Meetings and Conferences

Girona Seminar 2018   
Predictive Catalysis
Transition-Metal Reactivity by Design
April 3-6, 2018

Local committee: Marcel Swart (chair), Miquel Costas (vice-chair), Anna Company, Sílvia Osuna, Xavi Ribas
International committee: Andy S. Borovik, Kara Bren, Kendall N. Houk, Lawrence Que Jr., Edward I. Solomon

The Girona Seminars have taken place in the historic town of Girona every two years since 1993, with the aim of bringing together young and senior scientists in a beautiful environment and in an informal and friendly atmosphere.

Fostering young researchers
To make participation in the Girona Seminar and presentation of the results attractive, especially for young investigators, starting with the 2016 edition Posters and Talk Prizes have been introduced for the most outstanding contributions by young researchers. Also for the 2018 edition, Nature Chemistry is sponsoring the Poster Prizes again. Moreover, the day before the main event there will be the Young Researchers Symposium with separate awards for the best YRS talks.
Metals in Medicine Gordon Research Conference
The Indispensable Role of Metals in Medical Diagnostics, Therapeutics and Beyond
June 24 - 29, 2018

Chairs: Seth M. Cohen and Kenneth Kam-Wing Lo
Vice Chairs: Edith (Phoebe) P. Glazer and Angela Casini
Venue and Travel Information: Proctor Academy ; 204 Main Street Andover, NH, US

Application Information
Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 27, 2018.
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
Metals in Medicine is a cross-cutting field that incorporates
scientific advances in inorganic chemistry, cell and molecular
biology, advanced spectroscopy and biophysics, nuclear medicine,
medicinal chemistry, clinical medicine, and other disciplines in ways
that leverage knowledge of metals to prevent, diagnose, and treat
human disease. Recent discoveries in the field have advanced our
collective understanding of the role of metals in medicine,
bioinorganic chemistry, and imaging technologies, which in turn
enhances the potential for the development of metal-based drugs and
drugs that act on metallobiological targets.

The objectives of the 2018 Metals in Medicine GRC: The Indispensable
Role of Metals in Medical Diagnostics, Therapeutics, and Beyond are
reflected in the following specific aims: 1) Leverage the properties
intrinsic to metals and inorganic materials to develop transformative
new chemical and nanoscale entities for use in the diagnosis, imaging,
and treatment of disease; 2) Understand the roles of metals in the
pathological basis for disease and medical treatments through the
development of new systems and optimization of existing technologies;
3) Provide a stimulating and dynamic gathering to engage and inspire
young scientists.Importantly, the program provides a very strong
clinical and translational focus for this rapidly developing field.

Conference Program
The conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed
below. The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary
program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and
discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program
will be available by November 15, 2017. Please check back for updates.

   From Chemistry to Clinic
   Recent Developments in Metallodrugs
   Inorganic Nanomaterials in Medicine
   Metal Homeostasis in Health and Disease
   New Agents for Imaging Applications
   Case Studies in Translational Research
   Analytical Techniques for Metals in Biological Systems
   Young Investigator Presentations
International Conference on Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines (ICPP)- 10
July 1-6, 2018
Munich, Germany

Topics to be covered in microsymposia include the physics, chemistry, biology, material science, engineering, nanotechnology, medical and biomedical or industrial applications of porphyrins, phthalocyanines and related macrocycles.

As at past ICPPs, this tenth conference on porphyrins and phthalocyanines aims at gathering together numerous topics related to this exciting family of molecules. All aspects of porphyrins, phthalocyanines and related macrocycles will be discussed in the form of Plenary Lectures, Award Lectures, short oral presentations and posters over the full five-day period of the meeting.

Topics to be covered in microsymposia include the physics, chemistry, biology, material science, engineering, nanotechnology, medical and biomedical or industrial applications of porphyrins, phthalocyanines and related macrocycles.

The list of scheduled symposia is presented below. Additional symposia may be added at a later date as will the names of the organizers once all sessions are confirmed.

I. Synthesis
1. Corroles
2. Phthalocyanines and Related Systems (double sessions)
3. Porphycenes
4. SubPcs, SubPzs, SubPors and Related Contracted Porphyrinoids
5. Functionalization of Porphyrins
6. NIR-Responsive Porphyrinoids
7. Porphyrazines
8. BODIPY Dyes
9. Novel Pyrrolic Macrocycles and Chromophores
10. Metalloporphyrinoids
11. Exotic Coordination Chemistry of Porphyrinoid Systems

II. Characterization and Properties
12. Corrole - Properties
13. Phthalocyanines and Related Systems
14. Optical, Electrical and Optoelectronic Phenomena in Phorphyrins and Phthalocyanines
15. Chiral Aspects of Porphyrin Supramolecular Chemistry
16. Chirality and Spatially Pre-Organized Multi-Porphyrinoids
17. High-Valent Metal-Oxo and Their Precursor Macrocyclic Complexes: Structure and Reactivity (double sessions)

III. Materials
18. Sandwich Tetrapyrrole Rare Earth Materials
19. Porphyrin Assemblies on Bioinspired Templates
20. Porphyrin Assemblies in Confined Space

IV. Catalysis and Energy
21. Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion, Storage and Catalysis
22. Hard-Matter Nanoscale Objects for Electro-Optics and Energy Conversion
23. Porphyrinoids Based Chemical Sensors
24. Electron Transfer Applications of Tetrapyrroles
25. Catalytic Chemical Transformations by Metalloporphyrins
26. Porphyrinoids for Solar Cells
27. Photo- and Electro-Catalytic Processes
28. Biomimetic Solar Conversion

V. Biomedical Applications
29. Antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy
30. Porphyrin Derivatives for Medical/Biological Applications
31. Phthalocyanine Materials for PDT
32. Targeting in PDT
33. New Frontiers in Poprhyrin Triplet State Photophysics
34. Porphyrin-Based Cancer-Imaging and Therapy

VI. Biochemistry
35. Heme Proteins and Synthetic Analogues (double sessions)
36. Defining Heme Enzyme Catalytic Mechanisms
37. Chemistry, Properties, and Applications of Corrinoids and Related Compounds
38. Heme Enzymes: Structure and Function
39. Biochemistry of Linear Tetrapyrroles
40. Natural Porphyrinoid Pigments
41. Heme Enzymes : Functional Mechanisms
42. Chemistry and Biology of Chlorophylls and Bacteriochlorophylls

VII. Theory and Modeling
43. Theory and Spectroscopy

Co-chairs: Dirk M. Guldi, Friedrich-Alexander-Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg 91058 Erlangen, Germany,

Norbert Jux, Friedrich-Alexander-Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg 91054 Erlangen, Germany,

Karl M. Kadish, Department of Chemistry, University of Houston, Houston, Texas 77204-5003, KKadish@UH.EDU

SPP Office: Universite de Bourgogne, Faculte des Sciences Mirande, ICMUB (LIMRES), 9 avenue Alain Savary BP 47870, 21078 DIJON cedex FRANCE,


The European Biological Inorganic Chemistry Conference (EuroBIC) series has become a highly established international meeting. Attracting scientists from all over the world, EuroBIC provides the major platform to present and discuss the latest developments in all fields at the interface between Inorganic Chemistry and the Life Sciences.

Join us at the University of Birmingham, UK on 26-30 August for an exciting 2018 conference.

Registration is open
Register before Monday 16 April to benefit from the Early Bird rates, delegate registration fees include attendance to the conference, refreshments during the conference, the Welcome Reception on Sunday 26th August and the Banquet on Thursday 30th August.
Abstract submission open
All topics in the field of Biological Inorganic (Bioinorganic) Chemistry are welcome at the conference including the broader emerging areas where it is interfacing with Nanoscience, Synthetic Biology and Supramolecular Chemistry. 
A number of oral presentation slots are available and Early Career Researchers (PhD and postdoc) are particularly encouraged to apply for these.
Abstract Topics
  • Metals in medicine, Therapy, Imaging and Diagnosis 
    Including: Metals and Nucleic Acids; Metallo-drugs; Inorganic Nanoparticles and Biomolecular Interactions; Bio-orthogonal Inorganic Chemistry; Nanoscience and nanoformulation ; Chelate therapy and Metal-related Diseases; MRI and Fluorescence Imaging
  • Metalloproteins and Metalloenzymes, structure and function
    Including Hemes, oxidases and P450s; Copper; FeS; Zinc; Non-heme iron; Ca, Mn, Ni, Co, Mo…
  • Bioinorganic Chemistry and Energy
    Including Artificial Photosystems – From Light to Chemical Energy
  • Biomimetic and Bioinspired coordination chemistry and Synthetic biology 
    Including Bio-coordination chemistry: complexes of peptides, nucleotides and related ligands
  • Metallomics
    Including Metabolism of Metal ions and metal homeostasis, siderophores
  • Methods and Analytical Techniques in Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • Biomineralization;  Environmental and Geochemical Bioinorganic Chemistry
Oral Abstracts submission will close on Monday 16th April 2018.
Poster Abstract submission will close on Monday 4th June 2018.
Plenary Lecturers
 We are excited to be able to confirm the Plenary Lecturers, Professor Alison Butler (Santa Barbara), Professor Chris Chang (Berkeley), Professor Serena DeBeer (MPI), Professor Zijian Guo (Nanjing), Professor Amy Rosenzweig (Northwestern) and Professor Thomas Ward (Basel).
‘Vision in Bioinorganic Chemistry’ Lectures, given by Professor Fraser Armstrong (Oxford) and Professor Peter Sadler (Warwick).
EuroBIC Medal 2018 Winner Plenary Lecture, Dr Gilles Gasser (Paris).
Keynote Lecturers
We are pleased to be able to confirm a fantastic line-up of Keynote Lectures:
  • Professor Wee Han Ang, Singapore
  • Professor Silvestre Bonnet, Leiden
  • Professor Angela Cassini, Cardiff
  • Professor Peng Chen, Cornell
  • Professor Debbie Crans, Colorado
  • Professor Anne-Kathrin Duhme-Klair, York
  • Professor Nick Farrell , Virginia
  • Professor Kathy Franz, Duke
  • Professor Eva Freisinger, Zurich
  • Professor Nick LeBrun, East Anglia
  • Professor Mi Hee Lim, KAIST, Korea
  • Professor Wenbin Lin, Chicago
  • Professor Stephane Menage, Grenoble
  • Professor Dr Nils Metzler-Nolte, Bochum
  • Professor Janet Morrow, SUNY Buffalo
  • Professor Jens Müller, Münster
  • Professor Daniel Nocera, Harvard
  • Professor Elizabeth Nolan, MIT
  • Professor David Parker, Durham
  • Professor Vincent Pecoraro, Michigan
  • Professor Janez Plavec, Ljubljana
  • Professor Emma Raven, Leicester
  • Professor Olivia Reinaud, Paris
  • Professor Roland Sigel, Zurich
  • Professor Hongzhe Sun, Hong Kong
  • Professor Paola Turano, Florence
Please contact the Events Team,

7th EuCheMS Conference on Nitrogen Ligands
September 4-7, 2018
Lisbon, Portugal

Nitrogen Ligands in:
- Coordination Chemistry
- Metal-Organic Chemistry
- Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry
- Biologically Active Compounds
- Materials
- Catalysis (both homogeneous and heterogeneous)
- Metal-mediated Synthesis
- Non-covalent Interactions and Supramolecular Assemblies
- C-H Bond Activation and Functionalization
- Electrochemistry

International Organizing Committee
Armando Pombeiro (Chair), Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Bernhard Lippert, Technische Universität Dortmund, Germany
Claude P. Gros, University of Burgundy, Dijon, France
Claudio Pettinari, University of Camerino, Italy
Jorge A. Rodriguez Navarro, University of Granada, Spain
Pierre Braunstein, University of Strasbourg, France
Vadim Yu. Kukushkin, University of Saint Petersburg, Russia
EMBO Workshop:
Enzymes, biocatalysis and chemical biology: The new frontiers
September 09 – 12, 2018
University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy

Research in biological catalysis and chemical biology continues to make major strides and the field is rapidly expanding due to integration of efforts across different disciplines and application of state-of-the-art methods. The use of enzymes for large scale chemical synthesis is continuously growing. In addition it is true that many validated drug targets are enzymes, and a deep understanding of their reaction mechanism is vital. Especially the combination of experimental and computational approaches will continue to become more powerful and guide the understanding of existing biocatalytic mechanisms and the development of new ones in biology and biotechnology. Topics at this EMBO Workshop will range from basic enzymology (biophysics, physics of enzyme function, computational, enzyme design) to chemical biology and enzyme function (considered as complexes, molecular machines, ribozymes, etc.). Various quantitative methodologies will be covered, including cryoEM, crystallography, spectroscopy, NMR, enzymology, and computing, as well as directed evolution.

15 April 2018

15 June 2018

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15 May 2018

XIX Brazilian Meeting on Inorganic Chemistry
VI Latin American Meeting on Biological Inorganic Chemsistry
VII Brazilian Meeting on Rare Earths
September 24 - 28, 2018
Fortaleza, Brazil

On behalf of the organizing committee, we are pleased to announce that the VI Latin
American Meeting on Biological Inorganic Chemistry (VI LABIC) will be held in
Fortaleza, CE, Brazil, from 24 to 28 September 2018. Fortaleza is the capital of the
northeastern Brazilian state of Ceará and is the fifth largest city in the country with a
population of about 2.6 million. It is the closest Brazilian capital to Europe (5,608 km
from Lisbon, Portugal) and is only 5,566 km from Miami (United States). In South
America, Fortaleza is located 4,944 km away from Buenos Aires, 5,010 km from
Montevideu and 5,983 km from Santiago.

The VI LABIC will be held in parallel with XIX Brazilian Meeting on Inorganic
Chemistry (XIX BMIC), the most important scientific conference of the Brazilian
Chemical Society (SBQ) in Inorganic Chemistry, and with the VIII Brazilian Meeting on
Rare Earths (TR-2018).

This conference will provide a forum for discussion of the latest developments in
biological inorganic chemistry, and it will promote interactions with Latin American
scientists in this field. Brazil has played an important role in consolidating the LABIC
meetings, being the host of the first three conferences (2008, 2010, and 2012 together
with BMIC). In 2014 and 2016, the meetings were held in Argentina and Mexico,
respectively. We expect the VI LABIC meeting in Brazil to have a great participation of
scientists from different Latin American countries, attracting participants from North
America, Europe and Asia.

In the next days, we will provide an official website of the conference.
We warmly invite you to join us at VI LABIC in 2018, and we look forward to
welcoming you in Fortaleza.

Professor Luiz Gonzaga de França Lopes

11th International Vanadium Symposium (V11)
November 5-8, 2018
Montevideo, Uruguay
Dear Colleagues,
On behalf of the organizing committee, I invite you to participate in the 11th International Vanadium Symposium, V11, which will be held from 5th to 8th November 2018 in Montevideo, Uruguay.   
V11 follows the previous successful symposia that were held at Cancun (1997), Berlin (1999), Osaka (2001), Szeged (2004), San Francisco (2006), Lisbon (2008), Toyama (2010), Arlington (2012), Padua (2014) and Taipei (2016). This edition will be the first to be held in South America. This interdisciplinary event will gather researchers from all over the world dedicated to vanadium related research topics including coordination chemistry, catalysis, biological chemistry, vanadium-based drugs, toxicology, environmental and occupational exposure, among other relevant topics. Over 100 researchers are expected to participate.
This Symposium will certainly offer an excellent opportunity to make contact and exchange ideas with scientists working in the field around the world, in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.   It will be also a great opportunity to appreciate our country, our culture and to show you the Uruguayan hospitality.    
I look forward to welcoming you in Uruguay in November 2018.
Dinorah Gambino (chair)
Abstracts submission deadline: 15th July
Early bird registration deadline: 31st May
International Advisory Board
Mitchell D. Cohen, New York, NY, USA
Valeria Conte, Rome, Italy (Chair until 2020)
João Costa Pessoa, Lisbon, Portugal
Debbie C. Crans, Fort Collins, CO, USA
Dinorah Gambino, Montevideo, Uruguay
Yoshihito Hayashi, Kanazawa, Japan
Anastasios Keramidas, Cyprus
Tamas Kiss, Szeged, Hungary
Giulia Licini, Padova, Italy
Craig C. McLauchlan, Normal, IL, USA (Secretary until 2020)
Toshiyuki Moriuchi, Osaka, Japan
Vincent Pecoraro, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Biing-Jiun Uang, Hsinchu, Taiwan
Tatsuya Ueki, Hiroshima, Japan

9th Asian Biological Inorganic Chemistry (AsBIC) Conference
December 9-14, 2018

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the 9th Asian Biological Inorganic Chemistry (AsBIC) Conference which will be held on the tropical island of Singapore from 9-14 December 2018.

The biennial AsBIC Conference is an important event for the bioinorganic chemistry community and will provide an excellent platform for researchers, particularly those from the Asia-Pacific region, to discuss important questions in the field and chart future directions. This conference is in its 9th edition and builds upon the strong tradition of bioinorganic chemistry research in the Asia and Oceania regions. Previous AsBIC conferences have been held in Auckland, New Zealand (2016), Gold Coast, Australia (2014), Hong Kong (2012), Kaohsiung, Taiwan (2010), Jeju Island, Korea (2008), Nanjing, China (2006), Goa, India (2004), and Okazaki, Japan (2002).

This will be the first time that an important bioinorganic chemistry conference is held in Singapore. At the intersection of the East and West, Singapore is well-connected to both. Once a British colony and briefly, a state within the Malaysia Federation, Singapore became an independent nation in 1965 and has been growing steadily since. To keep pace with our development, funding in R&D, particularly in life and physical sciences, have been increasing over the past decade with the establishment of key research institutions and universities. NUS and NTU are proud to be the co-organisers of AsBIC-9.

Key Dates
•    Registration Open >> 1 Jan 18
•    Early Bird Registration Close >> 1 Jun 18
•    Abstract submission deadline >> 15 Sep 18
•    Author registration deadline >> 1 Oct 18
•    Conference Opening and Reception >> 9 Dec 18
•    Conference Closing and Banquet >> 14 Dec 18

We look forward to welcoming you to our little sunny island-state!
Chair, Wee Han Ang, National University of Singapore
Chair, Co-Chair, Bengang Xing, Nanyang Technological University

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
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