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Vol. 33 No. 2
March-April 2011


The First IUPAC Congress and General Assembly in a Latin American Country

by Gabriel A. Infante

On behalf of IUPAC, the Colegio de Químicos de Puerto Rico is delighted to host the 43rd Congress. IUPAC 2011 will provide the appropriate forum to foster the bridging of innovation in chemistry and related fields between the Americas and the world.

The Colegio de Químicos de Puerto Rico is committed to promoting development and innovation in the chemical sciences in the Americas (North, Central, South, and Caribbean regions). Through the Colegio’s membership in the Federación Latinoamericana de Asociaciones Químicas (FLAQ), we have contributed to the establishment of stronger relations between IUPAC, American Chemical Society, and Latin America.

The main goals of the 43rd IUPAC Congress and the 46th General Assembly, 31 July–6 August 2011, are the following:

  • foster the bridging of innovation in chemistry and related fields between the Americas and the world
  • establish a gateway for the new interdisciplinary fields of science developed in the last decade
  • promote the development of science and technology as the basis for a sustainable environment
  • strengthen collaboration among young Caribbean and Latin American scientists
  • present Puerto Rico as an important hub in advanced manufacturing of biopharmaceutical products

The theme for the IUPAC 2011 Congress is “Chemistry Bridging Innovation between the Americas and the World.” The Congress will include plenary lectures, symposia, oral presentations, poster presentations, workshops, group meetings, and an up-to-date scientific exhibition.

Seven Nobel Laureates in Chemistry and other distinguished scientists will be plenary speakers during the Congress. The program will include more than 30 symposia on these main topics:

  • Alternative Energy Sources
  • Chemistry and the Environment
  • Chemistry of Life
  • Chemical Education and Heritage
  • Industrial and Applied Chemistry
  • Materials Science
  • Macromolecular Chemistry, Supramolecular Chemistry, and Nanotechnology
  • Chemical Synthesis
  • Chemical Analysis and Imaging
  • Theoretical, Physical, and Computational Chemistry

The IUPAC 2011 Congress is a cornerstone event of the International Year of Chemistry and will be a major event for the development of chemistry and related scientific and technological disciplines in Puerto Rico, the Americas, and the world.

Various activities are being organized for the celebration of the International Year of Chemistry during the IUPAC 2011 Congress:

  • Primary- and secondary-school teachers and students will participate in activities with the visiting Nobel Laureates to promote chemistry in association with the local Department of Education.
  • The House of Representatives will approve a resolution to recognize IUPAC and the visiting Nobel Laureates.
  • A special session of the Senate to recognize IUPAC and the visiting Nobel Laureates will be held on Thursday 4 August.
  • The World Chemistry Leadership Meeting will be held during the 2011 General Assembly. A full-day event is planned for 2 August. We are currently in the middle of a UNESCO-declared decade promoting sustainable development issues, and the meeting will implement an enhanced level of dialogue on sustainable development among the scientific community represented by the IUPAC family, UN agencies, and industry.

San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico and one of the oldest colonial cities in the Western Hemisphere. Its Spanish influence is most visible in the historic district of Old San Juan. A leisurely walking tour of the district is the best way to experience its historic, centuries-old treasures.

A major focal point of modern San Juan is its new, state-of-the-art Puerto Rico Convention Center, an architecturally dynamic structure that recalls the shapes and colors of the Caribbean in an elegant, modern style. The brand-new Sheraton Hotel next to the Convention Center will be the headquarters of the 2011 Congress.

The Organizing Committee and the Colegio de Químicos de Puerto Rico are pleased to welcome scientists and chemists from around the world to the IUPAC 2011 Congress and to Borinquén (Arawakan name for Puerto Rico), the pearl of the Caribbean.

Gabriel A. Infante is president of the organizing committee for the IUPAC 2011 Congress.

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