The annual meeting of the RSC Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry Group was held at Durham University on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd December 2015. The meeting was attended by 130 people from a total of eight countries. There were 5 plenary speakers, ten invited speakers, a PhD poster session, 6 flash talks, The MASC PhD Prize lecture given by Will Cullen (Sheffield) and the Bob Hay award lecture given by Prof. Dave Adams (Liverpool).

MASC is a hugely popular and successful event, a fact that can be attributed to the enthusiasm and large numbers of PhD students who attend and present posters and talks. For this reason we would encourage academics & students to attend MASC-2016 in Edinburgh.

Poster prize winners sponsored by the RSC and Wiley were: Oxana Kotova (Trinity), Andrew Frawley (Durham), Sarah Hewitt (Leeds), David van Brussel (St. Andrews), Holly Roberts (Birmingham) and Emily Draper (Liverpool). The best student talk prize went to Edward Neal (Queen Mary).

MASC is a long running conference series and RSC subject group started by Peter Tasker and Peter Moore in 1980, and was originally a key forum for metallomacrocyclic chemistry. In 1989 the explosion of interest in wider supramolecular and materials chemistry resulted in the conference expanding to encompass all aspects of supramolecular chemistry and the name was changed to the Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry group by unanimous acclaim. The meeting has also gained a significant international flavour and has attracted number of extremely prominent international speakers in recent years while retaining its emphasis on strong participation by PhD students and postdocs. The group is chaired by Prof. Philip Gale (Southampton) and past group chairman have included Prof. Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson, Prof. Peter Tasker, Prof. Bob Hay, Prof. Martin Schroder, Prof. David Parker FRS and Prof. Paul Beer.

The meeting was a lively affair with discussions going on long into the night over the Biopharma Fun Casino in Durham Castle. In Brighton in 2012 the MASC conference teamed up with the International Symposium on Supramolecular and Macrocyclic Chemistry (ISMSC) and will do so again in Cambridge in 2017. The 2016 Meeting will be in Edinburgh hosted by Dr. Paul Lusby.

The local organiser was Prof. Jonathan W. Steed who can be contacted for further information: jon.steed@durham.ac.uk


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