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by Vesna Miskovic-Stankovic

The 2nd Regional Symposium on Electrochemistry of South-East Europe (RSE-SEE) was held in Belgrade, in Congress Center Sava, 6–10 June 2010. The symposium was organized by the Bulgarian Electrochemical Society, Czech Chemical Society, Croatian Society of Chemical Engineers, Electrochemical Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Chemical Society of Montenegro, Romanian Chemical Society, Electrochemical Division of the Serbian Chemical Society, Slovenian Chemical Society, and Society of Chemists and Technologists of Macedonia.

The mission and main objectives of the 2nd RSE-SEE can be summarized as follows: promotion of the power of electrochemistry in science and modern technology, creation and promotion of international cooperation and personal contacts among electrochemists, particularly among young researchers entering the field of electrochemistry, and establishment and maintenance of high-quality methods and standards in electrochemical research.

The 2nd RSE-SEE involved all fundamental and applied aspects of electrochemistry: Experimental and Theoretical Methods in Electrochemistry, Physical Electrochemistry and Analytical Electrochemistry, Organic Electrochemistry, Environmental Electrochemistry, Bioelectrochemistry and Biomedical Applications, Nanoscale and Molecular Electrochemistry, Energy Conversion and Storage Devices, Corrosion, Passivation and Anodic Films, Electrochemistry of Functional Structures and Materials, Electrochemical and Electronic Sensor Devices, Electrochemical Synthesis, Deposition, Electrolysis, and Engineering.

The 2nd RSE-SEE gathered 9 plenary lecturers, 18 keynote lecturers, and 197 participants from 27 countries. Papers were published in a book of abstracts and in a CD proceedings, while selections of plenary and keynote lecturers are available on the conference web page <www.rse-see.net>.

A one-day ISE (International Society of Electrochemistry) Satellite Student Regional Symposium on Electro-chemistry, held 6 June 2010, was organized by young members of the Electrochemical Division of the Serbian Chemical Society in order to promote young electrochemists from the region by giving them an opportunity to exchange and discuss their experiences. A teaching lecture was given by Christos Comninellis, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland, and 17 participants from 7 countries presented 17 oral contributions.

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Views of Belgrade, Serbia.(Source: Wikimedia Commons).

The 2nd RSE-SEE was organized with the support of IUPAC; Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons; International Society of Electrochemistry; European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences; Ministry of Science and Technological Development, Republic of Serbia; Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade; Institute for Chemistry, Technology, and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade; and American Elements, Los Angeles, USA. The 2nd RSE-SEE received media coverage by Info Review, a magazine for business communications; RTS, the national television station, and TV Studio B.

Vesna Miskovic-Stankovic, IUPAC representative, made a brief presentation about the Union’s support of the symposium. Informational material about IUPAC was displayed throughout the conference and was included in the conference material. Four invited lecturers and 10 students received IUPAC grants.

Eight lecturers have accepted invitations to submit manuscripts for publication in Pure and Applied Chemistry based on their symposium presentations: B. Grafov (Moscow, Russia), P.L. Bonora (Trento, Italy), P.L. Cavalotti (Milan, Italy), I. Milošev (Ljubljana, Slovenia), L.M. Murešan (Cluj-Napoca, Romania), G. Inzelt (Budapest, Hungary), T. Pajkossy (Budapest, Hungary), and V. Tsakova (Sofia, Bulgaria).

Vesna Miskovic-Stankovic <vesna@tmf.bg.ac.rs>, Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade, was the chair of the Organizing Committee for 2 RSE-SEE.

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