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Vol. 29 No. 5
September-October 2007

Conference Call | Reports from recent conferences and symposia 
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Heterocyclic Chemistry

by Lisa McElwee-White

The 8th Florida Heterocyclic Conference was held 11–14 March 2007 in Gainesville at the University of Florida. Attendees had the opportunity to participate in an excellent program that included 11 plenary lectures, 20 invited lectures, 5 short courses, and a poster session. Short courses were taught by Eric Scriven (University of Florida) on the reactivity of heterocycles, John Joule (University of Manchester) on heterocyclic ring synthesis, Mikael Begtrup (University of Copenhagen) on regioselective introduction of substituents, Gordon Gribble (Dartmouth College) on the applications of lithium and palladium in heterocyclic chemistry, and Grace Venier (CEM)/Nicholas Leadbeater (University of Connecticut) on microwave synthesis.
Plenary lectures were presented by the following scientists:

  • Jan Bergman, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Hans-Ulrich Reissig, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
  • Barry Snider, Brandeis University, USA
  • Alain Krief, Universitaires Notre Dame de la Paix, Belgium
  • Christopher Moody, Nottingham University, UK
  • Alan Whittle, Thermo Fisher Scientific, UK
  • Nicholas Meanwell, Bristol-Myers Squibb, USA
  • Rob Larsen, Amgen, USA
  • Fraser Stoddart, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  • Paul Knochel, Ludwig Maximilians Universität, Germany
  • Peter Vollhardt, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Scene from the poster session at the 8th Annual Florida Heterocyclic Conference.

There were over 200 attendees at the symposium, including approximately 45 graduate students and postdoctoral students, along with academic and industrial research chemists from more than 20 countries. Heterocyclic compounds are of particular importance to the pharmaceutical industry, so many of the industrial delegates came from this area. The conference attracted a number of commercial exhibitors, including publishers, chemical suppliers, and instrument makers.

Proceeds from the conference are used to support ARKIVOC (Archive for Organic Chemistry), a free peer-reviewed online journal covering all aspects of organic chemistry. The journal is available at <www.arkat-usa.org>.

Lisa McElwee-White <lmwhite@chem.ufl.edu> is a professor of chemistry at the University of Florida and a former titular member of the Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry Division.


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