Chemistry International
Vol. 21, No.4, July 1999

1999, Vol. 21
No. 4 (July)
.. 40th Council Meeting
.. IUPAC Activities
.. Reports from Symposia
.. Highlights from the Web
.. Report of 1998 Accounts
.. New Books and Publications
.. Provisional Recommendations
.. Awards
.. Conference Announcements
.. Conferences

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Chemistry International
Vol. 21, No. 4

July 1999

Reports from IUPAC-Sponsored Symposia


37th International Symposium on Macromolecules (MACRO '98)

13-17 July 1998,
Gold Coast, Australia

This meeting was the IUPAC World Polymer Congress '98, and with 1 060 participants from 46 countries it had truly international representation. Three hundred sixty of the attendees were from Australia, and they made all participants very welcome.

Lecture rooms and poster areas based in the Conrad Jupiters Hotel, Gold Coast, Queensland were excellent, and the facilities were serviced efficiently. Accommodations were provided in the host hotel and in other hotels in the vicinity of the sea coast. As Gold Coast is a holiday area and the Congress was held in the off-season, convenient, excellent accommodations were plentiful and reasonably priced.

The opening ceremony was quite impressive with 46 national flags around the room. There were five plenary lectures, 540 contributed papers, 430 posters, and three workshops. Poster sessions and lectures were all well attended, discussions were lively, and the symposium was very active scientifically. Outstanding speakers included E. Rizzardo, CSIRO, Clayton South, Australia; W. J. Feast, University of Durham, England, UK; and A. R. Khokhlov, Moscow State University, Russia.

The social program was extremely well organized, with tours offered each day to the surrounding countryside. The welcoming evening and symposium banquet were outstanding. A memorial dinner for the late Professor J. H. O'Donnell, original founder and designer of the symposium, was a moving tribute.

Symposium Chairman Professor R. Gilbert and Organizing Committee Secretary Dr. P. Pomery are to be commended for presenting a Congress of the highest quality in terms of topics, speakers, and organization.

Professor Robert F. T. Stepto
University of Manchester Vice President,
IUPAC Macromolecular Division


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