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Vol. 34 No. 6
November-December 2012

From the Editor

image of Fabienne Meyers

One way or another, we hope that you have already highlighted in your 2013 agenda the key dates of August 11 to 16. On behalf of the Turkish Chemical Society, you are invited to participate in the 44th IUPAC Word Chemistry Congress, which will be held in Istanbul, Turkey. The abstract submission period is now open and the program, covering no less than 10 scientific topics, is presented in detail online at www.iupac2013.org. Please inform your colleagues, and thanks in advance for your help in disseminating the dates and venue of the event.

The IUPAC General Assembly and Council meeting take place at the same time and venue as the biennial Congress. For IUPAC members, the joint meeting of the Congress and General Assembly is a unique opportunity to connect with the scientific community at large and at the same time to reconnect with IUPAC members and fellows who otherwise work remotely on ongoing projects and committee tasks. No doubt that in the coming issues of CI, we will hear about the coming events in more detail and get updates on what to expect in Istanbul.

This issue includes a special call for the participation of younger chemists. The Congress organizers and IUPAC are joining efforts to encourage young chemists to participate in the Congress, and have established programs to offer travel assistance. See program details here.

As in previous years, IUPAC will also reserve a special welcome at its Congress to a handful of outstanding young Ph.D. graduates who have received one of the IUPAC Prizes for Young Chemists, either for 2012 or 2013. The 2012 winners are presented here. The prize was established in 2000 to encourage outstanding young research scientists at the beginning of their careers. It is awarded for the most outstanding Ph.D. thesis in the general area of chemical sciences. Please do look for them in Istanbul; aside from participating in the opening ceremony, they will also present their research as posters. All that said, if you are mentoring a graduate student who is about ready to complete his/her thesis before the end of the year, please bring to his/her attention that the call for nominations for the 2012 graduates is 1 February 2013. Besides the recognition and paid travel to the next Congress, the award also comes with a cash prize of USD 1000. What great motivation to wrap-up a thesis before 31 December strikes!

I hope to see you all—younger chemists and not so young—in Istanbul in early August 2013!

Fabienne Meyers
fabienne@iupac.org

 


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