The Southern Highlands Conference on Heterocyclic Chemistry

25 - 27 August 2019

Peppers Manor House, Moss Vale NSW


This annual, two full-day residential conference has become a feature of the heterocyclic calendar over the past 29 years. It has been held at one of a select few venues in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, south-west of Sydney. In 2019 the meeting will be held at Peppers Manor House, Moss Vale. This picturesque, intimate country house resort exudes old world charm and offers fine food from its award-winning Katers restaurant. Apart from the familiar high standard of accommodation, food and conferencing facility, Peppers Manor House provides an ideal setting, with its landscaped gardens, New Look Affinity spa, outdoor tennis courts and swimming pool, and championship Mount Broughton Golf and Country Club, for lively scientific discussion and exchange. Adequate break time is also allowed in the programme to sample optional off-site excursions to nearby towns of Bowral, Berrima, and Robertson, and the famed Bradman Museum or spectacular Fitzroy Falls.

An Information Sheet for registered delegates is attached.

Invited Conference Speakers

The 2019 Conference President, Professor Mary Garson, has established a super program of local and international invited speakers, that will be augmented by three senior postgraduate student presentations by Conference awardees (see Call for Nominations below).

Speakers who have accepted invitations include:

  • Professor Dr Albrecht Berkessel – University of Cologne
  • Associate Professor Matt Piggott – University of Western Australia
  • Dr Bill Hawkins – University of Otago
  • Associate Professor Elizabeth Krenske – University of Queensland
  • Associate Professor Jason Harper – University of New South Wales
  • Professor John E. Moses – La Trobe University
  • Professor Avril Robertson – Biotechnology Program Director, University of Queensland
  • Professor Philip W.H. Chan – Monash University

In addition, there will be a poster session at which contributed papers will be individually presented and later discussed. Prizes will be awarded for the best student posters.

Prof Avril Robertson UNSW
Prof Albrecht Berkessel UNSW
Prof john Moses UNSW
A/Prof Matt Piggott UNSW
Dr Bill Hawkins UNSW
A/Prof Elizabeth Krenske UNSW
A/Prof Jason Harper UNSW
Prof Phillip W.H. Chan UNSW

Expressions of Interest, Registration and Call for Papers

Your participation in this outstanding conference is invited this year. Together with the Conference President, we invite as many conference poster presentations as possible in any field of heterocyclic chemistry. The number of delegates will however be limited to 50, so please record your expression of interest and register early. Completed registration forms (which also serves as a Tax Invoice, see below) and payment must be received by 28 June 2019.

Postgraduate Student Awards 

Nominations closed on 17 June 2019. The Organisers are pleased to announce the award of SHC Postgraduate Student Scholarships to:

  • Wesley Olivier, University of Tasmania
  • Madison Sowden, Australian National University
  • Sebastian (Young) Ye, Australian National University

All three receive scholarships to the value of half the Conference registration fee and will give invited lectures as part of the Conference Program.


I look forward to your participation in the 2019 Conference. Please watch this page for more details.

Roger Read

Conference Organising Secretary
School of Chemistry, University of New South Wales
UNSW Sydney NSW 2052

Tel: 61-2-9385 4457 Fax: 61-2-9385 6190 Email: