Final report

A fortnight has passed since the closing ceremony and I would like to send you my final remarks about ISMEC2014.

I truly thank you all for coming and for being so pleasant and supportive.

Once again I would like to express my gratitude to all those whose contributions made ISMEC2014 a success. In particular, I would like to thank my departmental colleagues and students who you met at the registration desk, who uploaded your presentations and dealt with the microphone, and who helped me so much backstage. They were a wonderful team who supported me greatly throughout the congress.

This is one the most precious memories I have of ISMEC2014.

At the opening ceremony we were honoured by the presence of the Rector of the University of Pavia, Prof Fabio Rugge, the President of the Provincial Council of Pavia and Senator of the Italian Republic, Daniele Bosone, and the Head of the Chemistry Department, Professor Lucio Toma.

I shared the presentation of the event with this triennium’s ISMEC President, Professor Enrique Garzia España. I thank him for his collaboration during the congress.

I can proudly look back upon the plenary lectures; Professor Anslyn’s “delayed” address on the synthesis of the interests of supramolecular and analytical chemists, Professor Hider’s, which was so pertinent to the scientific interests of many of us over the last few years, that in honour of Peter Gans, due recognition for his invaluable contribution to ISMEC congresses, and finally Professor Luigi Casella’s, acknowledgement of the research carried out by our chemistry department.

I have already thanked them personally and each of them emphasised the interest shown by their audiences and the positive atmosphere that characterised our meetings.

We had five keynote lectures. For those commemorating our late colleagues, Roberto Portanova and Vincenzo Romano, both founding members of the GTC Group, I would like to thank Marilena Tolazzi, Andrea Melchior and Filippo Amato for their touching contributions.

Riccardo Leardi and Michel Meyer demonstrated their passionate and stimulating activity, and we were very happy to have the keynote of Elzeita Gumienna Konteca from Wroclaw University. She gave it immediately prior to her presentation of the next ISMEC congress in Wroclaw. We hope this will become a habit once more and that an adequate slot is provided in all future congresses.

There were other important topics during the congress.

I would like to look back upon the meeting of the ISMEC Group that took place on Tuesday evening. We are still waiting for the Board’s non-modifiable minutes of the assembly to be published on the website so that those not present at the congress may ascertain the decisions made. In my opinion this is an important point, as is the presentation of an agenda agreed beforehand with all the participants in order to ensure that all points of strategic interest are discussed and voted upon.

As agreed in the assembly within the next few weeks the ISMEC President will select the venue of ISMEC 2016.

The awards.

The traditional Pulidori’s prize, 6th edition, was assigned by the Scientific Committee to the research of Slawomir Potocki of Wroclaw University, Poland, who gave a talk on “The specificity of Zn2+, Ni2+, Cd2+, Cu2+and Bi2+ions interactions with the unstructured domains of ZIP transporters”. Three more awards were assigned this year: the Matteo Bertero Memorial Awards. I would like to thank Maurizio and Loredana Bertero, Matteo’s parents, for being present and for their support, and I would like to thank Matteo’s fellow students for their contributions.

Matteo passed away unexpectedly and prematurely one fateful evening last January. It is thanks to his fellow students and to several members of both the academic and non-academic staff that during the weeks following his passing the award was established and very soon two more were added. The awards cover the winners’ congress fees and poster costs.

The winners were:

Nicolás Veiga (University of Montevideo, Uruguay)

Catarina Esteves (ITQB – New University of Lisbon, Portugal)

Miriam Crespo-Alonso (University of Cagliari, Italy)

Finally the numbers of ISMEC2014: 27 countries and 5 continents were represented, there were 80 external inscriptions and many PHD students, post-dot students, and colleagues of the Chemistry Department participated bringing the overall scientific population to over 120.

The social events and the social dinner.

Last but not least, I hope you enjoyed the social dinner and the excursion to the Certosa di Pavia despite the sweltering heat. I know that the more resistant among you enjoyed the tour of “The Streets of Pavia”. It was a nice surprise for me too.

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