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Vol. 27 No. 5
September-October 2005

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Address to Younger Chemists

IUPAC President Leiv Sydnes will address for a second time Europe’s largest assembly of young chemists when they convene for their fifth conference this September in Brno, Czech Republic. Sydnes gave a similar address at the 2004 conference in Torino, Italy.

This series of annual Conferences for Europe’s Younger Chemical Researchers was initiated, with the aid of European Community support, by SET for EUROPE in 2000. (SET stands for Science, Engineering, and Technology, and “younger” covers the age range of 21 to 35 years old). Previous conferences were held in London, UK (July 2001); Heidelberg, Germany (October 2002); Grenoble, France (August 2003); and Torino, Italy (August 2004).

Leiv Sydnes (right) enjoying the company and humor of young participants at the 4th conference in Torino, August 2004. (CI note—We like to think that Torino’s air is the reason for this “bonne ambiance” . . . a good sign for the next IUPAC GA/Congress, to be held in Torino in August 2007!)

The central objective of the conferences is to bring together younger European chemists, chemical engineers, and chemical technologists to exchange ideas, new results and discoveries, and to learn from each other not only about European chemistry research and R&D, but also about Europe. Chemistry is interpreted broadly at these conferences, and the scientific scope ranges from fundamental molecular-level chemistry to large-scale chemical processing technology. The conferences, which are intended to be multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary in nature, often include areas such as biology and the biosciences, the environment, materials science, medicine, and nanotechnology.

In Torino, IUPAC President Leiv Sydnes gave a 45-minute address on IUPAC’s role and function. This time, he hopes to further enlighten attendees about the IUPAC of today, which too many people think is “just something to do with nomenclature.” In addition, the IUPAC Executive Committee recently approved sponsorship of a lecture at this conference.

The conference will be held 30 August to 4 September 2005 in Brno, Czech Republic, in association with Masaryk University and the Czech Chemical Society. For more information, contact Eric Wharton <ericw@setforeurope.org>.

www.setforeurope.org/brno05


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