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Data-driven discovery in the chemical sciences Faraday Discussion

10 - 12 September 2024, Oxford, United Kingdom

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Join us in Oxford 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.
This Discussion will focus on the increasingly central role of big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence in the chemical sciences. We aim to critically discuss these topics, and to explore the question how data can enable new discoveries in chemistry, now and in the future. 
We are particularly aiming to bring together different communities within chemistry – materials and molecular, in both academic and industrial research. The meeting sessions will combine different viewpoints and strive to foster new connections, ideas, and research directions.
On behalf of our committee, we very much look forward to welcoming you to Oxford.
Volker Deringer and Fernanda Duarte
Committee Co-Chairs

Why attend?

Find out more about Faraday Discussions in the video and FAQ – see useful links above.
A unique conference format that prioritises discussion
At a Faraday Discussion, the primary research papers written by the speakers are distributed to all participants before the meeting – ensuring that most of the meeting is devoted to discussing the latest research.
This provides a genuinely collaborative environment, where discussion and debate are at the foreground. All delegates, not just speakers, are invited to make comments, ask questions, or present complementary or contradictory measurements and calculations.
An exciting programme of talks – and more
Take part in a well-balanced mix of talks, discussion, poster sessions and informal networking, delivered by our expert events team. You can explore the full programme in the downloadable files above – whether you’re attending in-person or online, every minute provides an opportunity.
The conference dinner, included in the registration fee, contains the Marlow Cup ceremony: a unique commemoration of past Faraday Discussion organisers that is sure to encourage further discussions over dinner.
In-depth discussion with leaders in the field
World-leading and established researchers connect with each other and early-career scientists and postgraduate students to discuss the latest research and drive science forwards. It’s a unique atmosphere – and challenging others to get to the heart of the problem is encouraged!
Your contributions, published and citable

A citable record of the discussion is published in the Faraday Discussions journal, alongside the research papers. Questions, comments and remarks become a valuable part of the published scientific conversation, and every delegate can make a major contribution.
Discover Oxford
The Discussion will take place at Trinity College, University of Oxford, in the centre of Oxford and its historic attractions. Step out to explore this University city while you’re here – or stay a few extra days to explore the city and the surrounding area.


The Discussion will involve four central themes – each focused on different aspects of chemical "discovery", and each aiming to promote the exchange of ideas between the molecular and materials communities:
Discovering chemical structure
Data-driven modelling of chemical structure, including the development of accurate interatomic potentials, data-driven structure prediction, generative models for molecules, and related themes.
Discovering structure–property correlations
The role of data-driven techniques in establishing structure–property correlations. This session will focus on the “learning” of relevant properties and the development of predictive and explainable AI approaches for chemistry.
Discovering trends in big data
Progress and challenges in molecular and materials representations, data generation, handling, and sharing. This session will also consider how open data (e.g., findable, accessible, interoperable, and re-usable, FAIR) principles can be efficiently and practically implemented in the chemical sciences
Discovering synthesis targets
Data-driven approaches to translate computational predictions into the identification and realisation of new synthesis targets. Understanding the potential and limitations of AI to optimise reactions, predict reaction scope, and potential synthesisability.
Kim Jelfs, Imperial College London, United Kingdom

Prof. Kim Jelfs is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College. Her group specialises in the use of computer simulations to assist in the discovery of supramolecular materials, particularly porous materials and organic electronics. Her research includes the development of open-source software to automate the assembly and testing of materials, with the application of artificial intelligence techniques including an evolutionary algorithm and machine learning.

Miriam Mathea, BASF, Germany

Miriam studied pharmacy at the University of Technology Braunschweig. After her diploma thesis in the are of biochemistry she joined the group of Prof. Knut Baumann in 2013 for her PhD studies in the field of Cheminformatics. She worked on class-probability estimation of machine learning methods and their influence on applicability domain estimation. In 2017 Miriam joined BASF as computational toxicologist where she worked on several projects related to (eco)-toxicological profiling of compounds, physico-chemical property and bioactivity prediction. In addition she worked on synthesis planning and de-novo molecule design projects. Miriam is currently leading the Cheminformatics team at BASF.

Aron Walsh, Imperial College London, United Kingdom

Aron Walsh holds the Chair of Materials Design at Imperial College London. His research combines technique development and applications at the interface between solid-state chemistry and physics. He was awarded the EU-40 prize from the Materials Research Society for his work on the theory of solar energy materials, and the Corday-Morgan Prize for his contributions to computational chemistry. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Chemical Society covering energy materials and artificial intelligence.

  • Alan Aspuru-Guzik, Introductory lecturer University of Toronto, Canada
  • Andy Cooper, Closing speaker University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Claudia Draxl Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
  • Heather Kulik MIT, United States
  • Chris Pickard University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Jean-Louis Reymond University of Bern, Switzerland

Abstract Submission

Abstract submission is now open!

Oral Abstracts

A full research paper containing new unpublished results always accompanies oral presentations at Faraday Discussions.
Papers must be submitted by 7 May 2024 and 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 

Submit your poster abstract by 1 July 2024. Posters are displayed throughout the meeting and a poster session is held on the first evening. Poster Prizes will be awarded to the best poster presented by a student at the conference.

Additional Information 

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
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 8 July
  • Attendance at the conference dinner on 9 July
  • 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
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.


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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If you are an RSC Member and you are one of the following

  • A PhD student;
  • An academic researcher within 10 years of completion of a PhD (including postdoctoral researchers);
  • Working in the industry within 10 years of leaving full-time education or;
  • A technician within 10 years of leaving full-time education.

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