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The 45th annual Sanibel Symposium, organized by the faculty, students, and staff of the Quantum Theory Project of the University of Florida, was held on March 5–11, 2005. More than 300 scientists gathered at a new site, the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort on St. Simons Island, Georgia. This venue provided excellent conference facilities, and its location on the beach brought back some of the ambiance of the original conference site on Sanibel Island, Florida.

The 2005 symposium followed the established format with plenary and poster sessions. A compact six-day integrated program of quantum biology, quantum chemistry, and condensed matter physics provided for intense and lively cross-disciplinary interactions. The meeting honored Enrico Clementi and his scientific contributions. Three sessions on the final day of the symposium were specially dedicated to this celebration and featured as speakers past and present collaborators of Dr. Clementi. The topics of the sessions covered by these proceedings include Protein Design, Large-Scale Simulations of Condensed Phase Systems, Biomolecular NMR, Metals in Biology, DFT and Magnetic Fields, Dynamical Mean Field Theory, High-Level Electron Correlation Theory, Semiempirical Electronic Structure, Coupled-Cluster Theory, Explicitly Correlated and Multi-Resolution Quantum Chemical Calculations, Relativistic Quantum Mechanics, Multi-Reference CC, and MBPT Theory. Participating students were introduced to the conference subjects by well-attended tutorials offered in the evening of the opening Saturday by Professors A. Roitberg and Nigel Richards, and on Monday evening by Professors S. B. Trickey, and So Hirata.

The articles in these proceedings have been subjected to the ordinary refereeing procedures of The International Journal of Quantum Chemistry.

The organizers acknowledge the following sponsors for their support of the 2005 Sanibel Symposium: US Army (ARO), grant W911NF-05-1-0080; IBM Corporation; and the University of Florida.

Very special thanks go to the staff of the Quantum Theory Project of the University of Florida for handling the numerous administrative, clerical, and practical details. The organizers are proud to recognize the contributions of Mrs. Judy Parker, Ms. Coralu Clements, Mr. Jim Folks, and Dr. Ashley Alford. All the graduate students of the Quantum Theory Project, who served as “gofers” are gratefully recognized for their contributions to the 2005 Sanibel Symposium.