Vol. 22, No. 1
from IUPAC-Sponsored Symposia
of Organic and Organoelement Chemistry
6-10 September 1999,
This conference was dedicated to Academician Aleksander N. Nesmeyanov
(1899-1980) on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Professor
Nesmeyanov was an outstanding Russian scientist, brilliant chemist,
and gifted scientific administrator. He was president of the Russian
Academy of Sciences, rector of M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University,
and initial director of the Institute of Organoelement Compounds named
after him. Professor Nesmeyanov was a member of a number of foreign
academies and societies and received honorary doctorates from many western
Professor O. M. Nefedov gave a talk at the opening ceremony as official
IUPAC representative and Vice-President of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The conference attracted 455 scientists, including 421 from Russia,
4 from the United States, 4 from the United Kingdom, 4 from Germany,
3 from Switzerland, 1 from Portugal, 1 from Japan, 4 from China, 1 from
South Korea, 1 from Poland, 1 from the Czech Republic, 5 from Latvia,
1 from Ukraine, and 4 from Belarus. There were 10 plenary lectures,
32 invited lectures, 22 oral presentations, and 200 poster presentations.
Many young scientists from different regions of Russia gave 18 oral
presentations and presented 112 posters.
The scope of the conference covered synthesis, structures and reactivity,
stereochemistry, catalysis, physical methods of investigation, and new
materials and technology. It also encompassed the 7th Open Russian Conference
on Organometallic Chemistry, a school-conference for young scientists
on Organometallic Chemistry Towards the 21st Century, and sections on
organic chemistry and organophosphorus compounds.
The conference admirably achieved its stated goals of summing up the
results of fundamental and applied organic and organoelement chemistry
and of defining the perspectives of development and selecting those
areas that demand united international efforts. The meeting provided
an important forum for consolidating the current efforts of Russian
scientists with those of researchers from abroad.
Professor Yuri N. Bubnov
Chairman of the Organizing Committee