Meetings and Conferences

3rd Small Molecule Activation Conference
February 19-22, 2019
Nassau, Bahamas

Following the success of the second SMA meeting, join chair Christian Limberg (Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin) at the 3rd Small Molecule Activation Conference. 

The meeting will discuss various aspects of small molecule activation, with a focus on molecular insights.  It aims to provide a stimulating and interdisciplinary enviornment for both senior scientists and young researchers to discuss latest progress in the field.

Key Sessions
  • H2 Activation
  • N2 Activation
  • NxOy Activation
  • O2 Activation
  • H2O2 Activation
  • Reactive NxHy Species
  • COx Chemistry 
  • CxHy Conversion
Important Dates:
Early Bird:                      31 Aug 2018
Talk Submission          31 Aug 2018
Poster Submission     05 Dec 2018
Last Chance                 05 Dec 2018

12th International Conference on Hydrogenases
March 31 - April 4, 2019
Lisbon, Portugal

Dear  Colleaques,

We are happy to invite you to attend the 12th International Hydrogenase Conference that will take place in Lisbon (Portugal) from the 31st March to the 4th April of 2019. The venue of the conference will be the Rectorate of the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, located within the marvelous city of Lisbon and very near to the international airport.

As in the previous Hydrogenases Conferences, all fronts of fundamental and applied research on hydrogenases will be covered, ranging from microbiology to chemical synthesis of biomimetic compounds. Additionally, research on related redox (bio)catalysts for energy conversion, such as nitrogenases and formate dehydrogenases, will be included within the scope of the conference. The organizing committee, with the aid of the scientific committee, has invited six plenary and six keynote lecturers as the basis of an exciting scientific program. Many slots will be available for invited and selected oral presentations, as well as an ample poster program.

The 12th International Hydrogenase Conference will be a great opportunity for all researchers working on the topic to meet again, exchange ideas and results, to have thrilling discussions and to enhance scientific collaborations. Furthermore, it will be a fantastic chance to visit the charming city of Lisbon with its superb historical and cultural heritage, beautiful coastline and surroundings, as well as to experience the portuguese gastronomy and hospitality. The conference site has several Hotels nearby and is well served by public transport, with good connections to the city center.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Lisbon,

Inês Cardoso Pereira and Antonio de Lacey
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The InteInorganic Reaction Mechanisms & Inorganic Biochemisry Discussion Groups
April 15-17, 2019
Manchester, UK

Inorganic Biochemistry Discussion Group

The Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms & Inorganic Biochemistry Discussion groups joint meeting at: Manchester Institute of Biotechnology in Manchester (UK) from 15 – 17 April 2019.

This meeting will offer scientific presentations, network opportunities and a poster session.

Confirmed speakers:
•    Stephen Mann (Bristol, The Nyholm Prize winner)

•    Christine McKenzie (Odense)
•    Miquel Costas (Girona)
•    Francesca Paradisi (Nottingham)

Abstract submission for oral or poster presentations:
Additional oral presentation slots are available for interested participants, and we are particularly interested in contributions from PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. Please send your abstract for either an oral presentation or poster to the email address below by the 1st of February 2019.

Registration is free of cost and refreshments will be provided during the conference. For catering purposes, however, you will need to register at and let us know any dietary restrictions.


May 21-25, 2019

Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada

I am delighted to welcome you to CanBIC, a small and specialised conference devoted to the biological chemistry of metals to be held in this wonderful setting. The development of ever more powerful techniques both experimental and theoretical has allowed research to delve in detail into this remarkable chemistry. Where science has had a few hundred years to refine chemical mechanisms, Nature has had a billion years and the results are staggering in their exquisite refinement, from the delicate tuning that allows iron to bind oxygen reversibly to the miraculous operation of the nervous system, there is much to study and then mimic synthetically. There is a downside in the toxic effects of almost all metals at some concentration. These effects too need detailed and careful study. The symposia offered over the three days in Parry Sound bring together scientists from across the world who directly research these areas - the location in the beautifully rugged Parry Sound, Ontario will foster discussion and collaborations. We expect over 150 participants, including many from outside North America. We welcome students and pdfs and the Registration rates are significantly reduced from you. There are several hotels in Parry Sound of all rates - and all very close to the Stockey Centre - and even camping, as well as cottages, and you can easily share rooms with the typical North American layout of two large beds in most rooms.

Martin Stillman, Conference Chair

Come and celebrate Bioinorganic Chemistry in the rugged beauty of Georgian Bay. Plan to stay a few extra days to explore the coast and the Provincial Parks - especially the fantastic Algonquin Park for canoeing and Killarney Provincial Park for exploring the fantastic scenery. (Check out both online).

XXVII International Conference on Coordination and Bioinorganic Chemsitry
June 2-7, 2019

Smolenice, Slovakia


The Organizing Committee invites you to participate in the XXVII. International Conference on Coordination and Bioinorganic Chemistry (ICCBIC). The conference will be organized by the Slovak Chemical Society together with cooperation institution Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. It will be held in Smolenice Castle during

The conferences on coordination chemistry have been held regularly in Slovakia (former Czechoslovakia, Central Europe) since 1964. Many top coordination chemists from all over the world, including Nobel Prize laureates, have attended the ICCBIC during more than fifty years of its history and Smolenice Castle became the place where many new scientific and personal contacts have been established.


ICCBIC will take place in Smolenice Castle, a historical building that was adapted for the needs of the conferences and serves now as a Congress Centre of the Slovak Academy of Sciences.


The international conferences on coordination chemistry organized by the Slovak Chemical Society, Slovak Technical University and Comenius University in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, are held biannually as a rule at the beginning of June. They are the only scientific events in the field of coordination chemistry which are held regularly every two years at the same place (Smolenice Castle). In order to keep the tradition, from the very beginning the Conferences were focused on up-to-date problems of coordination, inorganic and bioinorganic chemistry. They have never been specialized on particular fields or techniques, nevertheless, each of the four working days of the Conferences was devoted to a main topic which was covered by plenary and section lectures, and sometimes by posters as well.
The Conferences have their characteristic atmosphere. The Castle itself and the surrounding nature create preconditions for fruitful discussions based on well and in advance prepared conference materials. Those are the Proceedings of the Conferences (abstracts only) and since 1993 a monograph – a book/CD/USB-key containing reviewed and selected papers of the participants in full extent. The monograph series are internationally recognized and registered.
Social programs of the Conferences at Smolenice helped to strengthen the friendship between participants and give them possibility to learn more about Slovakia, its folk and customs.


The International Conference on Coordination and Bioinorganic Chemistry is organized in the Congress Centre of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Smolenice Castle by the:
 Slovak Chemical Society
 Slovak Academy of Sciences
 Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava

Organizing Committee

 Prof. Milan MELNÍK (Honour Chairman)
 Prof. Peter SEGĽA (Chairman)
 Dr. Miroslav TATARKO (Secretary)
 Dr. Milan DRÁBIK
 Prof. Marian KOMAN
 Dr. Vladimír KUCHTANIN
 Dr. Miroslava PUCHOŇOVÁ
 Dr. Jozef ŠVOREC
 Prof. Marián VALKO

15th International Symposium on Applied Bioinorganic Chemistry (ISABC15)
June 2–5, 2019
Nara, Japan

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we cordially invite you to participate in the 15th International Symposium on Applied Bioinorganic Chemistry (ISABC15) which will be held in Nara on June 2–5, 2019. The conference hall, named “IRAKA”, is located in the center of a world heritage site having an expansive green historical park.

The ISABC15 meeting follows those in Toulouse (2017), Galway (2015), Guangzhou (2013), Barcelona (2011), Debrecene (2009) and so on.  We are confident that the symposium in 2019 will also be a stimulating and exciting meeting mainly focusing on the application of bioinorganic chemistry directed toward the development of medicines, catalysts, metal-based bionanomaterials, etc.

The main topics of the ISABC15 meeting are as follows:
Metal-based medicines
Sensing and imaging
Metal ions in human health and diseases
Metal–nucleic acid interaction
Natural and engineered metalloproteins
Advanced spectroscopic methods
Biohybrid catalysts and enzyme models
Bioinorganic materials
Bioinspired energy conversion

The symposium will offer an excellent opportunity to meet many researchers from around the world who are experts in an exceptionally broad range of the topics at the frontier of bioinorganic chemistry.  It will be a wonderful chance to share your outstanding results with leading scientists in the quiet and contemplative atmosphere of Nara, the old capital of Japan.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in June 2019.

Best wishes,
Takashi Hayashi (chair)
Kazuya Kikuchi (co-chair)
Osaka University, Japan


7th International Symposium on Metallomics
June 30 - July 3, 2019

Warsaw, Poland
Organizing Committee

Institute of Analytical Sciences,
IPREM, CNRS, Pau, France
Warsaw University of Technology
Faculty of Chemistry

Maciej Wieczorek 
Conference Secretariat
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Magdalena MATCZUK
Warsaw University of Technology
Faculty of Chemistry

Institute of Analytical Sciences,
IPREM, CNRS, Pau, France
Institute of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry,
University of Münster, Germany
Warsaw University of Technology
Faculty of Chemistry

It is our pleasure to invite you to attend the 7th International Symposium on Metallomics in Warsaw, the capital of Poland from June 30th to July 3rd, 2019.
We have the ambition to adopt and to develop further the best ideas from the heritage of the six former successful Metallomics Symposia started in 2007 in Nagoya and held since then biannually (Cincinnati, 2009, Munster 2011, Oviedo, 2013, Beijing, 2015, Vienna 2017).

The scientific programme of the Symposium will reflect the interdisciplinarity of metallomics, the integrated biometal science. The leitmotiv is the understanding of the interactions of metal ions and their chemical structures in the biological systems, the biological functions these structures acquire and the fine-tuning of their usage in biology with a focus on a global multimetal approach.
We will assure a representative coverage of the latest developments in analytical chemistry, biology and biochemistry addressing the role of essential and toxic metals and metalloids in all the important areas of the modern society: nutrition and disease, environmental and human toxicology, plant physiology and phytoremediation, biomedical sciences, and others.

MOTEC 2019 - 11th Molybdenum and Tugsten Enzymes Confrence & satellite
Meeting on "FeS for life"
July 7-12, 2019

Postdam, Germany

Dear colleagues,
We are happy to announce that the date for the 11th International MoTEC Conference is set. The conference will take place in Potsdam (Germany) from July 7-12, 2019. Please save the date! The conference will cover all fronts of molybdenum and tungsten enzyme research including nitrogenases, but will also include research on related enzymes.

We also want to announce the attached satellite meeting on “FeS for life” which will take place right before the MoTEC conference, from July 6-7.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Potsdam 2019,

Silke Leimkuehler  on behalf of the organizing committee

Mechanisms of Metal Protein Speciation in Cells
July 13-14, 2019
Barcelona, Spain

Chairs: Alecia T. Dent and Maria Alessandra Martini

This GRS, the "Cell Biology of Metals (GRS)" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS), will be held in conjunction with the Gordon Research Conference Organismal Biology of Metals and Related Metal Complexes (GRC) below.Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.

Organismal Biology of Metals and Related Metal Complexes
July 14-19, 2019
Barcelona, Spain

Chairs: Iqbal Hamza and Amanda Bird
Vice Chairs: Caryn E. Outten and Mitchell Knutson

Rey Don Jaime Grand Hotel
Avinguda de l'Hotel
Castelldefels, ES

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 16, 2019. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the conference chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Conference Description
The Cell Biology of Metals GRC started in 2005 to bridge significant gaps in our understanding of biological metals in the cellular and organismal context. The conference provides a highly interactive forum for junior and senior investigates to learn about the latest advances in metal homeostasis. This keystone meeting has been instrumental in identifying major knowledge gaps; overcoming intractable research barriers; nucleating new technological advancements; and establishing emerging concepts. The goal of the 2019 Cell Biology of Metals meeting is to accelerate this trajectory by bringing together clinicians, chemists, physicists, biologists, and engineers with expertise in solving outstanding problems at the interface of cellular and chemical biology of metals. The 2019 program will be organized around the theme of "Organismal Biology of Metals and Related Metal Complexes". Each session will be led by leaders in their respective fields with speakers representing an international cadre of investigators. Cutting-edge talks will be presented ranging from metals at the host-pathogen interface to metallo-sensation and homeostasis to metal -omics in normal and pathological states across phyla. The meeting will provide unique opportunities for established and early-stage investigators to present their work and exchange ideas, learn where the field is heading, and establish new cross-disciplinary collaborations.
Speakers will be present throughout the week providing attendees with ample opportunities for personal interactions. Based upon submitted abstracts, short talks will be identified for each session from junior investigators, including postdocs and students. The collegial atmosphere of this conference, with robust discussions, poster sessions, and informal gatherings in the afternoons and evenings, provides an excellent venue to develop multi-discipline collaborations. By engaging the research community to actively participate in discussing research at the frontiers of cell biology of metals, conclusions can be generated which can synergize and drive discoveries and positively impact human health.

Related MeetingThis GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Cell Biology of Metals (GRS)" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.

9th International Symposium on Bioorganometallic Chemsitry
July 28 - August 1, 2019
York, United Kingdom
The conference will take place in The Department of Chemistry at the University of York. The venue is located 1.5 miles from the City Centre of York with great transport links. York is a city famous for its shopping, restaurants, bars and boutiques. It provides the ideal location for a leisurely stroll for you and your delegates. The home of famous places such as the Shambles (Europe’s best-preserved Medieval Street) and York Minster, one of the oldest cathedrals in the UK. York has a plethora of places to shop, eat and drink. Whether you are looking to  buy gifts and souvenirs, or indulge yourself with some quirky new purchases, York’s bustling shopping scene will offer you everything you need.
For more information please download the York Conferences Information Pack.
Onsite accommodation will be available at Alcuin College, it is situated in the north of the University of York campus. York City Centre is about 15 minutes away by bus or car.  
Alternative accommodation is available in the city centre but must be booked directly, recommended hotels can be found here.
For further information about onsite accommodation please download the Alcuin Guest Information.

19th International Conference on Biological Inorganic Chemistry (ICBIC-19)
August 11-16, 2019
Interlaken, Switzerland 


The organizing committee cordially invites you to join us at ICBIC-19 that will be held in Interlaken, Switzerland, on August 11-16, 2019.
The ICBICs were founded 1983 in Florence, Italy, with the first conference of this series. The conferences take place on a biannual basis in different countries all around the world and are doubtlessly the most important event in the area of Biological Inorganic Chemistry. Attracting scientists from all over the world, the ICBICs provide the major platform to present and discuss the latest developments in the field.

Interlaken is probably the top destination for tourists visiting Switzerland and located in the very center of the country. It is surrounded by the Swiss alps and just 20 km from Grindelwald with its famous mountains Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau, which are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch protected area. Excellent train and bus services connect Interlaken with the three major Swiss airports.

We are looking forward to welcoming you all in Interlaken for ICBIC-19!
Eva Freisinger and Roland Sigel

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