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Chemistry International
Vol. 23, No.5
September 2001


Conference Announcements

24th International Organization for Standardization (ISO) General Assembly and Associated Meetings, 13-20 September 2001, Sydney, Australia

This first ISO General Assembly to be held in the Southern Hemisphere will include meetings of the ISO Regional Officers, DEVCO (ISO Committee for Developing Country Matters), TMB (Technical Management Board), and Council. There will also be an Open Seminar on Climate Change and an Open Session on Risk Management.

For additional information, contact ISO Central Secretariat; E-mail: [email protected]; Tel.: +41 22 749 01 11; Fax: +41 22 733 34 30; Web site: <>.

International Conference on Legal Metrology, 18-20 September 2001, Bucharest, Romania

This conference, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Romanian National Institute of Metrology, is intended to be a forum for discussing the new role of metrology in a changing society, as well as a venue for the latest developments in theoretical and applied metrology. Principal topics to be discussed at the meeting will include the following:

  • theory of measurement
  • measurement standards and realization of the measurement units
  • measurement principles and methods
  • new developments in measuring instruments
  • metrology in chemistry
  • automation of the measurement processes
  • virtual instrumentation
  • new approaches in legal metrology
  • MRA and the future of metrology
  • metrology as a service to industry, calibration, accreditation

For further information, contact International Conference on Legal Metrology Secretariat, Sos. Vitan Barzesti 11, 75669 Bucharest 4, Romania; E-mail: [email protected]; Tel: +40 1 334 55 20; Fax: +40 1 334 53 45.

9th International Topical Meeting on Optics of Liquid Crystals (OLC2001), 1-6 October 2001, Sorrento, Italy

This meeting is the 9th edition of a series of meetings initiated in Naples in 1986 by Prof. Enrico Santamato with the support of Prof. Yuen Ron Shen. The OLC conference is held biannually and covers all aspects of optics of liquid crystals from fundamentals to new applications. Its aim is to provide an international forum for exchange of scientific ideas and technological advances in optics and related aspects of liquid crystals and liquid crystals-based materials. The increasing success of the previous editions held, after Naples 1986, in Turin (Italy) 1988, Cetraro (Italy) 1990, Cocoa Beach (Florida, USA) 1991, Siófolk (Hungary) 1993, Le Touquet (France) 1995, Heppenheim (Germany) 1997, and Humacao (Puerto Rico) 1999, led to the organization of this 9th edition.

The conference program will emphasize the following topics: general optics; nonlinear optics; surfaces and interfaces; composites and confined systems; liquid crystals photonics; liquid crystals and waveguides; dyes, photo-chemistry, and materials with ultrahigh optical non-linearities; instabilities, pattern formation, and chaos; novel phenomena in liquid crystals; new display applications; and lyo-tropic and polymer systems.

A 11/2 day tutorial course on Basics and Perspective Applications of Liquid Crystals in Communication Technologies (BALC2001) will be held 30 September-1 October at the same location just before the start of OLC 2001. Although BALC2001 will be devoted mainly to young scientists and Ph.D. students, attendance by expert scientists is Chemistry International, equally welcome.

For additional information, contact Prof. Giancarlo Abbate, Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche e INFM Unità di Napoli, Universita ' degli Studi di Napoli "Federico II", Via Cintia Monte S. Angelo, I80126, Napoli, Italy; E-mail: [email protected] or [email protected]; Tel.: +39 081 676118; Fax: +39 081 676346; Web site: <>.

American Association of Cereal Chemists (AACC) Annual Meeting 2001, 14-18 October 2001, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

This year the AACC Annual Meeting will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. The International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC) will be represented at this event with a joint ICC/AACC Symposium entitled "Testing and Release of Varieties in Major Exporting Countries" chaired by B. Cracknell and K. Preston. For more information, contact Kathy Aro at AACC Headquarters; E-mail: [email protected]; Tel.: +1 651 994 3850; Web site: <>.

Food and Nutrition Conference AIFST, 1-2 November 2001, Melbourne, Australia

This conference is organized by the Crop and Food Research Institute, New Zealand, and will include the following topics:

  • changing trends
  • current issues and dilemmas: global human health
  • enhancing human health: food of the future
  • delivering a healthy outcome

For further information, contact Lynette Parker, Crop and Food Research Institute, Private Bag 4704, Christchurch, New Zealand; E-mail: [email protected]; Tel.: +64 3 325 6401, Ext. 3534#; Fax: +64 3 325 2074; Web site: <>.

International Conference on Agricultural Science and Technology (ICAST 2001), 7-9 November 2001, Beijing, China

This conference, under the theme "Promoting Global Innovation of Agricultural Science and Technology and Sustainable Agriculture Development", is initiated and sponsored by the Chinese government (Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Education, and State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs) and cosponsored by several international organizations. The International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC) is also invited to take part.

For additional information, contact ICAST, Chinese Science and Technology Exchange Center, P.O. Box 2143, Beijing 1000435, China; E-mail: [email protected]; Tel.: +86 10 6851 1837; Fax: +86 10 6857 1255; Web site: <>.

3rd International Symposium on Chemistry and Biological Chemistry of Vanadium, 26-29 November 2001, Osaka, Japan

This 3rd Symposium addresses the biological aspects of vanadium chemistry (chemistry, biochemistry, and therapeutic applications of vanadium compounds), but it also expands the field of vanadium chemistry to include inorganic chemistry, chemistry of catalysis, materials chemistry, and organic synthesis. This symposium follows those held in Cancun, Mexico (November 1997; Chairpersons, D. C. Crans and A. S. Tracey) and Berlin, Germany (August 1999, in conjunction with the 37th IUPAC Congress and 27th GDCh General Meeting; Chairpersons, D. Rehder and V. Conte).

Topical sessions will include the following:

  • biological aspects of vanadium chemistry (insulin like functionality, halo-peroxidases, tunicates, nitrogenase, and others)
  • inorganic chemistry of vanadium
  • vanadium chemistry toward catalysis and organic synthesis

For more information, contact Prof. Toshikazu Hirao, Chairman, VSympo, Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering, Osaka University, Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 5650871, Japan; E-mail: [email protected]; Tel.: +81 6 6879 7413; Fax: +81 6 6879 7415.

15th Russian Conference on Chemical Thermodynamics, 1-5 July 2002, St. Petersburg, Russia

This conference, presented by the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg State University, and the Russian Chemical Society, represents the revival of regular Russian Conferences on Chemical Thermodynamics, with international participation.

Topics announced for this meeting are as follows:

  • thermo-chemistry of organic and inorganic substances, and of advanced materials
  • thermodynamics of liquid solutions, melts, and solid solutions
  • phase equilibria
  • thermodynamics of surface and interface phenomena
  • thermodynamics of polymer, liquid crystalline, self-assembling, and biological systems
  • experimental methods and equipment
  • standardization and systematization of thermodynamic data
  • teaching of chemical thermodynamics

For further information, contact Organizing Committee: RCCT2002, Division of Physical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, St. Petersburg State University, Universitetsky pr. 2, 198504 Petrodvorets, St. Petersburg, Russia; E-mail: [email protected]; Tel.: +7 812 428 4066; Fax: +7 812 428 6939; Web site: <>.

10th International Ceramics Congress and 3rd Forum on New Materials (CIMTEC 2002, International Conferences on Modern Materials and Technologies), 14-19 July 2002, Florence, Italy

This meeting will cover recent achievements in the areas of classical and high-technology ceramics, as well as advances in the research and development of other innovative materials. Objectives will include identifying and exploring new directions for fundamental research, process science, and application engineering.

Organized with the involvement of major scientific and cultural institutions, professional organizations, and industrial groups worldwide, CIMTEC 2002 will provide materials researchers and users with an excellent opportunity for cross-pollination of knowledge and experience coming from very different areas of materials technologies. About 2 000 experts from academia and industry will introduce a wide international audience to the latest advances in fundamentals of materials and processes, innovation in products and technology, and application engineering and performance.

The 10th International Ceramics Congress will consist of 11 sections to cover recent progress in advanced technical ceramics and two international symposia devoted to ongoing activities in classical ceramics. The 3rd Forum on New Materials will consist of six parallel international conferences to cover general fields of research such as computational materials science and mass and charge transport phenomena in materials, as well as some of the most demanding, application-driven research and development areas where the availability of new materials functionalities is crucial.

CIMTEC 2002 will gather ceramics researchers, materials scientists and engineers, as well as experts from user areas. Keynote speeches will address current emerging research and technology trends. Contributed papers (oral and poster presentations) will report on recent orginal research in basic science, process science, technology and manufacturing, and application engineering, standards, and markets. For more information, contact CIMTEC 2002, P.O. Box 174, Corso Mazzini, 52, 48018 Faenza, Italy; Tel.: +39 0546 22461/664143; Fax: +39 0546 664138/663362; Web site: <>.

International Conference on Luminescence and Optical Spectroscopy of Condensed Matter (ICL '02), 25-30 August 2002, Jerusalem, Israel

This meeting plans to cover all basic, theoretical, and experimental aspects of luminescence phenomena in both inorganic and organic materials. Emphasis will be on interrelations between the properties of these two classes of materials and between optical spectroscopy, including luminescence, and other branches of solid-state physics and molecular physics. Important applications of luminescence phenomena in technology will be included as well. The conference will also feature a technical exhibition of lasers, monochromators, luminescent materials, vacuum systems, and books. For additional information, contact ICL '02 Secretariat, c/o Unitours Israel Ltd., P.O. Box 3190, Tel Aviv 61031, Israel; Tel.: +972 3 5209999; Fax: +972 3 5239299/5239099; Web site: <>.

International SCOPE/IUPAC Symposium on Endocrine-Active Substances, 17-21 November 2002, Yokohama, Japan

This symposium is jointly organized by the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) and IUPAC and supported by ICSU, UNESCO, UNEP, USEPA, USFDA, USNIEHS, EU, the British and Japanese governments, IUTOX, and ICCA.

At the symposium, approximately 60 designated experts and additional invited speakers from the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, the Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, Israel, New Zealand, and France will present papers associated with the jointly organized SCOPE-IUPAC Project on Endocrine Active Substances: Present state-of-the-art and future research needs (IUPAC Project No. 2000-016-1-600), which began in April 2000 and is scheduled to be completed in March 2003.

Objectives of the project include the following:

  • to expand and deepen the IUPAC/IUPHAR/ IUTOX evaluation (PAC, Vol. 70, No. 9, pp. 1617-1865, 1998) by including other similar evaluations concurrently underway, avoiding unnecessary overlapping
  • to deal with endocrine disrupter issues as scientific problems that have major significance on the world environmental scene
  • to prioritize future research needs and to make the best use of available resources
  • to facilitate effective risk assessment and risk communication on the problem by offering some manageable action
  • to deal with the problem highlighted by international academia on an international basis, which makes the project unique and quite different from other evaluations that are regional and/or regulatory in intent

Specific topics of the project will focus on the following areas:

  • molecular mode of action of nuclear receptors; fundamentals for understanding the action of endocrineactive substances
  • environmental fate and metabolism of endocrineactive substances
  • effects of endocrineactive chemicals in rodents and humans and risk assessments for humans

The final report of the Project, expected to comprise approximately 600 pages in English, will be published (as well as a shortened summary for non-experts) and distributed worldwide. For further information, contact Secretariat, Kiyohiro Kubota, Chemicals Evaluation and Research Institute (CERI), 1425, Kouraku, Bunkyoku, Tokyo, 1120004, Japan; E-mail: [email protected]; Tel.: +81 3 5804 6135; Fax: +81 3 5804 6139;
Web sites: CERI: <>;
IUPAC: <> Project 2000-016-1-600;
SCOPE: <>.

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15th FECHEM Conference on Organometallic Chemistry, 10-16 August 2003, Zürich, Switzerland

The University of Zurich is hosting this event on behalf of the Federation of European Chemical Societies (FECS).

For additional information, contact Dr. Ferdinand Wild, Gruppe Berke, Anorganischchemisches Institut, Universität Zürich, Wintorthurorstrasse 190, CH8057 Zürich, Switzerland; E-mail: [email protected]; Tel.: +41 1 635 46 46; Fax: +41 1 635 68 02.



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