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The 14th Asian Chemical Congress (14 ACC) and IUPAC Joint Workshop were held concurrently September 5–10, 2011, at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, Bangkok, Thailand. On the first day, the IUPAC Joint Workshop on “Recent Advances of Natural Products” was co-hosted by Prof. Somdej Kanokmedhakul, Prof. Supa Hannongbua, and Prof. Minoru Isobe (Figure 1). The main objective of this workshop was to highlight the importance of multidisciplinary sciences for natural product chemistry starting from the graduate student level in order to encourage younger researchers from related fields to initiate collaborative research. All the special technical terms were explained, and the handouts of the lectures were distributed to the participants. Four distinguished workshop speakers succinctly and knowledgeably outlined their presentations to reflect how research in natural product chemistry can be carried out efficiently, based on the speakers’ own experiences in addition to basic materials. The approximately 100 participants were not only local graduate students, but also younger academic staff, as well as international attendees who would like to expand their research into this field.

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Figure 1. Speakers, chairpersons, and organizers of the IUPAC Joint Workshop. Front row (from left to right): T. Franz, Z. Yang, M. Isobe, S. Kanokmedhakul, Y. Murata, and Y.-C. Shen. Back row (from left to right): Z.-J. Yao, D. O’Hagan, and K. Kanokmedhakul.

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The first speaker was Dr. Thomas Franz from the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing (Köln, Germany), who presented on “Advanced Analysis of Chemical Modifications of Proteins by Mass Spectrometry”. He introduced fast-paced and exponential developments of new mass spectrometry approaches for bioanalytical purposes, as exemplified by a unique application to his research on trace detection of some modified proteins in the Moyamoya disease. Prof. Zhen Yang from College of Chemistry, Peking University (Beijing, China), was the second speaker and presented his synthetic study toward “The Total Syntheses of Micrandilactones”, which are very complex nortriterpenoids. He invited the audience to get familiarized with palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions, annulation, ring cyclization metathesis, and so forth, and to start utilizing them for daily experiments. The third speaker was Dr. Yoshiko Murata from Suntory Institute for Bioorganic Research (Osaka, Japan), who presented on the title of “Iron Acquisition Mechanism of Barley as Explored by Mugineic Acids”. Her complete line of research started from identification, structure elucidation, and synthesis of the active compound, mugineic acid, followed by molecular- and gene-level analyses, as well as investigating the role of this molecule in iron uptake from soil and plant growth control. The last speaker was Prof. Ya-Ching Shen from College of Medicine, National Taiwan University (Taipei, Taiwan), who addressed a number of new findings and compounds from Taiwanese marine sponges and soft corals demonstrating antitumor activity. Many macrocyclic taxol analogues were also introduced. The audience enjoyed learning four lectures encompassing convergent new molecular sciences on natural products, which have been developed on the basis of multidisciplinary organic chemistry of biomolecules.

More information on our current and completed IUPAC projects can be found on the IUPAC websites http://www.iupac.org/web/ins/2011-041-1-300 and http://www.iupac.org/web/ins/2005-039-2-300, respectively.

JSPS Asian Core Program (ACP) 6th International Conference on Cutting-Edge Organic Chemistry in Asia (ICCEOCA-6) was held as one of the major events under the second-phase ACP-CEOCA program (2010–2014), for which Prof. Atsushi Nishida, Chiba University, Japan, has been serving as the Chair. This ICCEOCA-6 was organized by Prof. Henry N. C. Wong and his team members at The Chinese University of Hong Kong from December 11 to 15, 2011. The conference venues were Cheng Yu Tung Building and the Hyatt Regency Hotel, both of which are located on the campus of The Chinese University of Hong Kong in Shatin, Hong Kong. There were a total of 150 participants (Figure 2) from China (25), Hong Kong (19), Japan (44), Korea (13), Malaysia (4), Singapore (15), Taiwan (21), Thailand (8), and Saudi Arabia (1). The scientific program included 30 half-hour invited lectures and 100 poster presentations on the various topics, such as metal-catalyzed C[BOND]H bond activations, helical chirality, supramolecular chemistry, molecular folding, gold catalysis, organic light-emitting diodes (LED), benzocyclobutene, compounds from Malaysian plants, allylboronates, oximino carbenoids, porphyrins, protein S-modifications, artemisinin-bound proteins, multicomponent reactions, chiral polymer-growth, total synthesis, luminescence, cyclopentatrienes, dearomatization, sesquiterpene pyridine alkaloids, oxidative coupling, conjugate additions, lamellarins, malyngamides, substituted aziridines, asymmetric reductive aldols, pectenotoxins, cyclopeptide alkaloids, click reactions, streptopyrrolidines, oxidative etherification, iron catalysis, benzoindoloquinolizinones, chiral quarternary centers, sialyltransferase inhibition, monoterpene indole alkaloids, cocaine from ribose, bimetallic magnetic nanoparticles, herpes inhibition, isatisine A, photoredox chemistry, flow reactions, N,O-acetals, electrochemical synthesis, deoxyguanosine recognition, camptothecin, cortistatin A, polyketides, solanoeclepin A, chlorahololide A. The social activities included the Welcome Reception on the first evening, a historical walk excursion in Hong Kong Central, Victoria City, and the Banquet on the final evening to allow free discussions among the participants. In addition, two business meetings were held during the conference for all the country and region coordinators to summarize past activities, exchange their views on the organization of ACP events, as well as discuss future directions and activities of the program.

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Figure 2. All the participants in the ICCEOCA-6 in Hong Kong.

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The lectureship awards were announced at the end of the Banquet (Figure 3), and a total of 82 awards were given to 46 presentations. All the recipients are expected to conduct their fully-supported one-week lectureship tours in the awarding countries and regions during April 2012 and March 2013. The lists of 2012 lectureship awards are given in Table 1.

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Figure 3. Lectureship Award Ceremony; 7 lectureship award recipients invited to Hong Kong by Prof. Wong (first from right) and Prof. Shing (first from left).

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Table 1. Lectureship awards presented at the ICCEOCA-6.
Invitations to China (9)
IL-05Rai-Shung LiuTaiwan
IL-14Kenichiro ItamiJapan
IL-29Zhaomin HouJapan
PA-19Yoshiharu IwabuchiJapan
PA-27Teck Peng LohSingapore
PA-38Young Ho RheeKorea
PB-17Sumrit WacharasindhuThailand
PB-24Fuk Yee KwongHong Kong
PB-30Yixin LuSingapore
Invitations to Hong Kong (7)
IL-02Michinori SuginomeJapan
IL-07Poonsakdi PloypradithThailand
IL-20Yong QinChina
PA-23Sung Ho KangKorea
PA-47Zhu-Jun YaoChina
PB-16Yonggui Robin ChiSingapore
PB-36Toshio NishikawaJapan
Invitations to Japan (15)
IL-06Wai-Yeung WongHong Kong
IL-08Yeun-Mun ChooMalaysia
IL-10Cheol-Min ParkSingapore
IL-13Zhang-Jie ShiChina
IL-15Jeong-Hun SohnKorea
IL-16Palangpon KongsaereeThailand
IL-25Shuli YouChina
IL-28Naohiko YoshikaiSingapore
IL-30Aiwen LeiChina
PA-34Man-Kin WongHong Kong
PA-57Xiao-Shui PengHong Kong
PB-02Tae-Lim ChoiKorea
PB-15Sungwoo HongKorea
PB-31Jianwei SunHong Kong
PB-41Wenwei LinTaiwan
Invitations to Korea (10)
IL-02Michinori SuginomeJapan
IL-10Cheol-Min ParkSingapore
PA-11Xiaoming FengChina
PA-21Nopporn ThasanaThailand
PA-29Tony K. M. ShingHong Kong
PA-36Atsushi NishidaJapan
PA-39Chun-Cheng LinTaiwan
PB-07Noorsaadah Abd. RahmanMalaysia
PB-23Xuewei LiuSingapore
PB-57Henry N.C. WongHong Kong
Invitations to Malaysia (5)
IL-07Poonsakdi PloypradithThailand
IL-14Kenichiro ItamiJapan
IL-18Wen-Hao HuChina
PA-37Sanzhong LuoChina
PA-53Chi-Wei OngTaiwan
Invitations to Singapore (15)
IL-08Yeun-Mun ChooMalaysia
IL-13Zhang-Jie ShiChina
IL-25Shuli YouChina
IL-30Aiwen LeiChina
PA-14Preeyanuch SangtrirutnugulThailand
PA-31Shang-Cheng HungTaiwan
PA-36Atsushi NishidaJapan
PA-56Hsiao-Hua YuJapan
PB-04Kuo-Wei HuangSaudi Arabia
PB-11Jason HoHong Kong
PB-14Liuzhu GongChina
PB-26Ning JiaoChina
PB-27Wen-Sheng ChungTaiwan
PB-34Hyunwoo KimKorea
PB-37Zhiyong WangChina
Invitations to Taiwan (15)
IL-16Palangpon KongsaereeThailand
IL-18Wen-Hao HuChina
IL-29Zhaomin HouJapan
PA-07Hyun-Joon HaKorea
PA-10Kenshu FujiwaraJapan
PA-11Xiaoming FengChina
PA-18Xue-Long HouChina
PA-21Nopporn ThasanaThailand
PA-45Shigeki SasakiJapan
PA-54Masahiko YamaguchiJapan
PB-07Noorsaadah Abd. RahmanMalaysia
PB-23Xuewei LiuSingapore
PB-32Masaharu NakamuraJapan
PB-57Henry N.C. WongHong Kong
PB-59Steve ZhouSingapore
Invitations to Thailand (6)
IL-04Hee-Seung LeeKorea
IL-22Ying-Yeung YeungSingapore
PA-19Yoshiharu IwabuchiJapan
PA-24Wen-Shan LiTaiwan
PA-29Tony K. M. ShingHong Kong
PA-50Hongbin ZhaiChina

The First Junior Conference preceding the ICCEOCA-6 was hosted by Prof. Pei-Qiang Huang and his group at Xiamen University (Xiamen, China) from December 9 to 11, 2011, with generous support from both the NSF of China and Prof. Zhu-Jun Yao from the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (Shanghai, China), who also served as a co-Chairman of the first Junior-ACP. The conference was successfully attended by a total of 56 participants (Figure 4; 14 professors/42 students) from China (2/15), Hong Kong (1/2), Japan (4/8), Singapore (1/3), Taiwan (1/10), and Thailand (4/4). Four plenary lectures were delivered by professors from Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and Taiwan. In addition, 19 oral presentations and 48 poster presentations were given and further discussed in one and a half days. Ten and three students, respectively, were selected to receive the Best and Impressive Presentation Awards (Table 2). On the last day, all the participants joined a half-day excursion to Gulang Island.

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Figure 4. All the participants in the First Junior Conference in Xiamen, China.

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Table 2. Presentation awards presented at the First Junior Conference.
Best Presentation Awards (10)
O1Bin XuChina
O4Guan-Jhih HuangTaiwan
O10Shuk Mei LamHong Kong
O13Yusuke OguraJapan
O14Ting-Shun ZhuChina
O18Bin LiSingapore
P10Xiao-Hua DingChina
P15Soichiro KawamoritaJapan
P18Atsushi NakayamaJapan
P21Watcharaporn ThaharnThailand
Impressive Presentation Awards (3)
O15Wei-Chung ChangTaiwan
O17Prattya NealmongkolThailand
O19Xuekui LiuChina