Project Details Strategic Planning for a Network for Heterocyclic Chemistry among Countries of the Mediterranean Sea Area, including Europe and North Africa

Project No.:
2015-027-1-300
Start Date:
01 November 2015
End Date:

Objective

Continuation of project 2011-006-2-300

The principal objective of this project is to continue and exploit the excellent results of the previous project which achieved resounding success in establishing a strong collaborative network involving countries, especially less developed countries of North Africa, in terms of collaborative stages for PhD work in research laboratories of more developed nations and participation to international meetings (Tramech VII at Rabat, Morocco, 27-30 November 2013, fifteen grants for young people and Tramech VIII, Antalya, Turkey, 12-15 November 2015, ten grants for young people). This will help to build and foster a sustainable program of high-quality heterocyclic chemistry research, education and chemistry-based applications in all the Network countries.

Description

The chemistry of this project, involving developed and underdeveloped countries, will focuses on the synthesis, reactivity and applications of heterocyclic compounds of interest in the fields of medicinal chemistry, new materials, green chemistry, bioorganic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, pharmacochemistry, structural and materials sciences, environmental chemistry, nanotechnologies, biotechnologies by using innovative methodologies. By financing this project, IUPAC will facilitate interactions and collaborations among the countries of the Mediterranean area through meetings and conferences, exchanges of researchers, stages of young people in advanced laboratories for their PhD studies and research training. All this will result in a significant impact on the transfer of knowledge and know-how from one country to another.

The program is designed to create world-class research hubs within the countries of the region while fostering the next generation of leading researchers by establishing sustainable collaborative relations among research/education institutions such as Spain, France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Albania, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Georgia, Russia, Cyprus, Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco.

Progress

At the closing of TRAMECH VIII it was announced that TRAMECH IX will be organized at Fes (Morocco) on November 2017.

Sep 2016 – see report/update published in Chem. Int. Sep 2016, p. 24; https://dx.doi.org/10.1515/ci-2016-0518

Jan 2018 update – TRAMECH IX meeting has been attended by 258 participants from 30 Countries, 53 Universities and research Centers, including 8 Moroccan Universities. The opening conference was given by Professor Ei-Ichi Negishi (Nobel Prize Winner for Chemistry in 2010). The scientific program included also 16 Plenary Lectures, 12 Invited Lectures, 27 short talks and 193 poster presentations. 2 Short talks and 2 posters were awarded with a Certificate.

The chemistry presented by speakers at the TRAMECH IX at Fes, involving developed and underdeveloped countries, focused on the synthesis, reactivity and applications of heterocyclic compounds of interest in the fields of medicinal chemistry, new materials, green chemistry, bioorganic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, pharmacochemistry, structural and materials sciences, environmental chemistry, nanotechnologies, biotechnologies by using innovative methodologies. During the meeting there were pertinent discussions that sometimes continued at the coffee breaks with the participation of young people. Live discussions took place at the crowded poster sessions. The IUPAC support, bestowed in order to facilitate interactions and collaborations among the countries of the Mediterranean area through meetings and conferences, exchanges of researchers, stages of young people in advanced laboratories for their PhD studies and research training, did not disappoint the expectations due to the large participations, high level of speakers and good quality of the presented results. Moreover, the moments of socialization among the participants was not disregarded. The local organization proved to be very efficient, creating a very friendly atmosphere.

At the end of the TRAMECH IX there was a discussion about the location of the TRAMECH X meeting in 2019. Several countries were proposed among which Monastir (Tunisia), Unilehavre (France), Hurghada (Egypt), some cities of Spain. The definitive selection will be done as soon as possible by the International Scientific Committee (ISC) so that the interested Countries will be informed. Again, the involvement of very distinguished speakers will be pursued and the participation of young, motivated people will be facilitated. As in the Rabat, Antalya and Fes meetings, the interactions among participants are expected to promote scientific collaborations and give young people the chance for research experience in well-established laboratories, either as PhD students or as visiting researchers.

October 2019 update – The Trans Mediterranean Colloquium on Heterocyclic Chemistry (TRAMECH) programs are designed to attract the participation of young researchers. However, TRAMECH X scheduled for 2019 in LeHavre (France) could not be organized. Instead, in 2020, this program will support the participation of young scientists at the following events: (i) the 28th IUPAC Symposium on Photochemistry to be held in Amsterdam (12-17 July 2020) and (ii) ISCNP31 & ICOB11 Napoli, Italy, 25-29 October 2020.

April 2020 update – TRAMECH X has been repostponed to the year 2021, likely at the University of Monastir, Tunisia. Also, due to the Covid-19, several conferences planned for 2020 are rescheduled in 2021, including  the International Conference on Organic Chemistry and Synthesis Design (ICOCSD) scheduled at Lisbon on April 16, 2020 and ECHC 2020 (XXIX European Colloquium on Heterocyclic Chemistry), scheduled 25-28 August 2020 Rouen, France.

Oct 2021 update – The scientific committee is working on the organization of scientific initiatives in the countries of North Africa to take place in 2022. Specific updates to follow.

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