RSC BMCS Symposium: Synthesis in the Agri-Sciences

Tuesday 6th November 2018 from 9:00 to 18:00 

170 Queen’s Gate, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, SW7 5HF, UK 

 £50 prize for best poster presentation

20 minute oral presentation and £50 prize selected from submitted abstracts

We would like to encourage early career researchers to register


The objective of the meeting is to promote scientific interactions between academic and industrial researchers and to showcase the key role that synthesis plays in the discovery and development of new agrochemicals. New crop protection products are important to help overcome the huge challenges facing modern agriculture – To increase food production in a cost effective and sustainable manner, against a background of increasing population and decreasing farmland and water supplies, and loss of existing solutions due to resistance or regulatory pressures.


170 Queen’s Gate

Imperial College London

South Kensington Campus

London SW7 5HF


The event is FREE but spaces are limited and registration is required. Please register online (on a first come, first served basis) by the 17th October 2018 at 14.00 BST by going to:

Free lunch and refreshments will be provided on the day.


James Morris (Syngenta): Herbicidally Active 1,8-Naphthyridines: From One Mode of Action to Another

Sergii Pazenok (Bayer AG): Synthesis of Heterocyclic Compounds Bearing Emergent Fluorinated Substituents

Alan Spivey (Imperial College London): Synthesis Directed at the Control of Crop Pests - Chemical Proteomics, Natural Product Investigations & Asymmetric Catalysis

Patrick Steel (Durham University): Selective Synthesis of Heterocycles and Herbicide Synergists

Chris Urch (Redag Crop Protection Ltd.): The Discovery of New Benzimidazole Oomycete Fungicides

Michael Loso (Corteva Agriscience): The Impact of Synthetic Innovation on Optimization of Lead Chemistries in Agrochemical Research

Thomas Stevenson (FMC Agricultural Solutions, USA): Aryl Triazoles: Selective and Potent Bleaching Herbicides


Posters are invited for display throughout the meeting and authors are encouraged to present their work in a two-minute flash presentation during the meeting. Please submit your abstract upon registration, by the 17th October 2018 at 14.00 BST. From the submitted abstracts, the opportunity to give a 20 minute oral presentation at the symposium will be given. A prize of £50 will be awarded for the best poster presentation and a prize of £50 will be awarded to the selected oral presentation (both prizes sponsored by the RSC Agriculture Sector).


Information regarding RSC Travel Grants for PhD Students and Early Career Scientists can be found at:


Exhibition stands are welcomed and the rates are: £250 Exhibition stand (inc. 1 full delegate; £50 per additional attendee). £350 Full meeting sponsorship.


Laura Barter (Imperial College London)

Steve Lindell – Chair (Bayer AG, Crop Science Division)

Steve Wailes (Syngenta)  

Andrew Williams (Lilly UK)

Rudiger Woscholski (Imperial College London)


We are grateful to our sponsors: Syngenta and Bayer.


Click here to download the flyer.


Click here to download the programme.


Directions on how to get to the conference venue can be found here (building No 24 on the map, Queen’s Gate entrance side). 


For any queries or further information about the event, please contact