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Report from IUPAC-Sponsored Symposium

38th International Symposium on Macromolecules (World Polymer Congress/MACRO 2000), 9-14 July 2000, Warsaw/Lódz, Poland

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All scientific presentations associated with the Warsaw portion of this large conference took place in the beautiful 19th century main building of the Warsaw University of Technology. Delegates from 54 countries attended the meeting, which attracted 1 267 active participants, 17 plenary lectures, 84 section invited lectures, and a large number of contributed papers, both verbal and poster. Two of the plenary lectures were by Nobel laureates (Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn and Sir Harry Kroto), and another was a masterful overview of future directions in industrial research by Dr. Joe Miller, Research Vice President of DuPont. A special plenary lecture was reserved for a young scientist, and this honor was awarded by an international panel to Dr. Craig Hawker of the United States. There was also an excellent social program, which enabled delegates to exchange views in an informal atmosphere (including an International Youth Forum that the participating young scientists organized themselves, with some financial assistance from the IUPAC Macromolecular Division). The high scientific quality of the presentations, and the smoothness of the organization, more than amply justified IUPAC support by consistency with the goals of the Union, and warm congratulations are due to the Conference Chair, Prof. Stan Penczek, his deputy, Prof. Zbigniew Florjanczyk, and their large team.

Prof. Robert G. Gilbert
President, IUPAC Macromolecular Division IV
University of Sydney
New South Wales, Australia

> Published in Chem. Int. 23(3), 2001

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