RSC BMCS and RSC H&SG symposium:

Synthesis in the Agrisciences


Thursday, 14th April 2016

Royal Society of Chemistry at Burlington House, London, UK


Registration is closed


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The objective of the meeting was to promote scientific interactions between researchers in the field and to showcase the key role that synthesis plays in the development of new agrochemicals. New crop protection products are important tools for overcoming the huge challenges that modern agriculture faces to increase food production and yield in a cost effective and sustainable manner with limited farmland and water supplies and loss of existing solutions through development of resistance or regulatory pressures.


Call for Posters

Posters were invited for display throughout the meeting and authors were encouraged to present their work in a two-minute flash presentation during the meeting.  The closing date was 7th March.




Registration, refreshments and posters
10.25Opening remarks
 Session 1

New strategies for mild and versatile heteroaromatic synthesis

Joe Harrity, University of Sheffield, UK


From milligrams to kilotons: chemistry at BASF Crop Protection

Joachim Dickhaut, BASF, Germany

11.50Flash poster presentations
12.20Lunch, networking and posters
 Session 2

Using flow to prepare heterocyclic compounds at various scales

Ian Baxendale, University of Durham, UK


Agrochemical process research: searching for the holistic solution

Mark Ford, Bayer CropScience, Germany

15.00Synthetic methods to deliver new leads for crop protection
Beth Lorsbach, Dow AgroSciences
 Session 3

Exploiting genomics and assembly line synthetic biology for discovery and optimisation of novel agrochemicals

Greg Challis, University of Warwick, UK


Design and synthesis of novel inhibitors of 4-hydroxyphenypyruvate dioxygenase

Glynn Mitchell, Syngenta, UK

17.20Closing remarks
17.30Get-together in a local pub (optional) for those interested in continuing the day's discussions



Registration fees from 20th February

110   RSC member
135   Non-member
65     Student* member
85     Student* non-member

*Student is undergraduate or post-graduate, not post-doc

Bursaries and Students

A limited number of bursaries were available up to a value of 250 to help cover registration and travel costs for PhD and post-doctoral applicants studying at European academic institutions. Preference was given to members of the RSC or EFMC, especially those who are selected to present posters.


The closing date for applications was 24th March.



Exhibition stands were welcomed and the rates were:
250 Exhibition stand (inc 1 full delegate)
325 Exhibition stand (inc 2 stand staff)
110 Additional trade stand staff
Trade stand staff had no access to the technical sessions.
150 Delegate pack insert (optional)

Venue and Travel

Library, Royal Society of Chemistry at Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BA, UK. Travel information may be found here.



We are grateful to our confirmed sponsors: Bayer CropScience and Syngenta.  Additional sponsors were encouraged to support this event.

Organising Committee

Adrian Dobbs

University of Greenwick
Steve Lindell - chairmanBayer CropScience
Sharon RossiterUniversity of Hertfordshire
Steve WailesSyngenta
Andrew WilliamsLilly
Chris WillisUniversity of Bristol

Secretariat Contact

Maggi Churchouse

Address: 3 East Barn, Market Weston Road, Thelnetham, Diss IP22 1JJ, UK

Telephone: +44 (0)1359 221004



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