Sponsorship for SymPOC 2009

Project: Research

Project Details


This award of £5k was to assist with the sponsorship of SymPOC 2009, an international symposium in Physical Organic Chemistry that was held in Strarthclyde. I reporduce here the report that was already sent to EPSRC following the event.

Key findings

The meeting was very successful and featured a host of national and international speakers. Our target for registration numbers was 100 delegates, but the final registered number was 124, and so the meeting was over-subscribed. Besides the 18 speakers, a thriving poster session was held, with the numbers of posters being limited to 44. The meeting was widely praised as the best SymPOC meeting to date (it marked the 3rd meeting in the SymPOC series), and graduate students in Physical Organic Chemistry particularly enjoyed the broad menu of physical organic chemistry provided.

Besides the sponsorship from EPSRC, for which we are very grateful, we also obtained sponsorship from AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Schering-Plough, Gilden Photonics, the Beilstein Institute and the Royal Society of Chemistry. The Beilstein Institute sent two delegates from Germany, together with a stand, to publicise their not-for-profit publishing activities. [A further company, which had pledged support was ultimately unable to honour its pledge]. Gilden Photonics, a local company, was keen to establish links with academics at the meeting, with a view to marketing their products, and so they also brought a stand to the meeting.

The meeting was a major event for Physical Organic Chemistry in Europe in 2009. It marked the inaugural event for GCPOC, the Glasgow Centre for Physical Organic Chemistry, established in 2007 through a Science and Innovation Award in Physical Organic Chemistry. The meeting exemplified teamwork between the 3 Departments involved in GCPOC (Chemistry at University of Glasgow, Pure and Applied Chemistry at University of Strathclyde and the Strathclyde Institute for Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences at University of Strathclyde).

It put GCPOC firmly on the map for the international community in Physical Organic Chemistry; follow-on activities see two members of GCPOC (Prof. John Murphy and Dr Goetz Bucher) presenting lectures at the Gordon Conference on Physical Organic Chemistry in July 2009. The meeting has also led to a subsequent meeting between Britest and GCPOC with a view to establishing collaborative programmes.

A further outcome is that a themed issue of the web-based Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry featured papers in Physical Organic Chemistry featuring authors who speak at SymPOC 2009 and at the 2009 Gordon Conference on Physical Organic Chemistry.

Effective start/end date1/02/0930/06/09


  • EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council): £5,113.00