Welcome to the 20th Sigma-Aldrich Symposium Webpage – December 8-9, 2016

Dear Colleague,

We are happy to confirm that SIGMA-ALDRICH has accepted to sponsor the 20th edition of the two-day meeting that each year brings together the Belgian organic chemists community, both from university and industry. As you know, these days are especially important for our PhD and postdoctoral students who appreciate the opportunity to present their research work, as short lectures or as posters, and to meet with fellow students from other groups. It is also a unique opportunity to foster contacts with industrial colleagues and to share varied views of our science.

The 20th SIGMA-ALDRICH Organic Synthesis Meeting will take place at the Duinse Polders in Blankenberge, on Thursday 8th (start: 9:45) and Friday 9th of December 2016 (end: 16:00). The programme will include plenary lectures, a series of 30-min lectures presented by experienced PhD or postdoctoral students of our different research institutions, and a poster session.

Confirmed plenary lectures include :

Prof. André Charette (Université de Montréal, Canada), “Development of New Synthetic Methods in Batch and in Flow”. Prof. Wim De Borggraeve (KU Leuven, Belgium), “Towards Protein Interaction Modulation, a Story of David and Goliath”. Dr. Bruno Lelong (Sigma-Aldrich), Title to be defined.

On Thursday evening there will be a special lecture entitled “The Periodic Table and the Quest for the Philosopher’s Stone of Quantum Alchemy” delivered by Prof. Pieter Thyssen (KU Leuven, Belgium).

This will then be followed by a dinner in the style of “Star Wars”!

Thus, we invite everyone to dress up in this style. A price for the most original/creative/funny outfit will be awarded at the end of the symposium by Sigma-Aldrich!

To enhance the interactions between the Belgian academic and industrial communities, and in particular to facilitate the contacts and discussions between post-doctoral fellows and PhD students and organic chemists from various companies, flash discussions will be organized on Thursday afternoon during the poster session. These discussions have proven to be a quite unique opportunity and several students even found a job thanks to the contacts they had during these discussions. Each registered participant of the SAS meeting will have the opportunity to volunteer for an informal 15-minute discussion with a representative of different companies. To do so, it is mandatory to register online to the flash interviews and send your CV to sas2016@ulb.ac.be. In the form, you will have to choose 3 favorite companies. We will try our best to respect your first choice for the flash interview. The CVs will be sent in advance to the company. Participating industrial companies for the flash interviews include – in alphabetical order: CMAST, Dow, Eastmann, Ecosynth, Galapagos, Janssen, Lonza, Minakem, Omnichem and UCB.

All participants should register via this website before November 20th. All active contributors to the scientific part (lecture or poster) should also send a one-page abstract (abstract template with guidelines is enclosed) before the same date to sas2016@ulb.ac.be. All registered participants will receive the final program by the end of November.