The Organic Reaction Mechanisms Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry is involved with promoting british physical organic chemistry throughout the UK and internationally. We aim to be a forum for those physical organic chemists who are applying their expertise to both traditional and new problems, and to those chemists across these diverse areas who identify a physical organic component in their approach to their sphere of research.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Physical Organic Chemists Residential Meeting 2006

24th – 25th July 2006

Organised by the RSC Organic Reaction Mechanisms Group and sponsored by the EPSRC.

Physical organic chemistry (POC) covers a wide field based around understanding and influencing chemistry at the molecular level, especially quantitatively or mechanistically. As a group representing the interests of POC, we are trying to strengthen and encourage younger members of the community by developing a stronger network and ensure a healthy future for the subject.

In May 2004 we held the first “Physical Organic Chemists Residential Meeting” in a location in the Peak District close to Castleton. The meeting was made up of group leaders giving short talks and an accompanying PDRA or PhD student presenting posters, with time set aside for informal discussion (similar to the format used by Gordon conferences). The meeting was judged a success by all in attendance, and the following year we filled the venue to capacity so we are continuing the event on an annual basis.

The third such conference will be on July 24th-25th 2006, at the same location in the Peak District (close to Castleton), and we would like everyone interested in attending to contact AnnMarie O’Donoghue (Conference Secretary of the RSC Organic Reaction Mechanisms Group; e-mail: The cost is estimated to be £100 and includes accommodation and meals. The meeting will commence on the morning of Monday 24th July (check-in from the evening of Sunday 23rd July) and the formal programme will finish mid-afternoon of Tuesday 25th July.

We define POC broadly and welcome people from complementary disciplines so that the proposed meetings can foster interdisciplinary research and contacts.


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