Artificial Intelligence in Chemistry


Monday-Tuesday, 28th-29th September 2020


Churchill College, Cambridge, UK



Registration is not yet open


Twitter hashtag - #AIChem20


Downloads and Links
First announcement

Abstract template - closing dates are 1st May (oral) and 17th July (poster)

Bursary application form - closing date is 30th July


Travel and directions to the venue

College site plan

RSC website

RSC CICAG newsletter (Chemical Information and Computer Applications Group) - including forthcoming events


Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Statement from RSC BMCS Committee

18th March 2020

With the ongoing Coronavirus situation and increasing requirements for social distancing, the RSC BMCS Committee has taken the decision to cancel all solely or jointly arranged meetings up to and including GPCRs on 21st-23rd September 2020. It is hoped that planned 2020 meetings can take place on similar dates in 2021.


Please check www.rsc.org/bmcs and our social media outlets (Twitter @RSC_BMCS, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram @RSCBMCS, YouTube) for any updates. It is our policy that 100% refunds be given to registered delegates. We would, however, ask for your patience for these to be processed. Thank you for your understanding.


For current information regarding the virus, please refer to the websites of the UK Government and Public Health England, or the World Health Organisation. 


Artificial Intelligence is presently experiencing a renaissance in development of new methods and practical applications to ongoing challenges in Chemistry.  Following the successes of two “Artificial Intelligence in Chemistry” meetings in 2018 and 2019, we are pleased to announce that the Biological & Medicinal Chemistry Sector (BMCS) and Chemical Information & Computer Applications Group (CICAG) of the Royal Society of Chemistry are once again organising a conference to present the current efforts in applying these new methods. The meeting will be held over two days and combine aspects of artificial intelligence and deep machine learning methods to applications in chemistry.


Who should attend

This meeting will be of interest to scientists of any level of experience from academia and industry.

Call for Papers

Applications for oral and poster presentation are invited.  Please download an abstract template here.


Posters will be displayed throughout the day and applicants will be asked if they wish to provide a two-minute flash oral presentation when submitting their abstract. The closing dates for submissions are 1st May for oral and 17th July for poster presentation.


Confirmed Speakers

Esben Jannik Bjerrum, AstraZeneca, UK

Machine learning for free energy calculations

Hannah Bruce McDonald, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA

Olexandr Isayev, Carnegie Mellon, USA

Outline Programme

08.30 Registration and refreshments
09.20 Technical programme starts
18.00 Technical programme ends
19.00 Conference dinner

08.30 Refreshments
08.50 Technical programme starts
16.30 Technical programme ends


Registration and Bursaries

Registration is not yet open and fees are yet to be announced.   The registration fee will include attendance at the conference dinner on Monday evening, 28th September.


A number of RSC-BMCS and RSC-CICAG student bursaries will be available up to a value of £600, to support registration, travel and accommodation costs for PhD and post-doctoral applicants studying at academic institutions.  Preference will be given to members of the RSC or EFMC, especially those who are selected to present posters.  We also welcome bursary applications from those who may have difficulty funding themselves or whose organisations may have difficulty funding their attendance.


The closing date for applications is 30th July.  Please download a bursary application form here.

Cancellation Policy
In the event of cancellation before 14th September, 80% of the fee paid will be refunded. Cancellations must be received in writing. Refunds will not be possible from that date although substitutions are possible at any time.

In the unlikely event of cancellation of the meeting, fees paid will be refunded in full.  Registration acknowledgements will be sent within two weeks.


There will be a relevant trade exhibition and the exhibition will held in the same areas as the posters and refreshments.  The exhibition package will include:
• a stand space measuring 3 m wide x 1.6 m deep (including display and table)
a six foot trestle table and chair(s)
a blue baize table cloth
access to electricity and wi-fi
logo acknowledgement in the delegate handbook and rolling slides
a promotional page in the printed delegate handbook.

Those companies wishing to have a trade stand will be asked to book early to avoid disappointment as space will be limited.    


Delegate pack inserts will also be available to book, comprising no more than two pages of A4 fixed together.


Conference Dinner

The conference dinner on Monday evening will be included in all delegate registration fees, although opt-in will be required.


Accommodation in College
Bedrooms have been held at Churchill College for Sunday and Monday nights (27th and 28th September) on a bed and breakfast basis.


All bedrooms are en-suite, and should be booked at the time of registration.


Venue and Travel
Address:  Churchill College, Storey's Way, Cambridge CB3 0DS.


Travel Overview:  Churchill College is a 15-minute walk from the centre of Cambridge. Travel to Cambridge is convenient by rail as well as by road. 


Rail and Air: The College is 2.7 miles from Cambridge railway station (CBG), and 32 miles from Stansted airport (40 minutes). There are plenty of public transport options – see Churchill's website, including the U-bus from/to the railway station which costs  £2.20, journey time 30 minutes.


Car: There is ample free parking on site along Churchill Road (the College's private road) in the main car park at the end of that road, and in the staff car park (if available). A clearly-sign posted grassed area may also be available. Visitor parking permits are not required.


Directions: Please follow this link, and here is a site plan of Churchill College


Accessibility:  For complete information about accessibility within Churchill College, please view this link.


This third symposium is organised by the RSC BMCS (Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector) and the RSC CICAG (Chemical Information and Computer Applications Group). 



Sponsors are sought to support the low registration fees offered to students attending this event. 


We are grateful to our confirmed sponsors




Organising Committee
Nathan Brown, BenevolentAI (chairman)

Garrett Morris, University of Oxford

Samantha Hughes, AstraZeneca

Chris Swain, Cambridge MedChem Consulting

Joe Sweeney, Lancaster University

Secretariat Contact
Maggi Churchouse, 3 East Barn, Market Weston Road, Thelnetham, Diss IP22 1JJ, UK
Telephone: +44 (0)1359 221004
E-mail:  maggi@maggichurchouseevents.co.uk


To contact the secretariat, please send an e-mail.


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