology studying rural ozone then became a Health and Safety Scientist for Brewing Research International. She then worked at London South Bank University, running the analytical facilities, part time lecturer and studying part time for her PhD. Vicky was awarded a UCL Provost Teaching Award for excellence in teaching and learning in 2021.

Dr. Robert Bowles, MRSC, Royal Society of Chemistry, United Kingdom

After an early research career in marine biotechnology, Robert moved out of the lab, gaining five years’ experience in sales and marketing of educational software to schools.  He joined the Royal Society of Chemistry sixteen years ago, and has managed a program of their successful education and careers projects. 
He recently provided careers input into the new RSC Pathfinder CPD planning and recording tool for members launching in Jan 2023.
As a qualified careers adviser, he currently works in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Career Management team; offering careers advice to our membership and the wider chemistry community.

Abstract Submission
Abstract submission is now closed.

This forum will be a hybrid event, allowing participation both in person and online. All oral talks will be livestreamed on 8 June 2023. The poster session will be in-person only.

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.

Registration has now ended though if you would like to still join us, virtual registration will still be available.  Please email to organise this.

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.

This event will be a hybrid event, allowing participation both in person and online.

In-person registration includes:
  • Attendance at all scientific sessions
  • Attendance at the poster session
  • 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
  • Access to careers panel
Fees are as follows:
Type Cost (excluding VAT) Cost (including VAT)
RSC Member* £56.88 £68.25
Non-member**    £65.63 £78.75
Student RSC Member £35 £42
Student Non-member £43.75 £52.50

Virtual registration includes
  • Attendance at all scientific sessions via the Royal Society of Chemistry’s virtual conference platform
  • Access to online exhibitor/sponsor virtual rooms
  • Access to the online abstract book
  • Access to recordings of all scientific sessions post-event
  • Access to careers panel
Fees are as follows:
Type Cost (excluding VAT) Cost (including VAT)
RSC Member* £21.88 £26.25
Non-member** £26.25 £31.50
RSC Student Member £8.75 £10.50
Student Non-member £13.13 £15.75

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 2023 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 25 May 2023. 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 2023 (ARF23).

As well as booking an exhibition space and a virtual booth, there are opportunities to 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 2023 (ARF23), please contact the Commercial Sales Department at the Royal Society of Chemistry on Sponsorship Menu
The Royal Society of Chemistry

Royal Society of Chemistry, The Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BA, United Kingdom

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