Each year IUPAC endorses a large number of independently organized conferences, symposiums and workshops that cover a wide range of specialized topics in chemistry. Endorsement by IUPAC attests to the quality of the scientific program and indicates the host country’s assurance that scientists from all countries may participate. See program details.

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4 Oct 2018 - 5 Oct 2018

2nd Symposium on Organic and Inorganic Chemistry, Southern Africa

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To present the forefront of organic and inorganic chemistry by invited international lectures and southern African emerging scientist in the area.

Invited scientists and representative of the IUPAC Inorganic Chemistry Division (Div. II) will learn how their field might have impact in southern Africa. Local scientist get a rare occasion to mix with internationally renowned scientist on their home turf. All can discuss how they can work better together, valuing and acknowledging each other’s contributions.

The intention is to showcase IUPAC activities and show how non-member states could profit from becoming members.

The conference will be held just after, and in the same location, as the Division II off-year meeting, making dual use of the division funds available to also promote IUPAC, and interact with chemists in Africa.

IUPAC will provide support for the travel and accommodation of five young scientists, one each from Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Lesotho, Malawi.


Prof Lars Öhrström (IUPAC Division II President), Chalmers University of Technology, [email protected]
Prof Ishmael Masesane, University of Botswana, [email protected]

Post event updates

See report:  Öhrström, L., & Masesane, I. (2019). Bringing IUPAC to Southern Africa, Chemistry International, 41(2), 38-40; https://doi.org/10.1515/ci-2019-0215

Event also reported in the 2018 Newsletter of the Inorganic Chemistry Division available @ https://iupac.org/inorganic-chemistry-division-dec-2018-newsletter/

Date & Time

4 Oct 2018


5 Oct 2018


University of Botswana
Gaborone, Botswana
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