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Vol. 27 No. 3
May-June 2005

Conference Call | Reports from recent conferences and symposia 
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Chemistry for Agriculture

by Adam Pawelczyk

The “Chemistry for Agriculture” series of conferences, organized annually since the 1960s, over time established a reputation as a conference with a thorough, interdisciplinary approach to chemistry, agriculture, and environmental protection.

Nevertheless, it was only with the most recent conference that it attained true international status. The XXXth International Conference “Chemistry for Agriculture,” took place 30 November–3 December 2004 at the famous Priessnitz health resort in the town of Jesenik, Czech Republic.

The conference attracted over 200 participants from Poland, Belgium, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Italy, Sweden and Netherlands. Attendees included representatives of scientific institutions, industry, agriculture, and businesses affiliated with agricultural chemistry and technology, pure and applied chemistry, and environment protection.

The main topics of the conference were as follows:

  • chemistry—basic research
  • technology of mineral fertilizers, feed phosphates, and other additives
  • phosphorus and nitrogen problem in the environment
  • ecotoxicology
  • development in the production of chemical agents for agriculture
  • new methods of chemical products application in agriculture
  • impact of chemical products on plant and animal production
  • harmful substances in agriculture and the environment

The conference was inaugurated by Henryk Górecki, chairman of the Conference Scientific Committee and member of the State Committee for Scientific Research, who discussed the event’s rich history, progression, prospects, and aims. Górecki emphasized how the conference provides specialists of different branches of science and industry with a unique opportunity to debate problems related to chemistry, agriculture, and the environment.
Keynote speakers were invited to give presentations covering a wide range of topics, including stabilization of Cu(III), food design, feed supplements, agroterrorism, processing of wastes into fertilizers, toxic gas sensors, mercury, ecological fuel, biopesticides, herbicides, and detoxicating preparations.
The poster sessions featured 224 posters that dealt with agriculture and environmental protection related aspects of chemistry. The sessions stimulated lively discussions and generated a number of questions from the attentive and information-hungry audience.

The Conference Scientific Committee chose the best poster presentation, which was awarded to Grazyna Kaup of the University of Agriculture (Szczecin, Poland) by Pawel Kafarski, dean of the Faculty of Chemistry.

The main organizers of the event were as follows: Wroclaw University of Technology (Poland); Institute of Mineral Fertilizers, Pulawy (Poland); Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Gliwice (Poland); University of Agriculture, Wroclaw (Poland); and, AGROPHOS Scientific-Research Center of Chemistry, Agrochem-istry and Environment Protection, Wroclaw (Poland).

The conference is becoming increasingly more renowned, and thus, with each consecutive year, it is attended by a wider audience. The organizers of the event anticipate the publication of a book that will include all presentations given during the conference.

The next conference will be held again in Jesenik, Czech Republic, in early December 2005. That conference was recently granted IUPAC sponsorship.

Adam Pawelczyk <adam.pawelczyk@pwr.wroc.pl)> has been the chairman of the Organizing Committee since 1998. He is a teacher at the Institute of Inorganic Technology and Mineral Fertilizers, Wroclaw University of Technology (Poland).


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