IUPAC International Conference in Thailand

Jirundon Yuvaniyama ji at biop.umich.edu
Tue Dec 3 00:51:47 EST 1996


                             FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT

          International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)
                          International Conference
                                     on
        Biodiversity and Bioresources - Conservation and Utilization

                            23-27 November 1997
                              Phuket, Thailand

                                Organized by

          International Union Of Pure and Applies Chemistry (IUPAC)
     National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC)
          National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA)

                Co-organized by Chemical Society of Thailand

                                 BACKGROUND

A very large proportion of modern therapeutic products have their
origins in bioresources; plants, animals or micro-organisms.  However,
due to advanced deforestation of global rain forests, the source of
widest biodiversity, the world's bioresources are fast diminishing and
it has become imperative that efforts be geared towards their
conservation and proper utilization.  Thailand is committed to tackling
this issue, and in 1995 the mega-project on Biodiversity, which
involves the study of living organisms in every aspect, was launched.
The study aims at obtaining new data and knowledge in anticipation of
their utilization for the benefit of society.  It also includes
collecting and compiling information on indigenous people, in search of
the proper blend between traditional and modern methods for the
conservation of biodiversity and utilization of bioresources.

The International Conference on Biodiversity and Bioresources -
Conservation and Utilization, organized by the National Center for
Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) and the National Science
and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), under the auspices of the
International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), will be held
from 23-27 November 1997 in Phuket, Thailand.  The purpose of the
Conference is to bring together scientists from all over the world to
discuss and exchange their ideas on how biology, chemistry,
biotechnology and related fields might further enhance the possibility
of conservation and utilization of biodiversity.

                           CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESS

Professor Dr.Sakarindr Bhumiratana
"IUPAC Biodiversity Conference"
National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC)
National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA)
Building 73/1 Rama VI Road, Bangkok 10400
THAILAND

Tel (66-2) 6448150-4 ext. 433, 532, 534
Fax (66-2) 6448109

                             SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM

The conference program includes Plenary Lectures, Invited Lectures and
Poster Presentations on the latest developments in these fields.  The
identification and production of important molecules from bioresources,
i.e. topics on isolation, extraction, fermentation, and synthesis will
also be included.  Moreoever, mini-symposis on Bioinformatics and
Combinatorial synthesis will be arranged in special half-day parallel
sessions.

The following renowned scientists have agreed to present lectures:

J. Clardy (USA)                         J. P. Kutney (Canada)
H. Dalboge (Denmark)                    G. Lowe, FRS (UK)
A. E. Fischli (Switzerland)             L. N. Mander FAA, FRS (Australia)
K. Hostettmann (Switzerland)            K. R. Rao (India)
T. R. Hoye (USA)                        D. F. Taber (USA)
C. M. Ireland (USA)                     L. F. Tietze (Germany)
M. Isobe (Japan)                        E. Winterfeldt (Germany)
B. Kirsop (UK)                          B. Zwanenburg (The Netherlands)

The final list of Lectures will be provided in the Second Circular

                               SOCIAL PROGRAM

Social events and programs for participants and accompanying persons
will be offered.  There is a wide variety of journeys of interest in
and around Phuket.  Details will be given in the Second Circular.

                                   PHUKET

Phuket (pronounced poo-ket) is an island on the Andaman coast of
southern Thailand, connected to the mainland by the Sarasin Bridge.
Travel to Bangkok, 860 km away, is by road or by air, the latter being
a 1.25 hours journey serviced by frequent flights.  All modern
communication facilities are available on the island.

The largest island and the only island province of Thailand, Phuket,
populated by a mixture of indigenous Thai and immigrant Chinese,
possesses an interesting and distinctive culture.  Rubber plantations
continue to contribute to the local economy of today but tin mining is
no longer a major souce of wealth and has been replaced by tourism.
Ingeniously, many old maining sites have been transformed into
picturesque lagoons that enhance the tourist industry.

Phuket has two seasons: dry and rainy.  The dry season spans the period
from October until March, with Novermber being particularly pleasant
with clear blue skies.  The island's landscape is very varied, ranging
from hills and inland forests to sandy beaches, coral reefs, limestone
rocks and mangroves stretching along the coast.  The mainland and the
area around Phuket offer even more variety: spectacular coastlines, sea
caves and hot springs of the provinces of Ranong and Krabi; the
breathtaking scenery of Phang-Nga Bay, instantly recognisable from its
role in the 007 film "The Man with the Golden Gun".  The virgin
mangrove forest of Phang-Nga is, perhaps, less well known.

Boats link Phuket with the scenic Phi-Phi island and the Similan
Islands National Park, reputed to be one of the best hideouts in the
world of scuba diving.

                            GENERAL INFORMATION

Date:          23-27 November 1997

Venue:         Phuket, Thailand

Language:      English will be the official language of the Conference.
	       No facilities for translation or interpretation will be
	       provided.

Accommodation: A choice of accommodation will be available in Phuket
               and may be reserved at time of registration.

Visas:         IUPAC sponsorship implies that entry visas will be
	       granted to all bona fide scientists, provided that an
	       application is made at least 3 months in advance.

	       Please check with your nearest Royal Thai Embassy or
	       Consulate for details.

                          PRELIMINARY REGISTRATION

All persons wishing to receive the Second Circular are requested to
complete and return the attached reply card.  It will be greatly
appreciated if you could bring this Circular to the attention of your
collegues.  Updated information may be obtained from the WWW URL:

http://bragg.chem.cornell.edu/~ping/iupac/welcome.html

                              CALL FOR PAPERS

Prospective authors of poster papers are invited to submit abstracts of
not more than 250 words for consideration before 15 April 1997.

                              IMPORTANT DATES

Those who wish to attend the Conference and intend to present posters,
please note the following important dates.

Mailing Second Circular      15 January 1997
Submission of Abstract       15 April 1997
Notification of Acceptance    1 June 1997

Y. Yuthavong (Director, NSTDA) Conference Chairman
S. Bhumiratana (Director, BIOTEC) Secretariat
U.K. Pandit (The Netherlands) IUPAC Representative

                      INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

D. St C. Black (Australia)              M. V. Montagu (Gelgium)
O. Grau (Argentina)                     K. Nakanishi (USA)
C. M. Gupta (India)                     D. L. Oxender (USA)
Sho Ito (Japan)                         C. Rolz (Guatemala)
E. Katchalski-Katzir (Israel)           C. K. Sha (Taiwan)
G. J. Koomen (The Netherlands)          D. I. C. Wang (USA)
S. V. Ley, FRS (US)                     H. N. C. Wong (Hong Kong)
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