NMR crystallography Faraday Discussion

4 - 6 September 2024, Birmingham, United Kingdom



Join us in Birmingham in September 2024 for this edition of the Faraday Discussion series. This meeting is aimed at established and early-career scientists, post-graduate students and industrial researchers interested in NMR crystallography and related techniques for structural characterisation.
The unique format of the Faraday Discussions will allow for in-depth discussions of emerging computational and experimental methods in the field of NMR crystallography, as well as the current limitations and challenges that need to be overcome to broaden applications to increasingly complex materials.
On behalf of the scientific committee, we look forward to welcoming you to Birmingham.

John Griffin and Andrew Morris


Faraday Discussions have a special format where primary research papers written by the speakers are distributed to all participants before the meeting, and most of the meeting is devoted to discussing the papers. All delegates at the meeting, not just speakers, have the opportunity to make comments, ask questions, or present complementary or contradictory measurements and calculations during the discussion sessions. In addition, there is a dedicated poster session where further discussion takes place. The research papers and a record of the discussion are published in the journal Faraday Discussions.


Big Data and Simulations in NMR Crystallography
This session will cover recent advances and ongoing challenges in computational simulations of large and/or complex systems in NMR crystallography. Topics covered will include machine learning for large datasets and statistical methods for NMR calculations of complex structures. Discussion in this session will cover the merits and limitations of computationally cheap approaches in comparison to conventional DFT methods, and the usefulness of these approaches in different types of material systems.
Challenges and Opportunities for NMR Calculations
This session will focus on developments in NMR calculation methods for systems that are challenging to study by conventional DFT approaches. Topics covered will include the calculation of NMR parameters for magnetic and conducting systems, relativistic contributions for heavy atoms, and the use and development of semi-empirical dispersion correction schemes. The discussion will cover strategies to address the current limitations of DFT, and what level of accuracy we can expect from new computational approaches.
Generating Models that Describe Complex Disorder
This session will focus on disorder, which is ubiquitous across physical chemistry and can be present as both positional disorder (e.g., glasses, polymers) and compositional disorder (e.g., defects, substitutions, partial occupancies). The discussion will cover current and future developments in methods for generating models for disorder in increasingly complex materials, as well as methods for statistical analysis of the outputs of such models.
Understanding Dynamics and Mechanisms

This session will cover the effects of dynamics and structural evolution on observables in NMR crystallography, and how these can be modelled computationally and accurately measured experimentally. The discussion will cover NMR methods for measuring dynamics and structural evolution, and the scope for using large-scale simulations to predict and model these effects over a wide range of timescales.
Abstract Submission

Oral abstracts

Submit an oral/paper abstract if you wish to be considered for an oral presentation and associated published paper. A full research paper containing new unpublished results always accompanies oral presentations at Faraday Discussions. The oral/paper abstract should outline current research in progress. Authors of the selected abstracts must then submit a full research paper with a significant amount of new, unpublished work, by 15 April 2024.

The research papers are reviewed upon submission and are sent to all delegates 4 weeks before the meeting so they can be read in advance. At the meeting the presenting author is allowed five minutes to highlight the main points of their paper, and the rest of the time is for discussion. The discussion is recorded and will be published alongside the research paper in the Faraday Discussion Volume. 

Poster abstracts

Submit a poster abstract by 24 June 2024. Posters are displayed throughout the meeting and a poster session is held on the first evening. The poster prize will be awarded to the best poster presented by a student at the conference. 

Additional information

All oral and poster abstracts will be reviewed by the committee. Authors will be notified of the outcome of the review process within about 6 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.

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).

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Sponsorship & supporting organisations
A selection of sponsorship opportunities is available for companies who would like to promote their activities at the 2024 Faraday Discussion series.
There are opportunities available to become the Faraday Discussion series sponsor,  Research & Development partner or poster prize series sponsor as well as some individual meeting options. A sponsorship menu document is available to download from this page with more details and prices.
Please note that exhibition spaces are limited, spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
If you would like more information about sponsoring the 2024 Faraday Discussion series, please contact the Commercial Sales Department at the Royal Society of Chemistry on advertising@rsc.org
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