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Vol. 22, No. 4
July 2000

Reports from IUPAC-Sponsored Symposia

12th International Symposium on Carotenoids

18-23 July 1999,
Cairns, Australia

This meeting was the first symposium held under the auspices of the International Carotenoid Society [www.carotenoid.uconn.edu], and also the first time the symposium has been held in the Southern Hemisphere. Nevertheless, it is the latest in a long and distinguished series of meetings on carotenoids that began under IUPAC sponsorship with a small symposium held in Trondheim, Norway, in 1966. As interest in this fascinating family of molecules has increased over the years, so has attendance at the symposia. At the 11th symposium, held in Leiden, The Netherlands, in 1996, it was realized that the field of carotenoid science was broad and diverse enough to justify an international society devoted to its promulgation. The International Carotenoid Society was inaugurated at that meeting. The Society exists to promote all areas of carotenoid science, pure and applied, and one of its main responsibilities is the organization of future symposia.

The program of the Cairns symposium covered all of the major areas of carotenoid research, including chemistry and analysis, biosynthesis, biotechnology, bioavailability and metabolism, biological functions, photosynthesis, medicine and nutrition, and commercial applications. The symposium featured 11 invited lectures, 68 presentations in special interest sessions, and 71 poster contributions. The total registration was 233.

On behalf of all participants, we would like to thank the Local Organizing Committee, Chair Lance Schlipalius, Roger Hiller, Tom Bruynel, and Ron Tume, and their helpers, whose dedicated work ensured a memorable symposium.

The participants and the International Carotenoid Society Committee are also most grateful to IUPAC for their sponsorship and support, and for allowing publication of the plenary lectures in Pure and Applied Chemistry (see PAC, Vol. 71, No. 12, 1999). They also thank the following companies and institutions, without whose support the symposium would not have been possible: F. Hoffman-La Roche, Ltd.; Betatene Pty., Ltd.; LycoRed Natural Products Industries, Ltd.; Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories, Inc.; Rehnborg Center of Nutrition & Wellness; F. H. Faulding & Co., Ltd.; Nutrilite Division of Amway Corp.; Nikken Sohonsha Co.; Far North Queensland Promotional Bureau; Henkel Corp.; University of Connecticut; Kraft Foods, Inc.; Suntory Co., Ltd.; Thomas J. Lipton Co.; Chr. Hansen A/S.

The symposium editors wish to thank all of the invited speakers who provided manuscripts of high quality, and met the deadlines necessary to publish their work in PAC, which we hope will be a useful record of the symposium for those who attended, and for those who could not. As one can see from the papers published in PAC, it is becoming increasingly clear that carotenoids are a unique class of molecules that not only pique scientific curiosity, but also perform a variety of fundamentally important biological and nonbiological functions.

Prof. Thomas A. Moore, Ana L. Moore, and Devens Gust
Symposium Editors of
the 12th International Symposium on Carotenoids
Cairns, Australia

 

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