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Vol. 32 No. 3
May-June 2010

From the Editor

It’s that time of year again when the following questions are popping up in many casual discussions: Do you have plans for the summer? Are you traveling anywhere interesting?

image of Fabienne MeyersFor many scientists, this season is an opportunity to attend a conference or two and it is no surprise that the calendar is bursting with events (24 listed on pages 34 and 35)—all quite interesting. There are the traditional long-standing series and anticipated meetings such as the 39th International Conference on Coordination Chemistry, the 21st International Conference on Chemical Education, or the 18th International Conference on Organic Synthesis, just to name a few. Then, there are newer events such as the 3rd IUPAC Conference on Green Chemistry, a thriving series that is generating attention.

All IUPAC-sponsored events gain the imprimatur of the Union after a review process that ensures the quality of the scientific program and the host country’s assurance that scientists from all countries may participate, regardless of their country of origin. Sponsorship by IUPAC is decided not only on scientific quality, significance, suitability, and evidence of sufficient advanced planning, but also upon suitable time spacing of conferences of a similar type, rotation of leadership, geographical diversity in the international advisory board, and participation of industrial chemists and women as speakers and as members of the IAB.

IUPAC sponsorship also guarantees reduced registration fees for all IUPAC affiliates to most IUPAC-sponsored conferences. If you are already an affiliate, you know the benefits, which also include receiving this publication. If you are not an affiliate and are reading this magazine because you received it as part of a conference registration package, maybe you should consider becoming an affiliate. You will benefit directly through discounted conference registrations, while your contribution will support your chemical society or country organization that adheres to IUPAC. If you are curious, you can find details on the IUPAC website.

To conference organizers and participants, I hope you all have very pleasant and fruitful meetings.

Fabienne Meyers
fabienne@iupac.org

 

Cover: Two images from Marvels & Ciphers, a new exhibit at Chemical Heritage Foundation that explores connections between alchemy and quantum chemistry. Left: Rudolph Pariser in front of a blackboard with quantum calculations, 1950s (courtesy of The Hagley Museum and Library). Right: The Discovery of Phosphorus, 1775. William Pether (1738–1821). After the painting by Joseph Wright of Derby (1734–1797), mezzotint (gift of Fisher Scientific International, CHF Collections).

 


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