|Organizing Committee||Programme and activities|
Simposio Cuba-UK en Química y Ciencias de la Vida
Cuba–UK Symposium on Chemistry and Life Sciences
Havana, January 10th to 12th, 2006
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Registration and abstract
name, affiliation, postal address, phone, fax, e-mail) must be received
before December 1, 2005.
The University of Havana in Cuba together with the University of Oxford in the UK, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Cuban Chemical Society under the sponsorship of the British Council in Cuba, are organising a symposium in Havana, Cuba, to share experience and expertise in the field of applications of chemistry to life sciences.
It is well known, both nationally in Cuba and from mentions in the international media, that the Faculty of Chemistry in the University of Havana has made significant contributions in the field of applications of chemistry to life sciences. It is a world pioneer in producing synthetic vaccines for commercial purposes, such as the vaccine against Haemophylus influenzae (see Thursday, 27 November, 2003, 02:08 GMT, “Cuba develops 'cheap' Hib vaccine”, by Richard Black, BBC science correspondent), published recently in Science, (Vol. 305, Issue 5683, 522-525 , 23 July 2004). Other research teams in this Cuban university are also engaged in important work in this field (http://www.fq.uh.cu).
The British Council in Cuba intends to provide opportunities for both senior and young Cuban and British researchers to meet face-to-face for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and information on priority research topics.
The meeting is to be held from January 10th to 12th, 2006. It is expected that the three day Symposium on Chemistry and Life Sciences will be followed by one or two days of visits to relevant biotechnology research centres in Havana.
- To identify potential lines of research for joint Cuba/UK work in chemistry applied to the life sciences, particularly the biotechnological and medical applications of molecular and bio-molecular chemistry.
- To strengthen bi-lateral links already established between Cuba & UK scientists in the field of bioinformatics and related sciences, thanks to a previous British Council sponsored symposium in December 2002.
- To agree on specific actions aimed at taking forward joint projects, including the identification of potential sources of funding.
- To establish an informal and sustainable network in this field linking both senior and young British and Cuban scientists.
Areas of focus (this list is not exclusive):
Of particular interest:
vaccines for bacteria and parasites and fine carbohydrate chemistry, including
- synthesis of drugs
- natural products and plant hormones
- supramolecular chemistry
- polymer chemistry and materials and biological applications
- complex phenomena and entropy evolution in chemical and biochemical processes
- nuclear magnetic resonance and optical spectroscopy of biological molecules
computer modelling of molecular structures and processes in life
Dr. W. Graham RICHARDS
Dep. of Chemistry
Dr. Luis A. MONTERO
of the Scientific Council
Local organizing committee in Cuba:
Esther Alonso Becerra, Universidad de La Habana, Vice Dean in the Faculty of Chemistry
Roberto Cao, Universidad de La Habana and Cuban Chemical Society
Vicente Vérez, Universidad de La Habana
|Abstracts and registration|
Caballero – López
Lic. Rachel Crespo Otero (Faculty of Chemistry-UH) firstname.lastname@example.org
Lic. Susana González (Faculty of Chemistry-UH) email@example.com
Lic. Yoana Pérez Badell (Faculty of Chemistry-UH) firstname.lastname@example.org
Lic. Javier Rodríguez Díaz (Faculty of Chemistry-UH) email@example.com
Lic. Miguel Angel Sires (Faculty of Chemistry-UH) firstname.lastname@example.org
Invited Speakers (Lectures)
A session of posters is scheduled for those wanting to show their recent results. Abstracts of posters must be submitted to the organizing committee before December 1, 2005. They must be a single page in either A4 or letter format, written in not less than 12 pt. font, and containing any figure and tables within the limit of a single sheet. Portable document format (pdf) files are preferred, because they will be printed “as is”.
Applications, fees, advanced payment
Applications (containing name, affiliation, postal address, phone, fax, e-mail) must be received before December 1, 2005. The registration fee is £ 100.00 or equivalent in CUC (Cuban convertible pesos). Residents in Cuba may pay the fees of CU$ 30.00 (MN). Details on advanced payments will be informed in brief. However, “in situ” fee payments are allowed for registered participants.
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|The Symposium will take place in the “Habana Vieja” quarter (“Old Havana”), a primrose environment in one of the most important Spanish colonial settlements in America. A port called San Cristóbal de la Habana was founded in Havana's present location (then called Puerto Carenas) on the north coast of Cuba in 1519. Nowadays, for a city to claim an age of nearly half a millennium is a rare privilege in the New World. The natural deepwater port, together with the land protection to the harbour, made Havana a site that early attracted growing numbers of settlers. A Spanish royal decree in 1634 recognized its importance, calling it the “Llave del Nuevo Mundo y Antemural de las Indias Occidentales” (“Key to the New World and Rampart of the West Indies”). Havana's coat of arms carries this inscription. During centuries eastbound fleets of Spanish ships carrying treasure from the New World rendezvoused at Havana for the trip across the Atlantic to Spain because of the close vicinity of the Gulf Stream, a straight way to Europe. The port thus became the object of attacks by competing foreign powers and was blockaded several times.|
|By about 1700 the
city walls and the formidable major fortifications had been considered
as completed. These withstood attacks until, after a three-month siege
ending in August 1762, the British under Admiral Sir George Pocock and
the Earl of Albermarle took the city as a prize of war. They held it
for several months until the treaty ending the Seven Years' War restored
Havana to Spain. After recovering the city, the Spaniards built a new
fortress known as one of the biggest out of Spain. Fortunately, all
fundamental buildings across five centuries are preserved. Old Havana
has been inscribed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage List decades ago. These
sites are designated as having “outstanding universal value”
under the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural
and Natural Heritage. This convention, which was adopted by all countries
in 1972, provides a framework for international cooperation in preserving
and protecting cultural treasures and natural areas throughout the world.
For accomodation details please contact Lic. Yania Caballero – López
(email firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: +53 7 8704667)
Last update: September 27, 2005