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The Heterocyclic and Synthesis Group (originally The Heterocyclic Group) of The Royal Society of Chemistry was founded by a group of UK-based heterocyclic chemists, holding its first scientific meeting in 1967. Membership is open to all RSC members and the group currently numbers around 700 members from all corners of the globe. 


We are particularly proud of our strong links with industry; reflected in the number of group members who work in industry. The excellent support we receive from industry in both sponsorship and speakers helps us to run high quality meetings.


We are also especially keen to promote the participation of “young” heterocyclic and synthetic chemists at our meetings i.e. postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers.  This is reflected in highly subsidised registration costs as well as travel and registration bursaries for postgraduates. We were also the first group to run a postgraduate meeting where all of the speakers were chosen from the postgraduate community.


The Lakeland Symposium is the flagship meeting of the Group, held every two years in Grasmere in the Lake District. The 23rd Grasmere meeting will take place 4-8th May 2017.


The scientific sessions will be held in Grasmere Village Hall in the evenings (starting in the evening on Thursday 4th May) and mornings (including Monday 8th May), with the afternoons free to explore the surrounding hills and fells, discuss chemistry, catch up with work, or network. Accompanying persons are especially welcome at this meeting – the Lake District is an excellent centre for visitors. There will be an accompanying persons’ programme. The total number of participants will be limited to around 150 in order to maintain the informal atmosphere.


Participants may register in one of two ways: registration only or registration/accommodation combined. Details of the registration costs and an accommodation request form are enclosed.


Participants opting to pay ‘registration only’ are responsible for finding their own accommodation, and possibilities are listed on the website.


The Wordsworth and Red Lion hotels have been reserved for conference delegates, and a £150 deposit is required from those who wish to stay in these hotels.

Full details of accommodation costs in these hotels are provided later in this pack.


The Grasmere Meeting is extremely popular and early registration is advised, as numbers are limited.


Registration for the 2023 meeting will be online. Registration is available online through the RSC events registration link (live from end of November 2022), which can be reached via HERE


We look forward to welcoming you to Grasmere 2023.


The Organising Committee


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