Leverhulme Research Centre for Functional Materials Design 2nd Biennial Symposium

 21-23 September 2022, Liverpool, UK

Join us at the world famous Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, in September 2022 for the second biennial Leverhulme Research Centre Functional Materials Design Symposium. This symposium is for established and early-career scientists, post-graduate students and industrial researchers interested in materials discovery. We have brought together, under one roof, some of the world leading experts across all areas of materials research, a truly unique symposium is in store. We strongly encourage delegates to submit an abstract for a poster presentation, details for submission can be found here

Developing new high-performance materials is critical to enable next-generation technologies for society. New systematic and effective approaches to this problem are required given the slow pace with which new materials have traditionally been discovered when relying on serendipity and chemical intuition. The complexity and the multi-scale nature of the relationships between material's structure and its properties makes the design of a material with given properties one of grand scientific challenges of our times. The Leverhulme Research Centre for Functional Materials Design is moving this forward by fusing leading-edge synthesis concepts from the physical sciences with ideas from the forefront of computer science, alongside experts in robotics, engineering, management and social science. This symposium brings together experts across different scientific disciplines united by the common goal of accelerating materials discovery to discuss important themes such as grand challenges, the integration of computation and experiment, algorithms, and high throughput methods.

On behalf of the organising committee, I look forward to welcoming you to Liverpool.

Prof. Andrew I. Cooper

Director, Leverhulme Research Centre for Functional Materials Design


The symposium hosts 27 speakers across three days with dedicated time reserved for discussion and scientific debate after each speaker. There is also dedicated networking breaks to allow for discussion and development of new collaborations. The poster sessions will have a dedicated location at the heart of our networking/breakout space.


The Leverhulme Research Centre has the overarching goal of changing the way we discover new materials with four themes representing its core developments.

Theme 1 – Computational Materials Design

Theme 2 – Experimental Materials Design

Theme 3 – Intelligent Automation & Robotics

Theme 4 – Harnessing Exponential Knowledge via AI & ML

Our outstanding line up of speakers span these four themes and push the boundaries of multi-disciplinary research. This is a truly unique event and one not to be missed.  


Prof. Alán Aspuru-Guzik

Prof. Julien Bourgeois 

Prof. Richard Bourne 

Prof. Jacqui Cole 

Prof. Elizabeth Dickey

Prof. Judith Driscoll

Prof. James Evans 

Prof. Sándor Fekete 

Prof. Claudia Felser

Prof. Jason Hein 

Dr. Brett Helms

Prof. Hernández-Lobator

Prof. Hideo Hosono

Dr. Houria Kabbour

Prof. Tanja Junkers

Prof. Susan Kauzlarich 

Prof. Iain McCulloch

Dr. John Mitchell

Prof. Rachel O'Reilly

Prof. Kenneth Poeppelmeier 

Prof. Ramamoorthy Ramesh

Prof. David Scanlon

Prof. Kerstin Thurow

Prof. Prudence Wong

Prof Damien Woods

Prof. Sophia Yaliraki