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6th ORCA - COST Meeting: Welcome



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The 6th ORCA Meeting, will be held on May 7th-10th, 2014, at the Hotel La Torre, Mondello in Palermo, Italy.


We are glad to welcome you in Palermo for the 6th ORCA Meeting to discuss the latest advancements about organocatalysis and the future of this Cost Action. Key topics will include the four subjects of the working groups present in this action:

1- Catalysts

2- Mechanisms

3- Reactions

4- Interdisciplinary aspects

The main objective of this Action is to focus the European activities in the field of organocatalysis in order to promote this field to a higher scientific level. As a result, a higher utilization of the innovative potential of organocatalysis is expected.

The main idea of this COST Action - called ORCA (organocatalysis) - is to provide a knowledge platform to advance different kinds of organocatalyzed transformations to broadly applicable methods in academia as well as in industry.

Plenary speakers will present their latest research. The program will also include invited speakers, short oral communications and poster sessions, which will provide participants the opportunity to highlight their recent work.

Confirmed speakers:

Prof. Kazuaki ISHIHARA - University of Nagoya
Prof. Keiji MARUOKA - University of Kyoto
Prof. Pavel KOCOVSKY – University of Glasgow
Prof. Imre PAPAI - Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Prof. Jan VAN MAARSEVEEN – University of Amsterdam
Prof. Albrecht BERKESSEL – University of Cologne
Prof. Claudio PALOMO – University of the Basque Country
Prof. Geraldine MASSON - ICSN-CNRS, Gif-sur-Yvette
Prof. Tonis KANGER – University of Tallinn
Prof. Christoforos KOKOTOS – University of Athens
Prof. Marco BELLA – Università di Roma
Prof. Maurizio BENAGLIA – Università di Milano
Prof. Albert MOYANO – University of Barcelona
Prof. Ramon RIOS – University of Southampton
Prof. Andrei V. MALKOV - Loughborough University.


We are looking forward to welcome you in Palermo


The Organizing Committee


Prof. Michelangelo Gruttadauria, Department of Biological Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technologies, University of Palermo, Italy


Dr. Francesco Giacalone Department of Biological Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technologies, University of Palermo, Italy


Prof. Claudio Trombini, Dipartimento di Chimica “Giacomo Ciamician” University of Bologna, Italy


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