UK NMR Discussion Group

Welcome to the events pages of the UK NMR Discussion Group (NMRDG), an Interest Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

This site holds information on our forthcoming meetings and also hosts the history of NMRDG activities, from its inception in 1964 to the present day. Some further, related information can be found on the RSC site.

A short summary of NMRDG events in 2015 and 2016 is available.

NMRDG History: the history of the group from 1964. (Under construction)

NMRDG interest group (free!) membership appeal

If you are a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, but are not already a member of the RSC NMR DG Interest Group (Interest Group 54), please will you consider joining the Interest Group by simply sending an E-mail to . There is no cost associated with this, providing that you are not already part of three or more other RSC Interest Groups.  Please will you provide your name and RSC membership number, and request that you would like to join Interest Group 54, NMR Discussion Group. This is important to us and, by doing this, you will be helping us to make our events accessible to more magnetic resonance spectroscopists, and sponsor more student travel.  If you are unsure about whether or not you have already joined the Interest Group, please let us know and we will confirm with you directly.

NMRDG Chairperson

It is a pleasure to acknowledge the outstanding contribution made (2016-17) by Prof Sharon Ashbrook. Sharon worked tirelessly and with great skill to ensure that these were also very successful for the NMRDG. In addition to the excellent scientific series, we can look back at record investment in our young scientists going to international conferences to present their work.

The incoming Chairperson is a friend to the NMRDG, and very well known in the UK NMR scene. Please join us in welcoming Prof. Simon Duckett of York University to this, his new role. We are immensely grateful that he has taken the position.


Forthcoming NMRDG meetings

Meeting Title/Theme Location Information and Registration links
2019 joint NMR Discussion Group British Biophysical Society spring meeting
Wednesday 10th April - 11th April, 2019

University of Leeds

 Conference Auditorium 2 University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane,

The event has been supported extensively by UK Research Councils, instrument vendors, journal publishers and UK-based industries.  A poster session will be held and prizes awarded accordingly for the best presentations.  For further information, please send an E-mail to  


Please put these dates in your diaries.

NMRDG Post Graduates'  Meeting
Friday, 21st June, 2019
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The annual event where post graduates and post docs can present their research work as posters and talks University of York RSC website



NMR Managers' Meeting
Thursday, 20th June, 2019
The annual event to support NMR facility managers University of York Programme



N.B. Students, remember that you can apply for funding towards attendance.


Recent/past meeting(s) 

11th Annual NMRDG Postgraduate Meeting (2018)

The meeting report is available.

As usual, presentation and scientific standards were very high. Tasked with the difficult job of choosing the best speakers and poster, the judges made these selections.

Best oral presentation

Sarah Mann, University of Warwick, "Probing structure and dynamics in ionic liquid pharmaceuticals by NMR Spectroscopy"

Runners up: Abby Howarth, University of Durham, "Probing ion mobility in Li-stuffed garnets using multi-nuclear solid-state NMR"

Ashlea Hughes, University of Liverpool, "Ultra-fast molecular rotors within porous organic cages"

Best poster presentation (JEOL)

Emily Corlett, University of Warwick, for her work on the evaluation of a NMR crystallography-based approach for the characterisation of Lutidine Fumarate compounds

Runner up

Callum Wallace, University of Lancaster, "17O DNP Enhanced Solid-state NMR Spectroscopy at 18.8T"

Thanks to all who took part, and a special congratulation to our winners.



 Please use the RCSB PDB web site, here!

ABS Trust UK bursary

The NMR DG would like to draw your attention to the ABS Trust website, and the availability through it for UK-based students in spectroscopy-related research/applications to apply for an ABS Trust UK bursary.  

The ABS Trust has recently established a website at:

Website contact details of still-active groups once affiliated to the ABS can be found listed on the website at:

Among the web pages of the ABS Trust website is one relating to ABS Trust UK Bursaries at:

Another page features links to the annual Gordon Kirkbright Award:

Both of these pages have access routes to Application Forms.


Other NMR meetings of possible interest


NMR: a tool for Biology January 28-30, 2019 Paris, France Information
PANIC NMR Conference March 3-7, 2019 Hilton Head Island, SC, USA Information
ENC Conference April 7 - 12, 2019 Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, California Information
Challenges in Analysis of Complex Natural Mixtures Faraday Discussion May 13-15, 2019 Edinburgh Information
EUROMAR jointly held with ISMAR August 25-30, 2019 Berlin, Germany Information



 There are a number of interesting courses planned in the area of metabonomics. These cover all aspects of theory, data manipulation, and statistical analysis.

A series of these will be held at ICL on Nov/Dec 2018, described here

Birmingham University will host a number of face-to-face and online courses, described here.


Please advise us if you are running a course so that we can advertise it.


Students and early-stage researchers: remember that you can apply for funding towards attendance of conferences such as these.

Items of interest


The 2018 BRSG-NMRDG Annual Prize Winner - Dr Ralph Adams

It is with the greatest of pleasure that we announce the winner of the 2018 BRSG NMR DG prize for excellent contribution to magnetic resonance.  Ralph Adams, University of Manchester, has been awarded the prize for his outstanding research, which includes extensive contributions in parahydrogen induced polarisation in conjunction with signal amplification by reversible exchange (SABRE), and matrix-assisted DOSY studies which involved development and implementation of the Perfect Echo PE-Watergate solvent suppression sequence.  More recently, Ralph has made key contributions in the development pure shift NMR spectroscopy, including the design, implementation and application of an important band-selective pure shift experiment, and has been a highly proactive member of the team that developed the PSYCHE family of pure shift NMR.  He has clearly established himself as an independent NMR spectroscopist, in addition to adopting laboratory manager responsibilities. 

Ralph will make a presentation of his work at the NMR DG Christmas meeting, which will be held on Thursday 13th December, Birkbeck College, London.

RSC Ronald Belcher Award 2017 - Dr Matthew Wallace

Congratulations Matthew Wallace, presently at the University of East Anglia, for winning this pretigeous award. Some of Matthew's work with NMR used to probe gels was presented at the recent Xmas NMRDG. The work was primarily performed whilst at Liverpool University. Matthew has also joined the NMRDG committee.

The 2017 Shoolery Annual Prize Announcement - Prof James Keeler

Prof James Keeler of Cambridge University has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to small-molecule NMR. He was awarded the 2017 Shoolery Prize by the SMASH Committee. Visit his group's web site for an overview of his exceptional work! Congratulations to "one of our own" for this well-deserved recognition of exceptional work.

RSC Joseph Black Award 2017 Winner - Dr Nicholle Bell

Our congratulations go to Dr Nicholle Bell, University of Edinburgh Awarded for innovative developments in the teaching and practice of spectroscopy.

A fuller description of Dr Bell's work can be found on the RSC website.

Call for nominations for the 2018 ICMRBS Founders' Medal

You are invited to nominate a young and excellent magnetic resonance spectroscopists for the Founders' Medal of the 2018 ICMRBS. Information and nomination details may be found here. Deadline: Tuesday May 29, 2018.


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Student bursaries

The NMRDG is pleased to be able to consider requests for bursaries to travel to other NMR meetings, and travel grants to visit labs to learn new techniques.

Applications for travel grants can be made at any reasonable time before a conference.

You may email your enquiry/application to:

Details of bursaries can be found here.
Details of travel grants can be found here.

Positions vacant


Last updated: July 31, 2018