Angewandte Chemie International Edition
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July 08, 2011
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With symposia in Tokyo and Beijing, the German, Japanese, and Chinese chemical societies and publishers Wiley-VCH celebrated the 50th volume of Angewandte Chemie International Edition. The journal has become a leading publication in original chemical research over the past 20 years. "Angewandte Live" was the motto of the events, which featured chemistry Nobel laureates Ryoji Noyori, K. Barry Sharpless, Hartmut Michel, and Akira Suzuki as key speakers. They were joined by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's president Helmut Schwarz, himself a renowned chemist, and other leading chemists from Germany and Switzerland. Three local speakers were presented by both the Chemical Society of Japan and the Chinese Chemical Society, true to Angewandte's principle of "quality first".
The celebrations coincided with the 150th anniversary of official relations between Germany and Japan, anniversaries of the symposia hosts: the Tokyo Institute of Technology (130 years) and Tsinghua University (Beijing; 100 years), Wiley-VCH (90 years), Wiley office locations in Singapore (30 years) and Beijing (10 years), and the International Year of Chemistry. There were really plenty of reasons to celebrate.
Topics featured ranged from catalysis and synthesis to advanced materials and chemical biology. In addition, the event promoted ties between German and Asian chemists, sponsored by "Research in Germany", an initiative which funds the international exchange of researchers through numerous member organizations (DFG, AvH, DAAD etc). The symposia were attended by about 500 people in each location. "I congratulate you on the successful Angewandte symposia in TITech and Tsinghua University," commented Professor Noyori (pictured) afterwards.
More than 3,000 people registered for the internet broadcasts. The recordings have been archived and are free to view at ChemistryViews. "It was just like being there as I watched Helmut Schwarz's clear and effervescent talk," wrote a participant of the broadcast.