On the road again

Tomorrow sees me hit the road (well, the rails, really) for the start of my conference season. First up is the 2009 International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry (ISMSC 2009) in Maastricht in The Netherlands. This brings back fond memories of my first trip to an ISMC conference (in the days before the macrocyclic and supramolecular chemistry meetings decided to merge) back in 1998. The venue was Turtle Bay on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Brownie points for anyone who can spot me in this photo!

Next up, is a trip to the 2009 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting – and this year the meeting is dedicated to chemistry (with some climate concerns thrown in for good measure). The Lindau meetings bring together Nobel Laureates and young researchers from around the globe and is not your typical conference that consists of lectures and poster sessions. The laureates and researchers are thrown together for the best part of a week; for lectures, discussions and dinner – the social programme is integrated with the scientific one.

Last year at Lindau the focus was on physics and Nature produced a series of videos featuring conversations between students and Laureates – you can see all of them here. This year, we’re doing a similar thing, so look out for some videos later in the year.

I’ll be blogging from both meetings and perhaps tweeting too… so keep an eye out for what’s going on.


Stuart Cantrill (Chief Editor, Nature Chemistry)