Upcoming events

2021 Southern Highlands Conference on Heterocyclic Chemistry

29 - 31 August 2021
Sebel Harbourside, Kiama NSW
This event was rescheduled from 2020, due to COVID.

This annual, two full-day residential conferences has become a feature of the heterocyclic calendar over the past 30 years. It has been held at one of a select few venues in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, south of Sydney. In 2021 the meeting will move slightly to the equally convenient and attractive coastal town of Kiama, NSW. Famous for its blowhole, this picturesque town is situated 90 minutes by rail from Sydney and offers many local attractions, including the stunning 22 km Kiama coastal pathway walk, options for winery and food tours, the Minnamurra Rainforest Centre and the Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk.

The new conference venue, the Sebel Harbourside Kiama, comprising the beautifully restored 1871 heritage-listed bluestone Infants’ School and the adjacent contemporary waterfront accommodation site, is a popular conference and wedding venue. It offers a high standard of accommodation, fine food and conferencing that provides an ideal setting, for the renowned lively scientific discussion and exchange of the Southern Highlands Conference on Heterocyclic Chemistry. Adequate break time is also allowed in the programme to sample optional off-site excursions or a stroll along the waterfront.

Invited International Speakers (subject to travel arrangements):

  • Prof. Dame Margaret Brimble (University of Auckland)
  • Prof. Vinh Huynh (National University of Singapore)

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Prof. Joanne Blanchfield (University of Queensland)
    Professor Joanne Blanchfield is a teaching and research academic in the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences at the University of Queensland. She is an organic and medicinal chemist having trained at UQ, Johns Hopkins University and the Australian National University. Her research interests include the identification of active compounds from natural sources, particularly from herbal and traditional medicinal plants. She studies the bioavailability of these natural products to elucidate the mechanism of absorption and identify the most likely active components of crude extracts. Her research also focuses on the synthesis of small molecule mimics of complex epitopes for use in synthetic vaccine development.

  • Dr Junming Ho (University of New South Wales)
    Junming Ho is a graduate of the University of Western Australia and the Australian National University. Before joining UNSW in 2017, he was an A*STAR international research fellow at Yale University and a research scientist in the Institute of High-Performance Computing (Singapore). He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Chemistry and his research areas include physical organic and computational chemistry.

  • Dr Sinead Keaveney (University of Wollongong)
    Sinead completed her PhD in physical organic chemistry at UNSW in 2016, followed by a postdoctoral stint in the field of Pd catalysis at RWTH Aachen University in Germany. She then began her independent career in 2018 through her Macquarie University Postdoctoral Fellowship and has recently moved to the University of Wollongong as a Lecturer. Her research is focussed on rationally designing new catalysts to facilitate challenging and high-value chemical transformations, with detailed mechanistic studies used to guide catalyst design.

  • Dr Fei Liu (incoming President, Macquarie University)
    Fei did her PhD in Organic Chemistry at Yale in 2002, followed by an NIH postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Medical School. She is currently Senior Lecturer in Molecular Sciences at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Her research group is interested in biomimetic asymmetric catalysis, diversity-oriented synthesis with conformation control, and forward/reverse chemical proteomics in drug leads/targets discovery.
  • Dr Anastasios (Tash) Polyzos (University of Melbourne)
    Dr Anastasios (Tash) Polyzos was awarded his PhD in 2005 from La Trobe University under the direction of Professor Andrew Hughes and appointed to Research Fellow at the Australian National research agency, CSIRO in the same year. In 2008 he pursued post-doctoral research at the University of Cambridge under the guidance of Professor Steven V. Ley FRS. In 2011 he returned to Australia and lead the flow chemistry and catalysis group at CSIRO in Australia. He began his independent career in 2015 when he was appointed to Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne. His group’s accomplishments have been recognised by a number of achievements including the 2018 Max O’Conner Award and Lectureship, La Trobe University (2018) the Thieme Chemistry Journals Award (2017), Visiting Professorship, ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) (2016) and the Julius Career Award, CSIRO, Australia (2013). His research interests include the development of new methods and enabling technologies for organic synthesis, photocatalysis, C-H reaction discovery, and the development of sustainable industrial process chemistry. He currently serves as Director of the Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Chemical Industries.

Expressions of Interest, Registration and Call for Papers

Your participation in this outstanding conference is invited in 2021. Together with the Conference President, we invite as many conference poster presentations as possible in any field of heterocyclic chemistry. However, the number of delegates will be limited to 50, so please record your expression of interest and register early. Completed registration forms & payment must be received by 30 July 2021.

Nominations for Postgraduate Student Awards

Postgraduate supervisors and Heads of Departments are advised of the opportunity to nominate senior postgraduate students for the award of postgraduate scholarships, valued at half the registration cost. Applications close 16 July 2021. These awards are designed to encourage participation in the conference by outstanding scholars with academic ambitions.

Please contact Paul Keller for more information.
4221 4692
0407 904 373