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Vol. 29 No. 2
March-April 2007

Conference Call | Reports from recent conferences and symposia 
See also www.iupac.org/symposia

Eurasia Conference on Chemical Sciences

by U.K. Pandit

The 9th event in the series of EURASIA Conferences on Chemical Sciences was organized from 9–13 September 2006, in Antalya, Turkey, by the Society of Biological Diversity, Ankara. The National Organizing Committee was chaired by Bilge Sener and Hitoshi Ohtaki. The choice of Turkey as a venue was especially appropriate in view of its special location and character as a bridge between Europe and Asia.

The conference, which was IUPAC sponsored, was attended by 268 participants from 35 countries. The participation of a large group of active young Turkish chemists was made possible by the financial support of the national organization TUBITAK.

Bilge Sener (left) and Hitoshi Ohtaki, chairpersons of the 9th Eurasia Conference on Chemical Sciences, during the closing ceremony on 13 September 2006.

The scientific program consisted of 10 plenary lectures, including one by a Nobel laureate, 35 invited lectures, 12 session lectures, 24 oral presentations, and 128 poster presentations. Topics covered in the conference program included biodiversity and natural product chemistry, biomolecular chemistry, catalysis and nanotechnology, computational chemistry, coordination chemistry (mini-symposium), environmental and analytical chemistry, and materials science and solution chemistry. The following lectures give a sense of the overall quality of the conference:

  • “Search for Cytotoxic Compounds from Thai Medicinal Plants,” HRH Princess C. Mahidol
  • “Molecular Machines for Protein Degradation,” R. Huber
  • “Chemical Evolution Towards the Origin of Life,” B.M. Rode
  • “Semiochemicals for Insect Pest Management,” T. Norin
  • “Bioorganic and Chemical Biological Chemistry on the Basis of Organic Synthesis,” M. Isobe
  • “Chemistry and Applications of Porous Coordination Polymers,” S. Kitagawa
  • “Chemistry in Asia with the Cooperation of European Countries,” H. Ohtaki

At the closing ceremony, prizes were awarded for the three best oral presentations and the three best posters.

Before this report went to press, news was received of the sudden and untimely death, on 5 November 2006, of Hitoshi Ohtaki. Professor Ohtaki was a much admired personality, both within IUPAC and on the international chemical scene. He enthusiastically promoted international cooperation and took it upon himself to publicize Japanese science to the wider world.His plenary lecture at EURASIA 9 will serve as a memorable contribution to that goal. Professor Ohtaki will be missed by all those who came to know him over the years.

 

Upendra K. Pandit <ukp@science.uva.nl> is a professor at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. He is a long-time member of IUPAC and was president of the Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry Division.

 


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