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

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.

Membership appeal

If you are a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, but are not already a member of the RSC NMRDG 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.

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Forthcoming NMRDG meetings

NMRDG Christmas meeting 2020
. Provisional venue: Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology, UCL, London

Update The NMRDG Christmas meeting this year is still expected to go ahead. We are exploring options for holding the event.

The popular annual event. Further information, registration and programme to follow.

Forthcoming events may also be found on the RSC page.

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

Past events/Archive

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Other NMR meetings of possible interest

PANIC NMR 18-22 October 2020 La Jolla, CA, USA Information
EUROMAR 6-10 December 2020 Bilbao, Spain Information
SMASH 29 August - 1 September 2021 La Jolla, CA, USA Information

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Obituary Professor Les Sutcliffe

The NMRDG is very sad to report that one of our founding members and a past chair, Professor Les Sutcliffe, died suddenly on 25th April 2020. Les will be remembered fondly for his very wide and insightful contributions to our field of research. His book "High Resolution Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy" ultimately led to "Progress in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy" in 1966. This journal has had a major impact on the way we all work and you can find a warm appreciation of Les on the Progress in NMR Spectroscopy website.

Our NMRDG history pages take you back to 1964, and you can connect there more directly with Les and his role in NMR.

Günther Laukien Prize 2020

Prof. Simon Duckett (University of York) was jointly awarded the 2020 Günther Laukien Prize with Prof. Warren S. Warren (Duke University) and Prof. Konstatin L. Ivanov (International Tomography Centre, Novosibirsk) for their work on the development of the parahydrogen technique SABRE (Signal Amplification by Reversible Exchange).

Group news

It is a great pleasure to acknowledge the outstanding contribution made by Dr John Parkinson as NMRDG honorary treasurer over the decade 2009 to 2019. John has served the UK NMR community in this capacity with great skills and energy. The success of NMRDG over the years owes much to John's diligence in coordinating the group's finances regarding all its activities, ensuring smoothly run scientific meetings, distributing awards and bursaries to students. We have always enjoyed the traditional group's finances declaration John delivered at every Christmas meeting over the past decade, appreciating the organisation's fund being put to good use, particularly to maximise conference attendance of early career researchers. John now stands down as the group's treasurer and will be focusing his energy on organising the exciting Euromar conference coming back to the UK, University of Glasgow 2023.

Please join us in welcoming Prof Andy Baldwin of University of Oxford as the new NMRDG honorary treasurer. On acceptance of the new role Andy says: "The NMRDG is an outstanding body that promotes the wonderful technique of NMR spectroscopy. Becoming an NMR spectroscopist leads you into a career that is intrinsically interdisciplinary and always stimulating, and by bringing together like minded people, the NMRDG makes the whole process considerably more enjoyable. For this reason I would be honoured on the committee as the treasurer."

In other news, Dr Mike Bernstein of Mestrelab Research stands down as NMRDG media officer. We much appreciate Mike's tireless contribution in designing and maintaining the NMRDG website, keeping up to date the group's public announcements on awards and student bursaries and upcoming events. The role is now passed on to Dr Tran Pham of GSK.

NMRDG secretary

After a long and stellar contribution as the NMRDG secretary, we bid a fond farewell to Steve Byard. Much more than a secretary, Steve's outstanding contributions to NMR in the UK were acknowledged by the RSC.

Please join us in welcoming Dr Iain Day senior lecturer in chemistry and NMR spectroscopy at the University of Sussex in his new role as NMRDG secretary.

Dr Stephen Byard receives RSC award for service

Our warm congratulations go to Dr Stephen Byard, who was recognised by the RSC "For outstanding service to the Royal Society of Chemistry through his commitment to the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Discussion Group".

We in the UK NMR community know Stephen very well from the countless hours he has applied to the NMRDG. This takes the form of a lot of effort and organisation that is not seen, but the annual meetings are very much the product of his efforts. He has, for some years, been responsible for a string of very popular and useful NMRDG Christmas Meetings.

We congratulate Stephen and thank him for his unique and fundamental contribution to NMR in the UK.

Read about the award here and at the Arcinova web site.

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.

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Presentation prize winners of the 12th annual NMRDG postgraduate meeting 2019

Oral presentation prize winner

Matthew Davy, University of Bristol, "Playing with NMR acquisition to improve data quality"

Poster presentation prize winner

Oliver Dutton, University of Bristol, "Designing for shape"

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

The 2019 BRSG-NMRDG annual prize winner - Dr Karen Johnston, Durham University

It is a great pleasure to announce that the 2019 BRSG – NMRDG prize for Excellent Contribution to Magnetic Resonance has been awarded to Dr Karen Johnston, University of Durham.

Karen obtained her PhD from the University of St Andrews, where her research combined synthesis, multinuclear solid-state NMR, diffraction and first-principles DFT calculations of NMR parameters to study structure and ordering in the solid state, particularly in perovskites. Subsequently, Karen started her independent research career at the University of Durham, where her multidisciplinary work focuses on the application of solid-state NMR in combination with other techniques, including uSR and diffraction-based methods, for the characterisation of structure, disorder and diffusion in functional materials. In particular, she has a strong interest in energy materials, building on her post-doctoral experience in Cambridge and France. Karen has already made significant contributions in this discipline, with no fewer than 16 peer reviewed publications in high impact journals, and her work is now recognised internationally. As part of the award, Karen will present some of her most recent work at the Christmas BRSG meeting, which will be held in London on Wednesday 11th December, in addition to giving an Overview lecture at the 2019 NMRDG Postgraduate Meeting in York.

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.

The 2018 Shoolery annual prize announcement - Dr Krish Krishnamurthy

Dr Krish Krishnamurthy has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to small-molecule NMR. He was awarded the 2018 Shoolery Prize by the SMASH Committee. Visit here for an overview of his exceptional work!

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.

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.

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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.

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ABS Trust bursaries

The NMRDG would like to draw your attention to the Association of British Spectroscopists Trust (ABS Trust) website, and the availability through it for UK-based students in spectroscopy-related research/applications to apply for an ABS Trust bursary.

The ABS Trust website also contains information and application forms for the Kirkbright and Steers bursary awards that assist a promising early career scientist of any nation to attend a recognised scientific meeting or visit a place of learning.

ABS Trust bursary application form for UK-based students

Kirkbright bursary award application form

Steers bursary award application form

Home > More > Committee


Chairperson: Prof Simon B Duckett CChem MRSC
Secretary: Dr Iain Day CSci CChem MRSC
Treasurer: Prof Andrew Baldwin

Committee members:

Dr John A Parkinson FRSC
Prof Sharon Ashbrook FRSC
Prof Frédéric Blanc
Prof Craig Butts
Dr Meghan Halse
Prof Flemming Hansen FRSC
Prof Gareth Morris CChem FRSC
Dr Harry Parkes
Dr Tran Pham
Dr Vanessa Timmermann
Dr Matthew Wallace
Dr Sara Whittaker

Former committee members:
Dr Mike Bernstein CChem MRSC
Dr Stephen Byard