Online Symposium

Models of Convenience

Beilstein Bozen Symposium

1 — 2 September, 2020

3.00 to 6.00 PM (CEST)



Scientific Committee:

Tim Clark / University of Nürnberg-Erlangen

Lee Cronin / University of Glasgow

Martin G. Hicks, Carsten Kettner / Beilstein-Institut

Aspects covered by this conference


Biology and materials science are posing new challenges for chemistry; the sheer size of biological systems and composite materials poses new questions of complexity (as opposed to being complicated), visual and digital depictions of the structures and collection and collation of results. Our traditional models of chemical compounds, atoms and bonds, are often proving inadequate and need to be extended. Even more fundamental, however, is the recognition that models are models and their often-problematic relationship to “reality”.


After the symposium was cancelled as a physical event, Tim Clark and Martin Hicks continued their discussions on the theme of Models of Convenience. They have now put our thoughts on paper as a commentary article which has been published in the Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry:


Models of Necessity
Clark, T.; Hicks, M. G. Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2020, 16, 1649–1661.

Confirmed Speakers


Richard Bourne / University of Leeds, UK

Oscar Ces / Imperial College London, UK

Tim Clark / Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany


Sonia Antoranz Contera / University of Oxford, UK

Lee Cronin / University of Glasgow, UK

Jean-Loup Faulon / INRA, Jouy-en-Josas, France

Robin Hendry / Durham University, UK



Joseph Moran / University of Strasbourg, France

Susan Stepney  / University of York, UK

Karoline Wiesner / University of Bristol, UK