On behalf of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), it is our privilege and special pleasure to invite you to the 30th International Symposium on the Chemistry of Natural Products and the 10th International Congress on Biodiversity (ISCNP30 & ICOB10), which will be held on November 25th – 29th 2018 in Athens, Greece.
Greece, the tip of the Balkan peninsula, is at the crossroads between Europe, Asia and Africa. This unique location offers Greece an outstanding species diversity and a variety of natural and semi-natural ecosystems and habitats. According to recent surveys Greek flora encompasses more than 6700 species and subspecies of vascular plants belonging to more than 1000 species and 180 families. The high degree of endemism (1278 endemic species and 452 subspecies, accounting to 22% of all represented species) includes Greece among the hot-spots of plant biodiversity in Europe. Marine and aquatic habitats of Greece are also considered hot-spots for biodiversity, at regional and global scale, with more than 515 taxa of marine microalgae.
We sincerely believe that the IUPAC symposium in Athens will bring together scientists from all over the world in order to contribute in our better knowledge and understanding of the role of natural products in drug discovery, material science, nutrition and applied chemistry. Through a careful selection of speeches from established scientists, the addition of emerging topics from young group leaders, and the participation of young scientists through several travel fellowships, we aim to shed light into recent advances in natural products.
In this context, we would like to welcome you in Athens, in the center of European biodiversity and the cradle of modern civilization, and wish you a fruitful and pleasant stay!
With my best regards,
Leandros A. Skaltsounis
Professor in Pharmacognosy and Natural Products Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy,
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
ISCNP30 & ICOB10 Chairman