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Analytical research forum 2024 (ARF24)

18 June 2024, London, United Kingdom

The Analytical research forum (ARF) provides an opportunity for 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.

Join us in London in June 2024.  Our one day format includes keynotes and invited talks, panel discussions plus additional oral contributions selected by the Scientific Committee from the submitted abstracts.

This year’s ARF will include a panel discussion on “Engaging with the Community”. We are seeking questions in advance from the audience. Please email your general questions for the panel, or questions for individual panel members, to by 11 June 2024 and we will try to incorporate as many questions as we can.



Tony Bristow, Chemical Development, AstraZeneca, Macclesfield, United Kingdom

Tony Bristow is Principal Scientist for Analytical and Measurement Science and Director for Trace Analysis in Chemical Development at AstraZeneca (Macclesfield, UK). In addition, Tony holds the role of technology and capability lead for the Analytical Sciences Leadership Team, within AstraZeneca’s Pharmaceutical Technology & Development organisation. These roles are focussed on the development and delivery of analytical science strategy and currently has a focus on the implementation and application of automation and digital technologies. Prior to this current role, Tony’s expertise was the application and development of mass spectrometry (2005 - 2018). Tony is the Chair of the Industry Advisory Board of the Community for Analytical Measurement Science (CAMS) and a Visiting Professor at the University of Warwick. Tony is a former member of the Royal Society of Chemistry Analytical Division Council (2013-2019) and the former Chair of the British Mass Spectrometry Society (2012-2014). Tony was awarded a degree in Applied Chemistry in 1992 and his PhD (mass spectrometry) in 1996. Tony previously worked for Kodak and LGC focussed on a variety of analytical science based projects. Tony is an author/co-author of 47 peer reviewed publications and regularly presents at national and international conferences.

Talk title: Data Analytics and the interface with Automation - The Lights Out Analytical  Science Laboratory

Azzedine Dabo, GSK, United Kingdom

I am currently part of GSK’s Method Innovation Team based in Stevenage UK with area of interest in in-silico modelling, quality by design (QbD) method development, using AI/ML for HPLC method development and the transfer of analytical methods and results between chromatography instruments.
I have been awarded the GSK EMBRACE Rising 2022 Award and GSK Ahead Together/CEO Award 2022.

Talk title: Evaluation of Our Chromatography Platforms from Method Development to Method Transfer

Julie MacPherson, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Professor Macpherson’s work focuses on the use of carbon-based materials in electrochemical systems for a variety of applications, including environmental monitoring and electrochemical energy storage. One of the key materials being used is lab-grown boron-doped diamond (BDD), an electrochemically active form of diamond.
Due to its unique and wide-ranging properties, BDD is finding use as a robust sensor for determining the health status of rivers and seas. BDD is also capable of generating highly oxidising species which can be used to fight viruses and bacteria as well as clean up waste water systems. The non-corrosive nature of the material also means it can act as a possible carbon replacement for corrosion susceptible graphite type materials in fuel cells.

  • Robert Weatherup University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Abstract Submission
Abstract submission is now closed

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 oral and poster abstracts from MSc and PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and all early career scientists.
Poster abstracts from BSc students are also welcomed.

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.

In-person registration includes:
  • Attendance at all scientific sessions
  • Attendance at the poster session
  • 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
Fees are as follows:
Early bird Standard
RSC member* £65 £75
Non-member** £80 £90
Student RSC member £40 £50
Student non-member £55 £65

Virtual registration includes:
  • Attendance at all scientific sessions 
  • Access to the online abstract book
  • Access to recordings of all scientific sessions post-event
Fees are as follows:
RSC member* £25
Non-member** £35
Student RSC member £15
Student non-member £20

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 2024 is available, the affiliate membership application will be processed and commence once the registrant has attended the event.

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Researcher Development and Travel Grants

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.

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. This Grant is open for 11 months of the year – January to November.
Applicants must apply for activities occurring at least 2 months from the end of your application month. 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.

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.
Sponsorship & supporting organisations
A selection of sponsorship opportunities are available for companies who would like to promote their activities at the Analytical research forum 2024 (ARF24).

As well as booking an exhibition space, there are opportunities to advertise in the e-abstract book. A sponsorship menu document will be available to download from this page with more details and prices in 2024.

If you would like more information about sponsoring the Analytical research forum 2024 (ARF24), please contact the Commercial Sales Department at the Royal Society of Chemistry on Sponsorship Menu
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