WELCOME

The annual meeting of the RSC Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry Group will be held at the John McIntyre Conference Centre, Pollock Halls, University of Edinburgh on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th December 2016.

The MASC conference series is a long-standing event, initiated by Edinburgh’s own Peter Tasker and Peter Moore during the early 1980s. This two day conference is considered the annual get-together of the UK macrocycle and supramolecular community, and typically attracts up to 250 delegates. Recent conferences in this series have seen a number of international speakers participate, the trend continuing with contributors from New Zealand, US, Japan, France and Italy confirmed. The real strength of the MASC conferences, however, is the strong involvement of PhD students and postdocs, there will be similar opportunities with a number of flash presentation slots. The conference will also see the awarding of both the MASC PhD Prize and the Bob Hay trophy, accompanied by lectures given by both recipients. A number of other prizes will be on offer for best posters and flash presentation.

For those who haven’t previously experienced it, Edinburgh is a beautiful and historic city, and well worth a visit, particularly close to Christmas. The conference venue is conveniently located about a mile from the heart of the old town, and not far from major transport links such as Waverly train station. For those flying into Edinburgh Airport, transfer into the city can be achieved using the recently completed tram network, which coincidentally drops off next to the city’s seasonal international market, particularly useful for anyone in need of refreshments!

The local organiser of MASC 2016 is Dr. Paul Lusby (Paul.Lusby@ed.ac.uk), who can be contacted for further information.

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