National Retrosynthesis Competition

Established 2013

For many years, the UK has produced high calibre synthetic organic chemists, able to retrosynthetically disconnect complex molecules and natural products then solve the challenging problem associated with the forward synthesis. To celebrate this and to ensure it remains an important skill in the chemist’s repertoire, groups from SCI and the RSC organise the National Retrosynthesis Competition on an annual basis.

This competition will showcase the calibre of UK chemists from both industry and academia and provide a platform for them to demonstrate their retrosynthetic and forward synthetic prowess.

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It is recommended that teams of no more than 8 people apply to the competition; however, a maximum of 4 people will be allowed to present at the final. The Organising Committee would like to stress that, in the spirit of the competition, skills of early career chemists within the UK are to be showcased.

Teams can originate from a single company / institution / university with cross-departmental teams encouraged.

Register your interest now – applications will open once the 1st round molecule has been announced.

Presentation Details

Entries will be shortlisted to a final 10 teams who will then be invited to present before their peers and the judges. Following the presentations, an exciting line up of the UK's leading academic and industrial synthetic chemists will judge the event, with the top 3 teams winning specifically designed trophies, in addition to the acclaim and praise from peers, colleagues and the wider Chemistry community for winning the event.

Eligibility Criteria

    • Early-career chemists within the UK
    • Academia
    • Industry
    Career Stage
    • Early-career
    • Retrosynthesis and Forward Synthesis
    • Fine Chemicals
    • Process Chemistry
    • Organic Synthesis and Catalysis
    • Biotechnology


9th SCI-RSC National retrosynthesis competition 18 March 2022
Applications open TBC
Applications close TBC
Frequency Annual

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