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Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry at conferences in 2014

Dr Richard Kelly, Managing Editor

Dr Marie Cote, Deputy Editor

The Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry team will be attending a number of conferences in 2014 and we would be delighted to meet you there.

We’re also the team behind OBC’s sister journals MedChemComm, Natural Product Reports, and the latest addition to the portfolio, Toxicology Research, so we’ll happily discuss your interdisciplinary research work. In fact, many of our authors choose to publish their research across all of these titles.

Here are just some of the conferences where you can meet us in the coming months:


GRC marine natural products 2-7 March Ventura, CA, USA – Meet Rich

Society of Toxicology annual meeting 23-27 March Phoenix, USA – Meet Marie

National Organic Symposium Trust 11-14 April Agra, India – Meet Rich

ISMSC-9 7-11 June Shanghai, China – Meet Marie

GRC Bioorganic Chemistry 8-13 June Proctor Academy, USA – Meet Rich

BOSS XIV 13-18 July Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium – Meet Marie

Fall ACS meeting 10-14 August San Francisco, USA – Meet Rich

Gregynog Young Chemists’ Workshop 10-12 September Gregynog, Wales – Meet Marie

EFMC-ISMC 7-10 September Lisbon, Portugal – Meet Rich

Eurotox 7-9 September Edinburgh, UK – Meet Marie

Let us know if you are planning on attending any of these meetings, as we would be happy to meet you there!

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OMCOS 17 poster prizes

Congratulations to Carla Obradors and Keisuke Nakamura who received poster prizes from OBC and Chemical Science at OMCOS 17 (17th IUPAC International Symposium on Organometallic Chemistry Directed Towards Organic Synthesis).

Carla Obradors, from the group of Professor Antonio Echavarren at Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) won for a poster entitled “Role of the Counterion in Intermolecular Gold(I)-Catalyzed Cycloadditions“, while Keisuke Nakamura from the group of Professor Naoto Chatani at Osaka University presented a poster entitled “Nickel-Catalyzed Transformations Involving the Cleavage of a Carbon-Nitrogen Bond in Aniline Derivative“.

Both winners received a copy of Organometallic Chemistry, edited by Ian J S Fairlamb, Jason M Lynam. Their awards were presented by Chemical Science Associate Editor Matt Gaunt.

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RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium – Deadline for poster abstracts 02 October 2013

RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium: Deadline for poster abstracts 02 October 2013

The RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium is still accepting abstracts, but not for long. If you are a final year PhD student based in the UK/ROI and would like the opportunity to showcase your work to leading chemists in industry and academia, as well as your peers, make sure you submit your poster abstract by Wednesday 2nd October.

The symposium will take place on Monday 2nd December 2013, at The Chemistry Centre, Burlington House, London and there are several prizes available on the day. Alongside the £500 First Prize, there will also be a £500 “Selected by Industry” prize and two runners-up prizes of £250. And this year our headline sponsor,  F. Hoffmann-La Roche are offering a further prize of a visit to their site in Basel, Switzerland, to the First and Industry prize winners.

Reasonable travel costs will be covered for the students who are selected to present at this meeting. If you would like to find out more about the symposium and submit an abstract, visit our symposium website

We would like to thank F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Ltd. for their generous support of this event.

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Chemical and Biological Therapeutic Approaches to Neurological Disorders II

There’s still time to register for the second one-day symposium on Chemical and Biological Therapeutic Approaches to Neurological Disorders, on Monday 23rd September. The meeting will feature presentations and posters, from leading experts in academia and industry, about new developments in genetics, biochemistry, pathophysiology and medicinal chemistry relating to neurological disorders. A wide range of conditions will be discussed, including Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, schizophrenia, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

Neurological disorders are an increasingly important global public health problem, and the cause of much long-term suffering and disability.  Currently available pharmaceuticals have been ineffective in curing many of these disorders and developing a deeper understanding of the nervous system is one of the major challenges facing scientists in the 21st century. New research will hopefully contribute to the identification of better clinical biomarkers and medicines for diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of neurological disorders.

This one day symposium has been organised by the RSC’s Biotechnology Group with support from the Chemistry Biology Interface Division, and will be held at The Chemistry Centre, Burlington House, London. Speakers include:

Prof. Christopher Dobson, University of Cambridge
Prof. Ciaran Regan, University College Dublin
Prof. Lennart Bunch, University of Copenhagen
Prof. Peter Jenner, King’s College London
Prof. Stefan Przyborski, University of Durham
Dr. Jan Kehler, H. Lundbeck, A/S
Prof. Jonathan Corcoran, University College Dublin
Dr. Jan Passchier, Imanova Ltd.

If you would like to attend, please register here.

If you would like to find out more about this event, more information can be found on the RSC website.

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RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium 2013, sponsored by F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Ltd.

The poster symposium, for final year organic chemistry PhD students, will take place at The Chemistry Centre, Burlington House, London on Monday 2nd December 2013. The symposium offers final year PhD students a chance to showcase their research to their peers, leading academics and industrial chemists, and is open to all branches of organic chemistry.

The symposium has a tradition of being the most competitive and highly regarded organic chemistry symposium for PhD students in the UK, with generous support provided by F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Ltd. There will be a first prize of £500, two runner-up prizes of £250, and a “selected by Industry Prize”. Industrial delegates will be asked to make this selection with a particular emphasis on the potential for application in an industrial context and the winner will also receive a prize of £500.

Closing date for submissions is Wednesday 2nd October. Further information and abstract submission, via the online submission form, can be found on the symposium webpage.

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Mukaiyama Aldol Reaction – Join the 40th Anniversary Symposium

We are delighted to announce the Mukaiyama Aldol Reaction – 40th Anniversary Symposium which will take place on Saturday 31st August 2013 in Tokyo, Japan.

Key speakers include:

  • Prof. Ryoji Noyori (RIKEN, and Nagoya University)
  • Prof.  Masakatsu Shibasaki (Institute of Microbial Chemistry)
  • … and many more

For the full list of speakers and topics, please visit the dedicated website.

If you would like to register, please email the conference organisers with with your contact details, using the subject line: ‘Overseas Registration’

Don’t miss out! – Closing date for registrations is 31st July 2013

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RSC/BMOS Young Investigator Award – Closing date 15 July 2013

15th BMOSThe RSC is delighted to announce a fantastic opportunity for Early Career Researchers to attend the 15th Brazilian Meeting on Organic Synthesis (BMOS) taking place in Campos do Jordão, Brazil, 10-13 November 2013. The conferences combines plenary and invited lectures from distinguished leaders in the field to discuss modern aspects of the art of organic synthesis. The full programme and list of speakers can be viewed via the conference website.

The Organic Division of the RSC will allocate awards to allow four outstanding researchers (two from the UK and two from Latin America) to attend the conference. Applicants must be 40 years old or under on the closing date - 15 July 2013. The winner will be selected by a selection committee which will include members of the RSC Organic Division and BMOS Organising Committee. Winners will receive a free registration, a certificate, an invitation to deliver a flash presentation and a generous contribution towards travel and accommodation. For more information and to apply visit: http://rsc.li/bmos15

Applications should be sent to RSC Science by closing date 15 July 2013  with email subject RSC/BMOS Young Investigator Award

For any queries please contact science@rsc.org

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Meet the team at ESOC 2013

 I will shortly be attending the 18th European Symposium on Organic Chemistry (ESOC 2013) held in Marseilles, France, 7-12 July, and if you too are in attendance, I’d love to meet you there!

Dr Marie Cote, Oganic & Biomolecular Chemistry Deputy Editor

Please let us know if you will also be in attendance and would like to arrange a meeting – simply email us at the OBC editorial office.

OBC is delighted to be a media partner of the conference, and there’s lots to look forward to again on this 18th edition of the symposium:

  • Prof. Ben Feringa (University of Groningen, The Netherlands) will be presented with the 2013 Lilly European Distinguished Award,
  • Prof. Nazario Martin (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain) is the recipient of the 2012 EuCheMs Lecture Award, and
  • Dr Joel Turconi (Sanofi, France) will present the SANOFI Lecture

Plenary lectures at the symposium will be given by :

  • Prof. Alexandre Alexakis (University of Geneva, Swiss)
  • Prof. Fernando P. Cossio (University of the Basque Country, Spain)
  • Prof. Ben Davis (University of Oxford, UK)
  • Prof. Frank Glorius (University of Muenster, Germany)
  • Prof. David MacMillan (Princeton University, USA)
  • Prof. Eiichi Nakamura (University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Prof. Michael Orfanopoulos (University of Crete, Greece)
  • Prof. Joost Reek (Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences, The Netherlands)
  • Prof. Raffaele Riccio (Universita degli studi di Salerno, Italy)
  • Prof. Doug Stephan (University of Toronto, Canada)

Access the full scientific programme

    I look forward to meeting many of you in Marseilles!

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The 21st Lakeland meeting on Heterocyclic Chemistry and Synthesis, 40 years since the first meeting, was not to be missed!

Were you there?  Or you might have been following the live tweets from @Grasmere2013, updated by @APDobbs & @AzaPrins?

For a round up of the meeting and some highlight pictures, why not read below for a summary by this year’s organisers!

Grasmere 2013

The Heterocyclic Group began in 1967 and first held a Heterocyclic Conference in the Lake District village of Grasmere in May 1973. This meeting has been repeated every two years since, and the latest in this series took place 9-13th May 2013 and organised by Professors Adrian Dobbs (University of Greenwich) and David Knight (Cardiff University). 

This was a landmark for the meeting, marking 40 years since the first such meeting and the 21st meeting in the series – the ‘coming of age’ symposium! The original founder of the meeting, Professor Otto Meth-Cohn was in attendance and one member of the group, Professor Gurnos Jones has attended all 21 meetings.  As ever, lectures were held in Grasmere Village Hall and the conference booked-out two local hotels, as well as numberous B&B’s. Excellent science and food were in abundance during the meeting, as was the Lakeland rain, but a good time was had by all.

Highlights of the meeting included the presentations of two RSC Medals and their associated lectures: to Professor Scott Rychnovsky (UC Irvine, Pedler Medal) and Professor Chris Moody (University of Nottingham, Charles Rees Medal and Lecture).

Group photo outside Grasmere village Hall

Dr Robin Attrill (GSK); Prof Adrian Dobbs (Uni of Greenwich & Sec/Treasurer Heterocycli & Synthesis Group); Prof Scott Rychnovsky (recipient of the RSC Pedler Medal Award); Dr David Rees (Org Div President); Dr Marie Cote (Deputy Editor, OBC)

Prof Keith Jones (ICR); Prof Chris Moody (Uni of Nottingham, recipient of the RSC Charles Rees Award); Dr David Rees (Astex Pharmaceuticals)

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OBC poster prizes at the 5th Chemical Protein Synthesis

Congratulations to Stijn Agten and Claudia Bello who both received OBC poster prizes at the 5th Chemical Protein Synthesis meeting in Vienna last month.

Stijn Agten, from the group of Professor Tilman Hackeng at Maastricht University, The Netherlands won for a poster entitled “Chemoselective reactions in proteins and peptides using an optimized oxime strategy: the demise of levulinic acid”, while Claudia Bello from the Institute of Biological Chemistry at University of Vienna presented a poster entitled “A Chemoenzymatic Approach for the Preparation of Site-Specifically O-Glycosylated MUC1 variants for Proteomic Studies”.

Both winners receive a year’s subscription to OBC.

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