Chemistry International
Vol. 21, No.3, May 1999

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Chemistry International
Vol. 21, No. 3
May 1999

Reports from IUPAC-Sponsored Symposia

International Symposium on Calorimetry and Chemical Thermodynamics

5 - 8 April 1998,
Campinas, Brazil

This meeting was the fourth in a series of international symposia on thermodynamics with special emphasis on calorimetry sponsored by IUPAC. The three earlier symposia were held in China (Beijing, 1989) and India (New Delhi, 1993 and Amritsar, 1997). The aim of these meetings has been to organize international conferences of high quality in locations where young scientists, in particular, would be able to participate without prohibitively high travel costs. Traditionally, these types of conferences have been held in Europe or North America.

The symposium in Campinas was the first of its kind organized in South America. It attracted 111 participants, of whom 56 were from Brazil, 36 from Europe, 8 from North America, 8 from Latin America outside Brazil, and 3 from the rest of the world. The program consisted of 4 plenary lectures, 9 invited lectures, and 32 oral presentations in parallel sessions, along with 80 poster presentations. The strong Brazilian participation was also reflected in the large number of scientific presentations. The lectures and posters gave a representative coverage of current activities in chemical and biological calorimetry and thermodynamics. In a final session, possibilities for research collaboration with Latin America were discussed.

The symposium was held at a hotel with good facilities just outside the city. The poster sessions were particularly successful, with ample space for the presentations and a congenial atmosphere stimulating scientific discussion and interchange. The meeting was well organized and the program was conducted in a smooth and efficient manner. Excellent work by the local organizing committee at Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Chairman, Professor C. Airoldi and Secretary, Professor W. Loh) resulted in a successful symposium that fulfilled its intentions. We hope that more conferences of this kind will be organized in "far away" countries to stimulate cooperation and scientific exchange over geographical distances and language boundaries.

Proceedings from the meeting have been published by Elsevier Science as manuscripts in Thermochimica Acta, Volume 328 (1-2), 1999, which was available 29 March 1999. Plenary lectures from the symposium are slated for publication in the Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics.

Dr. Gerd Olofsson
Lund University, Sweden
Titular Member, IUPAC Physical Chemistry
Division (I)



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