Chemistry International
Vol. 22, No.3, May 2000

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5 th International IUPAC Symposium on Bioorganic Chemistry (ISBOC-5)

30 January-4 February 2000
Pune, India

This symposium was accompanied by a pre-symposium in Delhi on "Trends in medicinal chemistry and bio-catalysis" and a post-symposium in Bangalore on "Recent trends in bioorganic chemistry". About 350 participants, many of whom came from outside India, attended the meeting in Pune. In total, 18 foreign countries were represented.

The organizers had especially encouraged the participation of young Indian chemists, and the success of this objective was very much in evidence during the meeting. The scientific program comprised 13 plenary lectures (some of which will appear in a future issue of Pure and Applied Chemistry), 38 invited lectures, 30 short presentations, and 115 posters, with emphasis on nucleic acids, nucleic acid components, peptides, proteins, enzymes, and designed synthetic receptors. The presentations illustrated the current role of bioorganic concepts in the interpretation of biological phenomena at the molecular level. Attention was also directed to the practical potential of this molecular-based approach. Several speakers made the point that organic chemistry constitutes a crucial component of the broader field of biomolecular chemistry. This view echoes the recent decision of IUPAC to expand the task and responsibilities of its Division of Organic Chemistry in the biomolecular area. Lecture presentations at the symposium were of uniformly high standard. In addition, the meeting featured a large number of good-quality posters presented by young local chemists. These presentations demonstrated the vitality of Indian chemistry in general and the high level of interest in the field of bioorganic chemistry, in particular.

The symposium facilities were of excellent quality. All events, except for a half-day session, were organized in a luxurious hotel. This venue provided a practical opportunity for scientific interaction in a congenial environment. An interesting social program was arranged, and the participants were extended the traditional generous Indian hospitality. ISBOC-5 demonstrated the dynamic quality of the field of bioorganic chemistry and its significant contribution to the understanding of the molecular basis of the biological sciences.

Prof. Upendra K. Pandit
Titular Member and Past President, IUPAC Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry Division (III)
Universiteit van Amsterdam



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