The 24th International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry Congress (ICHC-24) was held in Shanghai, China from 8 to 13 September 2013. Heterocyclic Chemistry Conferences are a historically important series of symposia. This one particularly focused on “function,” which represents the direction for heterocyclic natural products and heterocycle synthesis.
The scientific program comprised two award lectures, seven plenary lectures, and 23 invited lectures. Stephan Martin (University of Texas, Austin) received the ICHC senior award, and Tomislav Rovis (Colorado State University) received the ICHC Katritzky junior award. Plenary lecturers included: Erick M. Carreira (ETH Zürich, Switzerland); Tohru Fukuyama (University of Tokyo, Japan); K. C. Nicolaou (The Scripps Research Institute, USA); Xuhong Qian (East China University of Science and Technology, China); William R. Roush (The Scripps Research Institute, USA); Masakatsu Shibasaki (Microbial Chemistry Research Foundation, Institute of Microbial Chemistry, Japan); and Herbert Waldmann (Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Germany).
These contributions reflected the main themes of the congress:
heterocyclic natural products
synthesis of heterocycles and heterocycles for synthesis
A selection of four papers based on invited presentations at ICHC-24 is published in this issue.
International Advisory Committee: A. Aitken (Scotland); X. Bai (China); M. Brimble (New Zealand); M. Ciufolini (Canada); S. Martin (USA); O. Reiser (Germany); M. Rizzacasa (Australia).