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Vol. 31 No. 2
March-April 2009


Officers' Column: Chemistry Solutions

by Paul O’Brien and John Evans

From 2–7 August 2009, scientists from across the globe will come together at Glasgow’s iconic Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) for the IUPAC Congress, one of the world’s most prestigious international chemistry conferences. Four years ago, the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) was successful in its bid to host IUPAC’s biennial congress, and with just over six months to go, many activities have been planned, and the opportunities to get involved are abundant.

General Information:

Registration: Register online and learn about accommodations, social events, and partner activities. The deadline for early bird registration is 5 June 2009; the deadline for standard registration is 3 July 2009. Plus, don’t forget that IUPAC affiliates are eligible for a discounted member rate. If you register before the early bird deadline of 5 June, you’ll receive an even bigger savings—more than 25 percent off the full standard registration fee.

Abstracts: A major exhibition and poster display will be the focal point of the congress. Full details on how to submit your poster abstract are available online. The deadline for submissions is 5 June.

Sponsorships: Some exhibition and sponsorship opportunities still remain, so contact RSC today to discuss advertising your organization’s activities to an international audience. The exhibition already features a range of companies from makers of analytical instruments to pharmaceuticals.

www.iupac2009.org

Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, site of the 42nd IUPAC Congress, 2–7 August 2009.

Our program will feature 50 symposia that will demonstrate the impact of the chemical sciences, highlight exciting innovations, and emphasize the ongoing importance of “chemistry solutions.”
We are delighted to have a number of world-class plenary speakers confirmed, including Sir Fraser Stoddart, Sir Harry Kroto, Richard Zare, and Louise Johnson (DBE). One of Britain’s leading biophysicists, Dame Louise is the David Philips Professor of Molecular Biophysics in Oxford University’s Biochemistry Department.

In addition, we have received many submissions for oral presentations, and the conference website has been updated with the full program so you can best plan your time at the congress. With 15 parallel sessions taking place each day, plus end-of-day satellite meetings still being added, delegates will have a wide range of topics and talks to choose from.
The 2009 IUPAC Congress will also include a lively social program. Included in the registration fee is the welcome reception on 2 August at the Glasgow Science Centre, Scotland’s leading science attraction, just across the River Clyde from the SECC. After sessions Monday through Thursday, we will welcome everyone back to the exhibition hall for poster and networking receptions, also included in your registration. And Thursday will feature the conference banquet, to be held at Glasgow’s magnificent Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Read on for details of the poster and registration deadlines, and discounts and exhibition options. And, don’t forget to book your place by 5 June to take advantage of our IUPAC affiliate early-bird discount.

We look forward to welcoming you to one of Europe’s most exciting cities for a world-class conference and exhibition. See you in Glasgow!

Paul O’Brien, a professor at the University of Manchester, is chairman of the 42nd IUPAC Congress. John Evans, a professor at the University of Southampton, is scientific chairman of the congress.


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