This conference has been withdrawn from the 2020 conference schedule
As you are aware, coronavirus is having a global impact and the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control have instituted recommendations that include social distancing and cancelling conferences and large gatherings. Since safety of our attendees is always GRC's highest priority, the GRC Board of Trustees has decided to withdraw this conference and it will be rescheduled for 2022. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution and to alleviate the concerns of our conference communities that are scheduled to meet in this timeframe.
Chemistry has been largely focused on the synthesis and isolation of molecules. However, the way these molecules interact with each other in a straightforward way, preferably with a predictable outcome, is much less explored. In sharp contrast, Nature has mastered interconnected systems for achieving complex behavior, such as the paradigmatic example of living systems. Embracing the given inspiration, chemists started to welcome the systems approach.
The field of Systems Chemistry aims to develop complex molecular networks of interacting molecules and explore their emergent properties. Such properties go beyond the sum of characteristics of the individual components of the system. The networks are dynamic but self-organized and due to these characteristics widely applicable in areas ranging from materials science to functional, biomimetic systems. The field of Systems Chemistry also aims to understand a very important fundamental topic - emergent behavior in early evolution.
This first Gordon Research Seminar in Systems Chemistry is a great opportunity for graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and scientists with a similar level of experience to share their knowledge, cutting edge research and innovative ideas.
The seminar will start with a keynote lecture from a scientific leader in the field. The rest of the meeting is organized into two main blocks, fundamental principles and applications, bridged by the interdisciplinary field of prebiotic chemistry. The focus will be firstly on dissecting fundamental principles of systems chemistry, such as self-replication and out-of-equilibrium regime, as a way to pave further complex behavior. The analysis of different applications, e.g. materials for biomedical use, supramolecular catalysis, and small-molecule biosensing will follow. A broad spectrum of topics is expected to be covered, as a reflection of the versatile and interdisciplinary nature of the Systems Chemistry field.
The seminar will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS, either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.
The seminar chair will select speakers from abstracts submitted by March 27, 2020. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Information section above.
Gordon Research Seminars are 2-day meetings which take place on the Saturday and Sunday just prior to the start of the associated GRC. The GRS opens with a 1-hour introductory session on Saturday afternoon, followed by a poster session, dinner and a 2-hour session in the evening. Sunday morning begins with breakfast and is followed by another 2-hour session, a second poster session, and lunch. A final 1-hour session takes place just after lunch, and the associated GRC begins later that evening.