The 49th annual Sanibel Symposium, organized by the faculty, staff, and students of the Quantum Theory Project of the University of Florida, was held from February 26 to March 3, 2009 at The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort, St. Simons Island, GA. This venue continues to provide excellent conference facilities and an atmosphere that, although a bit more upscale, is reminiscent of the hotel at old Sanibel Island, FL, where the first several symposia were held. About 250 participants gathered for 6 days of lectures and informal discussions.

The format of the meeting followed the tradition of this annual meeting offering a compact schedule with an integrated program of theory and computation in biology, chemistry, and condensed matter physics. The topics covered by the plenary and poster sessions of the symposium include Drug Discovery: QSAR, Fragment Design, Docking/Scoring, Computational Bioinorganic Chemistry, Dynamics in Biological Function, Weak Interactions and QM/MM, Linear Scaling QM Methods, Hamiltonians for Modeling Large Systems, Catalysts and Surfaces, Gas Phase Dynamics and Spectra, Dynamics and Spectra at Surfaces, Intermolecular Forces (Session in Memory of Bill Adams).

The program consisted of 17 plenary sessions and six poster sessions. These proceedings contain papers from most of these sessions, and have been subject to the normal refereeing procedures of the International Journal of Quantum Chemistry.

The organizers acknowledge the following sponsors for their support of the 2008 Sanibel Symposium:

  • John Wiley & Sons

  • Taylor & Francis

  • Office of Research and Graduate Programs at University of Florida

  • The Quantum Theory Project

Special thanks go to the staff of the Quantum Theory Project for handling the numerous administrative, clerical, and practical details involved in organizing an international scientific meeting. The organizers recognize the contributions of Mrs. Judy Parker, Mrs. Coralu Clements, Mr. Jim Folks, Mr. Tom Watson, and the dedicated and enthusiastic support of the cadre of QTP graduate students who served as gofers.