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Nobel Prize winner lauds World Chemistry’s Dutch debut

The Royal Netherlands Chemical Society  is hoping to ‘enhance the visibility of chemistry and chemists’ when it hosts the 49th World Chemistry Congress in 2023.

It will be first time the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry ( IUPAC) has held its  biennial congress in the Netherlands, which has a proud legacy in the subject.

According to 2016 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, Prof. Ben Feringa, chemistry in the Netherlands has seen ‘tremendous developments with exciting discoveries in academia and industry’.

“At the IUPAC Congress 2023 we will show the new frontiers of the chemical sciences,” he said.

IUPAC delegates voted for the six-day congress to be hosted in The Hague, at the city’s largest convention venue, the World Forum on 20-25 August, 2023.

Around 2,500 delegates are expected to attend the event.

Professor Floris Rutjes, president of the KNCV, said:  “We have a vibrant chemistry community in the Netherlands which is committed to turning this congress into a great success.

“This meeting will serve as a podium to enhance the visibility of chemistry and chemists. Our ambition is to inspire a new generation of young chemists.”

Deputy Mayor Karsten Klein, The Hague’s alderman for Economic Affairs, Harbours, Welfare and Health, added:  “Winning this bid demonstrates The Hague’s international reputation as a first-rate congress destination. We are excited to welcome event delegates to our city. The city appreciates the expertise and innovation that they will bring here.”

Meanwhile Nienke van der Malen, director of The Hague Convention Bureau, said:  “This is a big win for us. The city will provide outstanding infrastructure to guarantee the success of IUPAC 2023.”

IUPAC is the world-leading authority on chemical nomenclature, terminology, standardized methods for measurement, atomic weights and many other critically-evaluated data.

The event will be organised by the Professional Congress Organiser (PCO) – Congress by design.