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Scientific Update has a dedicated team of organic chemists and event specialists with collectively over 60 years of experience organising scientific training courses and conferences for industrial chemists worldwide.

Scientific Update was established in 1989 by Dr. Trevor Laird to organise conferences and training courses for industrial chemists and chemical engineers in chemical development and scale-up and many other specialist topics in organic chemistry. We also provide extensive consultancy services in these fields and act on the Editorial Advisory Board for the international scientific journal entitled Organic Process Research and Development (OPRD).

Our short intensive training courses enable scientists to learn about highly relevant topics, to broaden their knowledge and to keep abreast of new science, new technology and new techniques. A complete list of the scheduled training courses currently available can be viewed in the training section. Many of these are also available for in-house training.

Our specialist conferences provide the perfect forum for organic process chemists and chemical engineers to network with experts from industry and academia from all over the world.

In 2015, on the retirement of Trevor Laird, our management team Dr Will Watson, Dr Claire Francis, Mrs Debbie Reeve and Mrs Hannah May bought the company and established Scientific Update Ltd. Our aim is to provide you with the very best, up-to-date chemistry in a variety of attractive locations. At every event, Scientific Update provide the highest quality organisation and friendly support. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our events soon.

Scientific Update also offer Scientific Event Production Services – we can realise your content into a professionally organised and managed event.

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Evolution of Scientific Update

1989

Trevor Laird set up Scientific Update to provide training to process chemists in industry

1989

Scientific Update becomes the first company to provide training to industrial organic chemists

1994

1st Conference is held in Brighton - The Scale Up of Chemical Processes - attended by over 150 delegates

1996

Trevor Laird becomes founding Editor-in-Chief of first scientific journal dedicated to Process Chemistry 'Organic Process Research & Development' is launched as a joint venture between the American Chemical Society and Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

1997

1st 'Organic Process Research & Development' Conference is held in San Francisco

2000

Scientific Update move offices - taking up residence in Maycroft Place

2000

Queen's Award for International Trade is presented to Scientific Update, with celebrations at Buckingham Palace

2002

Scale Up Conference in Jersey acheives record attendance at 280 people

2010

Scientific Update launch new Webinar training programme

2011

Scientific Update chosen to organise the 10th Winter Conference on Medicinal & Bioorganic Chemistry in Steamboat Springs, CO

2013

Bert Hulshoff published 'Right First Time in Fine Chemocal Process Scale Up' with Scientific Update

2014

Celebrations to mark our 25th Anniversary

2015

Trevor sells Scientific Update LLP to his Management Team and takes semi-retirement

2015

Scientific Update changes business entity and becomes Scientific Update Ltd with 4 Directors; Claire, Debbie, Hannah and Will

2015

Popular Chemical Development Course is accredited through the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

2016

Claire becomes a member of the ACS Journal OPR&D Editorial Advisory Board

2017

Scientific Update rebrand and launch of new website