The OMCOS series of biennial symposia started in 1981. Its venue alternates between North America, Europe and East Asia. It is a single session type scientific conference that brings together industrial and academic chemists from around the world (often > 1000) to consider the most recent developments in new metal-mediated and -catalyzed reactions, mechanistic insights and new applications, novel preparations and uses for organometallic reagents, as well as ingenious and improved methods for the synthesis of pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals and materials using metals.
Catalytic processes involving organometallics are often unsurpassed in elegance and efficiency and they contribute decisively to the goal of economically and ecologically sound processes of production. The young, exciting, and powerful field of asymmetric catalysis receives particular attention in the OMCOS programs.
OMCOS 20 will take place under the chairmanship of Stephen Hashmi in Heidelberg, Germany, in the month of July 2019.
The conference homepage will be provided as soon as available.
Sitges-Barcelona, June 25 - July 2, 2015
Chair: Antonio Echavarren
4 pages, 0.80 MB
Ft. Collins, July 28 - August 1, 2013
Chair: Tomislav Rovis
6 pages, 1.33 MB
Shanghai, July 24 - 28, 2011
Chairs: Shengming Ma & Kuiling Ding
9 pages, 2.03 MB
Glasgow, July 26 - 30, 2009
Chair: Pavel Kočovský
6 pages, 2.14 MB
Nara, August 2 - 6, 2007
Chair: Koichiro Oshima
6 pages, 2.63 MB
Geneva, July 17 - 21, 2005
Chairs: E. Peter Kündig & Alexandre Alexakis
8 pages, 4.40 MB
Toronto, July 6 - 10, 2003
Chair: Mark Lautens
4 pages, 2.51 MB
Taipei, July 22 - 26, 2001
Chair: Tien-Yau Luh
6 pages, 2.76 MB
Versailles, July 18 - 22, 1999
Chair: Jean-Pierre Genet
16 pages, 6.83 MB
Goettingen, July 20 - 25, 1997
Chair: Armin de Meijere
8 pages, 4.26 MB
Santa Barbara, California, August 6 - 10, 1995
Chair: Bruce Lipshutz
8 pages, 3.92 MB
Kobe, September 19 - 23, 1993
Chair: Shun-Ichi Murahashi
20 pages, 7.00 MB
Utrecht, August 25 - 29, 1991
Chair: Gerard van Koten
4 pages, 1.71 MB
Florence, October 1 - 6, 1989
Chair: Alfredo Ricci
6 pages, 2.64 MB
Vancouver, July 26 - 30, 1987
Chairs: Michael Fryzuk & Gary Posner
8 pages, 2.93 MB
Kyoto, July 11 - 15, 1985
Chair: Hitoschi Nozaki
6 pages, 2.15 MB
Dijon, August 28 - September 1, 1983
Chair: Manfred Schlosser
6 pages, 3.03 MB
Fort Collins, Colorado, August 2 - 6, 1981
Chair: Louis Hegedus
6 pages, 2.37 MB
We thank Profs. Shengming Ma and Kuiling Ding for having assembled a volume entitled
"Magic Moments from OMCOS 1-15"
Thanks go also to Mr. Carmine Chiancone for having set up this webpage
OMCOS is directed by an Advisory Board (AB) consisting of former OMCOS conference Chairs.
The AB discusses candidatures and decides four years ahead of the event on a venue and the Chair(s) of the symposium.
The AB elects from the ranks of past OMCOS conference Chairs a Secretary General (SG) for two successive future OMCOS events. The SG provides outlines and date markers for the preparation of the conference and stays in close contact with the OMCOS Chair(s) on organizational matters. The SG solicits bids for future OMCOS conferences.
Heidelberg, Gemany (chair: Prof. Stephen Hashmi), Summer 2019.
The OMCOS Chair should be a prominent scientist in the field with a high international scientific reputation. He (she, they) should be able to count on a strong scientific local/regional/national environment in the field in both academia and industry.
Facilities are required to hold an important meeting of 1000 (or more) scientists in a single session conference. A split into parallel sessions is to be avoided except for contributed oral communications, if desired.
Facilities to hold extensive poster session(s) (can be complemented by an exhibition) Posters should be appropriately widely spaced and there should be ample time for discussion. Poster prizes should be a feature and, if the sessions are organized in the evening, drinks and snacks should be provided.
The organizer(s) puts together a scientific program that includes lectures in key areas of the field, and that includes prominent experienced practitioners in the field as well as young promising researchers. A balance of geographical provenance of speakers is another important aspect. Plenary speakers should not have previously lectured in this capacity at one of the four former OMCOS meetings. The program should attract scientists from both academia and industry to the meeting.
Registration fees should not exceed those of similar large international meetings. Strongly reduced fees (<50%) should be offered to young scientists (e.g. students and postdocs <33 years of age). Rates must include receptions, coffee-breaks, lunches, poster parties, etc.
OMCOS has an excellent reputation not only for the excellence of the science being presented and discussed but also for the high level of hospitality offered to lecturers and participants. Conditions must be particularly attractive to young participants (accommodation, poster party, poster prizes, etc).
For conferences of the OMCOS series, the organizer carries the full burden of organizational tasks and financial risks. The chair(s) also take charge of setting up a local and national conference board, and an international nomination committee for the OMCOS award (recipient < 40 years of age). The chair(s) raise funds for the award.
The OMCOS Award was established to recognize a scientist under the age of 40, who has made significant contributions to the field of organometallic chemistry and organic synthesis. This award, sponsored in recent years by the Yen Chuang Foundation, is presented every two years on the occasion of the OMCOS conference.
OMCOS 9, Göttingen 1997: Shu Kobayashi, U Tokyo, Japan
OMCOS 10, Versailles 1999: Erik M. Carreira, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
OMCOS 11, Taipei 2001: Greg Fu, MIT, USA
OMCOS 12, Toronto 2003: Kyoko Nozaki, U Tokyo, Japan
OMCOS 13, Geneva 2005: Shengming Ma, SIOC, China
OMCOS 14, Nara 2007: F. Dean Toste, UC Berkeley, USA
OMCOS 15, Glasgow 2009: Keith Fagnou, U Ottawa, Canada
OMCOS 16, Shanghai 2011: Frank Glorius, U Muenster, Germany
OMCOS 17, Fort Collins 2013: Zhang-Jie Shi, U Peking, China
OMCOS 18, Sitges 2015: Melanie Sanford, U Michigan, USA
OMCOS 19, Jeju Island 2017: Ruben Martin, ICIQ, Spain