General Information


All conference attendees with accommodation in Keble College should initially check-in and collect the keys to their accommodation from the Keble College Porter’s Lodge (post code: OX1 3PG). The Porters’ Lodge is open at all times for accommodation check-in. Registration for the conference for both day attendees and attendees staying in Keble College will take place at the conference desk located on the ground floor of the Sloane Robinson Building. The building will be signposted from the Keble Lodge and directions are available from the Lodge staff. College maps are available online and will be provided in the conference booklet once you have reached the conference desk. The conference desk will be open for registration on Sunday from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m., if you arrive between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. you should follow the signs to the Chemistry Research Laboratory on South Parks Road (post code: OX1 3TA, 3 minutes walk from Keble College), where you will be able to register for your conference badge and enjoy complementary dinner.

On all other days, conference registration will be open for day registration between 8.30 a.m. and 9 a.m., and in the morning coffee breaks.


Sunday Evening Activities and Dinner

Sunday 2nd April is an important date in the sporting calendar of the University of Oxford. The 162nd Men’s and 72nd Women’s University Boat Races are taking place. This annual event sees the top rowing crews from Oxford and Cambridge Universities race one another on the river Thames through central London. From 4 p.m. onwards participants are invited to gather in the Keble College bar to view the television coverage of this event.

Between 6 and 8 p.m. there will be a fish and chip supper buffet in the Chemistry Research Laboratories (CRL). The dinner is included in the cost of all conference registration fees. Food will be served throughout the 2 hours so that participants arriving later than 6 p.m. can join the meal at any time. Accompanying the traditional British fish and chips, we will serve a selection of local Oxfordshire beers and ciders in addition to soft drinks. The CRL will close at 8 p.m. and all delegates are invited to attend an Organ Recital (organist: Matthew Golesworthy) in Keble College Chapel at 8.15 pm. Matthew was Davidge Organ Scholar at Trinity College, Oxford, and holds fellowship diplomas from Trinity College, London, and The Royal Schools of Music. Keble College bar will then serve drinks until midnight.



All lectures will be held in the O’Reilly lecture theatre in Keble College (Sloane Robinson Building). Morning sessions start at 9 a.m. Monday to Thursday. The lecture theatre will be signposted.


Information for Speakers

Please allow 5 minutes for discussion at the end of all lectures. Excluding discussion time, keynote lectures will be 35 minutes, invited lectures 25 minutes, and contributed lectures and JEOL Student Prize talks 15 minutes. A data projector (Panasonic WXGA 1280_800, 16:10) and conference laptop (Dell Latitude E5570, Windows 10; Intel i5 2.4GHz 8GB RAM 128GB SSD, Office 2016) will be available. Speakers are kindly asked to upload their presentations onto this computer (and set up and test them) in the morning before the first session of the day of their presentation. When saving your PowerPoint file for the presentation, please make sure that:

1. All fonts have been embedded (tick the relevant box in the file saving options).

2. All externally linked graphics and video files are present in the same directory as the presentation file. The best way of doing that is to use the “Export/Package for CD” option.

If it is strictly necessary, speakers may use their own laptops, but we discourage this in order to minimise the switch-over time between presentations and you must provide any required display adapter. Members of the local organising team will be available to open the lecture theatre and provide limited assistance.

Please would all speakers ensure they keep strictly to the time schedule for their talk.


Poster Sessions

Poster sessions will take place on Monday from 3.45 p.m. until 5.00 p.m. (odd numbers) and Tuesday from 1.45 p.m. until 3.00 p.m. (even numbers), in both the Douglas Price room (Sloane Robinson Building) and the ARCO meeting rooms (ARCO building). The rooms will be signposted from the main lecture theatre. Posters should be set up either on Sunday before 6 p.m. or during Monday morning, and removed on Thursday morning. Posters are identified by their number in the conference booklet. Please affix your poster to the corresponding numbered board only, using the material provided. Poster boards are A0 portrait format. Coffee will be served during poster sessions in both locations.

The RSC ESR Group Committee and International EPR (ESR) Society (IES) are pleased to announce that two poster prizes sponsored by the IES will be awarded to the best poster presentations by young researchers at the 50th anniversary ESR group conference. All posters presented by young researchers at the conference will automatically be considered for these prizes. The prizes will also include one year of free IES membership. Oxford University Press have kindly provided books on the topic of EPR to be given out as additional poster prizes.


Tea and Coffee Breaks

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served during the morning and afternoon breaks and the poster sessions in both the Douglas Price and ARCO meeting rooms.



With exception of the reception on Sunday evening, all meals provided during the conference will be in the Keble College Hall. Breakfast will be provided Mon-Thu: 7.30 a.m. – 9.00 a.m. The exact times for lunches and dinners vary slightly from day to day depending on the programme; please see the conference programme overview in the abstract booklet for details. Please note that Lunch is included in the cost of all registrations. Dinner is included for all participants with accommodation, but must be booked separately for day participants. If any day participants would like to register for any additional dinners during the conference please speak to a member of the local organising team.


Conference Banquet

The conference banquet will take place on Wednesday, April 5th, at 7.15 p.m. in Keble College Hall.


Free Afternoon on Tuesday

Oxford is both a beautiful city and a cultural hub. The social afternoon will give participants the opportunity to explore this vibrant city. Several activities, such as college and museum visits, will be proposed starting at 15.00 on Tuesday. Since the number of people for each activity is limited, we ask all participants to sign up at the registration desk as early as possible. Further information about the visits and sign-up will be available at the registration desk on Sunday during registration, and Monday and Tuesday during coffee breaks.

The proposed activities include guided tours of New College, visits of the Museum of the History of Science, the Natural History Museum (which holds an internationally significant collection of geological and zoological specimens), the Pitt Rivers Museum (containing one of the world’s finest collections of anthropology and archaeology), the Ashmolean (Britain’s first museum, which has an extensive collection of art and archaeology) or the Bate Collection (the University’s collection of Musical Instruments).

For those wishing to explore Oxford on their own, maps of the city centre are included in the conference bags.


Accompanying Persons

Although there is no formal program of events for accompanying persons, the conference organisers will be happy to suggest interesting places to visit both within Oxford city and the surrounding area. Useful tourist information can be found at Oxford City Guide and Experience Oxfordshire.


Internet Access

Wireless internet is available in all bedrooms and the meeting space. Instructions on how to connect to the network will be inserted in the conference bags. Hard wired internet access can also be provided in bedrooms but will require an ethernet cable (available from the Porters Lodge). EDUROAM is also available in College and on Campus – to use EDUROAM please ensure your device is configured in advance using the method and logon details specified by your institution.



Any queries relating to the facilities in Keble College should in the first instance be addressed to the Porters who are available in the Porters’ Lodge 24 hours a day. For matters relating to the conference, please ask any of the Oxford participants or organisers who will be wearing blue name badges.



In an event of a medical emergency or accident on site please call the Keble Porters’ Lodge on: Internal-72727, External-01865 272727, or the Conference Officer on Internal-72789 or 82505. If there is an emergency in the night delegates should contact the Lodge. The Lodge Porter will alert the conference organisers.



Participants should vacate their rooms and check out at the Porters’ Lodge by 10 a.m. on Thursday April 6th, making sure to return all keys. Luggage can be stored until 5 p.m. in the Keble College bar.


Car Parking

Please note no parking will be available on the Keble College site. Unfortunately parking within the centre of Oxford is very limited and primarily short stay only. Please see the travel information page for details of available pay and display car parks and alternative methods of travel.