10 March 2017

4th National SCI/RSC Retrosynthesis Competition 2017

Organised by:

 SCI's Young Chemists' Panel, SCI's Fine Chemicals Group, RSC's Heterocyclic & Synthesis Group and RSC's Organic Division Council

SCI London

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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 following on from the success of the previous three competitions, we are pleased to announce the 4th National Retrosynthesis Competition.
The event 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. Entries will be shortlisted to a final 10 teams who will then be invited to present at SCI's prestigious headquarters in London. Following the presentations, an exciting line up of the UK's leading academic and industrial synthetic chemists will judge the event, with the top three teams winning specifically designed trophies, in addition to the acclaim and praise from peers, colleagues and the wider Chemistry community for winning the event.
Venue and Contact


14/15 Belgrave Square

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Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org


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Additional Info

Exhibition and Sponsorship

The exhibition and refreshments will be situated together ensuring excellent access networking opportunities throughout the meeting. If you are interested in exhibiting at this event or in sponsorship opportunities, please contact clarice.williams@soci.org for further information and costs.


Download the full programme here.

Finalists announced

We are delighted to announce that the following 10 teams have been selected to compete in the final of the 4th National SCI/ RSC Retrosynthesis Competition 2017:

  • Azeotroops, AstraZeneca
  • Dysfunctional Group, University of St Andrews
  • Mannich at the disco(nnection)!, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Peakdale Chapel Team, Peakdale Molecular
  • SnAZzy Synthesisers, AstraZeneca
  • SYG Team 1, Sygnature Discovery
  • The Fenay Bridged-Bicycle Club, University of Huddersfield
  • The Man in the Roof, University of York
  • The Vinylogous Seven, Peakdale Molecular
  • We Mean Bismuth, University of Oxford