28 No. 3
by Girolamo Cirrincione and Anna Maria
The 20th International
Congress of Heterocyclic Chemistry (20th ICHC) was held
in Palermo, Italy, from 31 July to 5 August 2005. ICHCs are
major scientific events that have been organized all over
the world since 1967, attracting attendees from both industry
and academia. These congresses are broad enough in scope to
cover the whole range of heterocyclic chemistry, from theory
to practical applications. The 2005 congress was organized
by Professor Girolamo Cirrincione and Colleagues in the Department
Farmacochimico, Tossicologico e Biologico, of the University
of Palermo, under the auspices of the International Society
of Heterocyclic Chemistry (ISHC) and of the Società
Chimica Italiana (SCI).
chemistry has undergone a noteworthy and scientifically intriguing
expansion. In addition to the more traditional subjects of
heterocycle synthesis and studies related to heterocyclic
natural products, the field has grown to encompass pursuits
in areas such as bioorganic and organometallic chemistry,
to mention just two. The 20th ICHC was in line with established
tradition, offering a scientific program dealing with the
latest developments in the following main topics: new methods
in heterocyclic chemistry, biologically active heterocycles
(pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals), heterocyclic natural
products and analogues, and heterocycles in synthesis.
Award lectures were delivered by Larry Overman (University
of California, Irvine, U.S.) for the Senior Award in Heterocyclic
Chemistry, and by Alois Furstner (Max-Plank-Institut für
Kohlenforschung, Mülheim/Ruhr, Germany) for the Katritzky
Junior Award in Heterocyclic Chemistry.
The 32 invited speakers—26 from academia and six from
industry—were organized into four parallel sessions.
There were also 100 oral contributions in four parallel sessions
and 282 poster presentations in three sessions. The plenary
and invited lectures have been published in part vii of the
2006 volumes of ARKIVOC —the Free Online Journal
of Organic Chemistry
During the conference, editor Eric Scriven briefly reviewed
the journal’s first five years of activity.
The opening ceremony took place at Massimo Theatre, a magnificent
example of neoclassic architecture. On the stage, Prof. Girolamo
Cirrincione (chairman of the congress), Prof. Domenico Spinelli
(representative of SCI), Prof. David St. C. Black (representative
of IUPAC), Prof. Marco Ciufolini (president of the ISHC),
and Prof. Giuseppe Silvestri (rector of the University of
Palermo) welcomed the participants. Since it was the 200th
anniversary of the University of Palermo, the rector presented
a brief history of the university and of Palazzo Steri, which
now hosts the offices of the rectorate.
Two outstanding members of the ISHC were honored during the
conference’s social banquet, held at the Palazzo Guglielmo,
Monreale: past Secretary Prof. Hans Neunhoeffer and past President
Prof. Steven Weinreb. Each received a plaque recognizing his
enormous contributions to the organization. In addition, Hans
Neunhoeffer was named a Fellow of the ISHC. During the banquet,
awards were also presented to two young scientists, Dr. Atsuko
Ochida from Hokkaido University and Dr. Clara Cena from the
University of Torino, for the best poster presentations.
congress was successful in that it attracted a large number
of delegates discussing their latest results, presenting opportunities
for suggestions for novel research ideas and for the creation
of new relationships.
The main topics, covering the whole range of heterocyclic
chemistry, offered an interesting insight into several promising
fields of science that have an important role in improving
the well-being of humans and their environment. The oral and
poster presentations attempted to emphasise the state-of-the-art
in key areas of the heterocyclic science as well.
organizers and staff with conference chairman Prof. Girolamo
Cirincione (held aloft in back row) and ICHC President
Prof. Marco A. Ciufolini (seated in center of stage).
Members of the heterocyclic community are invited to join
the next ICHC, to be held in Sydney, Australia, on 15–17
July 2007 <www.chem.unsw.edu.au/research/conferences/ichc2007.html>.
On behalf of the organizing committee, the authors would like
to wish success to the 21st International Congress and to
its chairman, Professor David St. Clair Black.
Cirrincione <[email protected]>,
a professor at the Università di Palermo, was chairman
of the 20th ICHC. Anna Maria Almerico <[email protected]>,
also a professor at the Università di Palermo, served
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