von Dienstag, 15. September 2015 -  08:00 Uhr
bis Donnerstag, 17. September 2015 - 17:00 Uhr


Natural and artificial photosynthesis

New information derived from the study of natural systems will be discussed and used to aid design of artificial photosynthetic systems. Attention will be given to both synthetic light-harvesting antennae and molecular devices capable of efficacious charge-separation.

Light-activated molecular machines and logic gates

The study of multi-component systems where illumination induces controlled mechanical movements (machines) and/or where light can be exploited as input/output information. The relevance to protein folding should not be missed.

Self-organization of photo-active nanostructures

Identifying new and improved ways to assemble supramolecular entities with a photo-active unit, such as liquid crystals, organo-gels, dendrimers, etc. Although synthesis plays a crucial role in the development of such species, the discussion will deal with the synergistic features of the actual assembly.

Luminescence sensing and imaging

The in-situ detection of changes in the local topology and in the concentration of selected substrates, including biologically relevant species.


Registration for Supramolecular Photochemistry will open in 2015.

Please read the registration information on this page before registering.

You will be able to register by clicking on the online registration link on this page.

Please note accommodation is not included in the registration fee. There are a limited number of rooms available at Downing College and these can be booked at the same time as your registration at a cost of £90.00 per person per night for a single occupancy bed and breakfast room. Please follow the registration link on this page and select your accommodation at the same time. A wide variety of accommodation is also available in Cambridge city centre and is within walking distance of the College (seel link at the bottom of the page).

Registration Package

Registration includes: 

  • Attendance at the sessions 
  • Refreshments throughout the meeting
  • Lunch on Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th September  
  • Attendance at the poster drinks reception on uesday 15th September 
  • Attendance at the conference banquet on Wednesday 16th September 
  • A copy of the discussion pre-prints
  • A copy of the final theme issue of the Faraday Discussion containing papers presented at the Discussion (issued approximately 6 months after the meeting)**
  • For non-member registrants, membership of the RSC until the end of 2016                                                          

Registration fees are as follows:  

  Early bird
(by 27 July 2015)
(by 17 August 2015)
Members * £335 £385
Non-members £435 £485
Student members * £160 £210
Student non-members £185 £235
Registration fees are VAT exempt.

* If you are an RSC member and wish to register for this meeting, please select the member option on the online registration page. You will need to enter your membership number.

**Excluding student members, who can order the volume at a reduced price at the conference.

Student Delegates

In order to encourage undergraduate or postgraduate students to attend the Discussion, a reduced conference fee (to include a set of pre-prints but not the final Discussion Volume) is available. This fee applies to those undertaking a full time course for a recognised degree or a diploma at a university or equivalent institution.

A copy of the publication may be purchased at less than half price, only for orders placed at the meeting where an application form will be made available.

Conference Banquet

The conference banquet on Wednesday 16th September is included in the registration fee.


Please note that accommodation is not included in the registration fee.

There are a limited number of rooms available at Downing College and these can be booked alongside your registration on a first come, first served basis. The College is located very close to a number of external hotels and additional information will be available on this webpage during 2014.

Room Type Cost
Bed & Breakfast, single occupancy £ 90.00 

For alternative accommodation, there are a number of hotels located within a few minutes walk of the College Campus. Please try the University Arms Hotel on +44 871 222 4689 or please follow the link at the bottom of the page for a more complete list.


There are a number of RSC bursaries available to student and younger members of the RSC in the early stages of their career (typically within 5 years of completing a first or postgraduate degree) who do not have support available from their employer or a research grant. 

Applicants should be RSC members at the time of application and at the meeting for which the travel bursary is being given.

The bursary is £150 per applicant and funding is supplied by the RSC Travel Grant Scheme.

The application form which is available to download from this page should be completed and returned to RSC Events by email by the deadline.

Deadline for applications: 27 July 2015

Terms & Conditions

By registering your attendance via the online registration system you are agreeing to pay all monies due, whether attending or not, unless cancellation is completed before the cancellation deadline. Payment must be completed before the start of the conference. All registrations received by the closing date will be acknowledged. If an acknowledgement is not received within 14 days, please contact RSC Events. 

Cancellations received before the standard registration deadline will be subject to an administrative charge of 25%. It will not be possible to offer any refunds on cancellations received (including those for meals, accommodation or social events) after the standard registration deadline has passed, although a change in attending delegate can be made at any time. Changes to bookings for meals, accommodation or social events cannot be accepted after the deadline.

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Contact and Further Information

Royal Society of Chemistry, Thomas Graham House, Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0WF, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 434048
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 423623
Email: Events

Further Info

Since its inception in 1987, the field of Supramolecular Photochemistry has experienced impressive growth, and now impacts on many topics, including artificial photosynthesis, light-activated molecular machines, molecular logic gates, and luminescence sensing and imaging. The field has matured, taking advantage on new instrumentation and advances in synthesis, and it is now time to consider where we are and where we want to be in the near future.

The Faraday Division have been organising high impact Faraday Discussions in rapidly developing areas of physical chemistry and its interfaces with other scientific disciplines for over 100 years.

Faraday Discussions have a special format where research papers written by the speakers are distributed to all participants before the meeting, and most of the meeting is devoted to discussing the papers. Everyone contributes to the discussion - including presenting their own relevant research. The research papers and a record of the discussion are published in the journal Faraday Discussions.
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