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NMR crystallography Faraday Discussion

4 - 6 September 2024, Birmingham, United Kingdom


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Extended poster abstract deadline
There is still time to submit a poster abstract. The deadline has been extended to 15 July 2024 - click on the 'Abstract Submission' tab to submit your abstract!
Introduction

Welcome

Join us in Birmingham in September 2024 for this addition to our Faraday Discussion series. With over a century of history and more than 300 meetings, Faraday Discussions have been at the forefront of the physical sciences and many Discussions have become landmark meetings in their field.
 
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
Co-Chairs

Format

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.

Themes

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.
Speakers
Abstract Submission

Oral abstracts

Oral abstract submission is now closed.
A full research paper containing new unpublished results always accompanies oral presentations at Faraday Discussions. 

Papers must be full research papers with a significant amount of new, unpublished work. 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 - abstract deadline now extended!

Submit a poster abstract by 15 July 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.
Registration
In-person registration includes:
  • Attendance at all scientific sessions
  • Attendance at the poster session
  • Refreshments throughout the meeting and lunch on all three days
  • Attendance at the poster drinks reception on 4 September
  • Attendance at the conference dinner on 5 September
  • Access to all journal paper pdf “pre-prints” before the meeting
  • Access to recordings of all scientific sessions post-event
  • For full paying delegates, a copy of the Faraday Discussion journal volume, issued approximately 5 months after the meeting, containing all papers presented at the meeting and accompanying discussion comments. Student delegates may purchase a copy of the volume at less than half price, during the registration process or on site at the meeting.
Please note accommodation is not included in the registration fee.

All prices quoted do not include VAT, which is added during registration at the prevailing rate in the UK
 
Early bird Standard
RSC member £415+Vat £465+Vat
Non-member £530+Vat £580+Vat
Student RSC member £205+Vat £255+Vat
Student non-member £255+Vat £305+Vat
Accompanying person £125+Vat £125+Vat

Virtual registration includes:
  • ​Live access to all scientific sessions
  • Access to all journal paper pdf “pre-prints” before the meeting
  • Access to recordings of all scientific sessions post-event
All prices quoted do not include VAT, which is added during registration at the prevailing rate in the UK
 
Standard
RSC member £130+Vat
Non-member £155+Vat
Student RSC member £70+Vat
Student non-member £95+Vat

A copy of the Faraday Discussion journal volume containing papers presented at the Discussion (issued approximately 5 months after the meeting) is not included in the virtual registration fee. Delegates may purchase a copy of the volume at less than half price, during the registration process or on site at the meeting. 

RSC members and student RSC members

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.

Non-member and student non-members

For non-member registrants, affiliate membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry until the end of 2024 is available, the affiliate membership application will be processed and commence once the registrant has attended the event. 

Student delegates 

In order to encourage undergraduate or postgraduate students to attend the Discussion, a reduced conference fee is available for students. This fee applies to those undertaking a full-time course for a recognised degree or a diploma at a university or equivalent institution.

A copy of the Faraday Discussion journal volume containing papers presented at the Discussion (issued approximately 5 months after the meeting) is not included in the student registration fee. Students may purchase a copy of the volume at less than half price, during the registration process or on site at the meeting.

Accompanying person

If you would like to bring a guest to the conference, this can be done during the registration process. There will be an additional charge, which will include all lunches, refreshments and the conference dinner. The fee does not include attendance at any scientific sessions, journal paper pre-prints or the journal volume.

Accessibility

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, or have childcare, caring responsibilities or other care needs, please contact us to discuss your requirements so that we can enable your attendance. Please refer also to our Grants for carers fund; for more information please see the ‘bursaries’ section on this page.
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Bursaries

Collaborative Computational Project for NMR Crystallography (CCP-NC) travel grants

Travel grants for students and early career researchers to attend the meeting are available from the Collaborative Computational Project for NMR Crystallography (CCP-NC). For further information, please follow the CCP-NC link on this page.

ConnectNMRUK 

Funding for students and early career researchers to attend the meeting are available from the ConnectNMRUK network. For further information, please follow the ConnectNMRUK link on this page.

Grants for carers

With our Grants for carers, you can apply for up to £1,200 per year to help you attend a chemistry-related meeting, conference or workshop or a professional development event. This money would be used to cover any additional costs you incur, paying for care that you usually provide.  Please visit the website for further information and eligibility criteria.

Accessibility grants

With our Accessibility grants, you can apply for up to £1,200 per year to help with the cost of specific support to attend a chemistry-related meeting, conference, workshop or professional development event. This support might be any form of equipment, service, or other personal expense associated with meeting your access needs.

Researcher development grant

If you are an RSC member and you are one of the following:a PhD student actively undertaking a PhD course in the chemical sciences;
a researcher in the chemical sciences (including post docs, research technicians and research assistants), working in academia, industry or any sector, within 10 years of leaving full time education (at the time of the application deadline).You can apply for up to £500 to support your participation in this event.

Please note it is not necessary to have confirmation of abstract acceptance before applying for a Researcher Development and Travel Grant and we encourage you to apply as early as possible.
 
Please see the website for up-to-date information on eligibility, how to apply and submission deadlines.
 
Researcher Development and Travel Grants can be applied for in addition to Grants for Carers and Assistance Grants.

Sponsorship & supporting organisations
There are opportunities available to become a Faraday Discussion sponsor and exhibitor, as well as poster session and abstract book advertising options. A sponsorship menu document is available to download from this page with more details and prices. Sponsorship Menu
Venue
Alan Walters Building

Alan Walters Building, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, United Kingdom

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