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10th International Symposium on Organometallic Chemistry Directed Towards Organic Synthesis (OMCOS 10)

18-22 July 1999,
Versailles, France

This symposium attracted an audience of 1 100 people, 984 of whom were active researchers. Attendees came from 36 countries, including 316 from France and 678 from abroad. There were 5 plenary lectures, plus an award lecture, 15 invited lectures, 29 contributed papers and short communications, and 542 poster presentations. The conference was well organized, with many young, active participants. Because the conference organizers were able to attract many important sponsors and thus markedly reduce fees, OMCOS 10 was open to unprecedented numbers of young researchers and to important contributors from Eastern Europe.

The idea of the OMCOS symposia originated 20 years ago in IUPACís Division of Organic Chemistry. Since then, each event in the series became a milestone, thus demonstrating that the philosophy behind OMCOS is relevant and timely. Each of the symposia marked a new level reached by organic synthesis aided by organometallics, thus serving as a stimulus to push further ahead research joining organic synthesis, coordination chemistry, catalysis, etc.

OMCOS 10, too, became a true feast of the fascinating science of organometallic synthetic methodology, combining brilliant organization, great research, and a memorable historical stage. The conference chairman, Prof. Jean-Pierre Genet, and his team worked very hard, and their efforts were fully rewarded. The conference halls were always filled; even the temptations of beautiful Versailles and the impressive social program did not divert many people from witnessing the dramatic live performances given by masters of the art of synthesis.

The overall level of any symposium is defined by the level of the top speakers. In this respect, the level of OMCOS 10 was among the highest. Beginning with the introductory speech of Prof. Jiro Tsuji, one of the founding fathers of organic synthesis aided by organometallics, and including lectures by leading scientists such as R. Noyori, D. Evans, M. Reetz, and many others, the conference program offered something satisfying for everybody. Many former chairmen of previous OMCOS meetings took part in OMCOS 10.

Enantioselective transition metal catalysis served as the center of discussions. A large share of presentations dealt with design and synthesis of enantioselective catalysts and chiral ligands, and with their applications in both new and well-known reactions. But OMCOS 10 differed from earlier symposia in the series by its display of much deeper interest in the use of transition metal catalysis for the preparation of new materials. This rapidly growing area continues to capture more and more attention.

Professor Irina Beletskaya
Department of Chemistry
Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia


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