Plenary Speakers

We are excited to announce the following individuals will be joining us as Plenary Speakers

Zhong-Qun Tian

Xiamen University

Hong-Fei Wang

Fudan University

Marena Manley

Stellenbosch University

Geraldine Richmond

Geraldine Richmond

University of Oregon

Geraldine (Geri) Richmond is the Presidential Chair in Science and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oregon. Her research using laser spectroscopy and computational methods focusses on understanding environmentally and technologically important processes that occur at liquid surfaces. Richmond is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  She has served in leadership roles on many international, national and state governing and advisory boards. She is currently serving as a member of the National Science Board, as the U.S. Science Envoy to the Lower Mekong River Countries and as Secretary of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Richmond is the founding director of COACh a grass-roots organization formed in 1998 that has helped over 20,000 women scientists and engineers in career advancement in the U.S. and countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Awards for her scientific accomplishments include the 2018 Priestley Medal from the American Chemical Society (ACS), the Linus Pauling Medal Award (2018), the National Medal of Science (2013), the American Phyical Society Davisson-Germer Prize (2013), the ACS Joel H. Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical and Experimental Studies of Liquids (2011) the Speirs Medal from the Royal Society of Chemistry (2004)  and the ACS Olin-Garvan Medal (1996).  Awards for her education, outreach and science capacity building efforts include the  ACS Charles L. Parsons Award for Outstanding Public Service (2013), the ACS Award for Encouraging Women in the Chemical Sciences (2005), and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (1997).


Clare Strachan

University of Helsinki

Matt Baker

Matt Baker

University of Strathclyde

Matt was appointed as a Reader in Dec 2017 following being appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at Strathclyde in October 2014. He established and leads the Spectral Analytics Laboratory whose vision is to understand the composition and behaviour of molecules in complex matrices. A major aim of his group is to understand molecular changes that occur during disease progression and to instigate rapid objective biofluid diagnostics.

Following a PhD at the University of Manchester, he then spent time at the Robert Koch Institute, Berlin and Harvard Medical School. He then moved back to the UK to work for the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) part of the UK Ministry of Defence in the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) domain as a Project Manager, Senior Scientist and Research Fellow before returning to academia in 2012 at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

He was awarded the 2016 Emerging Leader in Molecular Spectroscopy, BioDundee Business Innovation “Pitch Perfect” Winner and Top 30 Converge Challenge, Scotland’s’ Leading Entrepreneurial Programme. In 2017 he was awrded the RSC Harrison-Meldola Prize and ClinSpec Dx was awarded Runner-Up Converge Challenge. Matt sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of Analyst and Spectroscopy and is an Editor of Vibrational Spectroscopy. He is also a founding director of the International Society for Clinical Spectroscopy (ClirSpec) which is committed to the translation of promising spectroscopic technologies to tackle global health challenges and he is CSO of a ClinSpec Diagnostics Ltd (ClinSpec Dx).

In 2015, he started the RSC twitter poster conference series focusing on analytical chemistry which is now in its 3rd year and has expanded to all areas of chemistry and managed 1,650 contributors, 6,473 tweets, an audience of 2,770,749 and 11,841,519 impressions in 2017

Dongho Kim

Dongho Kim

Yonsei University

Dongho Kim received his BS (1980) from Seoul National University and PhD (1984) from Washington University. After postdoctoral research at Princeton University, he joined the Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (1986). In 2000, he moved to Yonsei University as a Professor of Chemistry and is now Underwood Distinguished Professor.

He received the Scientist of the Month Award (1999), the Sigma-Aldrich Award (2005), the Korea Science Award in Chemistry (2006), the Star Faculty Award (2006), the National Science Achieving Excellence Award (2010), FILA Basic Science Award (2017), and Academic Excellent Prize in Korean Chemical Society (2018).

His research activity has been focused on the excited-state properties and exciton dynamics of various π-conjugated systems. For this scientific subject, his scientific achievements has been selected as 100 National Research and Development Excellent Achievements and received the National Science and Technology Medals by Ministry of Science and ICT, Korea. He is a member of the editorial boards for Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines and The Journal of Physical Chemistry.

Katsumasa Fujita

Osaka University

Bernhard Lendl

Technische Universitat Wien

Steve Holroyd

Fonterra Cooperative Ltd

Malgorzata Baranska

Jagiellonian University