Chemistry International
Vol. 22, No.1, January 2000

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Chemistry International
Vol. 22, No. 1
January 2000

Reports from IUPAC-Sponsored Symposia

Horizons of Organic and Organoelement Chemistry

6-10 September 1999,
Moscow, Russia

This conference was dedicated to Academician Aleksander N. Nesmeyanov (1899-1980) on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Professor Nesmeyanov was an outstanding Russian scientist, brilliant chemist, and gifted scientific administrator. He was president of the Russian Academy of Sciences, rector of M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, and initial director of the Institute of Organoelement Compounds named after him. Professor Nesmeyanov was a member of a number of foreign academies and societies and received honorary doctorates from many western universities.

Professor O. M. Nefedov gave a talk at the opening ceremony as official IUPAC representative and Vice-President of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The conference attracted 455 scientists, including 421 from Russia, 4 from the United States, 4 from the United Kingdom, 4 from Germany, 3 from Switzerland, 1 from Portugal, 1 from Japan, 4 from China, 1 from South Korea, 1 from Poland, 1 from the Czech Republic, 5 from Latvia, 1 from Ukraine, and 4 from Belarus. There were 10 plenary lectures, 32 invited lectures, 22 oral presentations, and 200 poster presentations. Many young scientists from different regions of Russia gave 18 oral presentations and presented 112 posters.

The scope of the conference covered synthesis, structures and reactivity, stereochemistry, catalysis, physical methods of investigation, and new materials and technology. It also encompassed the 7th Open Russian Conference on Organometallic Chemistry, a school-conference for young scientists on Organometallic Chemistry Towards the 21st Century, and sections on organic chemistry and organophosphorus compounds.

The conference admirably achieved its stated goals of summing up the results of fundamental and applied organic and organoelement chemistry and of defining the perspectives of development and selecting those areas that demand united international efforts. The meeting provided an important forum for consolidating the current efforts of Russian scientists with those of researchers from abroad.

Professor Yuri N. Bubnov
Chairman of the Organizing Committee


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