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12 June 2020 1st Webinar Series on Molecules - an Open Access Journal


Sample Preparation, Quo Vadis: Current Status of Sample Preparation Approaches

Sample preparation is and always will be the most important step in chemical analysis. Numerous techniques, methods, methodologies, and approaches are available in the literature, offering a wide range of analytical tools to the lab practitioner. Analytical scientists all over the world must deal with the development of protocols for a plethora of analytes in various sample matrices. Extraction techniques, either sorbent or solvent-based, provide the necessary tools to handle the sample in such a way that all its information can be revealed, exploiting all advantages of instrumentation to the fullest and prolonging the lifetime of the instrument for seamless operation.

In the last decade, advances in sample pretreatment are following green chemistry and green analytical chemistry demands, focusing on miniaturization and automation as well as by using the least possible amount of organic solvents. The question, then, is how far have we come now and what are the future perspectives?

This webinar will provide a short introduction to sample preparation and include selective presentation of three state-of-the-art, representative extraction techniques: solid phase extraction, fabric phase sorptive extraction, and paper-based sorptive extraction. The related Special Issue “Sample Preparation, Quo Vadis: Current Status of Sample Preparation Approaches”, which will be published by the open access journal Molecules, is open for submissions should you have a relevant paper ready for publication. More details can be found here.

17–19 May 2021 Polymers 2021 -New Trends in Polymer Science: Health of the Planet, Health of the People

Turin, Italy

We are very proud and honored to announce the international conference Polymers 2021 - New Trends in Polymers Science: Health of the Planet, Health of the People, organized in collaboration with the MDPI open access journal Polymers. The conference will be held in Turin, Italy, on May 17–19, 2021.

The purpose of the meeting is to bring together scientists from academia and industry to present leading-edge research on the advancements in polymer science and technology in all its main aspects, with a particular emphasis on those aiming to preserve and improve the health of the planet and of people, as per title. Both oral and poster contributions are welcome. The broad themes that will be addressed during the conference include synthesis, modification, and characterization of synthetic and natural polymers, polymers from green chemistry, polymer hybrids, nanocomposites, polymer biomaterials, polymers in drug delivery and tissue engineering, polymers for human health, bio-based and biodegradable polymers, polymer recycling and re-use, polymers for the environment, functional polymers, and polymers in energy, among others.

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27–29 May 2020 5th International Conference Self Assembly and Molecular Electronics

Aalborg, Denmark

5th International Conference on Self-Assembly and Molecular Electronics (SAME2020).

Join us in Aalborg, Denmark for the 5th International Conference on Self Assembly and Molecular Electronics, a scientific forum encompassing a whole range of subject required for establishing bottom-up technology in physics, chemistry and biomedicine:

  • Molecular Electronics and Molecular Devices with a particular emphasis on DNA, peptide and protein-based systems
  • Self-Assembly in Nanoscience, Chemistry, Biology and Medicine
  • Supramolecular Chemistry
  • Modelling of Structural and Electronic Properties of Organic Molecules and Self Assembled Systems
  • Plasmonics
  • Biosensing and Lab-on-a-Chip devices
  • Scanning Probe Microscopy

Prof. Hirofumi Yamada (Kyoto University, Japan)
Prof. Yuri Lyubchenko (University Nebraska Medical Center, USA),
Prof. Alexander Kotlyar (Tel Aviv University, Israel),
Prof. Julio Gomez Herrero (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain),
Prof. Sergey Deyev (Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Russia),
Prof. Danny Porath (Hebrew University, Israel),
Prof. Gemma Solomon (Copenhagen University, Denmark)
Assoc. Prof. Mingdong Dong (Aarhus University, Denmark)
Assoc. Prof. Adam Simonsen (University of Southern Denmark)
Assoc. Prof. Ioannis Chronakis (Technical University of Denmark)
Prof. Rosa di Felice (University of Southern California)
Assoc. Prof. Menglin Chen (Aarhus University)

3–6 June 2020 NanoTech Poland 2020 - 11th International Conference

Poznan, Poland

The Organizing Committee of the NanoTech Poland 2020 - 11th International Conference, 3rd-6th June 2020, has great pleasure to invite you to Poznań to attend this scientific event and to enjoy the community of professionals in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology.
The conference promises an interesting, also in its diversity, scientific programme, and an international forum for the discussion on the latest scientific achievements and challenges in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology. The conference will be also a great networking opportunity for exchanging knowledge, scientific ideas between prominent scientists, early-stage researchers, students and scientists from nanotechnology-related companies.
An important conference activity will be the Young Researchers Forum, the purpose of which is to recognize early-stage researchers by giving them the opportunity of presenting their recent scientific accomplishments in short oral presentations and during poster session, and networking possibilities with renowned researchers during the conference. Conference organizers prepared also an interesting program of several Tutorials for Young Scientists, which will take place on the first day of the conference.
Conference programme will feature a strong scientific agenda focused on Nanotechnology in energy, electronics, environment, biomedicine and other relevant fields.

We look forward to your participation in NanoTech Poland 2020!

The Organizing Committee

4 June 2020 Wine Consumption in the Mediterranean Diet: A clarification about health effects

Porto, Portugal

The search for antioxidant-enriched foods has been increasing due to the awareness of the importance of health promotion and diseases prevention. Mediterranean Diet (MD) has been recommended as one of the diets with more benefits for a wide range of chronic diseases. Epidemiological studies, in different populations, have revealed that the Mediterranean moderate consumption of wine may be associated with a diminished incidence risk of various diseases. Still, it is known that ethanol consumption promotes the inflammatory process, endorsing the production of reactive oxygen species and nitrogen, the inflammatory cytokines liberation, the activation of transcription factors and other inflammatory mediators. This raises the question of whether the presence of polyphenols in wine may be enough to potentially mitigate and/or retard this process, establishing this way the hormesis effect of wine consumption. The conference “Wine Consumption in the Mediterranean Diet: A clarification about health effects” aims to elucidate the molecular mechanisms involved in the protector effects of both wine and Mediterranean food components to counteract the potential damage caused by ethanol.

8–12 June 2020 15th Bratislava Symposium on Saccharides (15BSS)

Smolenice Castle, Slovakia

15th Bratislava Symposium on Saccharides (15BSS) will be held 8–12 June 2020 in the Congress Center of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Smolenice Castle (50 km northeast from Bratislava, Slovakia) at the foot of Little Carpathian Mountains, the prominent wine region of Slovakia. The Symposia have been regularly organized since 1978 by the Institute of Chemistry, Center for Glycomics, Slovak Academy of Sciences.

The scientific program of the 15th BSS will cover principal aspects of recent advances in the fields as: Chemistry & Synthesis of Saccharides, Glycobiology & Glycomics, Glycans & Health, Glycoconjugates & Glycomaterials and Structure & Analyses. The scientific program includes plenary lectures, invited lectures, oral presentations, flash presentations and poster sessions.

The Bratislava Symposia on Saccharides became popular among scientists for their high scientific standard as well as for friendly informal atmosphere throughout whole symposium. Attractive interiors of the Castle and beautiful natural surroundings provide a perfect environment for scientific discussions, relaxation and meeting colleagues and friends.

10–12 June 2020 XXVIII Biennial Meeting of the Specialized Group of Organic Chemistry of the Royal Spanish Society of Chemistry

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

This year the Biennial Meeting of the Specialized Group of Organic Chemistry (GEQOR) moves to the Canary Islands to celebrate its XXVIII edition during June 10-12, 2020. Without a doubt, this is the most important and numerous meeting on organic chemistry in Spain, with participation figures that have exceeded 300 participants in the last editions. The biennial meeting of the GEQOR constitutes an essential appointment for the whole Spanish organic community and a forum of unparalleled communication for the presentation and sharing of the most relevant results of the research that we develop in Spain. In this edition we will have an extraordinary cast of researchers of high international prestige distributed in 5 Plenary Lecturers, the Winners of the Medals Félix Serratosa and Ignacio Ribas 2020 and 10 Invited Speakers.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife is an open and cosmopolitan city, with enormous cultural and scenic attractions, including the sculpture collection of the I International Exhibition of Sculpture in the Street (1973-1974), the Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín, the Tenerife Space of the Arts, the singular Palmetum or the García Sanabria Park. In addition, Tenerife offers spectacular landscapes within very short distances from Santa Cruz de Tenerife, making it a unique meeting place for the development of scientific encounters that seek to combine spaces of science, with those of culture and nature.

We would like to invite all researchers interested on the developing of organic chemistry, especially doctoral students and young researchers, to contribute, either in the form of oral communications, flash or posters, to the success of this biennial meeting. See you in Tenerife.

15–18 June 2020 Advances in Chromatography and Electrophoresis & Chiranal 2020

Olomouc, Czech Republic

"Advances in Chromatography and Electrophoresis & Chiranal 2020" belongs to the periodical meetings of specialists working in the field of separation methods. The conference has been organized by Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Palacky University in Olomouc regularly with a two-year periodicity since 1997. It is a friendly platform for get together the scientists from the universities, academic institutes and experts from the routine analytical laboratories.

The scientific program will deal with all areas of separation science from fundamental to applied reseach in chemistry, physics, biology, medicine, forensic science, cultural heritage and related disciplines. Official languages of the conference are English, Czech and Slovak. Informations concerning the conference can be found on the following pages.

This symposium is supported by project OA ITI – ARTECA: Advanced physical-chemical methods of research and protection of cultural and artistic heritage (No. CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/17_048/0007378).

25–26 June 2020 “Advanced Inorganic Materials: Green and Unconventional Synthesis Approaches and Functional Assessment” AIM 2020 Workshop

Bari, Italy

After the two successful editions in Padova (Italy) in 2017 and 2018, the AIM2020 will be held in Bari (Italy) on June 25-26. The workshop intends to present an overview of the recent developments in the field of unconventional and green synthesis of advanced inorganic materials and illustrate their potential for heterogeneous catalysis, energy storage and biomedicine. Following the positive experience of the previous editions, the presentations will target a wide audience, including both students and experienced researchers.

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28 June–2 July 2020 7th International Conference on Hypervalent Iodine Chemistry (ICHIC-2020)

Moscow, Russia

ICHIC-2020 will be held in Moscow State University, Russia, from 28 June to 2 July 2020.
Hypervalent iodine reagents are intensively used in organic chemistry as a mild, environmentally safe, and economical alternative to heavy metal reagents.
ICHIC-2020 will be dedicated to the memory of Prof. Nikolay Zefirov (1935-2017) who made a significant contribution to the field of hypervalent iodine chemistry.
The scientific program of ICHIC-2020 will cover all key topics of hypervalent iodine chemistry including:
(1) Synthesis, structure and bonding,
(2) Applications in organic synthesis,
(3) Mechanistic studies,
(4) Coordination chemistry,

5–10 July 2020 17th Belgian Organic Synthesis Symposium (BOSS XVII)

Namur, Belgium

The BOSS-conference is a unique international symposium as it combines lectures delivered by established organic chemists as well as younger rising stars with two prestigious events: a lecture delivered by the recipient of the “Janssen Prize for Creativity in Organic Synthesis”, and the “Tetrahedron Chair”: a one-day course on a specific topic in organic synthesis.

The BOSS will cover a broad range of timely topics of modern organic synthesis, including asymmetric synthesis, chemical biology, electrosynthesis, medicinal chemistry, organocatalysis, organometallic chemistry and catalysis, photocatalysis, reaction mechanisms, reactive intermediates, supramolecular chemistry, sustainable chemistry, total synthesis… and many more!

20–23 July 2020 2nd Drug Delivery Conference

Lisbon, Portugal

Building on the success of the first meeting, scientific chairs Cameron Lee (Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research), Niren Murthy (University of California at Berkeley) and Sanya Puri (AstraZeneca) will come together again to host the 2nd Drug Delivery Conference. The meeting takes place from the 20 – 23 July 2020 at the beautiful Dolce CampoReal Lisboa, Portugal. Topics to be discussed include Therapeutic Gene Editing, Extrahepatic Delivery of Nucleic Acids, Characterisation of Therapeutic Nanoparticles and Control Strategies for Manufacturing, New Linkers for Controlled Release, New Long Acting Technologies and Tumor Targeting with Nanoparticles.
Please visit the conference website for further details and speaker information.

23–26 July 2020 2nd Carbon Dioxide Conversion Catalysis Conference

Lisbon, Portugal

The second Carbon Dioxide Conversion Catalysis Conference will gather academic and industrial experts focusing on the catalytic conversion of carbon dioxide into value-added products. The conference will feature several relevant topics dealing with either heterogeneous, homogeneous or hybrid forms of catalytic solutions for the production of fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals, polymers and energy vectors.

25–28 August 2020 XXIX European Colloquium on Heterocyclic Chemistry (ECHC 2020)

Rouen, France

The XXIX European Colloquium on Heterocyclic Chemistry will take place in Rouen, France from August 25 to 28, 2020.

The ECHC is an open meeting dealing with all aspects of heterocyclic chemistry with international renown speakers and participants from academia and industry. The aim of the meeting is to present new results, stimulate interactions between academia and industry and create an atmosphere for establishing networks, useful also for young chemists. The 3 following topics will be covered:

  • Synthetic Methodology & Catalysis
  • Chemical Biology & Medicinal chemistry
  • Material Sciences

Since its foundation in 1962, 28 ECHC meetings have been organised all over Europe and the ECHC series have grown to be major events in the field with world class speakers.
The scientific programme will include 11 plenary lectures, 11 invited lectures and many short oral communications selected from submitted abstracts, as well as poster communications.

6–11 September 2020 XXII International Symposium on Homogeneous Catalysis

Lisboa, Portugal

On behalf of the Organizing Commission, it is our pleasure to invite you to attend the XXII International Symposium on Homogeneous Catalysis (XXII ISHC) to be held on 6-11 September 2020 in Lisbon, at Faculty of Sciences of the Universidade de Lisboa. It is a great honor for us to host this well established key conference on Homogeneous Catalysis for the first time in Portugal, and we should acknowledge the International Advisory Board members of ISHC for giving us this opportunity. We will do our best in order to achieve in Lisbon another memorable scientific event as the successful previous editions held biennially in Corpus Christi (1978), Dusseldorf, Milan, Leningrad, Kobe, Vancouver, Lyon, Amsterdam, Jerusalem, Princeton, St. Andrews, Stockholm, Tarragona, Munich, Sun City, Florence, Poznan, Toulouse, Ottawa, Kyoto and Amsterdam (2018), in chronological order.

All aspects of Homogeneous Catalysis, including metal complex catalysis, organo-, bio-, electro-, photo- and nanocatalysis, cooperative catalysis, heterogenized homogeneous catalysis, multiphase homogeneous catalysis, catalysis in unconventional media, noncovalent interactions in catalysis, mechanistic investigations, computational approaches, etc. will be highlighted in both already established and emerging fields.

The Conference venue is in a privileged position concerning travel requirements. Lisbon, voted as the "Best Destination City of Europe" (World Travel Awards, 2018), is easily reachable from any place of the world, and the airport and the main train stations are located inside the town itself (this is a unique case within the European capitals). The Conference venue is also in the town and with close access to public transportation, including metro, e.g., from/to the airport.

Attention will also be paid to the social programme, providing opportunities for mixing, visits to cultural places and excursions to sites of unique natural beauty, and for tasting the typical Portuguese cuisine and … the inspiration of our wines from various demarcated regions!

We'll be most pleased to welcome you herein and we hope you will enjoy a pleasant time along all the Conference, from both scientific and social points of view.

Looking forward to meeting you in Lisbon,

Armando J.L. Pombeiro
Chair (IST, Universidade de Lisboa)

6–10 September 2020 XXVI EFMC International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ISMC 2020)

Basel, Switzerland

EuroQSAR Symposia are taking place since 1973 and constitute major scientific events in the field of computational drug design, with further applications in agricultural and environmental sciences.

The program will include the following sessions:

  • QSAR without Borders
  • Artificial Intelligence in Drug Design
  • Molecular Dynamics and Kinetics
  • Chemical Space Annotation and Expansion
  • Modelling Drug Safety
  • Challenges in GPCR Drug Design
  • Modelling Drug Transport Mechanisms
  • Predicting Off-Target Pharmacology
  • Network Medicine
  • New Modes of Target Interaction
  • New Trends in Quantum Mechanics
  • Future Challenges Ahead

The 23rd EuroQSAR Symposium, entitled “Integrative Data-Intensive Approaches to Drug Design”, is organised on behalf of QCMS and is chaired by Jordi Mestres (IMIM Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute). The Symposium will take place in Barcelona, September 20-24, 2020.

20–24 September 2020 23rd European Symposium on Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship (23rd EuroQSAR)

Barcelona, Spain

EuroQSAR Symposia are taking place since 1973 and constitute major scientific events in the field of computational drug design, with further applications in agricultural and environmental sciences.

The program will include the following sessions:

  • QSAR without Borders
  • Artificial Intelligence in Drug Design
  • Molecular Dynamics and Kinetics
  • Chemical Space Annotation and Expansion
  • Modelling Drug Safety
  • Challenges in GPCR Drug Design
  • Modelling Drug Transport Mechanisms
  • Predicting Off-Target Pharmacology
  • Network Medicine
  • New Modes of Target Interaction
  • New Trends in Quantum Mechanics
  • Future Challenges Ahead

The 23rd EuroQSAR Symposium, entitled “Integrative Data-Intensive Approaches to Drug Design”, is organised on behalf of QCMS and is chaired by Jordi Mestres (IMIM Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute). The Symposium will take place in Barcelona, September 20-24, 2020.

21–25 September 2020 The 16th Weurman Flavour Research Symposium

Dijon, France

This 16th edition of the Weurman Flavour Research Symposium will take place in Dijon (France), the capital of Burgundy. This conference, created in 1975 in memory of Cornelius Weurman and held every three years in different countries in Europe, is an internationally recognized Symposium gathering well-known scientists from academia and industry from different disciplines in the field of flavour research: chemistry, biology, neuro-physiology, psychology.
The organizers would like to invite scientists with expertise covering different topics in flavour science, from flavour generation in food/non-food products to flavour perception, well-being and health.
The scientific program will comprise keynote lectures given by distinguished scientists from academia and industry from around the world, scientific talks, flash poster presentations, and posters in the following main subject areas:
  • Multimodal flavour perception (from mixture of stimuli to brain integration)
  • Flavour perception: from molecules to receptors
  • Flavour perception, food intake and well-being
  • Flavour representation (naturality, authenticity)
  • Flavour generation
  • Modelling flavour compounds activity
  • New analytical tools for flavour analysis

30 September–2 October 2020 16th Conference of the International Society of Tryptophan Research

Jena, Germany

Dear Colleagues,

It is a great honour to host the 16th Conference of the International Society of Tryptophan Research (ISTRY).

The conference will be held at Jena University Hospital in Germany, which is located in close proximity to the historical city of Weimar. Both, Jena and Weimar have a prominent role in German history. In particular, Friedrich Schiller and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe used to live and work in this area.

The organizing committee warmly welcomes ISTRY members, young scientists, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and all of our colleagues from related disciplines. The conference will be a platform for the latest research on the amino acid tryptophan as well as on related substances and metabolites. Themes and topics will span from psychiatry and mental health to cancer, immunology, neuroscience, pathology, pharmacology, physiology, clinical diagnosis, nutrition, food science, analytical chemistry and L-
tryptophan metabolism and much more.

The scientific organizing committee is currently planning the conference. We will shortly invite you to submit abstracts for oral and poster sessions. As the conference date approaches we will provide additional information about the program together with more details on how to register.

We are looking forward to hosting an exciting, fruitful and enjoyable meeting in Jena / Weimar, and we encourage your participation.

We hope that this meeting will facilitate international collaborations and will foster new progress in the field of Tryptophan related research.

Kind regards,
Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Florian D. Zepf
President of the 16th ISTRY Conference & ISTRY Vice-President/

23–27 November 2020 1st International Conference on Advances in Engineering Science and Technology

Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa, Denarau Island, Fiji

On behalf of the Organising Committee, it is our pleasure to invite you to the 1st International Conference on Advances in Engineering Science and Technology (ICAEST-1), organised by the College of Engineering, Science and Technology at Fiji National University. Our conference provides unique scientific and networking opportunities to share cutting-edge scientific achievements and challenges in six parallel symposia sections. Symposia titles: 1) Nanomaterials; 2) Preservation of Biodiversity; 3) Sustainable Food Systems; 4) Advances in Electrical and Electronics Engineering; 5) Advances in Mechanical Engineering: Innovation for Sustainable and Resilient Systems and 6) Advances in Sustainable Construction Practices in Civil Engineering.

We look forward to your participation in ICAEST-1.

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30 November–3 December 2020 3rd International Conference on Food Bioactives & Health

Parma, Italy

Dear Friends and Colleagues, it is our great pleasure to invite you to participate in the 3rd International Conference on Food Bioactives & Health, that will be held from the 30 November to 3 December of 2020 in the amazing city of Parma, Italy. This third conference in the series comes after the great success of the previous meetings, held in Norwich in 2016 and in Lisbon in 2018. Both events were very well organized and were a great success. We are, therefore, committed to match these standards and are preparing what we are sure will be a unique event. The topics addressed by FBHC2020 have been broadened to cover a wide range of topics on food bioactives and health, including (poly)phenols, carotenoids, glucosinolates & other organosulfur compounds, fatty acids & sterols, polysaccharides, and peptides & protein. In addition, a session will be devoted to toxic compounds, an often overlooked topic that is important from a holistic perspective in the role of food bioactives and their impact on human health. Particular attention will be paid on transversal topics such as personalised nutrition, gut microbiota, dietary intake, and nutritional policy. The Conference aims to offer plenty of networking opportunities, providing the chance to interact with renowned scientists and to stimulate creative exchange among researchers. Young scientists will have a lot of opportunities to showcase their work and obtain feedback from experienced international scientist. June is a perfect time to visit Parma, a lively and cultural city, located in Northern Italy, that is surrounded by parks, vineyards, lakes and medieval castles. Most importantly, Parma is a “food city”. It has been recognised as UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy and hosts the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) headquarters. The congress year, 2020, will be a great time to visit Parma as it will be the Italian Capital of Culture and full of numerous special attractions. In addition, we are planning a “family friendly conference”, with organized activities for the children of delegates during the sessions, including "learning through playing” games focusing on healthy nutrition and lifestyle. We hope you will participate in what will be a memorable conference in the beautiful city of Parma! With best wishes, The Organizing Committee

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