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Vol. 31 No. 2
March-April 2009

Conference Call | Reports from recent conferences and symposia 
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Vanadium

by João Costa Pessoa

The 6th International Vanadium Symposium (V6 Symposium) was held 17–19 July 2008 at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal. The IUPAC-sponsored conference was supported by the Portuguese Chemical Society and organized by the Centro Química Estrutural, Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon. João Costa Pessoa was conference chairman, and Hitoshi Michibata (Hiroshima University, Japan) and Kan Kanamori (University of Toyama, Japan) were co-chairmen. Tamás Kiss (University of Szeged, Hungary) represented IUPAC at the meeting.

Interest in vanadium science can be traced back to 1986, when the very first vanadium meeting was held within the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Meeting. The main purpose of this sixth meeting was to facilitate discussions about all aspects of vanadium science, including such topics such as chemistry, biological chemistry, therapeutic applications, and new materials and technology of vanadium compounds.

More than 100 participants from 26 countries took part in the conference. Most well-known experts in the field and many young researchers were present. No plenary lectures were planned; instead, many oral communications (56) were included to encourage as much participation as possible, to establish an informal atmosphere, and to stimulate interaction among attendees.

The 2008 Vanadis Award was given to Toshikazu Hirao, of the Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Japan. The Vanadis Award is given to a researcher for her or his contributions to vanadium science, especially for having displayed innovative research that has a documented impact on the direction of the field.

In early 2009, special issues containing contributions from this meeting will be published in the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry and in Pure and Applied Chemistry.

João Costa Pessoa <joao.pessoa@mail.ist.utl.pt> is a professor at the Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal.

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> Romanian translation by Alexander Ovsov (added 9 Nov 2011)


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