ISACS16: Challenges in Chemical Biology in Zurich

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Professor Shankar Balasubramanian gives the opening talk at ISACS 16

From 15-18th June, the lecture theatre at ETH Zurich was almost full as delegates from 26 different countries gathered to hear the latest research in the field of Chemical Biology as we continued our series of International Symposia on Advancing the Chemical Sciences.

Across the 4 days of the conference we were treated to a diverse range of topics, from the very beginnings of life as we know it with John Sutherland to the latest diagnostic markers in various stages of clinical trials with Annette Beck-Sickinger, Yasuteru Urano and others. We also enjoyed various contributions on the latest synthetic developments to smooth the process of discoveries and heard about the latest natural product being identified and their potential applications.

Presentation of the Chemistry World poster prize at ISACS 16

Helma Wennemers (Scientific Committee Chair) and Heather Montgomery (Deputy Editor) present the Chemistry World poster prize to Oliver ThornSeshold

Eugenio Indrigo with his Chemical Science poster prize certificate

Eugenio Indrigo with his Chemical Science poster prize certificate

We were delighted to have an enthusiatic participation in our “flash” poster presentations (just three minutes each) and overall around 80 posters were displayed and discussed during the event.

The Chemical Science sponsored poster prize was won by Eugenio Indrigo (University of Edinburgh) for his poster on “Palladium mediated chemistry in living cells, while the Chemistry World poster prize (and associated mug!) was won by Oliver ThornSeshold (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universit√§t, Munich). Congratulations to them both!

Peng Chen is presented with the 2014 Chem Soc Rev Emerging Investigator lectureship

Peng Chen is presented with the 2014 Chem Soc Rev Emerging Investigator lectureship

The final talk of the meeting was the 2014 Chem Soc Rev Emerging Investigator lecture, given by Prof. Peng Chen (Peking University) entitled “Exogenous chemistry for intracellular protein manipulations” and was an impressive overview of the exciting work being done in his lab.

We look forward to announcing the next installment of the ISACS conference series on the theme of Challenges in Chemical Biology in the near future…

Can’t wait to get involved? Find out about the ISACS symposia still to come this year:

ISACS 17: Challenges in Chemical Renewable Energy
8-11 September 2015, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Early bird registration deadline: 20 July 2015

ISACS 18: Challenges in Organic Materials and Supramolecular Chemistry
19-21 November 2015, Bangalore, India
Poster abstract deadline: 7 September 2015

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