The 18th European Carbohydrate Symposium (Eurocarb18) was held on August 2-6, 2015 in Korston CLub Hotel, Moscow.
320 participants from 36 countries worldwide, including 70 Russian scientists and 90 students, attended the Symposium. The most representative teams comprising of more than 10 delegates each arrived from Germany, France, the United Kingdom, China, the United States, the Netherlands, Italy, Austria, Denmark, and Hungary.
The Symposium solemnly opened up with welcome remarks of Professor Timor Baasov, President of the European Carbohydrate Organisation, and RAS Associate Member S.O. Bachurin on behalf of the Mendeleev Russian Chemical Society. The welcoming address from RAS Full Member S.M. Aldoshin, Vice-President of the Russian Academy of Sciences, was voiced by RAS Associate Member N.E. Nifantiev.
The registration desk set up by MAKO, the Symposium operator
The Symposium program covered 8 plenary lectures; 27 keynote lectures and 104 oral presentations were delivered at parallel thematic sessions, and 128 poster presentations were displayed at two poster sessions.
Hans Bakker, Germany, is giving a plenary lecture
Winners of prestigious awards were announced. These were Professor Jean-Paul Latgé from the Pasteur Institut, Paris, France, who received the Emil Fischer Award initiated by the European Carbohydrate Organisation, and Professor David Vocadlo from Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C., Canada, honored with the Carbohydrate Research Award established by the Elsevier Publishers. The winners provided presentations on their research at the first plenary session shortly after the Eurocarb18 opening ceremony. Winners of the young scientist poster competition were awarded with two book certificates from the Springer Publishing House, and three more young researchers received diplomas from the Eurocarb18 Organizing Committee.
The closing ceremony
By tradition, at the closing ceremony, power of the President of the European Carbohydrate Organisation was devolved on Professor Yuriy A. Knirel, Chair of the Eurocarb18 Organizing Committee.
Meetings of the European Carbohydrate Organisation and the Carbohydrate Research editorial board took place during the Symposium. The Elsevier Publishers held a cocktail party on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Carbohydrate Research.