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History of the IUPAC Congress

The history of the biennial IUPAC Congress dates back to 1894. IUPAC was set up to advance the worldwide aspects of the chemical sciences and to contribute to the application of chemistry in the service of mankind.

43rd IUPAC Congress

Chemistry Bridging Innovation Among the Americas and the World
Puerto Rico Welcomes IUPAC World Chemistry Congress of 2011 and the celebration of 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry.
July 30 – August 7, 2011
Puerto Rico Convention Center

The Colegio de Quimicos de PR is delighted to host the 43rd IUPAC Congress on behalf of IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry).

The Colegio de Quimicos de Puerto Rico has been and continues to be committed to promote the development and innovation of the chemical sciences among the Americas (North, South, and Caribbean regions). Through the membership of the Colegio in the Federación Latinoamericana de Asociaciones Quimicas (FLAQ), the Colegio has contributed in the establishment of stronger relations between IUPAC, National ACS, and Latin America.

42nd IUPAC Congress

August 2 – 7, 2009
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Glasgow's iconic Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC)

Theme: Chemistry Solutions

There 55 symposia within the seven main sessions, 9 plenary lectures, 1,268 posters and 2,129 delegates were present.

Sessions of the Congress:

41st IUPAC Congress

August 5 -11, 2007
Turin, Italy
Lingotto Conference Centre 
Theme: Chemistry Protecting Health, Natural Environment, and Cultural Heritage

Sessions of the Congress:

40th IUPAC Congress

August 14-19, 2005
Beijing, China
Theme: Innovation in Chemistry

With nearly 1000 participants from 64 countries, the 40th IUPAC Congress, held 14-19 August 2005 in Beijing, helped to build a bridge between Chinese chemists and the world. With 412 of the participants from China and 556 from other countries, the Congress was an excellent forum for encouraging cooperation and excellence in the chemical sciences and in the practice of chemistry. 

The high-scientific value of the Congress was evident in the plenary lectures, which were delivered by eight distinguished chemists, including three Nobel Laureates and one Einstein Award Winner. A total of 1145 papers and 622 posters were presented in eight sessions of the Congress.
Sessions of the Congress:

39th IUPAC Congress

10-15 August 2003
Ottawa, Canada 
Theme: Chemistry at the Interfaces

The joint meeting of the 39th IUPAC Congress and the 86th Conference of the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC) was held in Ottawa from 10-15 August 2003 at the Westin Hotel and Ottawa Congress Centre. In all, 2500 participants attended, including 850 students, with slightly over 2000 papers presented, 800 as oral presentations and 1200 as posters. 
The title of the conference-"Chemistry at the Interfaces"-was chosen to indicate the breadth of chemical science and to confirm the vitality of our subject not only in the macro-interfaces, from biology through materials science to physics and computing science, but also within the micro-interfaces of the various subdisciplines of chemistry. 

The main body of the technical program, which consisted of over 50 symposia in more than 160 sessions, was both international in scope and broad in range of topics. 

The program included six specific chemical themes: 

38th IUPAC Congress

1-6 July 2001
Brisbane, Australia

Held in conjunction with the 41st IUPAC General Assembly (29 June-8 July 2001) and incorporating the 9th Asian Chemistry Congress (1-4 July 2001) and AIMECS 01 (3-6 July 2001), the 38th IUPAC Congress/World Chemistry Congress 2001 in Brisbane, Australia was a landmark event, featuring a diverse program and a range of associated meetings and activities that combined to make attendance a valuable experience. 

Scientific program themes included the following: 

37th IUPAC Congress

August, 14-19, 1999
Berlin, Germany
Theme: Frontiers in Chemistry: Molecular Basis of the Life Sciences

36th IUPAC Congress

August 18-22, 1997 
Geneva, Switzerland

 

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