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Vol. 26 No. 2
March-April 2004

Conference Call | Reports from recent conferences and symposia 
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Organic Chemistry

by Andreja Lesac

The 13th European Symposium on Organic Chemistry (ESOC) was held in the picturesque small town of Cavtat (near Dubrovnik), Croatia, from 10–15 September 2003. The symposium provided a forum for scientists working in all fields of organic chemistry. This international meeting is biennial, and in keeping with its tradition covered new developments in organic chemistry, including synthesis, catalysis, physical organic chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, chemical biology, and new organic materials. ESOC 13 attracted 455 active participants from 40 different countries.

  • The scientific program embraced all aspects of organic chemistry. There were 13 plenary lectures:
  • J. A. Gladysz, Friedrich-Alexander-University, Erlangen, Germany, on “Carbon-Based Molecular Wires”
  • G. C. Lloyd-Jones, University of Bristol, UK, on “Hydrogen Bonding in the First Generation Proton Sponges”
  • P. Beletskaya, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia, on “Transition Metal Catalysed Reactions of Carbon-Heteroatom Bond Formation”
  • J. Clayden, University of Manchester, UK, on “Stereocontrol with Amides”
  • Koskinen, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland, on “Internal Asymmetric Induction in Total Synthesis”
  • M. Saunders, Yale University, Connecticut, USA, on “Atoms and Small Molecules Inside Fullerenes”
  • L. Latos-Grazynski, Wroclaw University, Poland, on “Carbaporphyrinoids”
  • M. A. Pericàs, Faculty of Químiques, Barcelona, Spain, on “Strategies and Applications of Catalytic Ligands from Synthetic Epoxides”
  • Ojima, State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA, on “Discovery and Development of New Generation Taxane Anticancer Agents”
  • B. L. Feringa, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, on “Molecular Switches and Molecular Motors”
  • L. F. Tietze, University of Göttingen, Germany, on “Multiple Pd-Catalysed Transformations for Natural Product Synthesis”
  • R. Deschenaux, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, on “Liquid-Crystalline Fullerenes”
  • G. Balme, Université Claude Bernard, Lyon, France, on “New Route to Heterocyclic Compounds via Palladium-Mediated Cascade and Multicomponent Reactions”

In addition, 23 invited lectures and 46 oral communications were presented in two parallel sessions. Four invited lectures were organized as “PLIVA Sessions” covering the topic “Current Trends in Drug Research and Development” (PLIVA is a Croatian pharmaceutical company and a sponsor for ESOC 13). There were 10 poster-flash contributions (5 minute oral presentation), given by young perspective scientists, and 256 posters presented.
The pleasant environment, the special ambience of the conference location, and the Mediterranean spirit of frequent and friendly communication contributed considerably to the great success of the 13th European Symposium on Organic Chemistry. ESOC 14 will be held in July 2005 in Helsinki, Finland; the chairman of the Organising Committee is Prof. K. Wahala <kristiina.wahala@helsinki.fi>.

Andreja Lesac <alesac@irb.hr>, member of the Local Organising Committee of ESOC 13, is research scientist at Rudjer Boskovic Institute.
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